Update from Rep. Ives

Greetings from the heart of DuPage County! I hope this update finds you and your family well, ready for the official start of autumn and enjoying the new school year and family activities. I am coaching the Cross Country team for grades 5th-8th at St. Michael Parish School in Wheaton again this year, one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had in our community. Very proud of both our boys’ and girls’ teams and especially the 8th grade  teams which are undefeated!

I would like to say a quick “thank you” to all of you who attended one or more of my town hall meetings throughout the district. We held town hall meetings this year in Carol Stream, Wheaton, Warrenville, Naperville and Lisle to update local families and taxpayers on major issues in Springfield, from the state budget to school funding and much more. I look forward to meeting more of you at future events and listening to your feedback and concerns. Together we can restore the promise of Illinois and improve the quality of life for every family here in DuPage County. 

Rep. Ives Recognizes First Division Museum at Cantigny

I recently had the privilege of standing up on the House Floor to recognize the grand re-opening of the First Division Museum at Cantigny in Wheaton to coincide with the Division’s 100th anniversary of service to the U.S. Army. Please click HERE to watch the short video clip of my remarks.

The First Division Museum receives nearly 80,000 visitors per year. If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to visit, don’t miss out! To learn more about the museum and its exhibits, please click HERE.

Fall Veto Session Schedule Announced

This year’s annual Fall Veto Session of the Illinois House of Representatives has been scheduled for October 24-26 and November 7-9. This is when legislators will return to Springfield to vote on motions to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of different legislation this summer. Each year some vetoes are overridden, making them law over the Governor’s objections; while other vetoes stand. It requires a 3/5ths majority (71 votes) in the House of Representatives to override a veto. Currently, there are 67 Democrats and 51 Republicans, meaning any veto requires support from members of both parties. 

Numerous pieces of legislation impacting local families and taxpayers are expected to be considered this fall. Stay tuned during these session days – I will be sending out a link every morning during veto session where you can watch the House floor proceedings LIVE.

Rep. Ives: Keeping You Informed

Illinois Loses 3,000 Manufacturing Jobs in August, Worst Since Recession” Illinois News Network: In one month, Illinois manufacturing sector lost all of the jobs it had gained in the last 12 months, marking one of the worst employment reports for the state's lagging economy since the recession… read the full story here

Rauner Signs EDGE Bill” Alton Daily News:  Regardless of signing a new law for giving businesses tax incentives to set up or expand their operations in Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner said the state can do better…Rauner signed the update to the…EDGE, tax credit. He said the update overhauls the state’s controversial program, but not everyone is convinced… state Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, said it falls short for all businesses. “Businesses are concerned about their workers’ comp rates,” Ives said. “They’re concerned about their tax rate, they're concerned about their property taxes. They’re concerned about providing a really good quality of life for their employees, and when you’re taxing people out of their homes, you’re not providing quality of life.”…read the full story here

Morning Spin: Don’t send Rauner abortion bill until he agrees to sign it, advocate says” Chicago Tribune: Terry Cosgrove, the president and CEO of the abortion-rights advocacy group Personal PAC, says a bill that would extend the availability of taxpayer-subsidized abortions to state workers and Medicaid recipients won’t be sent to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk unless he says he will sign it… read the full story here

Wheaton Ranked Among 100 Best Places to Live in U.S. by Time’s Money Magazine” Wheaton Patch: Time's Money Magazine just released its annual roundup of the Best Places To Live In America and Wheaton made the list. Editors looked at more than 2,400 locales throughout the U.S. and Wheaton came in at an impressive #27. According to a release from Money Magazine…the winners were picked based on eight categories that included: cost of living, education, economy, convenience, housing, cultural and recreational amenities, crime, and an "overall sense of pleasantness."… read the full story here

Looking ahead – Now is the time to schedule a one-on-one appointment with me to discuss any issues where you think the state law needs to be changed.  In just the past few weeks I have met with constituents about adding a new test to newborn screenings, property tax appraisals, increasing penalties for dog fighting, paid assessment letters on condos, the new tax credit scholarship program, longwall mining, and more.  This position has a lot of variety and I find all of it interesting.  If you would like to discuss any state issue, please call my assistant Nicole to set up an appointment.  Her phone number is 217 558-1037.

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