Greetings from Wheaton in the heart of DuPage County! I hope this note finds you and your family well. I would like to take this opportunity to update you on what I am working on now that the Illinois House of Representatives has concluded its Session calendar for 2017.

As we look ahead to 2018, I wanted to share following important dates with you: 

Key Upcoming Dates – Illinois House of Representatives:

First Day of 2018 Session – Tuesday, January 23
Governor’s “State of the State” address – Wednesday, January 31
Last Day to File New Bills – Friday, February 16

If you have any ideas or suggestions for new legislation or reforms to existing state laws, please e-mail me at Some of the best ideas for legislation come from constituents like you.
By Angela Underwood | DuPage Policy Journal

State Rep. Jeanne Ives
Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) had some pointed questions for the House during debate on Tuesday.

“We have been told there are 27 complaints over the last three years that have not even been looked at,” Ives said regarding the ongoing sexual harassment scandal that has embroiled the Capitol. “If any of those are sexual harassment in nature, will this law allow for those to be acted on?”

Her question was addressed to House Majority Leader Rep. Barbara Currie (D-Chicago) and referenced Senate Bill 402, which mandates annual sexual harassment training for every Springfield lawmaker, state employee and lobbyist. It was introduced by House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) after activist Denise Rotheimer accused Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) of sexually harassing her a year ago...
Rep. Jeanne Ives discusses legislation with a colleague on the
floor of the Illinois House of Representatives.
I would like to take this opportunity to share two pieces of legislation with you; one that I am very proud to have initiated (HB311), one that I contributed significantly to (HB189 , section 15 of Act) and both of which I helped pass into law from the Illinois House of Representatives this year. Being a member of the minority party in the state legislature makes it more difficult to pass legislation, unless you are willing to work across the aisle to build bipartisan support for good public policy.

On his desk in the Oval Office, President Reagan kept a small plaque inscribed: “There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he does not mind who gets the credit.” That motto has always been my guidepost as your State Representative. With that principle in mind, here is an update on two bills I worked hard to pass this year, both with strong bipartisan support.