Mobile Office Hours in Wheaton, News Roundup & More

Christmas greetings from the Ives family to yours! We have been busy decorating the house for the holidays and celebrating our family traditions this time of year. At the same time, my work as your voice in state government and shining a light on issues important to families and taxpayers never slows down. In this week’s update, I share some recent news articles I thought you might find interesting.

A quick reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday, December 12 is your last chance this year to meet with me in-person at the Wheaton Public Library to ask questions and discuss state legislative issues of concern at my final Mobile Office Hours of 2017. I will be at the Wheaton Public Library from 9:00am – 10:00am Tuesday morning if you would like to stop by. The Library address is 225 N Cross Street in Wheaton.

Thank you to everyone who has offered your input and took time out of your mornings to meet with me at any of my Mobile Office Hours this fall, which have been held every other Tuesday and one Saturday each month since the first week of October. It has truly been a pleasure sitting down with constituents face to face, listening to your concerns and answering your questions about legislation and state policy.

If you and your family are as busy as mine this time of year, I will sign off for now and let you scroll below for more updates. As always, please don’t hesitate to call me at (630) 384-9719 with any questions or to schedule an appointment. Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated.


Rep. Ives: Keeping You Informed

As release of 2017 numbers approaches, will Illinois continue to lead the nation in population decline?” Illinois News Network: Twelve thousand more people left Illinois than arrived in 2014. That net loss of population doubled to 28,000 in 2015. Last year, the state shrunk by the equivalent of the residents of Pekin, at about 37,000. That's a bad sign, particularly for a state in such a fiscal quagmire as Illinois is… read the full story here

NIU Board of Trustees Unanimously Approves $600,000 Severance for Former President” Illinois Policy Institute: The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve a $600,000 severance package Dec. 7 for former University President Doug Baker, who resigned amid a patronage scandal. Baker resigned from his post in June following the public release of an investigation showing improper hiring practices… read the full story here  

How the Cook County Assessor Failed Taxpayers” ProPublica Illinois-Chicago Tribune: Amid the most tumultuous real estate market since the Great Depression, Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios produced valuations for thousands of commercial and industrial properties in Chicago that did not change from one reassessment to the next, not even by a single dollar. That fact, one finding in an unprecedented ProPublica Illinois-Chicago Tribune analysis of tens of thousands of property records, points to a conclusion that experts say defies any logical explanation except one: Berrios failed at one of his most important responsibilities — estimating the value of commercial and industrial properties…read the full story here

The Curious Curator: DuPage County Eats” Positively Naperville: …John and Deb Lorentson, have beautifully and wonderfully restored and renovated the historic Jesse Wheaton Home. Their home was the perfect setting for sampling Wheaton family recipes…Using county histories and the resources at the DuPage County Historical Society I was able to cook up some culinary history. And I’ll share some of the crumbs from my short presentation titled “DuPage County Eats”…read the full story here

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