Speaker Madigan’s Chief of Staff and House Clerk Timothy Mapes resigned on Wednesday after a House employee came forward with specific allegations of bullying and harassment in the workplace. This development is only the latest in a string of public exposures of the pervasive culture of sexual harassment and intimidation that exists in the Illinois Capitol; and the shocking lack of accountability that permits it to continue. 

Denise Rotheimer, Alaina Hampton, Kelly Cassidy, Maryann Loncar, and now Sherri Garrett come forward after 300 women signed a #MeToo letter last Fall....and the only thing leadership in Springfield does is mandate sexual harassment training as a solution. It’s a farce.

There is a culture problem that leadership is not addressing. There is a power problem when you can't trust the politicians to oversee the complaints. There is a fairness problem when as a complainant you have no rights when you file a complaint. I have no doubt Speaker Madigan knew this was going on. Tim Mapes, his top aide, has resigned. Madigan should be forced out by his members who keep him in power.
Today, State Representative Jeanne Ives called for House Speaker Michael J. Madigan’s Chief of Staff Tim Mapes to step down over allegations of sexual harassment. Ives additionally advocates for a transparent reporting process in Springfield.

"The office of House Speaker is powerful and carries with it a great deal of responsibility. Tim Mapes, like Kevin Quinn, abused that power," said Ives.

"And it is because of Speaker Madigan’s failure to carry out the responsibility of his leadership position that we’re at this point. He failed to do his job and ensure that a Legislative Inspector General was in place and that complaints were handled in a timely manner.

“Because of his failure, numerous women have been hurt – professionally and otherwise. His own Democratic members should call for him to step down from his position as House Speaker just as Senator Ira Silverstein was removed from his leadership position in the Senate.

“Last fall, over 300 women signed a #MeToo letter. Since then women like Denise Rotheimer, Alaina Hampton, MaryAnn Loncar and now Ms. Garrett have come forward to share their stories. “These women are forced to come forward publicly because they know if they report to the Legislative Ethics Commission they will just be reporting to the same offending politicians.

“Additionally, because of Denise Rotheimer’s experience, women also know that if they report harassment in Springfield, they will have no rights as they go through the investigative process.
“The lack of accountability in state government is stunning and unacceptable.

“Leaders like Madigan, Mapes, and Lou Lang have abused their power long enough. It is time that the people of this state hold them accountable for their actions at the ballot box and by demanding a transparent reporting process in Springfield.

“We should have a system that checks the abuses of those in power. Under Speaker Madigan and Tim Mapes, however, we have a system where those in power abuse and protect each other from accountability.”

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State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, responds to a partisan attack on President Donald Trump by a Democrat legislator during debate on Senate Bill 454. legislation regarding the individualized education program (IEP) for special education students.




SPRINGFIELD – In response to allegations of abuse made against Representative Lou Lang at a Capitol press conference today, State Representative Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, is calling for the legislative ethics system to be reformed and strengthened to better protect alleged victims who come forward with claims of abuse or misconduct.

“Today we had a woman come forward, Maryann Loncar, with specific allegations of bullying, harassment and intimidation against the Deputy Majority of the Illinois House, Representative Lou Lang. The current legislative ethics process to adjudicate allegations of abusive behavior like these is clearly broken. The bottom line is, complainants need rights and deserve to have their voices heard and their allegations fully investigated. The current process does not adequately allow for that. Nor does it hold offenders fully accountable. We will never end the culture of sexual harassment and abusive behavior in state government unless and until the adjudication process is fixed. It is ironic that the self-appointed champion of the Equal Rights Amendment finds himself at the center of these latest allegations.”

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State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, speaks during debate in opposition to HB 3342, legislation to implement the FY 2019 Illinois state budget.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, speaks during debate against Senate Bill 2939, legislation proposing to sell seats of admission to the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) to out-of-state residents. Rep. Ives believes admission to IMSA should be for qualified Illinois students.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, speaks during debate against Senate Bill 2546, legislation to expand the public sector union for graduate assistants at Illinois’ public universities, which has demonstrated anti-military bias by urging STEM workers to “take the pledge to refuse employment from all militaries and defense companies."

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, speaks during debate in opposition to HR 1025, a resolution calling for Illinois to implement a Progressive Income Tax system.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, speaks against SB 193, which would create a “Worker Protection Unit” within the Office of the Attorney General to further over-regulate the business industry on various labor issues. The bill failed on a vote of 67-49, having required 71 votes to override the Governor's veto.

Rep. Jeanne Ives was honored to speak at the Warrenville VFW Memorial Day ceremony. They had a full program of speakers and music. 500 flags were on display as well as the replica of the Vietnam War memorial wall. Well done, Warrenville.

On this Memorial Day, we pause to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms across the generations. May God Bless our fallen soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard personnel as well as those they left behind; grieving families and a grateful nation.

I would like to share with you a message from University of Illinois President Dr. Tim Killeen in observance of Memorial Day. I appreciate Dr. Killeen's strong recognition U of I's long history of supporting military students and veterans over the years. This heritage is something we can all be proud of. You can read Dr. Killeen's message below, or on the University of Illinois President's webpage by clicking HERE.

Happy Memorial Day from the Ives Family to yours.

- Jeanne

Apparently, some in higher education have forgotten that both freedom and peace must be defended. That defense requires the brightest minds and most advanced equipment available. Yet, the socialist Graduate Employees’ Organization (GEO) of the University of Illinois is urging STEM workers to “take the pledge to refuse employment from all militaries and defense companies.”

The GEO is an organization that went on strike three weeks before the end of semester. The strike yielded these teaching assistants taxpayer-funded pay increases over the next three years of 9.5%, an increase in health coverage costs to 87% from 80%, guaranteed tuition and fee reimbursement, child care assistance, and grievance protection from “micro-aggressions.” 

Of course, these benefits are virtually unheard of in the private sector. It is truly concerning how out-of-touch many in our higher education system seem to be.

The Illinois House of Representatives returns to Springfield today. Session is scheduled to begin at 4:00pm. You can watch or listen LIVE online by visiting the Illinois General Assembly website HERE. You can follow session live all week.  Here are the start times:

SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) filed legislation on Tuesday in response to a proposal outlined by economists with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago that Illinois enact a statewide property tax assessment in addition to the property taxes Illinois homeowners already pay.  Specifically, the economists suggest a special property assessment they estimate would be about 1% of actual property value each year for 30 years; leading to an average increase of 40 percent to an Illinois homeowner’s property tax bill. 

Representative Ives’ House Resolution 1072 calls on the Illinois General Assembly to oppose any legislative proposal or initiative that would enact a statewide property tax assessment. An Illinois homeowner living in a home valued at $184,000 (the median home value in the United States) pays approximately $4,300 in annual property taxes. Many Illinois homeowners pay far above that average. Comparatively, a homeowner in Wisconsin pays approximately $3,600; in Michigan, $3,200; in Iowa, $2,800; in Missouri, $1,800; and in Indiana and Kentucky $1,600.
The following testimony and supporting documentation was provided to members of the Cities & Villages Committee on Tuesday, May 8 during a subject matter hearing on HB 5644, legslation introduced and sponsored by Representative Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton:

Chapter 9 bankruptcy option for municipalities
Testimony of Mr. Mark Glennon, Founder and Executive Editor, Wirepoints, Inc.

Is Chapter 9 Bankruptcy the Ultimate Remedy for Financially Distressed Municipalities: Are There Better Resolution Mechanisms?
Testimony of James E. Spiotto, Co-Publisher of MuniNetGuide.com

Testimony of the Honorable Scott Eisenhauer, Mayor of Danville

Beyond Harvey: Many Illinois municipalities running out of options
Wirepoints Special Report by Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner





The Illinois House of Representatives returns to Springfield today. Session is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm. You can watch or listen LIVE online by visiting the Illinois General Assembly website HERE. House Committees will meet this afternoon following session.
Today at 3:00pm in Cities & Villages Committee I will be providing testimony on House Bill 5644; legislation I have introduced to establish a neutral evaluation process for financially stressed communities throughout Illinois to explore the option of restructuring their debt obligations. Ted Dabrowski from Wirepoints.com published a detailed study on the financial crisis facing many communities throughout Illinois and its implications for taxpayers. You can read that report by clicking HERE.

The Illinois House of Representatives returns to Springfield today. Session is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm. You can watch or listen LIVE online by visiting the Illinois General Assembly website HERE. House Committees will meet this afternoon following session.
Next Friday, April 27 is the 3rd Reading deadline for all House bills, meaning that all legislation which originated in the House of Representatives must be called by that day unless an extension is approved, typically granted to a small number of bills each year.
After that, the House is adjourned until Tuesday, May 8, from which point we will remain in session nearly every day until our scheduled adjournment on May 31, the deadline to pass a new state budget for FY 2019, which begins this summer on July 1.
To let me know what YOU think the State’s budget and spending priorities should be, please click on the CONTACT tab on the menu toolbar above or call my Springfield Office at (217) 558-1037.  I look forward to hearing your feedback.
Sincerely,

Jeanne Ives
State Representative, 42nd District


Rep. Ives Statement at Press Conference in Harvey, Illinois
April 16, 2018

The Illinois political ruling class has been scamming people for generations into believing that math is an opinion.

Like all scams, this one is coming undone as the truth and the inexorable math can no longer be denied.

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Last week, the truth of decades of scamming people to prop up Ponzi schemes caught up to the City of Harvey when officials announced their intent to layoff about half of their firefighters and police officers. 

In Illinois it appears there is nothing more important than elections. That’s why the Illinois House of Representatives has not met in over a month. The Primary Election was held on March 20, yet the politicians who control the legislative calendar saw fit to give themselves plenty of time off to campaign – and then even more time to vacation in the nearly three weeks since. Who cares about the state budget? Who cares about the crushing tax burden on Illinois families? Who cares about reforms that would increase jobs, growth and opportunity in Illinois? Judging based on the legislative calendar, apparently not the politicians in charge.  

The consequences of taking so much time off this spring means we have a condensed time period in which to hold hearings on literally hundreds of bills in committee and to pass a state budget by the end of May. This Friday, April 13 is the deadline for House bills to be heard in committee. That’s right, after taking more than a month off we’re being given one week to consider hordes of new bills, intentionally rushing them all through the legislative process. Incredibly, many committees have not held hearings at all yet this spring! Now they are expected to complete all their work in one week.

Yesterday the Illinois House of Representatives took a number of votes related to the regulation of guns.  None of the bills are directly related to making schools safer, government more accountable, or addressing the problem of disaffected and troubled people intent on committing atrocities.

The Parkland shooter was a troubled teen with numerous behavior problems that schools ignored, local law enforcement ignored, and even the FBI dropped the ball on despite being provided specific credible threats about the shooter, which they failed to investigate. 

Our natural reaction in the wake of a tragedy is to take action. Action can and should be taken to better protect our schools and to keep guns out of the hands of those who suffer from mental illness. I believe we can do so without infringing upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners in the State of Illinois. There must be a greater emphasis on access to mental health services and intervention by family and law enforcement agencies BEFORE a tragedy occurs. School safety must also be our utmost priority.
The Governor's annual Budget Address is taking place at Noon today in Springfield. You can watch or listen LIVE online by visiting the State of Illinois website HERE or the Illinois General Assembly website HERE

To let me know what YOU think the State’s budget and spending priorities should be this year, please visit the CONTACT page on this website on the menu toolbar above or call my Springfield Office at (217) 558-1037.  I look forward to hearing your feedback.

Sincerely,

Jeanne Ives
State Representative, 42nd District
Greetings from snowy Wheaton! 2018 is off to a busy start as I prepare to file a series of new bills and re-file previously introduced bills aimed at making our state government more accountable and less intrusive while taking concrete steps toward enacting meaningful property tax relief and constitutional pension reform.

2018 may well prove to be the fork in the road for Illinois; a choice between continuing down the path of fiscal recklessness or the difficult-but-necessary decisions that must be made to restore stability to the Illinois budget and growth to our economy.  With that in mind, the Illinois House of Representatives is scheduled to return to Springfield for the start of the 2018 legislative session on Tuesday, January 23. 

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.

Sincerely,
Jeanne

Rep. Ives: Keeping You Informed

New legislation would ban taxpayer-funded harassment settlements in Springfield” Illinois News Network: With a wave of harassment accusations in Springfield, lawmakers want to ensure their colleagues accused of misconduct aren’t bailed out by Illinois taxpayers… read the full story here

Illinois Losing 1 Resident Every 4.6 Minutes to Other States” Illinois Policy Institute: New data from the U.S. Census Bureau are revealing the severity of Illinois’ people problem. From July 2016 to July 2017, Illinois saw a net loss of nearly 115,000 people to other states on net, or 1 person every 4.6 minutes… read the full story here

ISBE Doubles Budget Request, Seeks $15B to Fund Evidence-Based Model” WTTW/Chicago Tonight: Approving a new evidence-based funding model for public education last year was the first step in improving Illinois’ long-broken formula. Now the state has to find a way to pay for it. The Illinois State Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously approved its fiscal year 2019 budget request, seeking nearly twice as much funding from the state – approximately $15.7 billion – in order to help districts across Illinois find equity and meet their adequacy targets…read the full story here

Op-Ed: Medicaid work requirements for able-bodied, childless adults make sense” Illinois News Network: Helping people when they're down is admirable. Helping people who are down learn how to help themselves is both admirable and far more sustainable, financially, in the long term. That's why the Trump administration's decision last week to allow U.S. states to develop work-requirement programs for healthy, childless Medicaid recipients is a smart one. Under the new guidelines, individuals with disabilities and small children, women who are pregnant, and the elderly would be exempt from the work requirements…read the full story here