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