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.