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You may have recently received this flyer from a group called "Stand for Children" in your mail. If you have been keeping up with my posts about my involvement with and support for education funding reform, you will also know that of all the bogus and misleading flyers sent out against me over the past few years, this is one of the most laughable.

The items in the blue box on the flyer are fairly straightforward and for the most part I actually agree with them. But what Stand for Children is not telling you is that they, along with numerous other "advocacy groups" pressuring legislators are in the tank for Chicago Public Schools. The school funding model in SB1 as originally drafted needed some work but we thought we were reaching some reasonable agreements until the final amendment - House Floor Amendment 2 - loaded up what was a real opportunity for reform with hundreds of millions of dollars in funds for Chicago that no other school district gets. And it bakes them into the model now and forever.
Antioch’s Taste of Summer. 
Food, carnival, exhibitors & sidewalk sales with crafts!

4 Days of fun in downtown Antioch are a must for summer pleasure. Carnival rides and games add up to fun for the whole family. Enjoy the delectable specialties prepared by top restaurants. Dine in the relaxing sunshine or under the Big Top while listening to top entertainment in the Brook Bandshell. Browse among our Taste Exhibitors, plus find bargains at our Sidewalk Sales with a mix of Crafters too!
State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) is hosting a free document shredding event on Saturday, July 22 in conjunction with the Townships of Antioch, Benton, Lake Villa, Newport, Warren and Zion. The event will be held at Beach Park Middle School on N. Green Bay Road in Beach Park from 9a.m. to noon.

“For anyone who needs to clean out the file cabinet and dispose of those sensitive documents you can’t safely throw away anymore, this is a great opportunity,” said Jesiel. “My staff and I will be available to unload documents and have them immediately shredded.”

WHO: 
Residents of the 61st District

WHAT: 
Document Shredding

WHEN: 
Saturday, July 22
9 a.m. to Noon
State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) says that by overriding Gov. Rauner’s veto of a tax increase and unsustainable budget, the state will continue to be held back by the same failed policies on the past.

“When these pieces of legislation were presented on extremely short notice in the House on Sunday, I understood that many of my colleagues felt compelled to vote for the tax increase because of the desperate circumstances facing Illinois,” said Jesiel. “Yet, countless opportunities prior this point were allowed to pass without taking any action. It should never have been allowed.

“I unequivocally agree that we cannot continue to put our most vulnerable, our school children and our universities at risk because of the lack of a budget, but we cannot keep asking our residents to be an ATM for the same failed policies. No one is protecting the taxpayers - single parents, families and seniors just trying to stay in their homes because their taxes are so high they can barely afford to make ends meet.
Speaking on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) says that residents of Illinois cannot continue to be the ATM for a state that fails to recognize its spending problems and make structural changes.
State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) explains how reforming Illinois' education funding model to an evidence based structure will lead to better outcomes for all students and taxpayers across the state.
State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) is pushing education funding legislation that will pick up where Senate Bill 1 failed by ensuring new funding for all Illinois school districts, instead of skewing school funding to first drive new money to one school district - Chicago.

Jesiel is Chief Co-Sponsor of House Bill 4069, which is the same as SB 1124 in the Senate. The legislation restores truly equitable funding through an evidence based school funding formula that drives more funding to low income students and to school districts that need it most, along with a hold-harmless provision that prevents any school district from losing funding. The bills include both a base funding and tier funding model that ensures every school district would receive more funding than under SB 1 and was drafted from agreed language in SB 1 before an amendment was added to bail out the Chicago Public School System.

“This legislation creates the clean education funding reform model that students in my district desperately need and represents an opportunity to ensure every child in the state is treated the same, instead of perpetuating an outdated model that picks winners and losers,” said Jesiel.

She continued, “By using a per-pupil approach to funding, instead of per district approach, and running all funding through the evidence based formula, every district sees more new funding. The State Board of Education has reviewed both plans and their data clearly shows the model in House Bill 4069/Senate Bill 1124 is the most fair and equitable path forward.”

Jesiel noted that the formula in SB 1 builds in perks that only Chicago receives, meaning that Chicago Public Schools would receive a disproportionate share of any new funding that would be run through the model. Under House Bill 4069/Senate Bill 1124, these perks are removed, so that all school districts in the state would receive considerably more of any new funding – in many cases, almost double what would have been received in SB 1. Watch video on the House floor as Jesiel questions school officials on this difference, Click Here and Click Here.