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This week, State Representatives Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) and Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) co-hosted a free Small Business Summit to provide local businesses with helpful advice on workforce development, tax credits and other economic development programs. The summit was held at the College of Lake County in Grayslake.

"Small business is the engine that drives our economy, which is why it is so important to have a strong small business climate in Lake County and Illinois,” said Jesiel. “Lake County has some very useful resources to support our small businesses, but we need to make sure our businesses know about them.”

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the College of Lake County is one of the resources that presented at the summit. The SBDC promotes the creation, expansion and employment growth of small businesses in Lake County by offering free one-on-one advising, low-cost workshops, networking and development expertise, all provided by experienced business professionals. Their services range to everything from the development of start-up business plans and marketing, to expansion into international markets.
Equifax, an Atlanta based credit-rating agency, suffered a security breach on July 29th that exposed sensitive information of millions of Americans. Such information included social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers, birthdays, and addresses. It has been determined that 5.4 million Illinois residents have been affected by the breach. 

The company has set up a website where you can check if your personal information was affected by the breach:
From the Lake County Health Department:
The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center's Animal Care and Control program is offering the last two low-cost pet vaccination clinics of 2017 on the following dates:
  • September 9, from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Grayslake Police Department (10 South Seymour, Grayslake, IL). Weather permitting, the 4-H dog spin club “K9 Krew” will provide pet nail trims for a $5.00 donation. 
  • October 7, from 9 a.m. to noon at Beach Park Public Works (40185 Glendale, Beach Park, IL). 
These clinics provide a convenient and affordable way for Lake County residents to keep their pets up to date with shots and rabies tags.
State Representatives Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) and Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) are co-hosting a free Small Business Summit to provide local businesses with helpful advice on workforce development, tax credits and other economic development programs. The summit will be held on Wednesday, September 13 at the College of Lake County, located at 19351 W. Washington St., in Grayslake.

"Small business is the engine that drives our economy, employing roughly half of all Americans, so it is essential we have an environment and resources here in Lake County to ensure our small businesses are successful," said Jesiel.

The summit, also co-sponsored by the Lake County Small Business Development Center and Lake County Partners, will include a Springfield update on economic development and job creation initiatives by Jesiel and Sente. In addition, the event will feature Director Sean McCarthy of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), who will speak about how DCEO can help small businesses.
Following a series of last minute changes, the Illinois General Assembly recently approved a major overhaul of Illinois’ school funding formula. State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor), who served on the School Funding Reform Commission and was previously involved in extensive negotiations, expressed concerns about the approved overhaul, House Floor Amendment 5 to Senate Bill 1947:

“For close to a year, I served on the Governor’s commission to review methods to reform Illinois’ school funding formula and subsequently negotiating the creation a new evidence-based funding model. I firmly believe an evidence-based funding model is the responsible and research based approach needed to create a truly equitable funding structure to dramatically improve how schools are funded in Illinois. That being said, most residents know that I opposed Senate Bill 1 for several reasons, primarily because Senate Bill 1 included several provisions that would take funds away from our school districts and send them to CPS. In addition, some of the new provisions had significant shortcomings and virtually nothing in the bill adequately shifted school funding reliance away from local property taxes.

“When news broke last week that a new compromise had been reached to bridge the gap between the original Senate Bill 1, the Governor’s Amendatory Veto and the last Republican proposal, I was hopeful. Unfortunately, while the compromise produced in the amendment to Senate Bill 1947 was certainly an improvement on Senate Bill 1, it still contained a majority of provisions that concerned me, among them a property tax “swap” which will only help 32 of the state’s 852 school districts and is not required to be funded every year, and Illinois taxpayers are still on the hook to help pay for Chicago Public School’s mismanagement of pension funds over the last two decades.
From the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO):
To help tackle the seemingly endless barrage of leaves, twigs, thorny rose trimmings (ouch!), banana peels and that weird collection of egg shells and to supply your fall flowers with a renewable water source, we will be hosting a Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale at our Gurnee Facility on Friday, September 15th. Grab a few Compost Bins and/or Rain Barrels to help organize your good intentions. These make wonderful housewarming, hostess & holiday gifts too!

Friday, September 15
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.