GURNEE – Residents of the 61st District wishing to turn in an old U.S. flag and exchange it for a new one may bring their used flag to the district office of State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) now through Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in honor of 9/11 remembrance. Area residents that are not constituents of 61st District may also bring their flags in for proper disposal.

Rep. Jesiel is sponsoring the U.S. Flag Exchange and Disposal Program through her district office as a way to provide area residents with the ability to honor our nation by having their old flags properly disposed of. Residents of the 61st District can obtain a new U.S. flag to display or keep at their home or office, while supplies last. Non-district residents may also bring in old flags for proper disposal, while veterans may receive a new flag even if they do not have one to exchange. The program is free of charge and provided at no cost to taxpayers.

“With the anniversary of 9/11 approaching, what better way to express your pride in being an American than to fly our nation’s flag at your home or business to show support for our troops serving overseas, and to honor the memory of the first responders and those who lost their lives on that fateful day,” said Jesiel. “I hope local residents will take advantage of this opportunity to honor our nation.”

Rep. Jesiel’s District Office is located on the lower level of the Warren Township Center at 17801 W. Washington Street, Gurnee, IL 60031. For further details contact Rep. Jesiel’s Legislative Aide Kelly at 847-855-9600.

GURNEE – State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) sat in on her first meeting with the Illegal Gun Trafficking Task Force last week following her recent appointment to the Task Force by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Westchester). Given the scourge of illegal gun violence that has plagued the city of the Chicago in recent months, and fear that it may spread to suburban communities, the efforts of the task force have become ever more pressing.

“The fear that violence due to illegal gun trafficking may spread beyond the confines of Chicago is a sad reality we must consider,” said Jesiel. “We know that Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the nation, and I think it will be vital that the task force delve into the ways in which we currently utilize these laws on the basis investigation, conviction, and penalization. There won’t be a simple answer, but we must ensure the violence associated with illegal gun trafficking doesn’t spread to our suburban communities or lead to the unnecessary targeting of law-abiding citizens. I look forward to working with the state police and the task force to find ways to deal with this troubling issue.”

The state police have highlighted on numerous occasions that the straw-purchasing of guns, 60 percent of which occur in other states, is the primary method that unregistered guns are getting into the hands of those determined to commit crime. According to statistics from the City of Chicago, twice as many illegal guns are recovered in Chicago compared to Los Angeles, and seven-times the number of New York City. Additionally, Chicago has the highest number of gang members per capita of any major U.S. city. This, and other factors, has led to the Governor’s decision to send the state police into Chicago to assist the Police in an effort to stop the violence.

GURNEE – State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) held her first annual recycling fair at Viking Middle School in Gurnee this past Saturday. The event offered recycling and donation for a number of items ranging from electronics to clothing and was a big hit with local residents.

“I’m pleased that so many residents took advantage of this occasion to clear-out their closet in a responsible and helpful way,” said Jesiel. “While the electronic recycling was a big hit, it was great to see so many donations to the Goodwill, U.S. flags collected for proper disposal, and old cell phones turned in to the Lions Club to be reused.”

The event featured electronic recycling, clothing donation, used U.S. Flag collection, battery recycling, and also keys, eyeglasses, and hearing aids recycling. Collecting vendors included, American Legion Post 771, the Goodwill Store, the Gurnee Lions Club, and Vintage Tech Recyclers. Jesiel said since the event was so successful she looks forward to hosting it again in the future.