...Weeks after the shooting of Justus Howell by a Zion police officer was ruled a justifiable homicide, lawmakers on Thursday started considering a plan to use money from traffic tickets to pay for police body cameras.

Illinois could be the first state in the nation to have a statewide implementation plan for body cameras... Click here to read the full Daily Herald article.
This year’s free fair will offer helpful guides, literature and other resources from state, county and local government.

For more information call (847) 855-8600.
Illinoisans cannot be clearer; they do not want the state to raise taxes, any taxes, until and unless reforms are in place. Reforms that will ensure the spend-and-borrow policies of the past don’t continue. Reforms that curtail rampant abuse of state allocated grants. Reforms that encourage job growth.

Taxpayers don’t trust politicians with their money and they need proof Springfield has really changed before they give the okay to increase revenue.

It’s a fair request. After all...
  • Governor Quinn told us the temporary income tax would balance the budget and pay off old bills. But it didn’t. 
  • Taxpayers were told the lottery revenue would increase funding for education. But it didn’t. 
  • We all were told state grants would go to violence prevention in Chicago. But it didn’t. 
Illinoisans understandably want leaders in Springfield to clean up their act before they give them more of their hard earned money to spend.

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The day of remembrance for those who have served our country, especially those who have fallen in its service, was observed on Monday, May 25. Memorial Day was raised from informal, local day of observance to national holiday through the effort of native Illinoisan General John A. Logan, a veteran of the Civil War and head of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Due to the significant workload facing the General Assembly before its scheduled May 31st adjournment, the Illinois House of Representatives reconvened and resumed its work on Monday.

State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) held a series of economic development roundtables at the Illinois Beach State Park and the North Point Marina with a number of local leaders and state agencies. Officials from Beach Park, Winthrop Harbor and Zion had the opportunity to speak with officials from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). Several topics were discussed to explore how the local natural resources can become drivers of job growth for the communities while preserving their natural beauty.

In a floor speech before the Illinois House of Representatives, Rep. Sheri Jesiel calls on her colleagues to work together and offer real and meaningful property tax reform. Jesiel noted that in her district, which borders Wisconsin, residents are flocking north across the border so they can save 30 to 40 percent on their taxes because of the bad policies in Illinois that are driving them from their homes.
Most Senate bills had to be out of House committee by the end of last week to remain alive. As the General Assembly continues to move towards May 31 adjournment, members of the Illinois House and Senate scrambled to get committee approval for their bills this week. Today, May 22, will see the deadline for Senate bills on the House floor.

Most Senate bills will either have been passed by the House and sent to the Governor for final signature, passed by the House as amended and sent back to the Senate for concurrence, or will have been sent to the House Rules Committee for failure to meet the deadline. Meanwhile, the Senate has a parallel deadline for House bills.

This year’s free fair will offer helpful guides, literature and other resources from state, county and local government.

For more information call (847) 855-8600.
State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) held a series of economic development roundtables at the Illinois Beach State Park and the North Point Marina last week with a number of local leaders and state agencies. Officials from Beach Park, Winthrop Harbor and Zion had the opportunity to speak with officials from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). Several topics were discussed to explore how the local natural resources can become drivers of job growth for the communities while preserving their natural beauty.

“This is a starting point to create a plan of action for cooperation among our communities and the state,” said Jesiel. “We are very lucky to have some wonderful natural resources in northeastern Lake County, but they’ve been under-utilized for a variety of reasons. State statute is one of those reasons and I hope to address that issue once we develop a strategy. In the past, we've run into obstacles because of state preservation statues, and IDNR and IEPA have expressed a willingness to work with the community leaders to whatever extent possible.”

Changing existing statute will be the primary role Jesiel may play through legislation in Springfield, which could facilitate programs and projects that are currently difficult, if not impossible. While Jesiel is looking to explore a number of avenues, she has already begun work on a couple pieces of legislation to help overcome some of these obstacles.
Just days after a vote to freeze property taxes that Republicans decried as a stunt, Democrats sent mailers to some suburban voters criticizing GOP lawmakers for not supporting it... See the full Daily Herald article here.

Are you upset that serious efforts to reform property taxes are being circumvented by political stunts?
Both the House and the Senate held repeated budget hearings last week to discuss estimated FY16 budget shortfalls of $6 billion to $8 billion, depending on how the red ink is counted.

Governor Rauner submitted a budget for FY16 to the General Assembly in February. Since that time, Democrats that opposes Rauner have repeatedly attacked budgetary adjustments made in this spending plan, but have neither generated a budget of their own nor issued a projection of State revenues from which a budget can be generated. The General Assembly is required to enact a budget for FY16, starting July 1, no later than May 31.
SPRINGFIELD – State Representatives Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) and Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake), seat mates in the House Chamber and who represent neighboring districts, joined together in a call for meaningful property tax reform. They noted reforms need to be carried out through thoughtful discussion and deliberation, not through the phony tactics being employed by Democrats who knew the legislation debated today would never arrive at the Governor’s desk.

“I support comprehensive property tax reform as part of a package of reforms that address unfunded mandates, cost drivers, and policies that drive businesses and taxpayers out of Illinois,” said Jesiel. “If we can attract and retain business, it will spread the costs over a broader tax base, lowering taxes for everyone. This is the only way that we will ever get lasting property tax relief.”

In the ongoing theme of the past couple weeks in Springfield, Democrats again brought a doomed property tax amendment before the House knowing it wouldn’t ever become law. Jesiel and Wheeler are calling for support of House Bill 136, and its release from the House Rules Committee by the Speaker, which seeks common sense property tax reform that does not put local schools and residents’ quality of life in jeopardy.
Once again the Democrat-controlled House brought sham legislation to a vote for the sole purpose of putting Republican lawmakers in a trick bag and embarrassing the new Governor.

House Republicans have long worked to provide Illinoisans with much needed and deserved property tax relief. Each year members of the House Republican Caucus introduce legislation that would deliver property tax relief and each year the Democrats block those measures. The real roadblock to property tax relief has been the Democrat-controlled legislature.

It is not without merit that House Republicans question the majority leadership’s commitment to property tax relief, when out of the clear blue sky they embrace so-called property tax freeze legislation that neither includes reforms nor guarantees that property taxes won’t increase. It is not hard to draw the accurate conclusion that it is just more political theatre.
State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) spoke at an event at the Illinois State Capitol on April 28th that brought together more than 20 organizations that fight human trafficking to not only honor these heroes, but also to help them advocate for their cause. The event served as a means to increase public awareness of this terrible crime, to improve coordination between government agencies, law enforcement, and independent groups, and to honor the heroes who fight it every day.

“It is hard to believe that in 2015, in our country and state, that this terrible exploitation of human beings takes place right under our noses,” said Jesiel. “There is a human face to this crime – these victims are someone’s sons and daughters, sisters and brothers or parents, and their stories are heartbreaking. It’s time to raise awareness and partner together so we can rescue those who can’t rescue themselves.”

Jesiel has taken an active role legislatively against human trafficking and other issues relating to human exploitation this session. Her first major piece of legislation this year, House Bill 2822, creates the Human-Trafficking Task Force Act. The task force will examine the traumatic impact that human-trafficking is having in Illinois and offer solutions by June of 2016 as to how the state of Illinois can partner with other agencies to counter this surprisingly prevalent practice.
SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) expressed great disappointment that Illinois House Democrats tried to amend and pass an unserious and un-agreed to budget bill in an attempt to divide the House further.

“The actions in the House yesterday represent the worst of Chicago politics and why so many people are fed up with Springfield,” said Jesiel. “The budget bill and its 16 amendments, totaling hundreds of pages, were brought to the floor just hours after being filed. Unfortunately, it was not a serious effort and the Speaker and his members knew it wouldn’t actually become law.”

Jesiel continued, “The worst part of this dishonest attempt is that it raised the hopes of so many people, not knowing this bill wasn’t seriously meant to become law. I’m also disappointed because this action disrespects not only other legislators, the Governor, the many groups who have been working with lawmakers for months, but it disrespects the legislative process and our democracy.”
Over 160 Culver’s restaurants across the country will participate in a fundraiser for their local Honor Flight on Tuesday, May 19. Local Culver's in Antioch and Zion will donate 10% of their sales to Honor Flight on that day.

Honor Flight is a non-profit group created to honor America’s veterans by transporting them to Washington D.C to visit their war memorials. The Honor flight network gives top priority to senior veterans such as World War II survivors and those terminally ill who fought in later conflicts.

Lake County Honor Flight's Program Director, Paula Carballido brought the program to Lake County in 2012. As the president of the Exchange Club of North Chicago, one of her duties was to participate in the Exchange Club's Americanism program, the board had an idea of taking veterans to Washington D.C. to visit their memorials-not knowing that Honor Flight actually existed. Through her as well as her team's dedication and research, they found that there existed a non-for-profit service that did just that. It was then that Paula and her team began to establish this very important Honor Flight hub in Lake County. Since then, they have taken 3 trips to Washington D.C. and have taken a total of 36 veterans in the last two years. All of whom have served in the Vietnam, Korean and WWII conflicts. Currently, there are 42 states that have Honor Flight hubs and there is a total of 133 hubs across the United States.
The Lincoln Funeral Coalition organized a series of events to mark the 150th anniversary of the return of President Abraham Lincoln’s remains to Illinois. On May 2 and May 3, the event included ceremonies, lectures, workshops, and two one-day ceremonial processions featuring costumed reenactors. Saturday’s procession represented the delivery of the remains from the original railroad line to the Old State Capitol (where Lincoln was viewed on May 3-4, 1865), and on Sunday reenactors paid homage to Lincoln’s memory as they proceeded from the Old State Capitol to Oak Ridge Cemetery. Their destinations, the Old State Capitol and Lincoln’s Tomb, are State of Illinois historic sites open to the public.
On Wednesday, April 29, 92-year-old former Governor Dan Walker passed away. Noted for his folksy 1,000-mile “walk” through many Illinois communities in his successful 1972 campaign, the Democrat served a four-year term (January 1973 – January 1977) as Illinois’ chief executive. His leadership was marked by enactment of the Illinois State Lottery law; the first tickets were sold in summer 1974. Walker also signed the State law that created the Chicago-area Regional Transportation Authority (RTA).

After his time in office, Walker attempted to lead a Chicago-area savings and loan financial institution. Questionable activities led to his trial and conviction on federal charges. After being released from imprisonment, Walker moved to the San Diego area, where he spent much of the remainder of his life.
Each year, NFWL and the NRA join forces to provide six female high school juniors and seniors a $3,000 college scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to NFWL’s 2015 Annual Conference. The Conference will take place September 11-15 at the Renaissance Hotel in Oklahoma City.

This scholarship is not merely a great opportunity for young women to earn a college scholarship, it is a great leadership opportunity. At the NFWL conference in September, scholarship winners will have the chance experience a number of things that will help them with public speaking, networking, and converse one-on-one with women lawmakers from across the country. This is a great chance for young women to start on the path to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Application Requirements:
Application Packet:
The following materials should be EMAILED as separate documents, to meghan@womenlegislators.org by the deadline.
1. Completed Essay Contest Application Form
2. Final Essay
3. One (1) Letter of Recommendation from a teacher, advisor, employer, etc.
4. One (1) Letter of Recommendation from an elected woman official in your state.
"I was pleased to hear that thanks to revised estimates from the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability Gov. Rauner has acted quickly to restore funding for our most vulnerable. His swift action not only demonstrates his focus on providing for those most in need, but also means that those who couldn’t handle another loss of support can sleep a little easier. I am also hopeful his actions will help lead to more amicable budget negotiations and allow for passage of a budget without needing to extend session and cost taxpayers more in the process."