Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has announced that his office will immediately suspend mailing out vehicle registration renewal reminders to the public due to the lack of a state budget. Those who want to continue receiving a reminder must sign up to receive electronic notices through the Secretary of State’s web site

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FY16 Budget
Comptroller Munger: Early Intervention payments will be made.

IDHS.gifComptroller, DHS agree EI services fall under active consent decree. Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger announced Wednesday that her office is setting up accounts and will immediately begin making payments to Early Intervention providers as soon as it receives vouchers from the Department of Human Services (DHS).

Munger learned from her Nonprofit Advisory Council last week that Early Intervention services were "slipping through the cracks" of consent decrees requiring payments during the budget impasse, and she contacted DHS officials to discuss what payment options were available. After looking more closely at several active consent decrees, DHS and the Comptroller agreed that Early Intervention services were covered and they immediately began setting up the processes for making payments to providers.

"I know the tremendous benefits that Early Intervention services can provide to our delayed and disabled infants and toddlers, and I was extremely concerned when I learned many providers would likely be suspending their vital therapeutic services at the end of this month," Munger said. "My office is working today to set up the accounts and we will immediately begin making payments to Early Intervention providers as soon as we receive vouchers from DHS so we can avoid further hardships."

Early Intervention providers, who work on development strategies with disabled infants and toddlers, are the latest group in a growing list of organizations to be penalized by the ramifications of the budget impasse, now in its third month. Munger announced last week that the current $6.2 billion bill backlog is expected to grow to $8.5 billion by the end of December if the impasse continues.
State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) recently filed House Bill 4288 in an effort to provide economic growth and job creation along Lake Michigan. Following a series of economic roundtables this spring with local leaders from lakefront communities and state agencies, Jesiel worked on crafting the legislation. The bill aims to provide relief from an overly burdensome regulatory system that has interfered with repairs and redevelopment at the North Point Marina and Illinois Beach State Park.

“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,” said Jesiel. “State statute is one of those reasons and this legislation takes a direct approach to getting burdensome government regulation out of the way so we can create jobs and grow our local economy by utilizing what we already have.”

Jesiel’s legislation addresses a key issue preventing repair and redevelopment work for locations like North Point Marina and Illinois Beach State Park that fall under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Under the Illinois Procurement Code, only certain contractors can bid for jobs at locations under IDNR jurisdiction. This provision disqualifies many well suited local contractors from applying for projects and leads to major delays and extra costs to facilities like North Point Marina.
Pictured left to right: State Representative Sheri Jeisel, Tricia Conway, External Affairs Area Manager, AT&T, Deborah Rabine, Director of Development, NorthPointe Resources and Dina Donohue, Chief Executive Officer, NorthPointe Resources.
NorthPointe Resources won an AT&T* “Investing in Illinois Award” for its non-profit work to help people in Illinois. NorthPointe Resources will receive $2,000 from AT&T to be used to provide a wide range of services and programs for individuals with disabilities, emphasizing individual growth, health and well-being.

“There are great non-profit organizations improving lives in Illinois. By supporting these organizations, we’re strengthening the communities we serve,” said Tricia Conway, external affairs manager, AT&T.

State Rep. Sheri Jeisel nominated NorthPointe Resources for the recognition from AT&T Illinois. The AT&T “Investing in Illinois Awards” provide resources and recognition to organizations and programs that improve lives in their communities and the state. They’re advancing education, economic growth, new technologies and other essential community services.
Last week, State Representative Sheri Jesiel was joined by Lake County Board Member Steve Carlson and several local residents at her most recent townhall meeting in Grandwood Park. Residents discussed numerous issues with Jesiel, including the ongoing budget impasse, how to solve Illinois' pension crisis and how to end gerrymandering in Illinois.