During the House floor debate on Friday with only 4 days left in the regular session, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) stood up to join House Republicans in calling for a commitment towards a budget solution and compromise.

Republicans noted that given the limited time remaining during the regular session, the House should remain in session through the weekend and allow the bipartisan budget working groups to craft a compromise.

House Republicans held a press conference immediately following the vote on an appropriation plan that spends $7 billion more in revenue than the state has coming into its coffers.

"Instead of waiting for recommendations from the bipartisan budget working groups, the Speaker decided to drop a 500-page budget that overspends by $7,000,000,000 at 4:30 this afternoon," said a frustrated Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor). "We had all of 90 minutes to review."

Read more in the Caucus Blog.
State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers to discuss the importance of cutting the red tape holding back business and job growth in Illinois. Jesiel noted the value of providing opportunities for job creators to stay in Illinois and grow. She proposed that doing so will furnish more good paying jobs for middle class families and lower the property tax burden each family has to shoulder by spreading it among more businesses and people.
Today, the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office announced a change to Illinois driver’s licenses and ID cards designed to protect against identity theft and to bring Illinois closer to compliance with the REAL ID Act of 2005. The enhanced security features will include a new photo structure, a design that includes patterns, lines and images to make it more difficult to counterfeit, a laser perforation and an ultraviolet feature.

There’s no need to replace your driver’s license or ID card immediately, but there are a few changes to the process you should be aware of when it comes time to renew your license or ID.
Responding to the passage of a stopgap funding measure in the Illinois House of Representatives that will provide funds to Illinois’ numerous human services providers, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) had this to say:

“This isn’t a final solution, but it will ensure the doors stay open for the providers that take care of our most vulnerable,” said Jesiel. “What this measure really does is demonstrate that we can work together and find creative solutions to get things done when there is a willingness from both sides to do so.”

The measure, Amendment to Senate Bill 2038, uses funds from the Commitment to Human Services Fund and other state funds, but critically does not use General Revenue Funds. As with the funds used from the Education Assistance Fund in the higher education stopgap measure, these funds were already set aside for human services and will not add to Illinois’ current backlog of unpaid bills.
On Monday afternoon, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) joined Congressman Bob Dold, Beach Park Mayor John Hucker, the Lake County Stormwater Management Commission and the Bull Creek Stakeholders Association for a tour of Bull Creek in Beach Park.

The Stormwater Management Commission recently received a federal grant that will help restore and stabilize areas of Bull Creek that have been severely eroded. This project will play a critical role in protecting the stability of homes along the creek and preserving the ecosystem of this valuable Lake Michigan tributary which is part of a system that provides safe drinking water for 35 million Americans.

Read more in the ZBGuide.com.
Two measures, one citizen-initiated and one originating in the Illinois House, were moved forward in attempts to change the way the State draws legislative maps to elect future members of the Illinois House and Senate. Circulators of petitions for the Illinois Independent Map Amendment stated on Friday, April 29, that they had gathered the needed signatures to place their amendment on the Illinois ballot in November. 290,216 signatures were required. If the signatures and amendment are accepted by the courts, Illinois voters will face a ballot question on whether to amend the state Constitution. The amendment, if adopted, will create an independent commission to draw future district maps for Illinois legislators. The next mapmaking cycle will follow release of the numbers generated by the 2020 census.

Because the Constitution places very narrow limits on the kinds of amendments that can be originated by the people and placed on ballots by petition, litigation against the Independent Map Amendment is likely.
This evening, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) and State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) will be hosting a Tele-Town Hall event live from Springfield. Residents of the 61st and 64th House Districts will receive a call at approximately 7 p.m. to join the call and will be connected to a live Q&A session with Reps Jesiel and Wheeler in Springfield.

There is no cost to participate. Should you miss the 7 p.m. call, but still wish to participate, you can join the call by dialing (815) 414-9711.
The symposium brings together those interested in and actively researching Lake County History. Attend a series of presentations on this year’s theme, “Women in Lake County History.”

This year’s topics include: Lake Forest Women Writers, 1889–1941; From Gowns to Gavels: The Life and Work of Virginia Fiester Frederick; The Ryan Sisters of Lake Forest; The Women’s Club Movement; First Women to Vote in Illinois; Wauconda Area Women Who Served in WWII; and Susannah Smith Minto of Millburn.

Saturday, May 14, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Lake County Discovery Museum
This morning, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) joined Governor Bruce Rauner for a visit to Lakes Community High School in Lake Villa to talk about the need to pass a state budget that fully funds K-12 education to ensure schools open on time in the fall. Jesiel and the Governor toured the campus and spoke with students. Jesiel noted how it was great to see so many intelligent and engaged students from the 61st District.
In February, a group of Illinois lawmakers began formally requesting that Auditor General Frank Mautino work expeditiously to answer serious questions about campaign expenditures and reporting procedures dating back to his time in the Illinois House of Representatives. Today, more than three months later, lawmakers stressed that Mautino’s foot dragging needs to stop.

“Our first letter to Auditor General Mautino was sent on February 1st. He requested a bit more time to which we willingly agreed. At the end of February, he told us we could expect an answer within weeks. But now we’re in the month of May, and these questions are still festering because he simply won’t address them,” said State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville). “If there’s nothing improper, as he asserts, then why won’t he simply answer the questions so he and we can put this issue behind us?”

State Senator Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) had raised concerns in February when the Ottawa Times and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald newspapers wrote about questions surrounding campaign account transactions when Mautino served as a State Representative.
The task force, created in April 2016 by executive order, has been asked to look into possible fraud, waste, and abuse in state-administered health care programs. Illinois taxpayers pay $19 billion a year to administer and pass through payments on state-run health care programs. Most of this money is paid directly by state taxpayers to Illinois, and a large subset is paid through federal taxes paid by Illinoisans to Washington, D.C.-based programs in which both Illinois and the federal government collaborate and provide funds.

Rauner has asked the task force to review the best practices currently used by the private sector to examine and control soaring health care costs. Other states’ efforts to reduce Medicaid fraud and other forms of public sector health care abuse are also to be looked at. The task force will work with data managers skilled at “big data” analytics to uncover statistical patterns indicative of non-optimal health care billing and spending.
It's National Small Business Week. Over 50% of Americans are employed because of small business and they are the leading job creators in America. Making Illinois a friendly place for small business again will help Illinois have a dynamic economy with high quality jobs.

Learn more about small business and its impact at: www.sba.gov/nsbw.

An evening showcasing robotics in action is set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the P.E. Center (Building 7) on the College of Lake County Grayslake campus, 19351 W. Washington St. Visitors can take the controls, create their own robots or watch robots made by local teams in action and learn how technology is used. Robotics Night is designed for people of all ages. Registration at clcillinois.edu/STEM is recommended. Contact Professor Jan Edwards at jedwards1@clcillinois.edu or the CLC Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences division at (847) 543-2044 for more information.