With the arrival of the new year comes a series of new laws enacted by the State of Illinois. This year, over 200 new laws will take effect on January 1. These include bills for small technical corrections as well as major pieces of legislation. Click here to read a summary of these new laws. For more information on all the bills in the General Assembly, visit www.ilga.gov
The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking feedback on the state’s transportation system through its annual Illinois Traveler Opinion Survey, available until Dec. 31.

The annual survey, conducted through the University of Illinois Springfield’s Survey Research Office, seeks input on topics ranging from road conditions and ice-and-snow removal to commuting habits and driving behaviors. Questions also address IDOT’s website, the state’s rest-area system and Amtrak service. 
The Illinois Tollway and their partners in safety have launched Give Them Distance, a safe driving campaign that is urging the importance among Illinois drivers of the Move Over Law.

The Illinois Move Over Law is intended to protect roadway workers, emergency personnel and every driver who pulls off on the side of the road, by requiring drivers to reduce their speeds and change lanes safely when approaching any vehicle stopped alongside the road with hazard or emergency lights flashing.
From Antioch Township: Edwards Road is closed for culvert replacements between US 45 and Crawford Rd, until further notice. The detour route uses US 45 to IL Rte 173 to Crawford Rd. 

Find additional information and updates regarding this project by calling Antioch Township at (847) 395-3378 or visit their website, Click Here
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County will be hosting a household chemical drop-off event at their facility located at 1311 N. Estes Street Gurnee, IL 60031 on Saturday, December 9th.

APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED for Household Chemical Waste Events located at the Gurnee Facility to ensure safety & efficiency. Collections are for residential waste only. No business waste will be accepted. All SWALCO HCW Collection Events are FREE for Illinois residents ONLY.
Consumers Cooperative Association (CCA), the sponsor for Consumers Credit Union, is offering students the opportunity to earn one of ten (10) $2,000 scholarships!

The scholarships are available for students scheduled to graduate high school in the spring of 2018. Applicants are evaluated on academic performance, financial need and leadership abilities, in addition to their involvement and activity within the local community.

Interested applicants may apply online, Click Here. Applications must be received by
11:59pm CST on December 31, 2017 to be considered.
State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) is partnering with local community organizations Open Arms Mission and A Safe Place in hosting a holiday diaper and sock drive. Donations will be collected at Jesiel’s district office in Antioch from Friday, December 1st through Wednesday, December 20th.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) has announced the launch of HONOR 200, a signature program of the Illinois Bicentennial Celebration, honoring the work of 200 veterans whose contributions are above and beyond the call of duty.

The IDVA will work with veteran's organizations throughout the state to promote HONOR 200 and solicit nominations for those who will be recognized as part of the program. Nominees will be evaluated on their achievements and on the extent to which their contributions have aided, benefited and provided inspiration to their community. Anyone can nominate an Illinois Veteran up to the July 31, 2018 deadline. Written nominations can be sent to the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, 69 W. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60601 or on-line at www.illinois.gov/veterans.
This week, the Governor signed legislation supported by Rep. Sheri Jesiel that provides for a tax credit worth up to $750 for property owners in 18 Illinois counties where flood damages were sustained in July.

SB 403 creates a natural disaster credit that eligible, affected property owners may apply to their 2017 Illinois income taxes. Counties eligible for the credit include Cook, Lake, Kane, McHenry, Alexander, Clinton, Jackson, Marshall, Union, Woodford, Carroll, Henry, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson and Whiteside — all of which were declared state disaster areas by the governor last summer.
State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) hosted a free seminar for residents to learn how to protect themselves from identity theft on November 14. A number of high profile data breaches have recently struck companies like Equifax, potentially exposing the personal information of millions of Americans to criminal theft. This reality made it increasingly important for residents to know how to protect their personal information.

At the seminar, Berenice Martinez from the Illinois Attorney General’s office showed residents how to safeguard their credit card, social security and other sensitive information to prevent it from falling into the hands of criminals. Handouts, legislative brochures and refreshments were also be provided.

If you were unable to attend the seminar, but would like a copy of printed materials to help you protect your personal information, please call Rep. Jesiel's office at (847) 395-8000. You can also visit the Attorney General's consumer protection website to access additional information, print guides or contact the office for assistance, Click Here.
Homeowners and business owners impacted by the July 2017 flooding in Lake County may be eligible for loan assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA is opening a Disaster Loan Outreach Center at the Lake County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), 1303 Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville beginning Thursday, Nov. 16.View directions to the EOC. SBA Customer Service Representatives will be on-hand to issue loan applications, answer questions and help individuals complete their applications. Find out more by viewing this SBA news release

The deadline to file an application is now January 12, 2018. Under the SBA assistance program, those in Lake County and the contiguous counties of Cook and McHenry; and Kenosha in Wisconsin can apply for low-interest disaster loans.

Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) on the SBA’s website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) is hosting a free seminar for residents to learn how to protect themselves from identity theft on November 14. A number of high profile data breaches have recently struck companies like Equifax, potentially exposing the personal information of millions of Americans to criminal theft. This reality has made it increasingly important for residents to know how to protect their personal information.
The Illinois General Assembly will convene on Tuesday, November 7 for the second week of its fall veto session. When in veto session, the House and Senate hear motions by members to override vetoes of bills passed previously by the two chambers. A three-fifths majority in both houses is required to override a veto. In addition, the General Assembly can consider end-of-year housekeeping chores, such as renewals of noncontroversial laws scheduled to sunset on January 1, 2018.

In some cases, new issues can come up before the General Assembly in veto session. These actions typically respond to urgent issues discussed by the press or public. The two chambers may take action in the coming week to further discourage sexual harassment.
From DOI: The Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) is improving the shopping experience for people who are looking to purchase a healthcare plan for 2018. Thanks to a new partnership with GoHealth, consumers will be able to take a comprehensive look at individual plans before they buy.

“It’s imperative that Illinoisans shop for coverage both on and off the Marketplace this year,” said DOI Director Jennifer Hammer. “That’s because the Open Enrollment Period has been shortened to just six weeks instead of 12 in previous years, and because Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments have ended.”
Individual and team sports are an integral part of the educational experience. Illinois schools, with help from the General Assembly, are taking action to protect Illinois students from concussion long-term effects while still allowing kids and young adults to play games. A key goal is the reduction of what is now called “second-impact syndrome (SIS),” an event where a healing brain is shocked a second time. SIS events are associated with long-term effects.

School action against concussions and post-concussion effects is governed by SB 7, a 2015 law that created the Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act. High schools have to convene a team, made up of persons who have undergone adult education and training, to develop “return-to-play” and “return-to-learn” procedures for students who have suffered concussions of all types – including head injuries not related to sporting events. In addition, adult participants in sporting events must record and report head injuries suffered in their events, and document the care given to the athlete.
The nationwide Standardized Achievement Test (SAT), historically used as by college-bound students as an entrance exam, has previously been chosen by the ISBE as a universal test to be administered throughout Illinois high schools to measure high school performance and student aptitudes. It is necessary that each high school administer the same test; this will generate standardized results that can be used to measure not only students but also their schools.

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has now set forth the SAT scores that will be seen as “minimum proficiency” scores. By vote of the statewide board in October 2017, ISBE is recommending that all students and their schools achieve a minimum proficiency, and average aggregated group minimum proficiency, of 540 in math and 540 in literacy (reading/writing). These minimum proficiency scores will be referenced in future reports on school and school district performance.
Last week, House Democrats attempted to use the recent Las Vegas tragedy to make criminals out of many law-abiding gun owners.

House Bill 4117 would have prohibited the knowing sale, manufacture, purchase, possession, or carrying of a trigger modification device. The bill was described by its sponsors as a way to ban what are called “bump stocks.” However, the measure went well beyond bump stocks. House members concerned about HB 4117 described a wide variety of additional firearm fittings and modifications that affect the trigger of a firearm and would be subject to a ban under the proposed measure. It was also stated that language in the bill that purported to carve out an exception for members of law enforcement was badly written and inadequate for the purpose of protecting the police. After an Illinois House debate on Thursday, October 26, HB 4117 was defeated by a vote of 48-54-0.
The Illinois House met on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week. On the agenda were vetoes issued by the Governor to the General Assembly earlier this year. Chief sponsors of the vetoed bills could ask their colleagues to consider voting to override the veto messages. Overriding a governor’s veto requires a three-fifth majority in both houses of the General Assembly.

In addition to veto motions, the House also voted on housekeeping and sunset-law measures to be passed before the end of the calendar year. An example of this pre-end-of-year housekeeping was SB 1381, a bipartisan bill to maintain the State’s unemployment insurance (UI) system and UI laws for calendar years 2018 and 2019.
(Left to Right) Superintendent Keely Roberts, teacher
Jeff LaBelle and State Rep. Sheri Jesiel.
Recently, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) was given a tour of renovated facilities at Zion Central Middle School by Superintendent Keely Roberts and teacher Jeff LaBelle. Zion Central is part of an innovative learning space redesign undertaken by Zion Elementary District 6 to implement expanded programing designed to prepare students for the changing practical and technological skills needed to succeed in high school and career.

“It’s great to see how District 6 is taking this innovative approach to improving their learning environment for students,” said Jesiel. “Implementing programs focused on the changing practical and technological skills needed to succeed is exactly what is needed as our career environment continues to change so rapidly in the 21st century. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and was excited to observe the enthusiasm that the students and teachers have for these new opportunities to learn relevant skills.”
Former members of the Guard and Reserve who do not have any periods of active duty other than their initial active duty for training and annual training are now eligible to receive “Veteran” on their driver’s licenses. "This bill ensures that every man and woman who has served this state and nation is recognized,” said Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Jeffries. "Our veterans have given so much for us, and I am glad Illinois is taking this step to expand designations."

Last year, Governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 2173 to allow National Guard members and reservists to obtain the veteran identifier on their Illinois driver's license.
Illinois residents are advised to be on alert for a renewed phone scam in which callers pose as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials in an attempt to scare people into sending money to pay for allegedly unpaid taxes. Consumers report being contacted by scammers pretending to be IRS officials who leave threatening messages that include a number for consumers to call in order to avoid lawsuits or prosecution.

Scammers also “spoof” phone numbers, causing caller ID devices to display what appears to be a legitimate call from the IRS, with identifiers such as “IRS” or the (202) area code for Washington, D.C. The scam artists claim they are representatives of the federal government collecting on unpaid taxes and leave threatening messages or instruct their targets to make a payment to them through a prepaid debit card.

It is critical to know that the IRS does not call and tell people they are under investigation or that they owe money. If you receive a call like this, even if your caller ID shows what appears to be a legitimate name or number, hang up immediately.
From Lake County: The flood of 2017 caused major flooding throughout Lake County resulting in significant property damage. The Stormwater Management Commission of Lake County is hosting a Flood Proofing Expo and Workshop for homeowners and property owners across 52 municipalities on October 19, 2017 from 3-8 p.m. at the Libertyville Sports Complex, 1950 US Highway 45. There is no charge to attend the Flood Proofing Expo. 

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about various products, services, and solutions to minimize flood damages to their homes and properties. The expo portion of this event will provide the opportunity to explore exhibitor tables for companies, vendors, and other resources. Presentations by industry experts will take place every hour, where participants can learn about drainage systems and ask questions about anything from flood insurance to best practices for flood damage protection. 

For more information, Click Here.
State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) is one of four Illinois lawmakers appointed to serve on the Advisory Council on Early Identification and Treatment of Mental Health Conditions. The advisory council will look at how Illinois can increase early detection of mental health and substance abuse conditions and improve access to treatment in Illinois.

“It normally takes around ten years to properly diagnose and treat a mental health condition, particularly in children and young adults,” said Jesiel. “When you factor in how substance abuse can exacerbate a mental health condition like depression, it makes it that much more pressing to improve our ability to more quickly identify when someone needs assistance and ensure they have access to effective treatment.”

Jesiel said she hopes the advisory council will lead to the enactment of legislation or new protocols to saves lives, such as the 2015 law she supported to provide life-saving naloxone for heroin overdoses. Jesiel noted that suicide is the second leading cause of death in Illinois for those 10 to 34 years of age, often a result of untreated depression frequently caused by substance abuse. In addition, since so many recent incidents of violence have been found to have been the result of a mental health and/or substance abuse condition, addressing both conditions in tandem is critical.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Veteran’s Assistance Commission, several local law enforcement agencies and many local high schools to collect coats and outerwear for the Lake County Law Enforcement Veteran's Coat Drive. The collection period run until Wednesday, November 8.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office and our law enforcement partners invite you to join them in bringing gently used coats, gloves, hats, socks and scarves to one of the following locations: 
  • Lake County, IL Government, 18 N County Street, Waukegan 
  • Lake County Sheriff's Office, 25 S Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Waukegan 
  • Lake County Sheriff's Office, 1301 N Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville (entrance off Winchester Road) 
  • Bannockburn Police Department, 2275 Telegraph Road, Bannockburn 
  • Deerfield Police Department, 850 Waukegan Road, Deerfield 
  • Gurnee Police Department, 100 N O'Plaine Road, Gurnee 
  • Hawthorn Woods Police Department, 2 Lagoon Drive, Hawthorn Woods 
  • Highland Park Police Department, 1677 Old Deerfield Road, Highland Park 
  • Lake County State's Attorney's Office, 18 N County Street, Waukegan 
  • Lake County Coroner's Office, 18 N County Street, Waukegan 
  • Libertyville Police Department, 200 E Cook, Libertyville 
  • Mundelein Police Department, 221 N Lake Street, Mundelein 
  • Round Lake Park Police Department, 215 E Main Street, Round Lake Park 
From the University Center of Lake County: For the tenth consecutive year, University Center of Lake County has collaborated with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and multiple partners across Lake County to organize a series of workshops at which students and families can electronically submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The 2017-18 series will begin on October 2. These workshops are held in the computer labs of high schools, colleges, libraries, and nonprofit organizations. Volunteers trained by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission are available to provide assistance; at least one volunteer at each site speaks Spanish.

The FAFSA is required to access any federal student aid and to access the State of Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) funds. Many colleges and universities also rely on FAFSA data to determine eligibility for the institution’s own financial aid funds. Students seeking financial aid to attend college from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
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: www.equifaxsecurity2017.com
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.

From the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation:
Illinois condominium owners now have a comprehensive, educational guide at their fingertips
thanks to a recently compiled handbook by the Illinois Condominium and Common Interest Community (CCIC) Ombudsperson, Adrienne Levatino. The Condo Unit Owner’s Rights and Responsibilities Handbook provides an unbiased, objective look at Illinois law governing condominium unit owners and marks the kick-off of the Ombudsperson’s educational program aimed at informing condo owners of their rights and responsibilities. Future publications will address the rights of condominium and common interest association boards and the rights and responsibilities of owners living in common interest communities.
Recently, I was contacted by some constituents concerned about K-12 education funding. It was apparent that they care very much for their school district and their children, like every parent. These parents were understandably convinced that Senate Bill 1 is the fix Illinois’ education funding system needs because of certain information being distributed and the situation at hand in Springfield. After responding to these constituents, I felt it was necessary to ensure every resident of the 61st District had a better understanding of the controversy surrounding this critical issue and why it so important that we get this right.

Let me be clear, the schools and students in the 61st district are very important to me and I feel a great deal of responsibility for them as Senate Bill 1 has been debated and considered.

As many residents already know from visiting my website, I have spent the last year on a special commission that reviewed school funding, specifically the evidence-based model. I have also spent a good deal of time negotiating the specifics Senate Bill 1, so I am very familiar with the model and many of the arguments for and against it. I support the model itself - I think it is a very responsible way to get funding in a principled and research-based way to students who need it the most. I want to be very clear that the opinions that I hold with regards to SB1 are based on the content of the bill and on my participation over the last year, and not influenced by the Governor, partisan politics or personal preference. My responsibility is to negotiate and support a bill that will help and not hurt the students in the 61st District.

State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) hosted her annual senior fair in Antioch on August 2. The event featured several organizations and local agencies who came together to provide an array of services to residents.
A new program developed by the Illinois Natural History Survey with support from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources aims to encourage more adults to hunt. The Hunter Recruitment Program is offering a series of free workshops around the state, giving new hunters an opportunity to learn from experienced mentors and to get hands-on experience hunting for deer, turkey, squirrels, pheasants, ducks, geese and other game.
From the Job Center of Lake County:
Are you 18 to 24 years old? If you live in Lake County and you are currently unemployed, you may be eligible for a paid internship.

Start by attending an information session:
Job Center of Lake County, 1 N. Genesee St. Waukegan, IL
Tuesdays at 3pm and Thursdays at 11am

Job Center Satellite Office, CLC building 4, 1935 W. Washington St. Grayslake
Wednesdays at 3pm
From Governor Rauner's Office: Today, Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto to Senate Bill 1, the school funding bill. The matter now heads to the Illinois General Assembly, where the governor has respectfully requested that lawmakers uphold his changes. If these changes are upheld, Illinois will achieve historic education funding reform.

“It doesn’t matter where you come from or who your family is. With a great education, you can go anywhere in life and be whomever you want to be. You can grow up, get a good job and provide for your family. That’s why the changes I have made to the education funding bill are so important,” Gov. Rauner said. “With my changes, our state ensures that enough resources flow to children in the poorest and most disadvantaged school districts across the entire state. And my changes ensure that the education funding system in our state is fair and equitable to all students in Illinois.”

More than a year ago, Gov. Rauner established the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission. This group came together on a bipartisan basis to study the way Illinois funds its public schools, and to chart a path to a fairer and more equitable system.
State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) is hosting her annual senior fair this coming week on Thursday, August 3 at the Antioch Township Building. The fair will be from 10am to noon.

This year’s free senior fair will offer helpful guides, literature and other resources from a variety of state, county and local government agencies. General Assembly staff members will be available to assist constituents with their state government concerns. Attendees are encouraged to sign in for a chance to win a door prize. Refreshments will be served.
Co-sponsored by 20 House Republican members, including Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor), HB 643 amends the Compensation Review Act to prohibit what would otherwise have been automatic pay hikes for State government legislative and executive elected officers and appointees, including members of the General Assembly. The new law also freezes the reimbursements that lawmakers can ask to cover the costs of their lodging, meals, and mileage while on State business.

The freeze on taxpayer-funded pay and benefits covers all of Fiscal Year 2018, and will be effective through June 30, 2018. The pay/benefits freeze bill was signed by Governor Bruce Rauner on Wednesday, July 26.
Governor Rauner called the General Assembly into special session this week to demand action.

Unfortunately, Speaker Madigan and President Cullerton continue to delay sending the education funding bill to the Governor’s desk. It’s been two months. Families and children have waited too long. They need to know their kids will be able to go to school on time.

By holding onto SB 1 for almost 60 days, Democrats have manufactured an artificial crisis and are playing politics with our kids’ education. That’s unacceptable and shameful.

We have a chance to make history with school funding reform and ensure that all students in Illinois receive the education they deserve.
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) will hold two household chemical waste events this August at their Gurnee facility.

Saturday, August 12th, 2017
Monday, August 28th, 2017

Location: 1311 N. Estes Street Gurnee, IL 60031

APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED for household chemical waste events located at the Gurnee facility to ensure safety & efficiency. Collections are for residential waste only. No business waste will be accepted. All SWALCO HCW Collection Events are FREE for Illinois residents ONLY.

Click here to schedule an appointment
Beginning September 1, 2017, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) will no longer accept paper applications for specific professions that have already been migrated to the Online Services Portal.

Professions impacted by this deadline include:
  • Advance Practice Nurse
  • Barbers, Cosmetologists, Estheticians, Nail Technician
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Massage Therapist
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Limited Liability Company
  • Medical Corporation
  • Permanent Employee Registration Card
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Professional Service Corporation
  • Public Accounting Firm
  • Registered Nurse
You may have recently received this flyer from a group called "Stand for Children" in your mail. If you have been keeping up with my posts about my involvement with and support for education funding reform, you will also know that of all the bogus and misleading flyers sent out against me over the past few years, this is one of the most laughable.

The items in the blue box on the flyer are fairly straightforward and for the most part I actually agree with them. But what Stand for Children is not telling you is that they, along with numerous other "advocacy groups" pressuring legislators are in the tank for Chicago Public Schools. The school funding model in SB1 as originally drafted needed some work but we thought we were reaching some reasonable agreements until the final amendment - House Floor Amendment 2 - loaded up what was a real opportunity for reform with hundreds of millions of dollars in funds for Chicago that no other school district gets. And it bakes them into the model now and forever.
Antioch’s Taste of Summer. 
Food, carnival, exhibitors & sidewalk sales with crafts!

4 Days of fun in downtown Antioch are a must for summer pleasure. Carnival rides and games add up to fun for the whole family. Enjoy the delectable specialties prepared by top restaurants. Dine in the relaxing sunshine or under the Big Top while listening to top entertainment in the Brook Bandshell. Browse among our Taste Exhibitors, plus find bargains at our Sidewalk Sales with a mix of Crafters too!
State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) is hosting a free document shredding event on Saturday, July 22 in conjunction with the Townships of Antioch, Benton, Lake Villa, Newport, Warren and Zion. The event will be held at Beach Park Middle School on N. Green Bay Road in Beach Park from 9a.m. to noon.

“For anyone who needs to clean out the file cabinet and dispose of those sensitive documents you can’t safely throw away anymore, this is a great opportunity,” said Jesiel. “My staff and I will be available to unload documents and have them immediately shredded.”

Residents of the 61st District

Document Shredding

Saturday, July 22
9 a.m. to Noon
State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) says that by overriding Gov. Rauner’s veto of a tax increase and unsustainable budget, the state will continue to be held back by the same failed policies on the past.

“When these pieces of legislation were presented on extremely short notice in the House on Sunday, I understood that many of my colleagues felt compelled to vote for the tax increase because of the desperate circumstances facing Illinois,” said Jesiel. “Yet, countless opportunities prior this point were allowed to pass without taking any action. It should never have been allowed.

“I unequivocally agree that we cannot continue to put our most vulnerable, our school children and our universities at risk because of the lack of a budget, but we cannot keep asking our residents to be an ATM for the same failed policies. No one is protecting the taxpayers - single parents, families and seniors just trying to stay in their homes because their taxes are so high they can barely afford to make ends meet.