From the Jobs Center of Lake County: job search workshops and career events throughout Lake County in May.

5 Steps to Your Next Job
Monday, May 15 to Friday, May 19 10:00 am to 12:00 pm each day
New Location: College of Lake County, Grayslake, building 4

Attend the 5-day interactive workshop series. This series covers the entire job search process from researching careers to landing your next job. Attend all 5 days to earn a certificate! Register at 847.377.3439 or email to reserve a seat!
State Representative Sheri Jesiel's (R-Winthrop Harbor) Lakefront Economic Development Group with Beach Park, Winthrop Harbor, Zion and Coastal Management held its first meeting since Westrec took over management of the North Point Marina.

Jesiel said it was a very productive meeting and the group is very optimistic about what the $2 million Westrec has already started to invest into the Marina will mean for future economic development prospects along the lakefront.
From Lake County: Caterpillar has selected Deerfield as home to its new corporate headquarters. Caterpillar initially plans to relocate approximately 100 employees to its new site immediately, but that number is expected to triple in coming years. The move adds high quality jobs and a new global brand to Lake County’s bustling economy. Caterpillar, a Dow Jones 30 company, joins 11 other Fortune 500 companies that call Lake County home.

Lake County Partners and Lake County join the Village of Deerfield in welcoming Caterpillar to the neighborhood and look forward to working together to ensure that the transition is smooth and successful. Lake County Partners is a 501(c)(3) economic development corporation that works to maintain economic vitality in Lake County by creating and retaining quality jobs, stimulating capital investment, and pursuing economic diversity. Read the full news release.
A new study, backed by the Illinois Policy Institute, suggests that the cost of workers’ compensation to Illinois taxpayers is at least $1 billion a year. The total includes at least $727 million/year attributable to local governments and school districts, and an estimated $255 million/year for the State of Illinois. The study was released on Wednesday, April 5.

Workers’ compensation costs are paid by taxpayers as the employers of the thousands of Illinois public sector personnel, including school and university personnel. Under existing law, most employers must cover their employees with workers’ compensation insurance to reflect the actuarial future costs of the employment-related health challenges they may face in the future while employed.
A visitor count carried out during the final six months of calendar year 2016 showed 12.9 million visitors setting foot in Chicago’s iconic park, making Millennium Park the most popular single site in the central region of the United States. The park centers around sculptor Anish Kapoor’s internationally recognized abstract stainless-steel sculpture “Cloud Gate.” Millennium Park topped the Midwest’s second-most-visited tourist attraction, Chicago’s Navy Pier.
The counts carried out by the American Community Survey include movements of former Illinoisans through calendar years 2015. In 2015, 34,220 former Illinois residents moved to the Hoosier State.

Indiana currently possesses features that increase its attractions relative to Illinois. Features of Indiana policy include a working state budget, a statewide property tax limitation law, a “triple-AAA” credit rating, and a job-friendly business climate. More Illinois residents are expected to move to Indiana as these policy factors continue to operate.    
In an executive order, Gov. Bruce Rauner took steps this week to trigger the elimination of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA). The Agency operates more than 50 historic and cultural-heritage sites throughout Illinois. Sites controlled by IHPA include the Hotel Florence, an architectural keystone of the Pullman National Monument in Chicago; Lincoln’s Tomb and Lincoln’s New Salem in Central Illinois; and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cahokia Mounds, east of St. Louis. IHPA was separated out from its former parent, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (then called the Department of Conservation) in 1985.

Under the terms of Rauner’s Executive Order, most of IHPA will be returned to what is now the Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The consolidation of the two agencies is expected to generate significant administrative savings. A key entity within IHPA, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, will be granted its own Board of Trustees and autonomy directly under the Office of the Governor.
Stay up to date on road construction projects throughout Lake County. The Lake County Department of Transportation offers detailed information and updates on all construction projects happening throughout the county, Click Here.
It is disappointing, but not surprising, that Democrats once again rammed another stopgap spending plan through the House – it’s precisely why Democrats have been unwilling to negotiate with House Republicans on a full, balanced budget.

We have said all along that it was the plan of the Speaker and the majority party to only pass stopgap spending plans and allow our state to simply limp along to get to the next election – and their most recent actions prove that.

Unfortunately, we’ve seen all of this before. Typically, right before a break or deadline, the majority party decides it’s best to play politics and passes a spending plan that never balances or fails to address the real issues of our state so that they can go home and pretend that they’ve done their job.
Last week, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) advanced legislation through the Illinois House of Representatives to improve protections for students. House Bill 3615 updates the law so students in Illinois schools will be protected from being confronted by an abuser employed by a school.

“When a student is abused, the fear of being confronted by their abuser can keep them from reporting the situation or worse, allow the abuse to continue,” said Jesiel. “House Bill 3615 removes that barrier and ensures no student will have to suffer further abuse or intimidation by being confronted by an abuser at school. I’m glad my colleagues in the House recognized the importance of this legislation by unanimously passing it, and I hope it receives the same level of support in the Senate.”
From the Lake County State's Attorney:
Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim announced that the Lake County State's Attorney's Office, the Lake County Opioid Initiative, and Warren Township Youth & Family Services will be hosting a drug information forum on Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at Woodland Middle School 7000 W. Washington Street in Gurnee, IL.

Joan Sheldon from the Robert Crown Centers for Health Education will be hosting a presentation focusing on the adolescent brain development, heroin and other opioid trends, effects of heroin and opioids on the brain, addiction as a brain disease, adolescent risk and protective factors, and how to prevent adolescent substance abuse including parents' role in discussing substance abuse prevention with their children. The Robert Crown Centers for Health Education's mission is to positively impact the physical and mental health of youth through innovative education programs in partnership with parents, schools and communities.
Watershed efforts in Lake County are an important topic that may be of interest to many area residents, municipal and county leaders. To learn more on what these important efforts are, GFWC Zion Woman’s Club invites all interested residents, businesses, city officials, county leaders or others to join them at their meeting to hear Angela Larsen of The Alliance for Great Lakes speak on this topic on April 4, 12:30 pm, at Grace Missionary Church Fellowship Hall (lower level), 1415 27th Street, Zion.

For additional information, please contact Club President, Regina Orawiec, at (847) 445-6444 or visit:
State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) has joined House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and more than 20 House colleagues to offer comprehensive pension reform legislation. House Bill 4027 would provide significant savings for taxpayers to address Illinois’ unsustainable $130 billion unfunded pension liabilities. The legislation is modeled after legislation introduced in a bipartisan manner in the Senate.

House Bill 4027 includes:
  • Senate President John Cullerton’s “consideration model” that would require members of TRS, SURS, SERS, GARS, and CTPF to exchange their Tier 1 COLA for the right to have future raises to be counted as pensionable, or keep their COLA and sacrifice future raises as pensionable. This concept previously received union support by the We Are One Coalition;
  • Closes new member participation in the General Assembly Retirement System (GARS); 
  • Offers Tier 1 TRS, SURS, SERS and GARS employees the option to participate in a defined contribution (DC) plan; 
  • Creates a voluntary Tier 3 Hybrid defined benefit/defined contribution plan for new Tier 2 employees under TRS, SURS, and certain SERS members who do not participate in Social Security.
“Pension reform is essential to solving Illinois’ long-term financial problems,” said Jesiel. “Through this legislation, we can achieve short-term savings of $2.25 billion to help close the current budget deficit and put us on a path to address the unsustainable $130 billion unfunded pension liabilities that are driving residents out of Illinois every day. The bill is consistent with bipartisan legislation in the Senate and the Governor is prepared to sign it. I hope Speaker Madigan will work with us to take this important step toward a balanced budget.”
The Chief County Assessment Office and Lake County Township Assessors Association offer help to senior citizens ages 65 and older who want to complete the 2017 Senior Citizen Assessment Freeze Application for taxes payable in 2018 as well as assistance to taxpayers who may qualify to apply for other homestead exemptions. Attend an upcoming outreach session where residents can work one-on-one with a staff member to complete the necessary forms. The Senior Freeze Application is due by July 7. View Upcoming Outreach Sessions.
A statewide survey on drug threats was commenced in April 2016 by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (CJIA). CJIA asked a sample of police chiefs and county sheriffs to identify the drugs in their jurisdictions that they saw most frequently trafficked. Eighty-three chief law enforcement officers responded to the questionnaire. In results published this week, the police chiefs identified heroin and prescription drugs (many of them opiate painkillers) as the most-frequently-trafficked substances within their jurisdictions. The illegal sale of these drugs is a criminal offense under the Controlled Substances Act.
Members of the House Republican Caucus called on House Democrats to respect the wishes of Illinoisans by allowing redistricting reform, HJRCA17, to be called for a vote immediately.

HJRCA 17 would allow voters to decide, by statewide referendum, to amend the Illinois Constitution to create the Independent Redistricting Commission for the purpose of drawing legislative districts. A poll conducted by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute last fall found that 72% of voters, including a majority of both Republicans and Democrats, supported the creation of an independent commission to draw legislative district maps.

Members noted that redistricting reform is directly tied to the state budget and the failure of having unbalanced budgets for more than 10 years.
The Illinois House of Representatives approved legislation directing the Auditor General to conduct a performance audit of the Community Integrated Living Arrangements (CILAs) program administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS). The resolution (HR 34) sponsored by State Rep. Charlie Meier was introduced in light of the abuse and neglect which took place throughout the state in group homes for the developmentally disabled dating back to 2011.

The tragic reports of abuse and neglect came to light thanks to the Murray Parents Association’s work with the Chicago Tribune, sparking an investigation by the newspaper, then followed by the Tribune publishing its story earlier this year titled “SUFFERING IN SECRET: Illinois hides abuse and neglect of adults with disabilities,” in which the newspaper “identified 1,311 cases of documented harm since July 2011 and determined at least 42 deaths linked to abuse or neglect in group homes or their day programs over the last seven years.”
Last week, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) passed two pieces of legislation through the Illinois House to streamline Illinois’ regulatory process. House Bills 3272 and 3273 give greater adjustability to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to administer the Lake Michigan commercial fishing program.

“It is no secret that Illinois’ regulatory system is in critical need of reform,” said Jesiel. “These pieces of legislation help mitigate the restrictiveness of the regulatory system by giving the Department of Natural Resources more flexibility. Through these changes, IDNR will be able to more effectively address changing biological and economic conditions that impact the Lake Michigan commercial fishing program and avoid the bureaucratic red tape that so often holds things back in Illinois.”

Under House Bill 3272, IDNR will have the ability to update the commercial methods permitted to take fish in Lake Michigan based on changing economic and biological factors without requiring new legislation from the General Assembly. This change will allow the department to be much more responsive to changes posed by shifting lake conditions.
The Office of the Comptroller reported this week that Illinois’ backlog of unpaid bills has reached $12.8 billion, representing $1,000 for each of the 12.8 million men, women and children who call Illinois home.

Money owed by the State and awaiting payment includes monies to Illinois health service providers, institutions of higher education, providers of social services, and many other program service providers. The last full Illinois General Assembly budget expired on June 30, 2015, and the last partial Illinois budget ceased to operate on December 31, 2016. The Illinois General Assembly is currently debating budget action for FY18, starting July 1, 2017. Challenges facing Illinois budgeteers include a pattern of flat Illinois tax revenues, reflecting few new jobs created, and rising Illinois spending commitments, particularly commitments relating to medical services provided under Medicaid and other programs.
In an effort to make state government and the legislative process more accessible to Illinois residents, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) is providing a link to translate the Illinois General Assembly website,, into various different languages.

The Illinois General Assembly website contains legislator profiles, full text of all legislation introduced in the House of Representatives and State Senate, live audio and video feeds of legislative session and committee hearings; as well as a wide variety of other legislative information and support services.

Please click any of the links below to translate the Illinois General Assembly website into your preferred language:

Spanish         Español
Arabic          عربي               
Hindi           हिन्दी      
Chinese (Simplified) 中文简体               
Chinese (Traditional) 中文繁體                
Japanese        日本語 
Korean          한국어             
Russian         Русский 
French          Français    
German        Deutsch             
Italian            Italiano           
Polish             Polski        
Greek             Ελληνικά 
In recognition of International Women’s Day last week, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) spoke of the pervasive impact of human trafficking in Illinois and called on her House colleagues to help raise awareness to end this form of human exploitation.
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County will be hosting two household chemical drop-off events at their facility located at 1311 N. Estes Street Gurnee, IL 60031.

Saturday, March 11th, 2017 and Monday, March 27th, 2017

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.
Are you a developer, business, municipality, local agency, or resident that lives or works in Lake County? If so, you're encouraged you to attend an Open House on March 15, to provide feedback on proposed changes and revisions to Lake County ordinances that may affect you.

Several Lake County Departments are reviewing and updating ordinances, and you are invited to join them for an open house to review the changes, provide feedback and ask questions. They are bringing each of these departments together in one spot so that customers and stakeholders can get all of the information you need in one stop.

Please attend one of these meetings, or submit comments through the Ordinance website.

Two Open House Sessions Available:
Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Times: 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. OR *4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: Lake County Division of Transportation, 600 Winchester Road, Libertyville
Advanced placement courses and exams, which are familiar to Illinois honors high school students, are courses that are meant to signal the ability of a student to master collegiate-level education in a variety of fields. Many colleges and universities will accept AP test results as a partial substitute for hours of course instruction. AP test results can make the difference, for some students, between graduating from college with a bachelor’s degree in four years versus requiring five years or more to complete the required course work for a degree.

State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith announced Illinois’ AP numbers and national standing on Friday, February 24. Almost 40% of Illinois’ 2016 high school graduating class took AP tests prior to graduation, with 64% of this subset passing their test. This success rate meant that an unprecedented one-quarter of the 2016 Illinois graduating class earned potential college credits from this pathway. This 25% number was a sharp increase from 14% for ten years earlier. School districts throughout Illinois are encouraging their pupils to take AP courses and exams. Superintendent Smith’s announcement was based on new nationwide Class of 2016 information from the College Board, the consortium that operates and oversees the Advanced Placement system.
In another move intended to discourage the payment of tolls in cash, the Illinois tollway authority plans to remove the familiar plastic bucket cones into which motorists can throw coins. The cones, which are posted on tollway cash pay lanes, feed coins into electromechanical coin-counting machines. They will be replaced by new electronic touch screens that will accept credit cards, bills, and coins.

The new pay screens will be more convenient for many users than former pay lanes that required exact change in coins. However, many Tollway users have mounted small I-PASS transponders in their cars and they no longer pay cash tolls to the highway agency. This switchover will not affect I-PASS users. The Tollway Authority prefers I-PASS use because of administrative costs of handling cash as opposed to electronic payments. On Monday, February 27, the Authority told the press that they still had 100 coin-counting cones deployed on their network of highways, mostly at unmanned tollway exit ramps.
Speaking to a joint session of the Illinois House and Senate on Wednesday, Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his annual Budget Address, outlining his priorities and introducing his third balanced budget in as many years to be considered by lawmakers. Saying “We must think anew and act anew,” the Governor presented a balanced budget that focuses on the future.

At the request of senators from both parties, Governor Rauner outlined his parameters to the General Assembly on the Senate’s “grand bargain” compromise. He made it clear that the final product must be a good deal for taxpayers and job creators.
The new vaccination and immunization requirements will be enforced when most children are enrolled in child care, public school, or private school in Illinois. Their parents will be required to present either an immunization certificate or a medical form when the child is presented or enrolled in a group environment. The Department is authorized to impose vaccination requirements by rule as part of its overall legal authorization to protect Illinois public health.

The IDPH immunization rule reflects the recommendation of nationwide public-health authorities, including panels convened by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that try to optimize the series of immunizations that most infants, children, and young adults need to have. The complex schedule of windows that open and close is supposed to implement this optimization. In a few cases, some immunizations are contraindicated for some young people. The new IDPH rules contain provisions for a family to seek medical counsel. If a physician has evidence that a child should not get a particular kind of shot or immunization, he or she can sign a contraindication exemption form. A school will be required to accept the form as a valid substitute for certification that the child has been immunized.
House members filed 3,921 bills in January and February 2017. Under the “First Reading” deadline, bills filed by mid-February may be considered in a House committee in the 2017 spring session. House bills filed after Friday, February 10 cannot be considered this spring as independent, free-standing pieces of legislation.

Following the bill introduction deadline, the House schedule has set aside six weeks of session time in February and March for committee action. During this six-week period, House committees will hold hearings, listen to testimony from witnesses, and hold votes on bills to be advanced to the House floor for further discussion and debate. In spring 2017, the House has organized 57 permanent and special committees to hear bills and conduct legislative action. Many of these committees began to meet this week.
This week, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) joined the Conference of Women Legislators (COWL) at Go Red for Women Day. Every year, the American Heart Association partners with groups across the country to raise awareness about cardiovascular diseases in women.

In 2004, the American Heart Association (AHA) faced a challenge. Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an older man’s disease. To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease & stroke as the number one killer of women, the American Heart Association created Go Red for Women, a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.

Learn about Go Red for Women and how to get involved, Click Here.
The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Mesirow Financial and The PrivateBank are pleased to announce that first prize for the 6th Annual James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award is $50,000. Applications are now being accepted for the prestigious award, which is presented annually to a high-growth entrepreneur who is philanthropically active in the Chicagoland area.

The winner, who will be announced at the Chicagoland Chamber’s 113th Annual Meeting on June 6th, must display philanthropic values and be active in the local community.

The open application period runs now through March 17, 2017. During a kickoff reception on Wednesday, April 12 at Mesirow Financial, 12 finalists will pitch their businesses to a panel of judges while a live audience vote determines which finalists advance. A private panel of judges will convene in May to evaluate the remaining finalists.

Click here for to see award criteria and to apply for the award.
State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) responded to Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget address by echoing his call for a budget that will grow our economy and be good for taxpayers and businesses.

“The Governor touched on two things during his address that I think are especially important: first, growing our economy is the only way to get out of this financial mess, and second, the budget must be a good deal that makes sense for taxpayers and job creators. Soaring property taxes are decimating property values in my district, which is driving residents and businesses across the border to Wisconsin. Add in excessive regulations coming out of Springfield that are driving even more out of Illinois, and we have the perfect storm killing economic opportunity. As the legislature works on a budget, we must consider the impact of our current taxes and regulations, and if a new one will cause more to leave; it will only make our financial problems worse. The people of Illinois deserve better. As the Governor suggested, we need economic growth to outpace government growth to solve our budget crisis.”

Today at noon, Governor Bruce Rauner will deliver his annual Budget Address. To watch the address live, Click Here or Click Here
State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) has been assigned to several committees for the 100th General Assembly that highlight her experience as a CPA and as a community service advocate.

“I’m optimistic about the opportunity to work on meaningful reform posed by the committees I will serve on this legislative session,” said Jesiel. “Specifically, the opportunity presented through the special committee on business growth and incentives. Illinois’ policies have driven away countless jobs and the businesses that create them; this has exacerbated the tax burden on residents and driven even more people out of the state. For Illinois to again be a compassionate, economic leader where people come to pursue the American dream, we must make it the place businesses want to be.”
The Field Museum of Natural History, in Chicago, announced the free admissions program on Wednesday, February 1. Proof of residency will be required. The basic free admission will not include special ticket exhibits or admission to any 3-D movies that may be screened. Persons given free admission will get the chance to upgrade to an all-access pass with additional payment at the door.

Basic free admission to the Field Museum will include the chance to see a selection of the more than 24 million human and scientific objects and specimens on display. The Museum has collections of cultural history, biology, and geology from all over the world.
State aid to schools is one of the largest appropriations of Illinois’ state budget. The complex formula, which is set forth in Illinois statute and administered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), includes a wide variety of tweaks and variables. Money that is not provided by federal or State aid must be brought in from property tax levies and concerns about the Illinois school funding formula are increasingly intertwined with concerns about Illinois property taxes and tax rates.

The State of Illinois currently funds 26% of the total cost of Illinois primary and secondary education. It is the Commission’s hope that in the future, the State can be the primary funding source of education. In order to get to that level of funding, the Commission’s framework points to individual “adequacy targets” for each district based on the district’s individual needs, including student enrollment, teacher salaries, low-income students, and English language learners among other factors. This target will help districts and local residents understand how much a school must spend to provide an adequate and equitable education to each student. In addition, the Commission also agreed that any new school funding formula must provide transparency when it comes to local dollars being spent on education in hopes of lessening the State’s reliance on property taxes to fund education.
The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is performing a Preliminary Engineering (Phase I) study for the intersection of Wadsworth Road and Lewis Avenue in the Village of Beach Park and the City of Waukegan. This study was initiated to study possible intersection improvements to address capacity deficiencies and enhance safety, as well as evaluate pedestrian and bicycle accommodations. Please join us for the final Public Information Meeting for Phase I. The purpose of the meeting is to present the preferred improvement plan, present the project schedule, and to seek public comment.

DATE: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017
TIME: 5 - 7 p.m.
LOCATION: Village of Beach Park, 11270 W Wadsworth Rd, Beach Park
This week, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) was reappointed to serve on the Legislative Audit Commission by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). The commission serves as the watchdog for how state agencies utilize public funds.

“I appreciate that House Leader Durkin has reappointed me to serve on the Audit Commission,” said Jesiel. “As the Governor noted last week, in the past two years we have been able to move the needle forward to reduce bureaucratic red tape and streamline how some of our state agencies operate. However, the state is still in a dire financial situation and this reality makes the work of the Audit Commission a critical component to reducing wasteful use of public dollars to ensure we can relieve the burden already placed on taxpayers without sacrificing important care for our most vulnerable.”

The Legislative Audit Commission is responsible for the oversight of the State Audit Program, review of the stewardship of public funds, and the monitoring action to correct weaknesses disclosed by the audits of state agencies. The commission consists of 12 legislators appointed by the General Assembly leadership and is equally apportioned between the two houses and political parties.
The suggestions coincide with the annual peak season for flu transmission, which coincides with the winter months from December until February. “It is not too late to get a flu shot,” encourages IDPH Director Dr. Nirav Shah.

Influenza and other acute respiratory illnesses can be serious threats to other patients with health conditions. For example, current guidelines suggest that visitors with acute respiratory illness not visit patients in hospitals. Guidelines like these are suggestions made by IDPH to Illinois hospitals, many of which adopt policies in line with the recommendations. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains overall prevention strategies for healthcare professionals to follow in dealing with seasonal influenza.
The service for the 2016 tax filing season, to be offered by tax assistance centers across Illinois in cooperation with the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), is targeted towards families with incomes up to $55,000 and individuals with incomes up to $30,000. The service offices will help Illinois residents fill out and sign their forms in advance of the tax filing deadline of April 18, 2017, but eligible Illinois residents are urged to come in as soon as possible.

People whose incomes make them potentially eligible for this benefit can find the tax assistance centers that offer this free service. They should visit this website and enter their zip code to find a center close to where they live. This service is being targeted towards individuals and households that are potentially eligible for federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs).
Attention all Lake County businesses, schools, churches, non for profits and units of local government!

The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) will be hosting a one day only special electronics recycling collection event for broken and unwanted electronics. This one-day special event will be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Village of Lindenhurst Village Hall Garage located at 2301 E. Sand Lake Road in Lindenhurst.

Recycling fees will be assessed for televisions and cathode ray tube monitors ($35 for TV’s 21” and larger, $25 for TV’s 20” or smaller, and $25 for each cathode ray tube monitor) all other acceptable electronics will be collected at no cost. Cash, check or major credit cards are accepted for payment of applicable recycling fees.
Statement by State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor):

“I appreciated that the Governor highlighted many of the positives that most of our residents aren’t hearing about, such as a focus on technology initiatives to streamline government, reducing bureaucratic red tape, and for the first time in years, increased education funding. He also made a point about the shared responsibility of passing a balanced budget, which I think is very important. As he noted, it is the moral responsibility owed to all the people of Illinois and I hope his call to work together is taken up soon by both sides.

“I was also pleased by his focus on job creation and economic opportunity. Since my district is on the border of Wisconsin, this is our number one concern, not just for the sake of jobs alone, but from a standpoint of compassion. Generating economic development and more opportunity in Illinois provides stability for families, provides property tax relief and allows us the means to care for our most vulnerable. As he suggested, it’s only when we grow our economy and generate both jobs and additional revenues that we can be a compassionate state.”
Today at noon, Governor Rauner will deliver his State of the State Address, discussing the past two years and the upcoming future of our state.

You can watch like online, Click Here, or live on Facebook, Click Here.
The life of the Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE) program was extended for four months, until April 30, 2017, by SB 513. The passage of SB 513 was made necessary by the inclusion in the EDGE Act of a “sunset date” that causes the program to become inactive at intervals of time. The General Assembly must debate and consider the effect on the State’s economy, and on our State budget, of any law that reduces taxes on the private sector and asks its firms to create new jobs in response. The old sunset date of December 31, 2016 meant that the EDGE program hiccupped briefly and became inactive for a few days. Creation of a new sunset date of April 30, 2017 means that the program has come back to life and can be used once again to create new Illinois jobs.
Are you a female leader on your campus?

Are you interested in pursuing a career in public service?

Do you want to be part of the next generation of leaders who are making a difference in communities across Illinois?

This June in Chicago you can take the first step in gaining the skills and connections you'll need to reach your goals.

NEW Leadership Illinois 2017

June 5-9, 2017

University of Illinois at Chicago

NEW Leadership Illinois provides college leaders opportunities to network with and learn from many of Illinois’ most prominent female leaders. NEW Leadership Illinois is a yearly bi-partisan program that strives to educate and empower the next generation of female leaders. This expenses paid program includes leadership education, hands-on training in public policy, and networking opportunities with leaders from every level of government.
New law to require testing of many Illinois school buildings for lead in tap water. - The poisonous substance could be in water anywhere in a school building or day care center that serves students aged fifth-grade-or-younger, including water fountains installed in school corridors. SB 550 would create a statewide system for all school systems, other than Chicago, to test the water of each school building. The Chicago Public School system says they have tested their schools already. Other school systems that have already tested their water would also be exempted from this state mandate and lead testing results would have to be made public. 

Studies show that Illinois has one of the largest number of lead service lines in the United States. A lead-in-water scandal in Flint, Michigan has earned substantial news coverage throughout the Midwest. Both Illinois and Michigan underwent fast economic development and boom conditions in the first three-quarters of the 20th century. During this period lead pipes and fittings were standard building supplies in building projects of all sorts, including school buildings.
Today, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) took the Oath of Office to begin her second term in the Illinois House of Representatives. Jesiel thanked the residents of the 61st District for the opportunity to serve them once more and noted her continued resolve to see Illinois reform its financial system and pass a balanced budget.

"Now that the 100th General Assembly has officially begun, its time to get back to business representing the great residents of 61st district," said Jesiel. "It's humbling and sometimes daunting given the challenges in this state. A huge thank you to my friends and family for the support that got me here, and to the voters who entrusted me with representing them for another two years. I look forward to tirelessly working to 'leave this place better than when I got here,' in the words today of our minority leader, Jim Durkin."

What the Inauguration of the 100th Illinois General Assembly Live - Click Here.
On January 1, 2017, 191 new laws took effect in Illinois. These new laws either repealed or fixed an old law, or created something new and unique. But these 191 laws are only a fraction of the more than 6,000 pieces of legislation that were filed in the House during the 99th General Assembly.

So what happened to all of these laws that won’t be? House Speaker Madigan used his infamous Rules Committee to prevent many of these pieces of legislation from even being assigned to a standing committee for consideration. Many more that were assigned to a committee were not even allowed to have a hearing and were then sent back to the Rules Committee by Speaker Madigan’s personally selected committee Chairs.

Here is a look at some of the laws most Illinoisans think would be common sense, but won’t be in 2017.

Red light ticket right to due process
House Bill 4041
This legislation allows for due process of a red light camera ticket by allowing a vehicle owner to contest the ticket and also includes a provision that requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the violation occurred.

Legislators pay reduction for not paying bills

House Bill 491 / House Bill 4620 
These bills reduce the salaries for members of the Illinois General Assembly by 10% if the backlog of unpaid state bills is not reduced 10%.