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.