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.