ANTIOCH…State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) was recently named a “Champion of Free Enterprise” by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. This recognition is reflective of her favorable voting record according to the criteria determined by the Illinois Chamber over the previous two General Assemblies.

The Illinois Chamber’s Legislative Ratings tracks votes important to the state’s business community and grades legislators based on their support of pro-business issues during the two-year legislative period. The Chamber includes several bills important to their interests in their rankings. Representative Jesiel was one of 34 members of the Illinois House of Representatives and 13 members of the Illinois Senate to be honored with the award.

As a Champion of Free Enterprise, Jesiel has shown her support to furthering economic opportunities for the State and Illinois residents. “I am honored to receive this recognition and will continue to be an advocate for business growth and success in my district and for the State of Illinois,” said Jesiel.

The Representative looks forward to accepting her award in person with the local Chambers of Commerce in the coming weeks.

ANTIOCH – Join State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) for her next “Java with Jesiel” discussion on September 18th in Zion at It’s All Good Coffee.

This meet and greet style event is open to all 61st District residents who would like to meet Representative Jesiel to talk about issues facing our state and local communities. The discussion will be held from 6:30pm—7:30pm.

WHAT:

"Java with Jesiel”


WHEN:

Tuesday September 18th
6:30pm—7:30pm


WHERE:

It’s All Good Coffee
2780 Sheridan Road, Zion 60099

Rep. Jesiel regularly holds discussions with residents at various locations around the 61st District. Sign-up for her periodic e-newsletter to stay up-to-date about future discussions, here.

In addition to these regular discussions, residents are also always welcome to request a meeting at her district office located in Antioch. For additional information, visit www.sherijesiel.com or call 847-395-8000.
ANTIOCH –State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) is hosting an upcoming senior fair at the Antioch Township Center on Tuesday September 18th. The event is free, open to the public, and will run from 10am—noon.

This is the second senior fair Representative Jesiel has provided for her area senior citizens this year. This fair will feature three different seminars on: identity theft prevention, cancer prevention, and how to use your smartphone. In addition, there will be vendors from area businesses, organizations, and state agencies aimed at helping seniors in every aspect of their lives.

“This event is a great opportunity to learn more about resources and services available in our community, but also gain insight from the variety of seminars being offered,” said Jesiel. “Bringing all these vendors and information under one roof will help residents get the most out of their time.”

Representative Jesiel will be at the event to meet area residents and answer questions on state-related issues. The Representative encourages all interested senior citizens to attend the senior fair!

Light refreshments will be served. With questions about the upcoming event, contact Rep. Jesiel’s district office at (847) 395-8000. 





ANTIOCH…State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R- Winthrop Harbor) has launched a district wide photo contest, encouraging all constituents to showcase what they love most about the 61st District.

This is the first photo contest Rep. Jesiel has hosted, but she is looking forward to seeing the artistic and creative sides of her constituents.

“The 61st District has so much to offer, and I am looking forward to seeing the artistic talent of our community,” said Jesiel. “This is a great opportunity to showcase creativity but also show an appreciation for the beautiful community we all call home.”

Anyone who lives in Rep. Jesiel’s 61st district is welcomed and encouraged to participate. Only 5x7 photos will be accepted, and can include people or places in and around the District, but must be recent and original. Submissions will be accepted through October 1st. Contest Winner will be announced October 15th, and will receive 4 tickets to the Chicago Museum of their choice. You can mail or drop off printed photos with your submission form to Rep. Jesiel’s District Office: 959 N. Main Street, Suite 1, Antioch, 60002.

You can access the photo submission form here. With questions about the contest, contact Rep. Jesiel’s District Office at (847) 395-8000.



ANTIOCH – Join State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) for her next “Java with Jesiel” discussion at The Latte Café and Bakery on Saturday, September 8. 

This meet and greet style event is open to all 61st District residents who would like to meet Representative Jesiel to talk about issues facing our state and local communities. The discussion will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.



WHAT: 

“Java with Jesiel” 

WHEN: 

Saturday, September 8 

9 a.m. to 10 a.m. 

WHERE: 

The Latte Café and Bakery 

1185 Main St, Antioch, IL 60002 


Rep. Jesiel regularly holds discussions with residents at various locations around the 61st District. Sign-up for her periodic e-newsletter to stay up-to-date about future discussions, Click Here.

In addition to these regular discussions, residents are also always welcome to request a meeting at her district office located in Antioch. For additional information, visit www.sherijesiel.com or call 847-395-8000.

State Representative Sheri Jesiel is hosting an upcoming senior fair on Thursday, August 23rd

The event is free, open to the public, and will run from 10am—noon at the at the Antioch Township Center: 1625 Deep Lake Road in Lake Villa.

Representative Jesiel is hosting the event to provide local senior citizens with an opportunity to easily understand what resources and services are available to them in the community. There will be over 30 vendors from area businesses, organizations, and state agencies aimed at helping seniors in every aspect of their lives.

Rep. Jesiel will be at the event to meet area residents and answer questions on state-related issues. The Representative encourages all interested senior citizens to attend the Senior Fair!

Light refreshments will be served. With questions about the upcoming event, contact Rep. Jesiel’s district office at (847) 395-8000.




ANTIOCH – State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) was recently named to the Illinois P20 Education Council. The group was established by the General Assembly in 2009 to identify needed reforms to develop a seamless and sustainable statewide system of quality education and support from preschool to grade 20.


The Council will meet quarterly to work on improvements to the state’s education systems, to ensure smooth transitions from early learning through college. As a collaborative group, they will make recommendations to the Governor, the General Assembly and state agencies on the best ways to develop educational opportunities that will maximize students’ potential and adequately prepare students’ for success in the workforce. The goal is to increase the number of Illinoisans with high-quality degrees and credentials.

Representative Jesiel was appointed to serve on the Council by Governor Bruce Rauner.

“Improving our education system is the first step to ensuring a quality education for residents, and ultimately providing for a better, stronger workforce. This collaborative effort will bring together the right pieces to make the best changes to Illinois’ education system moving forward.”

Jesiel is one of four legislative members that will serve on the Council, alongside others from local government, businesses, universities, school boards, nonprofits and more.


Special Thanks to AT&T for sponsoring this event.
State Representative Sheri Jesiel held a successful paper shredding event last weekend in Beach Park.

The Representative hosted the event to give local residents a free and easy opportunity to destroy personal documents they may have at home, to help prevent identity theft and fraud. Shredding documents to ensure personal information and data is destroyed is now more important than ever, with identity theft and fraud continually on the rise. Rep. Jesiel has provided a paper shredding event for her constituents annually to remind residents to take the extra step to protect their information.

Countless residents were able to come to the event to meet their State Representative, and take advantage of this great service! The end result was over 2500 pounds of shredded paper, which will be safely recycled.

If you are concerned about identity theft and feel your information has been compromised, the Illinois Attorney General has created an identity theft hotline. You can call the hotline number, or visit the website for more information on identity theft in Illinois here.

ANTIOCH – State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) was recently named as the Spokesperson for the Appropriations Elementary and Secondary Education Committee in the House of Representatives.

The committee is comprised of 21 members in the House, and will be tasked with hearing legislation related to education policy and funding.

Rep. Jesiel has been a strong advocate on education issues throughout her tenure in the House and it has remained a top priority for the Representative in the 100th General Assembly. Rep. Jesiel was supportive of the state’s balanced budget that was passed this spring, especially the prioritized spending for K-12 and increased higher education funding.

She looks forward to using her expertise in accounting and passion for education to help determine the best practices to further education equitably and adequately for all Illinois students.

“I am honored to be named the Spokesperson of this committee, and am ready to get to work to put our State in the best position to provide quality education to all Illinois residents,” said Jesiel.

Illinois House committees will next meet during Fall Veto Session, which begins November 13th for the General Assembly.
The Illinois State Police Merit Board is currently processing applications for Cadet Class 129, tentatively scheduled for April, 2019. In order to be considered for Cadet Class 129, the Merit Board must receive a completed application and required documentation by August 15, 2018.

The Illinois State Police has fostered and served with a reputation for integrity, service and pride since its inception. Their functions include protecting life and property, enforcing both criminal laws and motor vehicle safety laws, responding to emergencies and disasters and providing a myriad of diverse specialized services to both the public and the criminal justice community.

If you are interested in being a part of the Illinois State police, you can apply online at: https://www.illinoistrooper.com.

To find out more about the recruitment process, you can access the ISP recruitment video here.

State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) is hosting a free document shredding event on Saturday, August 11 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 11a.m.

“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 will be available to unload documents and have them immediately shredded.”

WHO: 
Residents of the 61st District 

WHAT:  
Document Shredding 

WHEN: 
Saturday, August 11 
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

WHERE: 
Beach Park Middle School 
40667 N. Green Bay Road
Beach Park, Illinois
One of the local issues that has come to my attention is the situation with the Zion landfill. As some may already know, many residents living in the area surrounding the landfill have registered complaints about odor, noise and debris related to the Advanced Disposal landfill. In addition, Advanced Disposal recently purchased more land with the intention of expanding the landfill over the course of the next decade. In response, several residents have started a campaign to oppose any expansion. After contacting the Illinois EPA on behalf of residents, I was informed that, currently, Advanced Disposal is not in violation of any state regulations, but they are continuing to monitor the situation. Should Advanced Disposal pursue an expansion, it would require a lengthy permitting and review process on both the local and state levels.

If you would like to learn more about this issue, the Lake County News-Sun has a detailed report, Click Here. For information about the local group opposing an expansion of the landfill, Click Here.
Join Rep. Jesiel on July 28 for the Mainstreet Boomers and Beyond Conference and Expo, a fun, free morning of resources focused specifically on the needs and concerns of those aged 50+ and their families. The Expo will feature informational seminars on topics such as safety, aging in place, medicare and more.

Enjoy education and raffles throughout the morning.

Registration is not required but encouraged. RSVP ahead of time to be entered for a chance to win a $50 Jewel gift card.

Visit exhibitors in the Resource Fair from 9 a.m.- 1p.m. and attend up to three educational seminars!
Transportation and Public Works employees from Lake County, and many of the surrounding communities are collecting food to feed our hungry neighbors. We are partnering with the American Public Works Association Lake Branch, the Northern Illinois Food Bank, and the Lake County Sheriff's Office for a county-wide food drive! All food donations will be delivered to the Lake County Fairgrounds for a huge Touch A Truck event with all the participating agencies. Admission to the event is free, but we encourage you to bring non-perishable food items to participate in the food drive. Bring the kids to see all their favorite big trucks up close and personal!

Touch A Truck Event:
Tuesday, July 24
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Lake County Fairgrounds

This food drive will bring to light the vital role Public Works/Transportation employees play as first responders in emergency management. When crisis strikes or emergencies happen, our public works professionals are right there day or night helping respond alongside our police, fire, and medical professionals. In that spirit, help us respond to hunger in our communities by bringing a donation and coming to see some of our response equipment and meet some our public works professionals.

Photo Credit - Lake County
From the Lake County Health Department: On Monday, July 9, 2018, the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center announced the official opening of its new Zion Health Center, located at 1911 27th Street, Zion. Local officials gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the newly renovated facility, which will greatly expand access to quality health services for residents of northeast Lake County.

“We believe every person in the Zion area deserves access to quality services, to know we are here for them, to walk in the doors of this beautiful facility with confidence that they are getting the best care possible,” said Timothy Sashko, Lake County Board of Health President. “Today this vision becomes a reality.”
Gov. Rauner announced last week that Patricia R. “Patti” Bellock has been named director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS). Bellock has served in the General Assembly since 1999 and is recognized as one of the body’s leading advocates for Medicaid, health care and social services, areas she will oversee in her new role.

“Illinois is so fortunate to have an advocate for health and human services as dedicated and talented as Patti Bellock,” said Rauner in announcing the appointment. “She has been instrumental in virtually every health advancement our state has made in the last two decades and I am looking forward to her leadership of the state’s ongoing effort to reform our delivery systems and improve our outcomes.”

Bellock is retiring from the House of Representatives where she became the first woman to serve as Deputy Minority Leader in 2013. She replaces interim DHFS Director Teresa Hursey who stepped in last month when Felicia Norwood left for the private sector. Hursey will remain as Medicaid Director.
This week, key advancements in the plan to turn Illinois into the “next coast” for technology and enterprise creation were released. The progress report was occasioned by news earlier this month that the project was appropriated $500 million by the State of Illinois.

The anchor project in the plan is the Discovery Partners Institute (DPI), an innovation center led by the U of I System intended to be located within The 78, Related Midwest’s 62-acre planned development in downtown Chicago. Bordered by the South Loop, Chinatown, Bronzeville and Pilsen, DPI will be the centerpiece of the Illinois Innovation Network (IIN), a system of research centers across the state tailored to meet the needs of individual regions and lift their economies.
From Lake County's 19th Judicial Circuit Court: 
The 19th Judicial Circuit Court’s Jury Commission received notification of several occurrences where individuals had been contacted via telephone by a male identifying himself as a Lake County Deputy Sheriff. Citizens were told that they had failed to appear for Jury Duty and needed to proceed to the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan immediately. Once at the Courthouse, they were instructed to call the Deputy Sheriff stating that they had left their residence. Local authorities have verified that the name provided by the caller is NOT a Lake County Deputy Sheriff. 

In response to these events, Chief Judge Jay W. Ukena has issued the following statement. “The Nineteenth Judicial Circuit is appreciative of the service performed by the citizens of Lake County and is committed to protecting their civic right to serve as a juror. The Circuit is issuing a press advisory regarding this matter to all our local justice and media partners today to warn and protect the Citizens of Lake County." 
HB 138, sponsored by Rep. Jesiel and approved by both houses of the General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor on Friday, will close loopholes in existing law, especially with relations to the Illinois General Assembly, on issues of sexual harassment. The bill makes the office of Legislative Inspector General a full-time position, lengthens the window of time within which a survivor of sexual harassment may file a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, toughen harassment training for Illinois state legislators and their staff, requires annual reporting of sexual harassment reports, and makes other changes.
One of the largest long-term challenges facing the State is the presence of unfunded pension liabilities in State-managed pension funds. The size of these liabilities, which cover pension payments promised to teachers and other public-sector professional workers, cannot be precisely determined at this time because it is based on future interest rates and prudent anticipated future rates of return on the funds already invested. Based on current estimates of future rates of return, the unfunded pension liabilities of the State and its taxpayers are in excess of $130 billion. $71 billion of this underfunding reflects commitments made by the Teachers’ Retirement System of Illinois.

In the spring 2018 session, the State took significant actions to delineate and reduce the unfunded liabilities on the books of the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) and State Universities Retirement System (SURS). Legislation passed on a bipartisan basis by both houses will reduce these liabilities in two ways. Firstly, school districts will no longer be able to pass on to the State the cost of “spiking” end-of-career educator salary hikes, which are the salary levels on which pension payments are based, at a rate that is higher than the current rate of inflation. Under the 2018 pension reform plan, the State-pension-liable portions of the salaries paid to educators by school districts cannot increase at a rate faster than 3%. Pension costs generated from salary increases greater than 3% must be borne by the school or university that granted the salary hike.
Following the General Assembly’s passage of the first balanced budget in a decade, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) had this to say:

“When I first entered the House in 2014, Illinois had not had a balanced budget in years,” said Jesiel. “I’m glad that is finally going to change. This FY19 Budget is far from perfect, but the common-sense fact that expenditures cannot exceed revenues has finally been recognized.

“This budget agreement demonstrates that we can actually negotiate in good faith without increasing taxes, which is part of the reason I voted for it. I am glad we are providing some stability through increased K-12 and higher education funding, which includes a merit-based scholarship to stop the brain-drain to other states. To help high-tax, low-wealth school districts, this package includes a tax-swap grant to provide property tax relief, something I pushed for in the education funding reform process. This budget also addresses pension spiking and creates a buyout option to reduce our pension liability. In addition, the package addresses unpaid bills from FY17 and FY18, as well as funding for critically needed infrastructure projects.

“However, passing this balanced budget is one small step. The state still needs to get serious about policy reform – we need to shift the local funding burden to reduce the excessive property tax burden on residents and lower the overall tax burden that is driving people out of Illinois. This means we will need to reduce spending next year, and the year after that, and get serious about workers’ compensation reform to make Illinois more desirable to job creators so we can actually grow. This also means taking the pension reform in this package beyond minor adjustments and producing long-term changes to make the system solvent, and pay down all our long-term obligations, not just those from the past couple years. Doing all of this won’t be easy, but finally passing a balanced budget for the first time in a decade is a good place to start,” Jesiel concluded.
This week, the Illinois House overwhelmingly passed legislation sponsored by State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) to curtail excessively large severance packages in public employment contracts. Having now passed both Houses of the General Assembly, Senate Bill 3604 will soon be sent to the Governor for his signature.

“This legislation is an overdue win for taxpayers,” said Jesiel. “If a public servant, particularly in an administrative or leadership role, engages in misconduct and loses their job, taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in unmerited pay as a result.”
Speaking in opposition to the proposed unfair tax, Rep. Jesiel points out the damage another income tax hike would do to low and middle income earners, particularly in struggling areas that border other states.
Yesterday, the Illinois House unanimously passed legislation sponsored by State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) to help ensure tobacco products stay out of the hands of kids. SB2765 has now passed both houses of the Illinois General Assembly, making its next stop the desk of the Governor for a signature into law.

“Even though the serious health risks of tobacco use are well known, nearly half of kids report having tried tobacco by the end of high school,” said Jesiel. “Coupled with the fact that 9 of 10 smokers tried it for the first time by age 18, curbing tobacco use by our youth is the key to this serious health dilemma. SB2765 helps us do this by making sure our retailers are not side-stepping the law and selling it to them.”

As Jesiel noted, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) demonstrate that the overwhelming majority of adult tobacco users started before the legal age of 18. While there are many contributing factors, one contributing factor is the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors.
This week, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) filed House Resolution 1076. The resolution cautions the State of Wisconsin to not hastily allow Foxconn Technology Group to establish three new facilities on the Illinois-Wisconsin border without proper environmental and public health impact studies.

“I’m happy to see that a global technology manufacturer like Foxconn is going to setup shop in the Midwest and bring thousands of jobs with it,” said Jesiel. “I would be even happier if it was on our side of the Illinois-Wisconsin border, but it will undoubtedly still have a positive economic impact on both sides of the border. However, I am concerned that Wisconsin is putting the viability of our clean drinking water at risk by allowing Foxconn to bypass the normal permit and impact study process.”

In 2017, Foxconn and Wisconsin announced an agreement for a new manufacturing campus comprised of three facilities in Racine County. As part of the agreement, Foxconn is being provided substantial economic incentives to construct the $10 billion campus, including $3 billion in tax incentives that could rise to as high as $4.5 billion if certain employment objectives are met.
Today, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) welcomed Kaylee Hubly, a sixth grader at Glenwood Intermediate School to serve as her page on the House floor for the day. Kaylee is a bright young lady who aspires to be a future president.

If your son or daughter would like to apply for this up-close experience of the legislative process, contact Jesiel's office in the district or in Springfield - (847) 395-8000 or (217) 782-8151 to learn more.
Today was the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Youth in Care and Alumni Legislative Shadow Day at the Capitol. While General Assembly members attend committee hearings and session, they are joined by a young person who was, or currently is in the foster system.

Pictured with State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) is Jeremy Harvey, who used to be a youth in care. Now Jeremy is a Deputy Director with DCFS and is helping Illinois' youth in care find loving, permanent homes and have the same opportunities to succeed.
The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis has published state gross domestic product (GDP) numbers for 2017 as compared with 2016. The federal data table has mixed numbers for Illinois. On the one hand, Illinois’ economy grew in real terms in 2017, with real (inflation-adjusted) GDP rising 1.2% as compared with 2016. The Land of Lincoln’s per capita numbers were even better, with Illinois residents enjoying real GDP in 2017 that was 1.5% greater than that of 2016.

On the other hand, most U.S. states continued to outperform Illinois. The Prairie State scored 33rd in real 2017 GDP growth among the 50 states, with 32 states outperforming Illinois’ growth rate. Furthermore, Illinois’ good per-capita GDP numbers were helped out by our State’s declining population, with a smaller number of people sharing a slightly larger pie.
For more than 24 months, from the end of June 2015 until mid-July 2017, the state of Illinois spent taxpayers’ money without an approved budget. The partial withdrawal of Illinois’ legislative branch from the job of overseeing and controlling Illinois spending effectively kicked this oversight power over to the federal and state judiciary, and created wide gaps between Illinois spending areas. Although the General Assembly maintained partial oversight of state spending through continuous public hearings and discussions of spending programs and issues, this partial oversight fell short of the mandate contained in subsection 2(b) of Article VIII of the state Constitution. This subsection requires the General Assembly to make annual formal appropriations for all expenditures based upon funds estimated to be available in the approaching fiscal year.
FOID cards are required for the legal possession or purchase of a firearm in Illinois. People seeking to renew these cards should submit their applications in a timely manner. Since June 1, 2008, an Illinois FOID card has been valid for 10 years. In the summer of 2008 many Illinois residents applied for 10-year cards, and these cards are all expiring this summer.

The Illinois State Police urges Illinois current and prospective gun owners who are looking towards applying for or renewing a FOID card this summer to submit their application as soon as possible. The vast majority of applications are submitted online. Delays could happen as the State Police works through the statistical bulge of applications that are expected to come in this summer.
From the Lake County Clerk: Door-to-door sales people working in unincorporated Lake County must carry a solicitor’s certificate while on the job.

Every solicitor must:
  • Register annually in-person with our office. Registration is free. 
  • Work only between the hours of 11 am and 7 pm. 
  • Carry his/her own Certificate of Registration bearing the sales person’s name, employer’s name, manufacturer’s name, type of business, and our embossed seal. 
  • Observe any “No Solicitation” signs. 
  • Respect your request if asked to leave. 
If a solicitor comes to your door, ask to see the certificate before conducting any business. You may report unregistered vendors to the Lake County Sheriff’s office (847.549.5200).
From NBC Chicago: The Great Wolf Lodge Illinois announced it will host a week-long job fair in May to fill nearly 600 open positions at its family-friendly resort in Gurnee.

The job fair, which is scheduled to take place May 14-18 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., will include opportunities in retail, guest services, housekeeping and food and beverage.

The water park company said interested individuals can attend the hiring events and open interview sessions with no prior application necessary to interview.

According to a press release, Great Wolf Lodge employs more than 7,500 individuals across its growing portfolio of properties.
Public Spaces:
Every Day Capacity Building Grants
With stretched budgets and limited staff, land managers at federal, state, and local public lands need all the help they can get. That help often comes from Friends Groups, nonprofit organizations whose missions focus on serving our nation's public land sites, and the improvement and responsible use of those sites. These nonprofit organizations are sometimes referred to as Cooperating Associations, or simply as partners. While dedicated and passionate, Friends Groups are often underfunded and understaffed. This grant seeks to strengthen these Friends Groups organizations and unleash their potential to serve their public lands by funding projects that build the organizational capacity of Friends Groups. Funding source is the National Environmental Education Foundation.
Last week, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) passed legislation through the Illinois House to ensure medical facilities that provide integral end stage kidney treatment will not be hindered by duplicative state rules.

“Anyone affected by kidney disease, whether personally or through a family member, knows how important it is to have access to dialysis treatment,” said Jesiel. “Through House Bill 5069, we are preventing the implementation of a costly double licensing regulation which would have created an obstacle to this critical care. The last thing any patient needs is something that makes it more difficult to access care and I’m glad my colleagues in the House agreed.”

In 2002, the Illinois General Assembly passed the End Stage Renal Disease Facility Act. The purpose of this act was to establish a committee to create a state licensing standard for end stage renal disease facilities (ESRDF) in Illinois. However, an inability to maintain the committee stalled this process. Fortunately, the federal government already performs specified licensing for ESRDF facilities.
In January of 2016, an important new law to fight human trafficking took effect in Illinois, the Human Trafficking Resource Center Notice Act. This law (Public Act 99-0099), which State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) carried through the Illinois General Assembly, utilizes the business community to ensure human trafficking victims have access to essential services.

“Human trafficking is a much more pervasive practice than many of us realize and it is essential that we increase awareness and engage the public to fight this form of modern day slavery,” said Wheeler. “The Human Trafficking Resource Center Notice Act makes information about a very important resource available to victims and witnesses, which has taken us another step closer to ending this horrific practice.”

The Human Trafficking Resource Center Notice Act provides that specified businesses and establishments conspicuously provide information concerning the availability of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC). The law not only helps victims of this heinous crime gain access to the resources they need to overcome the trauma they have experienced, but also acts an avenue for anyone who observes or suspects trafficking the ability to report it to the proper authorities.

To improve the scope and effectiveness of the Human Trafficking Resource Center Notice Act, Wheeler engaged another advocate in the fight against human trafficking, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor). Working across party lines, Wheeler and Jesiel were able to engage additional advocates and unanimously pass House Bill 4340 through the Illinois House of Representatives.
From the Lake County Sheriff's Office: On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is taking back unwanted prescription drugs. Each year, the Sheriff’s Office partners with the DEA on the national ‘Drug Take Back’ program which encourages the public to prevent substance abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. 

The service is free, anonymous, and offered at the following three locations:
  • Beach Park Village Hall, 11270 W. Wadsworth Road, Beach Park 
  • Long Grove Fire Protection District, 1165 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove 
  • St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 27551 Volo Village Road, Volo
New speed limits are now in effect on several Chicagoland tollways including I-80, I-88, I-90, I-390, I-94, I-294 and I-355.
The House bill voting deadline will come at the end of this week on Friday. April 27 is the cutoff date for bills originating in the House to be favorably considered by the full House in floor debate and sent to the Senate for final passage. Bills that are not passed by the deadline will be sent to the House Rules Committee, which is the primary pathway under the rules of the House to “table” bills that will no longer be considered. 

Following the House deadline for consideration of its own bills, the focus will shift toward consideration of Senate bills. The House will reconvene on Tuesday, May 8 to hold committee hearings for testimony and discussion of bills that originated in the Senate. Both houses of the Illinois General Assembly will have a four-week period to consider the bills passed by the other chamber and reach final compromises on the difficult issues of 2018. The House and Senate are scheduled to adjourn regular session on Thursday, May 31.
This week, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) unanimously passed legislation through the Illinois House of Representatives to ensure a person-centered approach for people with developmental disabilities.

“Every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, which is what House Bill 5537 is all about,” said Jesiel. “State and Federal law already calls for a person-centered approach to planning for people with developmental disabilities, but in the past, part of Illinois’ community-integrated living arrangements act contradicted this approach. Passing House Bill 5537 eliminates this contradiction and ensures anyone who has a developmental disability is afforded the dignity they deserve.”
The first hint of warm, spring weather is here and motorcycle riders are looking to rev up and hit the open road. To ensure rider safety, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are reminding motorcyclists to “Ride Smart” before rolling out on the first ride of the season. 

The annual campaign urges riders to take precautionary measures before getting back on their bikes by conducting pre-ride T-CLOCS safety inspections of their equipment and sharpening their skills with a motorcycle training class offered by IDOT. 
The Illinois State Police (ISP) is teaming up with the Save a Star Drug Awareness Foundation to help decrease prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse.

Governor Bruce Rauner announced at the beginning of April that five ISP District headquarters across the state will house receptacles for people to drop off their unused and unwanted prescription medications.

Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation provided the receptacles for initiative. The foundation was created by David and Gail Katz, whose son died in 2007 from an overdose of prescription medication.
Celebrate Earth Day by checking out these family-friendly events across the county.
  • The Forest Preserves are celebrating Earth Day (April 22) with a week of free nature programs April 16 to 22. Enjoy Acoustic Bat Monitoring, a Guided Nature Paddle, a Woodpecker Walk and more. Locations vary based on program. Learn more.
  • Enjoy a day of fun, free outdoor activities as Lindenhurst celebrates Earth Day from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 21. The celebration will include a 5K run and walk, recycling opportunities, a Concert for the Earth, an Earth Day kite fly and more. Learn more
  • Join the first Earth Day Expo from noon to 4 p.m. April 22 at Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills. Participate in the Cardboard Challenge, enjoy face painting, music and more. Learn more
  • Enjoy a recycling experiment, scavenger hunt, music, recycling opportunities and more at a free Earth Day and Recycling event from 1 to 3 p.m. April 22 at the Dunbar Recreation Center in Mundelein. Learn more
For more information on actions you can take to make a more sustainable Lake County, visit sustainablelakecounty.org.
From Lake County: The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is gearing up for a busy road construction season. In 2018, Lake County will have nearly $100 million in road projects under construction, including 30 new projects. There will also be several resurfacing projects, culvert replacements, signal modernizations, and enhancements to the non-motorized network.

View the Interactive Construction Map to find a project you are interested in and connect to the latest information and important updates.
Today, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) joined House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and other House colleagues to file House Resolution 975 to state their opposition to a proposed progressive income tax on Illinois residents. The legislators announced the filing of the resolution at a press conference at the Illinois Capitol in Springfield.

“Since my district is on the Wisconsin border, I am contacted almost daily by constituents and businesses seeking relief from the high cost to live and work caused by the tax burden imposed here in Illinois,” said Jesiel. “The number one issue these people are already facing is not a matter of if they will leave Illinois, but when they will be able to leave.”

Jesiel noted a typical family in her district living in a $250,000 home, earning an average annual income of $55,000 is already paying $10,000 in taxes on their home and their income taxes increased to over $2,700 annually last year due to the state’s income tax increase. If their income taxes increased again by just 1% or 2%, they would be looking at another increase of close to $1,000 or more.

“People simply cannot afford a progressive income tax,” said Jesiel. “If we are serious about being a compassionate state that provides for our most vulnerable, then we need to realize our current tax system is turning ordinary citizens into the vulnerable. Instead of imposing more taxes that drive people out of Illinois, we need to pull back the reins of taxation and live within our means to allow families and businesses to prosper.”
5 Steps to Your Next Job New time and location!
Dates:
Monday, April 16 to Friday, April 20 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm each day
Location:
Round Lake Public Library 906 Hart Rd. Round Lake, IL

Attend a 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! Reservations recommended 847.377.3439 or email elocke@lakecountyil.gov

Additional Featured Events:
Job Searching Over Age 50
April 11 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Cook Park Library
413 N. Milwaukee Ave. Libertyville
847-362-2330
From the Lake County Treasurer's Office: The more than 20,000 Lake County taxpayers who prepaid their property taxes last December are allowed to deduct their prepaid property taxes on their 2017 federal tax return, according to a statement from the U.S. Treasury Department.

“The Lake County Treasurer’s Office is very pleased to be able to provide clarity on this question for local taxpayers,” Lake County Treasurer David Stolman said. “I would like to thank Congressman Peter Roskam (6th District) for his assistance in seeking confirmation that taxpayers in Illinois are not bound by previous IRS guidance regarding the prepayment of property taxes.”