Join State Representative Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) for her next “Java with Jesiel” discussion at the Warren-Newport Public Library on Saturday, April 7. This meet and greet style event is open to 61st District residents who would like to meet Jesiel and chat with her about the issues facing our state and local communities. The discussion will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

“Java with Jesiel”

Saturday, April 7
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Warren-Newport Public Library
224 N. O'Plaine Road
Gurnee, IL 60031

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.
The U.S. commemorative postage stamp had its “First Day of Issue” on Monday, March 5. Sold for 50 cents, the stamp shares the white, yellow, blue, and green colors of the Illinois state flag and the words “Illinois 1818.” It features an outline map of Illinois with the sun rising from the State’s southern tip. Twenty stars in the stamp’s corners reflect the U.S. states that entered the union before 1818, with the rising sun of Illinois being the twenty-first star of the National Union.
Following the adoption of House Resolution 648, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) has been appointed to serve on the Firearm Public Awareness Task Force. This special task force was reconstituted to address the presence of illegal guns in Illinois.

“Illinois’ gun laws are some of the strictest in the nation, yet those determined to circumvent the law continue to find ways to bring illegal guns into the state,” said Jesiel. “Too often, Illinois has responded by rushing to pass sweeping new laws to deal with this problem, but failed to first consider the unintended consequences or even review the effectiveness of existing law. Improving law enforcements ability to enforce current law or addressing a socioeconomic factor may be a better the solution.”

Jesiel continued, “If this task force takes the time to properly evaluate the data, compare our laws to those working in other parts of the country and determine why current law isn’t working, the end result will be much more effective. I have long felt that we need to take this type of holistic approach. If this is allowed to happen, I believe the task force can produce recommendations to address the illegal gun problem without adversely impacting those who lawful own a firearm.”
The first International Summer Games festival held by the Special Olympics movement for challenged athletes was celebrated in Chicago in 1968. Nearly 1,000 athletes, from twenty-six U.S. states, participated in these first Games. Over the past 50 years, the movement has radiated outwards from the South Side’s Soldier Field and now encompasses organizers in 172 countries and territories around the world. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), which rarely grants out the use of its intellectual property to any other body, allows the Special Olympics to share the Olympic name and torch symbol.
The rating was bestowed by “Site Selection” Magazine, a CEO-oriented periodical and database that compiles information on the relative activities of U.S. locations for business relocation and job growth. Illinois ranked third in the number of new and expanded facilities per capita tracked by the periodical database, in a ranking called the “Governor’s Cup” by the magazine.

Commentators said Illinois was honored for its transportation infrastructure and relatively affordable real estate. More than 400 new and expanded facilities were tracked moving to or expanding in greater Chicago, exclusive of Lake County, in the 2017 Governor’s Cup rankings. This benchmark, which made greater Chicago the #1 U.S. metropolitan area tracked by “Site Selection” with a population of 1 million or more, powered Illinois’ overall standings. However, Illinois’ strength was not limited to greater Chicago. Three Illinois areas defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as “micropolitan areas,” population centers in predominantly rural environments with a population between 10,000 and 50,000, also scored highly. Strong Illinois micropolitan areas were Ottawa-Peru, Effingham, and Rochelle. All three regions are places where transcontinental railroad service comes together with two or more U.S. Interstate highways.
Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, Deputy Governor Leslie Munger, and leaders from the Illinois Math and Science Academy have launched the three-year Illinois Bicentennial STEM Fusion Campaign. The Campaign will generate enhanced teacher professional development opportunities and student STEM enrichment programs to participants in 25 selected schools across the State. 

The STEM Fusion Campaign pays tribute to Illinois’ heritage in mathematics education. One of the first bills passed by the Illinois General Assembly in 1818 was a measure to set aside a set percentage of the new state’s frontier land as seed money for a public school system to teach English and math. One-thirty-sixth of the new state’s unsettled farmland was set aside for this purpose. Some Illinoisans may still remember hearing that a square mile near their home was once a “school section.”
As part of Illinois' 200 year birthday celebrations, the Office of the Illinois State Treasurer has announced the Bicentennial Coin Contest. The contest encourages individuals to submit a design for the coin that will be created and distributed to commemorate the Illinois Bicentennial.

The treasurer’s office will accept electronic submissions for the Bicentennial Coin Contest from Illinois residents. Each design should depict an aspect of Illinois or Illinois history. One entry, per contestant, can be submitted now through May 1, 2018 at The winning design will be used for the commemorative bicentennial coin. To pre-order a commemorative bicentennial coin, visit and click on the “medallion pre-sale” graphic.

The public will have an online opportunity to vote on the top five designs in June. A final winner will be announced on June 18, 2018.
Looking for a fun community project to join? SWALCO's Reuse-A-Shoe program might be the perfect fit for your organization.

Every year, across the globe, millions of pairs of shoes end up in landfills or disposed of in some way, creating a lot of waste. It is estimated that 85% or more of these unwanted items end up in our landfills, which here in the U.S. and around the world, are filling up fast. 

No matter what age we are, most of us have at least a few pairs or more of unwanted shoes hanging out in our closets. Some may be shoes we just don’t wear, shoes we or family members have outgrown, or those that have gotten a little worn around the edges. Much of what we consider unwanted waste can actually be recycled or repurposed. 
The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce presents the James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award each year to an entrepreneur or small business in the Chicago region that has demonstrated growth and civic/philanthropic values. The winner of the Tyree Award receives a $50,000 cash prize, courtesy of Mesirow Financial and CIBC, plus business consulting services from the Chicagoland Chamber.

2018 is the 7th year of the Tyree Award. The winner will be announced during the Chicagoland Chamber's 114th Annual Meeting on June 5, 2018.

The Tyree Award application process runs through March 25th.

Click here for to see award criteria and to apply.
This week in Springfield was very contentious, so for anyone who is concerned about the recent gun legislation, from any perspective, I want to make sure you have the correct information. I always approach votes from a measured policy perspective, not a political one, to ensure good policy is enacted.

I voted no on SB1657, the inaccurately named “Gun Dealer Licensing” bill, both yesterday and when it was first called in the fall. There are numerous problems with this bill beyond the fact the ATF already licenses and regularly inspects gun shops - serious concerns for the privacy of private citizens and the exemption for large retailers like Wal-Mart means that all this bill does is drive mom and pop shops out of business. That is not good policy.
The Veterans Creative Arts Festival is the celebration and regional finale stage and art show, which are the culmination of talent competitions in art, creative writing, dance, drama, and music for Veterans treated in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national health care system. All Veterans invited to participate in the national event are selected gold medal winners of year-long, regional fine arts talent competitions across the nation. Our regional center is the Cpt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, IL. This will be the VA’s 11 Annual Festival and the 3rd year CLC has collaborated with Lovell FHCC on this event.

61st District State Representative Sheri Jesiel recently interviewed with the "Have All Voted Who Wish" podcast. The podcast follows members of the Illinois House of Representatives. Jesiel represents the farthest northeastern House District in the State of Illinois and is a lifelong resident of the Zion-Winthrop Harbor area where she raised her three children.

Jesiel discussed the new legislative session, her work on property tax relief and pension reform, as well as her personal connection to the 61st District and the most pressing issues impacting the area.

Under existing law, the 45 states that charge sales taxes are not allowed to order retailers to enforce the collection of these taxes on many of the goods and services that cross state lines. In a 1992 federal Supreme Court decision, Quill v. North Dakota, the Supreme Court attached a strict condition upon state attempts to use retailers to charge these sales taxes. The state must present evidence that the retailer has a physical presence, called by lawyers a “nexus,” within the state that seeks to use the retailer to charge the sales tax. 

One of the core arguments set forth in Quill is that the Constitution forbids the states from charging a tax on interstate commerce and that any transaction that lacks a nexus is a pure interstate transaction that falls within the guidelines set forth in this prohibition. Furthermore, mail-order firms at the time of Quill argued convincingly that it would be unreasonably burdensome for them to keep up with sales tax laws in all U.S. jurisdictions in which sales taxes are charged. In Illinois, a multitude of sales tax rates are charged by different counties and municipalities. 
Voting on the first round of the poll opened this week and will conclude on Friday, March 2. Results will be announced on Monday, March 5. The first round of the online survey will measure voters’ support for movies filmed or produced in Illinois. The second round of voting, to begin in March, will give participants the chance to select their favorite Illinois private-sector business firm. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the State Journal-Register and the Illinois Bicentennial Commission are co-producing this set of nonscientific surveys in honor of each fortnight in the State’s bicentennial year. There will be room for as many as 20 online surveys to be run prior to the conclusion of the Bicentennial and celebration of the actual 200th birthday on December 3, 2018.
This week, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his annual budget address, a speech in which the Governor laid out his proposal for annual state spending. While the Governor proposes a spending plan, it is the General Assembly (GA) that drafts and approves the legislation which actually authorizes the state to spend money.

State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) pinpointed a few broad themes from the Governor’s address as critical to FY19 budget discussions whether or not his specific proposals become law. Jesiel also said it is critical the General Assembly adopt a revenue estimate, a Constitutional requirement that has not been met since 2011.

“The budget address recognized that a rising economy allows us all to rise with it,” said Jesiel. “However, government, in Illinois in particular, has too often forgotten that we need to foster a competitive environment to create this economic rise. Acknowledging this reality is very important to ensuring our economy grows faster than our government. Otherwise, we cannot hope to rebalance our state and provide compassionate services.

“I share this type of approach to the budgeting process and I was glad the budget address focused on these themes to provide a structural framework as a base to build a healthy future for Illinois. My district needs to be competitive with Wisconsin so we can stop the hemorrhage of Illinois residents out of the district and the state.
Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Address to a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly Wednesday. The Governor renewed his call for a $1 billion tax cut for all Illinois taxpayers. He also called for “structural reforms” to Illinois laws that underlie the current patterns of Illinois public-sector taxes and spending. 

Assailing what he called “unsustainable growth in our pension and healthcare costs,” Gov. Rauner stated that more than 25 cents of every dollar the State spends goes to these facets of public-sector employee benefits. These benefits far exceed the benefits paid to workers in the private sector, and the cost of these benefits is driving job growth from Illinois to other states. Rauner pointed to job trends, including manufacturing job growth, in Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. 
Tomorrow at noon, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will deliver his annual Budget Address. The address will provide a blueprint to the General Assembly of how the Governor would like to see the state appropriate taxpayer dollars. 

You can watch it live online, Click Here.
From ABC Chicago: Find out if your school, business or daycare center is closed because of a weather emergency. 

The Emergency Closing Center lists the status of all reported ECC facilities. If you do not see your facility listed it means the facility has not reported a status change to ECC. Click Here.
Join State Representative Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) for coffee and donuts at Warren Township on Monday, February 12. This "Java with Jesiel" will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Township residents are welcome to come at any time and chat with Rep. Jesiel about issues facing the state and local communities.

“Java with Jesiel”

Monday, February 12, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Warren Township Senior Center
17801 W. Washington St.
Gurnee, Illinois 60031
The office of State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) will host monthly traveling office hours at Zion Township on Wednesday, February 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Staff will will be available to meet with constituents and assist them with any matter involving state agencies or programs. Constituents may call Rep. Jesiel’s office at (847) 395-8000 to schedule an appointment, but no appointment is necessary and walk-in visits are welcome. 

Zion Traveling Office Hours

1st Wednesday Every Month
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Zion Township Supervisor’s Office
1015 27th Street
Zion, IL 60099
Rauner concentrates on health of private sector - Illinois in 2018 represents what would be the world’s 17th largest economy if the Prairie State were an independent country – roughly equivalent, in national terms, to the economies of Spain and Canada. The progress of this economy formed the heart of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s 2018 State of the State address to a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday.

Rauner reminded the lawmakers that Illinois is the home of 1.2 million job-creating small businesses, 36 Fortune 500 companies and 72,000 farms that plow 27 million acres of agricultural land. Illinois has 12.8 million residents, almost one-half of whom – 6.05 million – are in the nonfarm payroll workforce, making and producing goods and services that are in demand all over the world. Support for public and private education is a necessary part of continuing this record of achievement, and the Rauner administration and the General Assembly have increased funding for K-12 public schools by $1.2 billion. The administration last year proposed, and the General Assembly enacted, the Invest in Kids program to create tax incentives for donations to scholarship granting organizations that help high-achievement students obtain financial help to attend competitive private schools.
The first day of the spring session was Tuesday, January 30. In addition to considering appropriation bills to make up the FY19 State of Illinois budget (for the fiscal year which starts on July 1, 2018), the Illinois House and Senate will consider many substantive bills. With considering Chicago as one possible location as the site for its second headquarters, the lawmakers will be eager to prioritize measures to improve Illinois as a place for job creation and enterprise. Continuing competition from other Midwestern states, especially Indiana, Missouri and Wisconsin, is expected to be a major theme of the session’s substantive bill work.

Today at noon, Governor Rauner will deliver his State of the State Address.

You can watch it live online, Click Here.
Before you pick a "free" tax filing software, make sure you know which options will actually be free for you. The IRS provides an easy to use tool to help you find a tax filing service that may allow you to file both your Federal and State tax returns for free.

If your adjusted gross income was $66,000 or less in 2017, you will find one or more free software options available through Free File at Review each company's offer to make sure you qualify for your free federal return.

Some companies offer free state tax returns; some charge a fee. For more information, Click Here to see software offers and detailed information on company websites. The following states provide a free state tax return in partnership with private software companies via the Free File Alliance: AR, AZ, DC, GA, IA, ID, IN, KY, MA, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NY, OR, RI, SC, VA, VT, WV. All the listed tax software companies provide a free federal return to active military personnel with an AGI of $66,000 or less.
Whether scam artists use your information to file tax returns in hopes of getting your refund or pose as IRS agents and threaten legal action if payments aren’t immediately made – there are preventative steps you can take to ensure a smooth tax season. The Illinois CPA Society outlines key points than can help you avoid becoming a target and what to do if you think you’ve fallen victim to a scam.

Tax ID Theft Warning Signs
The IRS estimates that recent crackdowns in 2016 on ID theft scams stopped more than 785,000 fraudulent returns, but that $239 million in “suspect” refunds were paid out. Tax ID theft is still very prevalent and some warning signs to look for if you think you may be a victim are:
  • Your electronically filed tax return is rejected because a return with your SSN already has been filed. 
  • Receiving a letter from the IRS asking for confirmation on submission of a tax return being held for review. 
  • Being informed by the IRS that that records of wages were received from an employer that you did not work for. 
The Illinois Department of Human Services, HACES and other partners will host a citizenship workshop for legal permanent residents in Waukegan on Saturday, January 27.

Saturday, January 27, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

820 W Greenwood Ave.
Waukegan, IL 60087

For more information:
Call: (847) 244-0300
Text Message: (847) 744-8775
The much anticipated new science building at the College of Lake County opened for classes this week. Thanks to the advocacy of State Representative Sheri Jesiel, the state of the art facility was approved for $17.5 million in project funding by the Illinois Capital Development Board.

From the Daily Herald: "What they will find is a modern, energy-efficient building that's a big step up from the old digs.

"The difference will be clear to all who wander by the first floor of the building and peek inside the large mechatronics lab that combines electrical and mechanical engineering." - Read the story in the Daily Herald, Click Here.
January is National Blood Donor Month. Everyday in the United States, doctors and hospitals use over 36,000 units of red blood, 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma while treating patients. A single donation could be used by multiple patients and save lives. Consider giving blood this January.

The American Red Cross offers a convenient zip code search where you can find upcoming blood drives near your community, Click Here.
Today, State Representative Sheri Jesiel joined the #WearBlueDay campaign to raise awareness about the pervasive impact of human trafficking in the U.S. Rep. Jesiel has made the fight against human trafficking a focus of her legislative work in Springfield. 

Learn more about the #BlueCampaign and the collaborative work of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, law enforcement and leaders across the country to end this terrible human exploitation here:
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. On Thursday, January 11, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, State Representative Sheri Jesiel and leaders across the country are encouraging Americans to #WearBlueDay to support human trafficking awareness. Join the awareness effort to end this terrible practice by wearing your blue and share #WeWearBlueBecause

From the Lake County Health Department: Radon is a radioactive gas naturally found in rock and soil. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. 
The “Illinois 1818” postage stamp celebrates Illinois’s 200th birthday, will have no denomination and will be permanently valid for U.S. postage use. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) stamp’s simple design features twenty stars, paying tribute to the first 20 American states, and then superimposed on an outline map of Illinois is the image of a rising sun in honor of Illinois, the 21st state. The Flag Act of 1818, enacted on the eve of Illinois’ entry into the Union, standardized the custom of adding one star for each state and keeping thirteen stripes for the original 13 States. Another 2018 USPS stamp will commemorate the Flag Act flag.
Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation supported by Rep. Sheri Jesiel that substantially reduces startup, annual filing and other fees for limited liability companies (LLCs), the organizational structure preferred by many of Illinois' 1.2 million small businesses.

The new law will encourage more businesses to form in Illinois rather than go to other states to escape high fees. Effective immediately, the filing fee for new LLCs drops to $150 from $500 and annual report fees drop to $75 from $250. Previously, Illinois charged fees that were among the highest in the nation.

The bill, SB 867, was signed in the presence of dozens of small business advocates gathered at Level Office, an LLC that provides shared office space for startups. 
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 on Saturday, January 13 and Monday January 22. 

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.
Beginning January 3, 2018, State Representative Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) will host traveling office hours at Zion Township on the first Wednesday of each month to assist 61st District constituents.

Rep. Jesiel, or a member of her staff, will be available each month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to meet with constituents and assist them with any matter involving state agencies or programs. Constituents may call Rep. Jesiel’s office at (847) 395-8000 to schedule an appointment, but no appointment is necessary and walk-in visits are welcome.

Zion Traveling Office Hours 

1st Wednesday Every Month
2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 

Zion Township Supervisor’s Office
1015 27th Street
Zion, IL 60099