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: https://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign.
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.

WHAT:
Zion Traveling Office Hours 

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

STARTS: 
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 

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