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