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.