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Yesterday the Illinois House of Representatives took a number of votes related to the regulation of guns.  None of the bills are directly related to making schools safer, government more accountable, or addressing the problem of disaffected and troubled people intent on committing atrocities.

The Parkland shooter was a troubled teen with numerous behavior problems that schools ignored, local law enforcement ignored, and even the FBI dropped the ball on despite being provided specific credible threats about the shooter, which they failed to investigate. 

Our natural reaction in the wake of a tragedy is to take action. Action can and should be taken to better protect our schools and to keep guns out of the hands of those who suffer from mental illness. I believe we can do so without infringing upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding gun owners in the State of Illinois. There must be a greater emphasis on access to mental health services and intervention by family and law enforcement agencies BEFORE a tragedy occurs. School safety must also be our utmost priority.
The Governor's annual Budget Address is taking place at Noon today in Springfield. You can watch or listen LIVE online by visiting the State of Illinois website HERE or the Illinois General Assembly website HERE

To let me know what YOU think the State’s budget and spending priorities should be this year, please visit the CONTACT page on this website on the menu toolbar above or call my Springfield Office at (217) 558-1037.  I look forward to hearing your feedback.


Jeanne Ives
State Representative, 42nd District
Greetings from snowy Wheaton! 2018 is off to a busy start as I prepare to file a series of new bills and re-file previously introduced bills aimed at making our state government more accountable and less intrusive while taking concrete steps toward enacting meaningful property tax relief and constitutional pension reform.

2018 may well prove to be the fork in the road for Illinois; a choice between continuing down the path of fiscal recklessness or the difficult-but-necessary decisions that must be made to restore stability to the Illinois budget and growth to our economy.  With that in mind, the Illinois House of Representatives is scheduled to return to Springfield for the start of the 2018 legislative session on Tuesday, January 23. 

If you and your family are as busy as mine this time of year, I will sign off for now and let you scroll below for more updates. As always, please don’t hesitate to call me at (630) 384-9719 with any questions or to schedule an appointment. Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated.


Rep. Ives: Keeping You Informed

New legislation would ban taxpayer-funded harassment settlements in Springfield” Illinois News Network: With a wave of harassment accusations in Springfield, lawmakers want to ensure their colleagues accused of misconduct aren’t bailed out by Illinois taxpayers… read the full story here

Illinois Losing 1 Resident Every 4.6 Minutes to Other States” Illinois Policy Institute: New data from the U.S. Census Bureau are revealing the severity of Illinois’ people problem. From July 2016 to July 2017, Illinois saw a net loss of nearly 115,000 people to other states on net, or 1 person every 4.6 minutes… read the full story here

ISBE Doubles Budget Request, Seeks $15B to Fund Evidence-Based Model” WTTW/Chicago Tonight: Approving a new evidence-based funding model for public education last year was the first step in improving Illinois’ long-broken formula. Now the state has to find a way to pay for it. The Illinois State Board of Education on Wednesday unanimously approved its fiscal year 2019 budget request, seeking nearly twice as much funding from the state – approximately $15.7 billion – in order to help districts across Illinois find equity and meet their adequacy targets…read the full story here

Op-Ed: Medicaid work requirements for able-bodied, childless adults make sense” Illinois News Network: Helping people when they're down is admirable. Helping people who are down learn how to help themselves is both admirable and far more sustainable, financially, in the long term. That's why the Trump administration's decision last week to allow U.S. states to develop work-requirement programs for healthy, childless Medicaid recipients is a smart one. Under the new guidelines, individuals with disabilities and small children, women who are pregnant, and the elderly would be exempt from the work requirements…read the full story here
Christmas greetings from the Ives family to yours! We have been busy decorating the house for the holidays and celebrating our family traditions this time of year. At the same time, my work as your voice in state government and shining a light on issues important to families and taxpayers never slows down. In this week’s update, I share some recent news articles I thought you might find interesting.

A quick reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday, December 12 is your last chance this year to meet with me in-person at the Wheaton Public Library to ask questions and discuss state legislative issues of concern at my final Mobile Office Hours of 2017. I will be at the Wheaton Public Library from 9:00am – 10:00am Tuesday morning if you would like to stop by. The Library address is 225 N Cross Street in Wheaton.

Thank you to everyone who has offered your input and took time out of your mornings to meet with me at any of my Mobile Office Hours this fall, which have been held every other Tuesday and one Saturday each month since the first week of October. It has truly been a pleasure sitting down with constituents face to face, listening to your concerns and answering your questions about legislation and state policy.
Greetings from Wheaton in the heart of DuPage County! I hope this note finds you and your family well. I would like to take this opportunity to update you on what I am working on now that the Illinois House of Representatives has concluded its Session calendar for 2017.

As we look ahead to 2018, I wanted to share following important dates with you: 

Key Upcoming Dates – Illinois House of Representatives:

First Day of 2018 Session – Tuesday, January 23
Governor’s “State of the State” address – Wednesday, January 31
Last Day to File New Bills – Friday, February 16

If you have any ideas or suggestions for new legislation or reforms to existing state laws, please e-mail me at Some of the best ideas for legislation come from constituents like you.
By Angela Underwood | DuPage Policy Journal

State Rep. Jeanne Ives
Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) had some pointed questions for the House during debate on Tuesday.

“We have been told there are 27 complaints over the last three years that have not even been looked at,” Ives said regarding the ongoing sexual harassment scandal that has embroiled the Capitol. “If any of those are sexual harassment in nature, will this law allow for those to be acted on?”

Her question was addressed to House Majority Leader Rep. Barbara Currie (D-Chicago) and referenced Senate Bill 402, which mandates annual sexual harassment training for every Springfield lawmaker, state employee and lobbyist. It was introduced by House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) after activist Denise Rotheimer accused Sen. Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) of sexually harassing her a year ago...