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Today ends my six years in office as State Representative of the 42nd District located in the heart of DuPage County.  It has been an honor to serve you and advocate for not only the taxpayers in the suburbs but for the rest of the constituents in the great State of Illinois.

Today and over the next five days, a new Illinois legislature will be seated and a new administration will take over the State of Illinois.  I wish them well. 

This is my final email as a state representative. 

After six years, I leave having taken on our toughest financial problems – state pensions, local pensions, unbalanced budgets, local debt, transparency, and accountability.  There have been only minor successes and little real results other than to have raised awareness about how the political class that has been running the state for decades have failed so many of us. Illinois has some of the highest paid legislators in the nation. The most powerful political machine in the nation. Where has it gotten us? 
Rep. Jeanne Ives speaks at Tuesday's press conference

Donning yellow jackets, Representatives Allen Skillicorn and Jeanne Ives spoke out Tuesday against the idea of Illinois becoming the state with the largest tax on motor fuel at a press conference in Chicago. 

“The worst kept secret in Springfield is a rumored massive gasoline and diesel tax hike,” Skillicorn said. “Just when gas prices are finally lower right before the holidays, greedy politicians, like the Grinches they are, seem all too willing to take more of our hard-earned money. Nothing like greedy politicians to ruin the holidays for middle class families.”

The motor fuel tax in Illinois is currently more than 37 cents per gallon plus an additional 6 and a quarter to 10 and a quarter percent sales tax on top of the motor fuel tax (sales tax rates vary depending on location). Raising the gas tax by 30 cents per gallon, which Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed, would mean Illinois would have the highest gas tax in the nation at more than 71 cents per gallon – about 22% higher than the next highest state of Pennsylvania.


200 years ago on this day in 1818, Illinois entered the Union as the 21st state. At the time, Illinois’ population of about 35,000 was mostly concentrated in the southern part of the state (the capital was in Kaskaskia). Today Illinois is a sprawling, diverse state with nearly 13 million residents. Over the past two hundred years Illinois has produced award-winning writers such Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg and playwright Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun); a treasure trove of military heroes, entrepreneurs and exceptional athletes. Illinois has hosted major events like the World’s Fair in 1893 and launched world renowned companies like McDonalds which reshaped the American economy in the 20th Century. Here’s to the next 200 years of a thriving Illinois that continues to make a positive impact on the world!

Governor Rauner and Governor-Elect Pritzker are scheduled to make a joint appearance at the State’s birthday party tonight at Navy Pier. The event will bring together singers, dancers and athletes with connections to Illinois for a celebration of our state’s triumphs and heritage. Colors and trophies will be presented as reminders of the achievements of these men and women on behalf of all Illinoisans. With a focus on entertainment, sports, and life, the event will be a fast-forward way for Illinois celebrants to experience the past two hundred years in the Land of Lincoln.

To learn more about the Illinois Bicentennial, please visit  

The Illinois House of Representatives is back in session today. Session is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm. You can watch or listen LIVE online by visiting the Illinois General Assembly website HERE. Several House Committees are meeting this morning while others will convene this afternoon following session.  

Residents of the 42nd District are invited to attend Representative Ives' final Town Hall Meeting on the "State of the State". The Town Hall Meeting will be held at 7:00pm on Tuesday, October 30 at the Wheaton City Hall Council Chambers, located at 303 W. Wesley Street in Wheaton.

Learn the truth about the Illinois state budget, what it means for taxpayers, and the outlook for Illinois' future. Representative Ives will also be discussing legislation she has worked on. Come out and join the conversation and make your voice heard.

Please be aware this is NOT a political or campaign event. No political materials of any kind will be permitted. We will not be discussing the upcoming election or candidates. This Town Hall Meeting is being held as an opportunity for residents of the 42nd District to hear directly from Representative Ives on state issues, legislation, and the Illinois state budget.

The 42nd District includes portions of Wheaton, Winfield, Warrenville, West Chicago, Naperville, Carol Stream and Lisle. Please call Representative Ives' office at (217) 558-1037 with any questions.

WHEATON – In the wake of a Cook County Inspector General report that J.B. Pritzker engaged in a “scheme to defraud” taxpayers when he sought and received $330,000 in improper tax breaks on one of his Chicago mansions, State Representative Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, has sent a letter to the Illinois Department of Revenue requesting a complete and immediate evaluation of all Pritzker-owned properties to ascertain whether the tax assessments were made accurately. 

“When people like J.B. Pritzker hide their property wealth, public schools around the state are shortchanged and Illinois taxpayers are left holding the bag,” Representative Ives said. “Illinois’ education funding formula relies on a fair system to assess property statewide in order to fund K-12 education. Illinois’ working families deserve to know whether an individual who expects to be Governor has gamed the system on any of his other properties to benefit himself at the taxpayers’ expense.”  
The following PowerPoint was prepared for small group presentations and town halls.  I am happy to share this in person with your organization or neighbors and explain the details and answer any questions.  Please call my assistant Nicole at 217 558-1037 if you would like me to present my State of the State Brief to your business, non-profit or other community group.  I am also trying to schedule a District 42 Town Hall and an email and press release will be sent out on the date when that will occur.

Thank You