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State Rep. Jeanne Ives
September 19, 2018

A few weeks ago I highlighted the shocking lack of transparency taking place at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation (ALPLF).

Now, Dave McKinney with WBEZ in Chicago is reporting on two separate findings – including an FBI analysis – that there is insufficient evidence that the stovepipe hat in the Museum’s collection purported to be Abraham Lincoln’s actually belonged to him. The hat in question cost the ALPLF $6.5 million to acquire back in 2007. This is critical, because the ALPLF has already auctioned off artifacts in the museum’s collection (and are considering auctioning off more) to help pay off their massive debt – debt incurred from their own negligence and lack of accountability. 

Those responsible for this shocking lack of transparency and flagrant mismanagement of taxpayer funds should be held accountable – and the State of Illinois must act to ensure nothing like this ever happens again.

This year, the FY19 state budget allocates $11 million to operate the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) in Springfield. The ALPLM Foundation, which operates nothing in the museum, siphons off bookstore profits and rental fees and sells unlimited admission with membership but doesn't share that with the taxpayer-funded museum.
State Rep. Jeanne Ives

The Illinois State Fair opens Thursday, August 9 and runs through Sunday, August 19 at the State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Whether you go every year or have never been before, there are many family-friendly activities and attractions at this year’s State Fair to celebrate Illinois’ Bicentennial.

Bringing kids to the State Fair? Check out this list of daily kids’ activities taking place!

While in Springfield, you may also want to visit the newly-renovated Illinois Governor’s Mansion at 410 E. Jackson Street, which re-opened to the public on July 14. Check out the Chicago Sun-Times article for a photo slideshow that gives you a look inside the Mansion. The $15 million dollar renovation was financed entirely with private funds. No taxpayer dollars were used.

If you and your family are as busy as mine this time of year, I will sign off for now. Look for another update from me in the coming weeks with details for my Town Hall Meeting in September and a preview of what to look for during the General Assembly’s Fall Veto Session in November.


I love being a state representative.  Everything I focus on whether it relates to taxes, education, budget or regulation – in the end – impacts people’s lives.

Then, there are the times when everything you are working on truly impacts specific people you know.  There is a face behind the legislation, a human being whose quality of life lies in the hands of bureaucrats and politicians. In these final few months of my holding office as state representative, I am working on about 12 different specific issues that need tenacious advocacy and a story must be told so that bureaucrats change how the state does business.

This is one of the first stories, as published in the July 30 online edition of the Chicago Tribune:
Rep. Ives accepts the award from the
Illinois State Crime Commission on June 20.
WHEATON– State Representative Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, was presented with the 2018 “Protector of the Family” award by the Illinois State Crime Commission at the organization’s 22nd Annual “Salute to Those Who Make a Difference” Awards Dinner held at Drury Lane in Oak Brook on Wednesday. Representative Ives was recognized for being a strong, relentless advocate for Illinois families and taxpayers as they face one of the highest overall tax burdens in the entire United States.

“I am deeply grateful to the Illinois State Crime Commission for this award,” Representative Ives said. “Families and taxpayers are being crushed by taxes in Illinois, driving jobs and opportunity out of our once flourishing state. Property taxes are a prime culprit, and the political ruling class in both parties has failed to deliver solutions. Fighting for real, meaningful property tax reform has been one of my most passionate causes during my six years in the Illinois General Assembly. That fight will continue.”

This year’s award dinner was dedicated in memory of the late Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer, who was killed on February 13 while attempting to detain a suspect who had fled from police moments earlier.


Speaker Madigan’s Chief of Staff and House Clerk Timothy Mapes resigned on Wednesday after a House employee came forward with specific allegations of bullying and harassment in the workplace. This development is only the latest in a string of public exposures of the pervasive culture of sexual harassment and intimidation that exists in the Illinois Capitol; and the shocking lack of accountability that permits it to continue. 

Denise Rotheimer, Alaina Hampton, Kelly Cassidy, Maryann Loncar, and now Sherri Garrett come forward after 300 women signed a #MeToo letter last Fall....and the only thing leadership in Springfield does is mandate sexual harassment training as a solution. It’s a farce.

There is a culture problem that leadership is not addressing. There is a power problem when you can't trust the politicians to oversee the complaints. There is a fairness problem when as a complainant you have no rights when you file a complaint. I have no doubt Speaker Madigan knew this was going on. Tim Mapes, his top aide, has resigned. Madigan should be forced out by his members who keep him in power.