Kids Fair, Jobs Fair, & Offering Solutions to the State’s Challenges

Fun for the Whole Family – Children’s Health & Safety Expo on June 17! Please join us for the annual Children’s Health & Safety Expo at Plainfield Central High School, to be held from 9:00am – 12:30pm on Saturday, June 17. The annual event features the popular Traveling World of Reptiles Show and a Touch-A-Truck exhibit with over 25 vehicles for the kids to see, touch and sit in.  

Admission to the event is FREE with complimentary refreshments and giveaways also provided. Information will be available on topics such as bicycle safety, after-school activities, nutrition, and diabetes prevention; to name just a few. Free face-painting will also be available. To see the event flyer with the full list of participants, please click HERE.  

Looking for a Job? Attend our Jobs Fair on June 23 Are you or someone you know unemployed or under-employed? I am partnering with State Rep. David Welter to offer a FREE Jobs Fair to be held from 9:00am – 12:30pm on Friday, June 23at Troy Middle School, located at 5800 Theodore Street in Plainfield. The Jobs Fair includes over 60 local and regional employers who are looking to hire right now. To see the event flyer with the full list of participants, please click HERE.  

Free workshops are also being offered, including:  

  •  How to Navigate through the State of Illinois Hiring Process (9:30am – 10:15am)
  •  Illinois Job Link(10:30am – 11:15am)
  • How to Use LinkedIn to Get a Job (11:30am – 12:15pm)

Admission to the Jobs Fair is FREE with complimentary refreshments also provided.  

Offering Solutions to the State’s Challenges

While the State of Illinois has gone 700 days without a budget, I am committing my time to offer solutions and avoiding the partisan blame game. Here are a few examples:  

Property Tax Relief –I introduced legislation that would significantly LOWER area property taxes by 10%-20%. That bill is HB 4042.  

Paying the State’s Bills – This spring, I put forward my debt restructuring plan that can save the state $2 Billion. You can read about it by clicking HERE.  

Reducing the Size of Government – I served on the committee tasked with coming up with recommendations on consolidating units of local government to save taxpayer dollars and deliver services more efficiently. As a result of this bipartisan effort, I was the Chief Co-Sponsor of SB 3, which passed the House and Senate last week.  While the final bill was not as encompassing as I would like, this new law will make consolidation easier.  I worked with my colleagues aggressively to make sure it passed.  

Procurement Reform –I was the Chief Co-Sponsor of SB 8, which enacts comprehensive procurement reform affecting state government and state universities. The bill frees up Illinois purchasing officers from many obsolete provisions of current State law that increase the cost of obtaining goods and services required by the public sector for its operations. 

For example, current law forbids the use of an all-electronic process to put out bids and procure goods.  SB 8 authorizes the use of electronic procurements. The final bill included some of the language I suggested.  As a result, we will now be able to streamline purchasing costs and save universities and the State millions of dollars each year.       

SB 8, as amended, was approved unanimously by the Illinois House last week, and will now go to the Governor to be signed into law. __________   Thank you for taking the time to read my newsletter. I will keep you updated as we anticipate returning to session at some point in June. Please be assured I am working tirelessly to be a part of achieving positive solutions in Springfield.

As always, please feel welcome to contact my office with any questions or concerns at (815) 254-0000.