Save the Date: Recycling & Shredding Event
In April, I am hosting a Recycling and Shredding event at Holy Family Church in Shorewood! This event is on Saturday, April 24th, 2021 from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM at Holy Family Church (600 Brook Forest Ave., Shorewood). Find more information, including acceptable items here (NO TV’s or monitors). I look forward to seeing you there!
I joined House Republicans in launching “Reimagine Illinois.” Reimagine Illinois outlines the priorities of the Illinois House Republican Caucus for the 102nd General Assembly. It’s time to turn our state around, adopt a new mindset, and identify new avenues for growth. As House Republican Floor Leader, I am energized by these new ideas. The four pillars of Reimagine Illinois are as follows:
- Ending the culture of corruption
- Responsible fiscal leadership
- Growing jobs and opportunities for our families
- Ensuring public safety
Additional information can be found at ReimagineIllinois.com.
Op-Ed: One for All and Two for One!
I wrote an op-ed following Governor Pritzker’s February State of the State budget address. Read some of what I wrote here:
“Governor Pritzker reiterated the same old Illinois strategy during his State of the State budget address: Raise taxes, rinse, repeat.
“This type of budgeting is frustrating mostly because it focuses on how much we spend on something rather than the outcome of that spending. Taxpayers care about outcomes…
“Our government is extremely inefficient and often designed to benefit special interests. Our regulatory climate also strangles agencies’ abilities to perform their core functions. Yet while Governor Pritzker spoke about raising taxes, he didn’t even hint at the other half of the solution: Growth.”
Read the full op-ed online here.
House GOP Calls for IDES Reform
I joined a letter led by Rep. Amy Elik (R-Fosterburg) to Governor Pritzker and a letter led by Rep. Adam Niemerg (R-Dieterich) to Director Kristin Richards of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).
Rep. Elik’s letter to Governor Pritzker requests our legislative offices are able to conduct phone calls and video conferences in our offices between claimants and IDES agents. These will provide efficient resolution to severe and extreme cases.
Rep. Niemerg’s letter to IDES Director Richards asked follow-up questions for a meeting with the House General Services Appropriations Committee on March 18th. These questions focused on staffing at IDES following constituents unable to get in contact with someone from the Department during these difficult times of high demand.
We need to address the problems with hiring and processing claims at IDES so Illinoisans can receive helpful, quick, and effective service as we work to move past the COVID-19 economic crisis.
School Safety Legislation Passes in House Committee
On March 10th, a bill I introduced to amend the Illinois Vehicle Code was recommended “do pass” by the Transportation: Vehicles & Safety Committee. This bill would move back the time a school day begins in the Illinois Vehicle Code from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. This issue was brought to me by the Plainfield Police Department. I’m glad to join Reps. Tim Butler (R-Springfield) and Mike Murphy (R-Springfield) to help create a safer environment for Illinois students with school start times before or around 7:00 a.m.
The Illinois Department of Public Health launched the Vaccine Appointment Call Center to assist individuals who lack access or face difficulty in navigating online appointment services for the COVID-19 vaccine. This call center is open from 6:00 a.m. to midnight. This toll-free phone number is 833-621-1284.
Illinois is now in Phase 1B Plus of COVID-19 vaccination. Will County is in Phase 1B. Kendall County is currently serving Phase 1A, Phase 1B, and Phase 1B+ individuals who are eligible and “live/work in Kendall County.” The Kendall County Health Department will prioritize individuals in Phase 1A and Phase 1B.
On March 18th, Governor Pritzker and IDPH Director Dr. Ezike announced all Illinois residents 16 and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations beginning April 12th. Also announced was the Bridge Phase between Phase 4 (Revitalization) and Phase 5 (Illinois Restored) for Restore Illinois. This transition period includes increased business operations and higher capacity limits. Additional information on A Bridge to Phase 5 can be found here.
As of now, Regions 2 and 7, the IDPH regions encompassing the 97th District, are in Phase 4 (Revitalization) of Restore Illinois.
Additional information can also be found at the following links: