Dear valued constituent,
Fall has arrived and Illinois’ budget stalemate continues. I’m providing the following update to keep you informed of my activities in Springfield and throughout your community.
The lack of a state budget is having real consequences for municipalities and social/human service agencies across the state. I have consistently voted to fund programs which provide services to the poor and other critical and essential state services. I’m sponsoring House Bill 4305, which would require the state to release money owed to municipalities that is collected through gaming operations, the motor fuel tax, and other surcharges. Currently, this money is being withheld by the state.
I also voted yes to adopt Amendment No. 1 to House Bill 4150, which provides funding for mental health and early intervention services, and for law enforcement training. The measure is awaiting a full vote in the House of Representatives. Legislators return to Springfield next week and I will continue to urge my colleagues to work cooperatively and professionally on behalf of the people of Illinois to find common ground on the budget.
While budget negotiations in Springfield are ongoing, I continue to sponsor events throughout the district and have been going door to door in your neighborhood to hear from you. Also, I’ve attended legislative forums, town hall meetings, rallies, community fairs, festivals, charity events & fundraisers, all which give me the opportunity to hear your concerns. Recently, I’ve hosted a Women’s Self Defense Seminar, Veterans’ Appreciation Picnic, a Senior Information Fair, a Clean Energy Forum, a Money Saving Seminar, a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, and a Document Shredding Event for my constituents.
Upcoming events include:
Saturday, November 7, 2015 – 9 AM until 12 PM (Noon) – Intense Women’s Self Defense Seminar –At Rich East High School, in the gymnasium / 300 Sauk Trail, Park Forest. Parking will be available in the East parking lot off of Sauk Trail. Enter at door # 11. The upcoming seminar is a continuation from the defense seminar held previously and will be more hands-on. The Seminar is free and open to women of all ages. Bring a female partner you will feel comfortable with while practicing the skills you will be learning. Due to limited space, please RSVP to Donna Fanning at (708)754-7900.
Thursday, November 12, 2015 – 7 PM – Wheelchair Basketball – Lincolnway Special Recreation Association vs. Anthony DeLuca and Legislators – At the Lincolnway Special Recreation Center / 1900 Heather Glen Dr., New Lenox. This is a great opportunity to educate, and appreciate the special abilities of those who excel in sports in spite of a “disability” when given the opportunity, support and necessary resources. These athletes are remarkable! Please come out and cheer them on.
I will keep you posted as budget negotiations continue. Please enjoy the photographs below.