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Eighty Three Bills Vetoed from 2018 Session
The 529 new laws signed in spring and summer 2018 are now part of the Illinois Compiled Statutes. A total of 612 bills passed both houses this year; almost 90 percent of them were signed, but 83 bills were vetoed by Governor Bruce Rauner. Fifty-three of the vetoes were “total vetoes,” which means that the veto must be overridden with three-fifths majorities in both houses in order to become law; and 30 of the vetoes were “amendatory vetoes,” in which Governor Rauner suggested additional, amendatory, or supplementary language to change a bill. In cases of amendatory vetoes, both houses of the General Assembly can accept the Governor’s language by simple majority. The General Assembly will consider Rauner’s vetoes in the November 2018 Veto Session, which gets underway in Springfield on Tuesday, November 13. 

LIHEAP to Accept Applications for Heat Assistance on October 1

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity's Office of Community Assistance is now accepting applications and scheduling appointments for this year’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Customers must bring all required documentation when applying for assistance including: 
  • Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30-day income period beginning with the date of the application. 
  • A copy of their current heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days (if they pay for their energy directly). 
  • A copy of their rental agreement (if they are renting) showing that utilities are included, the monthly rental amount and landlord contact information. 
  • Proof of Social Security numbers for all household members. 
  • Proof that their household received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD); or other benefits, such as Medical Eligibility or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), if receiving assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services. 
Click here for additional information.

Rep. Olsen Named “Friend of Agriculture”
Efforts that support agriculture are very important in Illinois, and as a legislator I am committed to helping those in the agriculture industry with their goal of improving food production practices and ensuring a plentiful and safe food supply. It was an honor recently to be recognized for this commitment, when I received the “Friend of Agriculture” award from the DuPage County Farm Bureau. Created in 1913, the DuPage County Farm Bureau is one of the oldest bureaus of its kind in the United States. This valuable local organization currently includes approximately 15,000 members. I am pictured here with DuPage County Farm Bureau members Sam Lilly and Bill Pauling. 

ISAC Helps Students Navigate College Applications & Financial Aid
October is “College Changes Everything” (CCE) month in Illinois, and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is taking steps to help make it easier for students to file timely applications for both college admission and financial aid. October 1 is now the federal government’s release date for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the key to securing aid for college, including the federal Pell Grant and the state MAP Grant, plus work-study opportunities, federal student loans, and even grants from the colleges themselves. 

There is always a lot of demand for limited state and school based financial aid, so students seeking support for the 2019-20 academic year should file their FAFSAs as soon as possible after October 1, 2018, for the best chance of getting funding. On October 1, the U.S. Department of Education also unveiled the myStudentAid Mobile App, making the application more accessible to students and families whose primary Internet access is through a smartphone.

During CCE Month, ISAC offer hundreds of workshops for students and families across Illinois, including college application workshops, financial aid presentations, and FAFSA completion workshops where applicants have expert guidance through the entire process. Please visit studentportal/isac.org/events to search by ZIP Code for free public events nearby.

Rep. Olsen Joins Local Officials in Ribbon Cutting for Bicentennial of Illinois Law Exhibit at COD
It was an honor to be in attendance September 21, as the College of DuPage (COD) debuted a traveling Bicentennial of Illinois Law Exhibit at the college’s Student Service Center in Glen Ellyn. The exhibit features prominent lawyers and cases in Illinois history and a historical look back at the judiciary’s first 200 years in Illinois. The exhibit is one of several bicentennial activities sponsored by the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission to commemorate 200 years of the Illinois judicial branch. The traveling exhibit will remain at COD through October 26. I am shown in this photo with Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission member Kirk Dillard, DuPage States Attorney Bob Berlin, Second District Appellate Justice Joe Birkett, COD General Counsel John Kness, Second District Illinois Supreme Court Justice Bob Thomas, 18th Circuit Judge Jeff MacKay, State Representative/COD Board of Trustees Chair Deanne Mazzochi and COD President Ann Rondeau. 

Olsen Joins Rotarians for Celebration of GroveFest’s Success
On September 20 I joined local elected officials and members of the Rotary Club of Downers Grove for a celebration of the success of this year’s GroveFest, our annual community festival held in downtown Downers Grove during the last weekend in June. We met at Alter Brewing Company, where the Rotary Club distributed financial support to many local not-for-profit organizations. I am shown in this photo with Downers Grove Mayor Martin Tully and Village Commissioner Marge Earl, along with members of the Rotary Club. 

Rep. Olsen Celebrates Westmont Business Community at Chamber Open House
I had a great time on Wednesday, September 19 when I visited with residents and business owners at the Westmont Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau Fall Open House. The event was held at the Westmont Park District Fitness & Racquetball Club. I am shown in this photo with Westmont Chamber Executive Director Larry Forssberg, Westmont Village Trustee Harold Barry, and members of the Westmont Chamber. 

Governor Abolishes 53 Inactive Boards, Commissions; Prohibits Nepotism in State Hiring
Governor Bruce Rauner has issued executive orders eliminating 53 boards and commissions that serve no public purpose and have been inactive for years, some for as long as two full decades.

Over the years, the State of Illinois has created more than 600 authorities, boards, bureaus, commissions, committees, councils, task forces and other similar entities. Many of them have completed their work and no longer operate, yet they still appear in State publications, public-facing websites, and Legislative Research Unit reports as if they were still doing the people’s work.

The executive orders, EO 18-10 and EO 18-11, are a follow-up on EO 18-5 that Rauner issued earlier this year abolishing 19 other moribund entities. Collectively, the orders eliminate 72 redundant or inactive boards and commissions so that executive branch operations are more transparent and efficient. The governor has also issued EO 18-12, eliminating nepotism in state hiring. The move brings Illinois in line with more than half U.S. states including Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Kentucky and Michigan. The order prohibits executive agency heads from the practice of nepotism in the appointment, promotion or recommendation of a relative to any agency or department under their control.

Olsen Talks about Work of Millennial Legislators
As one of the younger members of the Illinois General Assembly, I feel I have a responsibility to bring a voice of young adults to our policy discussions in Springfield. I recently had an opportunity to talk with a diverse group of Illinoisans about my work with the Millennial Action Project (MAP) and my service on MAP’s Democracy Reform Task Force. This task force includes 12 young lawmakers from both political parties from across the country. Together, our goal is to advance legislation on redistricting (fair maps), government accountability and access to voting. The group was born from MAP’s initiative to rebuild trust in government in order to encourage civic engagement, particularly amongst younger generations. 

Rep. Olsen Helps Present Awards to Chamber630 “Five with Drive”
As a past winner of the Chamber630 Young Professional of the Year, I was proud to help present this year's "Five with Drive" awards to five outstanding young professionals in our area on September 12. I am shown in this photo with the award presenters and this year’s winners: Matthew Herbeck of Kramer & Herbeck LLC, Adam Hooczko of Alter Brewing Company, Reese Krajniak of the Krajniak Group at Focus Financial, Alysha Sbarbaro of FASTSIGNS and Alan Stern of McGrath Lexus. Congratulations to all the winners!

O’Hare International Airport Ranked as “Most Connected” Airport in Western Hemisphere
Results from the Megahub Index, compiled by flight information database monitor OAG, were released last week. The Index ranks the flight information posted by each airport and counts the number of steps necessary to get from each airport to destinations throughout the world. The results strongly favor “hub-and-spoke” airports that serve as hubs for a wide variety of flights to many destinations.

In terms of international flights, O’Hare scored #2 worldwide (second only to London’s Heathrow) and #1 in the Western Hemisphere in the September 2018 Megahub flight-information ranking index. The index is used by many as a summary guide to gauge the attractiveness of a location, such as Illinois, as a focus for investment and personnel placement. The 2018 Megahub Index scored O’Hare ahead of other major United States airports. In addition to international flight honors, the U.S. sub-ranking scored O’Hare first in U.S. connectivity, with the second, third, and fourth places going to Atlanta, Charlotte, and Dallas.

Rep. Olsen Visits Local Environmental Non-Profit
On September 18 I had an opportunity to visit SCARCE (School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education), an amazing local not-for-profit which helps protect our environment in many important ways. SCARCE is an environmental education and resource center for schools that provides educational programs, books and supplies to schools and non-profits. Thank you to Executive Director Kay McKeen, the staff, and the volunteers for showing me around. You can learn more about this valuable organization at www.scarce.org

Olsen Honors New Eagle Scouts
I always look forward to attending Eagle Scout Courts of Honor for local scouts who have achieved scouting’s highest rank. I recently attended the Court of Honor for Noah Maguigad, who became the 90th Eagle Scout from local Troop 95. His ceremony was held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Downers Grove and I am shown in this picture with some of Noah’s Benet Academy classmates. Over the weekend I also attended the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for John Drinkwater and Joshua Woods of Troop 181. Congratulations to these outstanding young men! 

Illinois Awarded $29 Million to Fight Opioid Crisis
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) is receiving nearly $29 million in new federal funding to help the state fight the opioid crisis.

The federal grant was awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It brings to $61 million the total that the federal government has awarded to the state to fund important programs and initiatives meant to improve and expand access to treatment and recovery services for opioid use.

These funds will support the expansion of treatment and recovery interventions across the state, including medication-assisted treatment services for individuals with opioid use disorders who are incarcerated in county jails and hospital resources to link patients experiencing opioid overdoses with treatment programs in their communities. Housing for people in recovery from opioid use disorder and support services for patients at federally qualified health care centers also will receive grant funding. The award will strengthen and enhance the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program, the state’s tracking system that helps to prevent the misuse of prescription opioids.

This grant also will expand opioid overdose protocols training for first responders and widen availability of the overdose reversal medication naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan. In state fiscal year 2018 alone, IDHS supported the purchase of more than 18,000 naloxone kits for first responders and bystanders. This award will help IDHS purchase additional naloxone kits.

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently awarded the Illinois Department of Public Health almost $3.7 million as part of a Cooperative Agreement for Emergency Response: Public Health Crisis Response grant to combat the opioid epidemic.

The funding will enhance the state’s capacity to rapidly respond to the opioid overdose crisis through improved data collection and prevention efforts. The grant will allow Illinois to increase its capacity to identify and report timely, comprehensive syndromic surveillance data on fatal and nonfatal opioid overdoses.

If you or someone you know is experiencing opioid use disorder, call the state’s Helpline for Opioids and other Substances at 1-833-2FINDHELP or visit HelplineIL.org.

Olsen Helps Kick Off Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Naperville
It was my pleasure to join friends and neighbors to help kick off the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Naperville. The Alzheimer’s Association does excellent work supporting research and public policy to address this disease that impacts so many people and families. The Naperville walk was one of more than 600 similar events held nationwide each year to raise funds. Here in DuPage County, 2,136 walkers on 243 teams met on the morning of September 16 at North Central College for their three mile walk. While fundraising for 2018 is open through the rest of the calendar year, Naperville is well on its way to meeting its $510,000 fundraising goal. As of this writing, the Naperville event has raised more than $400,000!
October is “College Changes Everything” (CCE) month in Illinois, and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is taking steps to help make it easier for students to file timely applications for both college admission and financial aid. October 1 is now the federal government’s release date for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the key to securing aid for college, including the federal Pell Grant and the state MAP Grant, plus work-study opportunities, federal student loans, and even grants from the colleges themselves.

There is always a lot of demand for limited state and school based financial aid, so students seeking support for the 2019-20 academic year should file their FAFSAs as soon as possible after October 1, 2018, for the best chance of getting funding. On October 1, the U.S. Department of Education will also unveil the myStudentAid Mobile App, making the application more accessible to students and families whose primary Internet access is through a smartphone.

During CCE Month, ISAC offer hundreds of workshops for students and families across Illinois, including college application workshops, financial aid presentations, and FAFSA completion workshops where applicants have expert guidance through the entire process. Please visit studentportal/isac.org/events to search by ZIP Code for free public events nearby.
State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) was in attendance September 21, as the College of DuPage (COD) debuted a traveling Bicentennial of Illinois Law Exhibit at the college’s Student Service Center in Glen Ellyn.

The exhibit features prominent lawyers and cases in Illinois history and a historical look back at the judiciary’s first 200 years in Illinois. “As we celebrate the Bicentennial of our great State, it is an honor to have the College of DuPage chosen as the site to debut this important and educational exhibit,” said Olsen, a former board member and Vice Chair of the COD Board of Trustees. “The history of Illinois’ most important and influential cases and lawyers is a rich part of our history, and I am pleased to know that Illinoisans from across the state will be able to enjoy it.”

The exhibit is one of several bicentennial activities sponsored by the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission to commemorate 200 years of the Illinois judicial branch. The traveling exhibit will remain at COD through October 26.

Joining Olsen in the photo are (from left to right): Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission member Kirk Dillard, DuPage States Attorney Bob Berlin, Second District Appellate Justice Joe Birkett, COD General Counsel John Kness, Second District Illinois Supreme Court Justice Bob Thomas, 18th Circuit Judge Jeff MacKay, State Representative/COD Board of Trustees Chair Deanne Mazzochi and COD President Ann Rondeau.

State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) has received the “Friend of Agriculture” award from the DuPage County Farm Bureau. Olsen received the award on September 12 at the farm bureau’s annual meeting at St. Andrew’s Golf Club in West Chicago.

“It was an incredible honor to receive this award from leaders in the DuPage County agricultural community,” said Olsen. “Efforts that support agriculture are very important in Illinois, and as a legislator I am committed to helping those in the agriculture industry with their goal of improving food production practices and ensuring a plentiful and safe food supply.”

Legislators receiving this award recognize the far-reaching benefits of Illinois' agricultural products and the important role farmers play in providing quality food, fiber and fuel for the state, nation, and world. Created in 1913, the DuPage County Farm Bureau is one of the oldest bureaus of its kind in the United States. The DuPage County Farm Bureau currently includes approximately 15,000 members.

“Our local Farm Bureau is a leading voice of agriculture and I appreciate their informational and educational efforts throughout the County. “I am especially appreciative of their programs that educate more than 10,000 students in DuPage County about the importance of the agriculture industry.”
Olsen Senior Fair Scheduled for September 20
This week on Thursday, September 20, I am partnering with the Downers Grove Park District’s Active Adult Center for a free Senior Fair. The event will be held from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the Park District’s Lincoln Center Gymnasium, 935 Maple Avenue in Downers Grove. Seniors and those who help care for them can visit more than 20 booths staffed by agencies that assist seniors. They can also register for a chance to win a door prize. In addition, helpful guides, literature and other resources from state, county and local government agencies will be distributed. No pre-registration is necessary. For additional information, please contact my office at (630) 737-0504. 

Olsen Joins DuPage Area Lawmakers to Help Loaves & Fishes with Collection of Personal Care Items
This month I am partnering with several of my DuPage County Republican colleagues to assist Loaves & Fishes with the collection of personal care items. Loaves & Fishes is a not-for-profit food pantry that feeds up to 800 DuPage County families per week. At Loaves & Fishes, families in need can visit the pantry and shop for free in a grocery store-like setting. Unfortunately, the pantry is experiencing a shortage of personal care items to supplement the food staples families need. Items in short supply right now include: 
  • diapers and wipes 
  • laundry detergent 
  • toilet paper 
  • shampoo 
  • toothpaste 
  • household cleaning products 
My legislative office at 633 Rogers Street, Suite 108 in Downers Grove is one of nine legislative offices in DuPage County that are serving as drop-off locations for Loaves & Fishes donations. While my general office hours are 10:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday, my staff and I are often out of the office tending to legislative business and attending local events, so please call prior to stopping by. Click here to view a full list of drop-off locations for this collection event. 

Olsen Sits for Interview to Discuss First Term in General Assembly
I recently sat down for a radio interview, where I discussed how my high school and college involvements led me toward public service life, my first term in the Illinois House of Representatives, and how bipartisanship has been the key to my success in getting bills passed. We also discussed my legislative and personal goals for the future. Click here to listen to the full interview. 

September is Preparedness Month in Illinois
In the case of a public emergency in this area, are you prepared? Would you know how to reach your family and how to remain safe? During closing ceremonies of the 2018 Illinois Emergency Management Agency Training Summit in Springfield, Governor Rauner proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Illinois. Illinois designation aligns with National Preparedness Month. 

The theme for this year’s National Preparedness Month campaign is "Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How."  The state is partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the month-long campaign that encourages Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities. Having a plan that includes where to go and how to communicate during disasters, as well as an emergency supply kit, could save the lives of your family, friends, neighbors and employees.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) offers disaster preparedness information on the Ready Illinois website (www.Ready.Illinois.gov), a one-stop resource for detailed information about what to do before, during and after disasters. During large-scale disasters, IEMA uses the Ready Illinois website, Facebook and Twitter pages to provide critical information about the incident, including shelter locations, road closures, safety information, photos and more. For more information about emergency and disaster preparedness, visit ready.illinois.gov.

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Recognizes 17th Anniversary of Terrorist Attack
On September 11, I joined first responders and public officials in Lisle for a 9/11 commemoration ceremony at the Fire District. As we paid tribute to those who tragically lost their lives and the thousands of people who emerged as heroes in the days and weeks that followed the attacks, I was reminded of how that horrible day brought the country together; how people put their differences aside and embraced each other. 

Healthy Revenue Numbers Posted in August
The new numbers reflect taxes paid into our State through key State revenue pipelines in August 2018. The figures were posted recently by the Committee on Government Forecasting and Accountability (CGFA), the nonpartisan budget watchdog arm of the Illinois General Assembly. Measured on a year-over-year basis, August 2018 personal income tax revenues were up $127 million, sales tax revenues were up $54 million, and corporate income tax revenues rose $35 million.

The Illinois private sector makes goods and services that are sold all over the world. After studying current Illinois exports, CGFA summarized the picture in this month’s revenue report. Illinois residents may be surprised to learn that facilities within our State sell almost $6 billion worth of goods and services every month to buyers outside our American borders. The U.S. dollar is an expensive currency for many of our international customers, and so many of these Illinois exports are not commodities: they are specialty goods and services produced by highly trained Illinois workers who are working as team members for an enterprise that enjoys a global high or dominant market share.

Illinois Launches College and Career Planning Tool
For the first time, Illinois high school students will have access to data that shows how much they might earn if they graduate from colleges and universities located in the state. 

ILCollege2Career.com, unveiled at Governor Bruce Rauner’s quarterly Children’s Cabinet meeting this month, links employment and higher education data so users can compare the relative earnings value of college degrees. The data is broken down by schools and area of study, so that students can compare the earnings potential of business degrees, for example, from different public and private institutions in the state.

The idea is to help students and parents make college decisions based on an evaluation of real-time successes of a school’s graduates, in addition to other factors such as cost, average debt levels, and likelihood to graduate on-time. The tool will also show the benefits of investing in higher education, as it demonstrates how connected our thriving higher education system is to the workforce development of our state.

ILCollege2Career.com is the product of collaboration between the Governor’s Office, Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

The launch of the web site follows a number of recent education achievements in the state including:
  • $25 million allocated for higher education in Fiscal Year 2019 and merit-based scholarship program AIM HIGH to encourage Illinois’ best and brightest high school grads to stay in Illinois for college 
  • A law that requires the ISAC to develop a three-year pilot program to better educate students on loan amounts, repayment and interest; 
  • A new law that creates a task force to study how student college or career interest data can be collected and shared between high schools and colleges so higher education institutions will be able to enhance their programs and services to support the specific needs of their incoming student body; 
  • Revisions to the Monetary Award Program (MAP) to prioritize access for existing grant recipients, and; 
  • Strengthened degree-advising services that make it easier for students to transfer credits between Illinois schools. 
Treasurer Launches Money Match Program
In Illinois, the State Treasurer is tasked with safeguarding unclaimed property, such as unpaid life insurance benefits, forgotten bank accounts and unused rebate cards. Illinois holds more than $2 billion in unclaimed property. The State Treasurer is legally required to get the property to the rightful owners no matter how long it takes for them to come forward.

The Treasurer’s Office wants to make sure you know about a new program, Money Match, that was recently launched to return unclaimed property to Illinois residents more quickly and efficiently. This program was made possible by legislation passed by the Illinois General Assembly last year. The Treasurer’s Office is now authorized to work with the Illinois Department of Revenue to match the names of unclaimed property owners with recent tax return records.

Using this proactive matching process, the Treasurer’s Office will automatically return lost money to qualifying Illinois taxpayers without the need to file a claim or gather paperwork. The property must be $2,000 or less in cash with only one owner. If a recent mailing address is identified and confirmed, the person will receive a letter announcing the amount and source of the money and notifying the recipient to look for a check in the mail.

Money Match’s goal is to return more money, more quickly to Illinois taxpayers. Residents will start to receive notification letters as soon as this month. The program expects to return $12 million statewide in the coming weeks. This new matching program comes on the heels of a record-breaking year for ICash of 116,000 successful claims returning more than $180 million in unclaimed property to individuals, businesses and non-profits in Illinois.

Individuals can still search the state treasurer’s database for their name or the name of their business or non-profit at www.illinoistreasurer.gov/ICASH.

Olsen Celebrates DarienFest
Every September I look forward to attending DarienFest, and this year was no exception. While the weather did not cooperate fully, we were able to enjoy some sunshine. This event takes place annually at Darien Community Park. I am shown in this photo with a variety of people from the Darien community.

Opioid Prescriptions Declining in Illinois
The legal dispensing of opioid pain management medications, including OxyContin, declined in 2017. The data was seen as evidence that steps are being taken to reduce opioid abuse in Illinois. In many cases of opioid abuse and addiction, a patient is introduced to opioids through the legitimate use of prescription painkillers. Physicians who provide treatment to persons with one-time pain management needs, such as post-operative patients, are being taught to prescribe lower doses of opioids in smaller quantities. Programs approved by the Illinois General Assembly are being used to improve anti-opioid continuing education efforts for all medical caregivers, including physicians and pharmacists.

This recently-released Illinois opioid data came from the statewide Prescription Monitoring Program, a database monitor operated by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). The database monitor has been recommended to medical care providers since the 1970s, but in 2017 the General Assembly changed the law to mandate prescribing physicians to enroll in the Program. Work done by the Illinois General Assembly, with the consultative input of the Illinois State Medical Society, now ensures that Illinois professional regulators and law enforcement have high-quality, universal data to use to fight against opioid drug abuse and addiction.

Local Moose Lodge Hosts International Supreme Governor
Moose International Supreme Governor Harry Johnston visited Downers Grove Moose Lodge No. 1535 recently to celebrate the Downers Grove chapter being named top lodge in Illinois. I was glad to join in the festivities with Mayor Martin Tully and Commissioners Marge Earl & Nicole Walus. 

Renewed Interest in Issue of Texting while Driving
A recent survey of Illinois high school students shows that an alarming 42% of Illinois teens admit to texting while driving. This number is even higher than the 38% nationwide teen average who admits to the same offense. While texting-while-driving is banned in Illinois, many believe that the law is not fully enforced. The Illinois General Assembly enacted legislation, signed by Governor Bruce Rauner in August 2018, to increase penalties for the violation of texting while driving. Under the new law, first-time convictions for texting-while-driving will be classified as moving violations and, like other moving violations, will be placed on the offender’s permanent driving record. Three or more repeat offenses of texting while driving could lead to the suspension of a driver’s license.

Rep. Olsen Supports Grove Foundation Annual Golf Outing
The Grove Foundation recently hosted their annual golf outing at the Downers Grove Golf Club. I was glad to make time to stop by and visit with the golfers and others supporting the event. This organization is a not-for-profit foundation that enriches the lives of community members by identifying, supporting and promoting recreational, educational and community experiences through innovative and collaborative efforts. I am shown in this picture with Cheryl Prescott, Mary French and Mary Ellen Young.
Representative David S. Olsen recently sat down for an interview about his life leading up to service in the General Assembly, and how bipartisanship is at the center of all of his early successes as a lawmaker. Click here to listen to the interview.