Legislative Update: December 22, 2016

Olsen Recognizes Innovative Teaching Practices in District 58

In addition to my role as your State Representative in Springfield, I also serve as chair of the Grants Committee for the District 58 Education Foundation. Last week I was proud to help recognize educational excellence by awarding a record-breaking 31 grants to 46 teachers and staff from Downers Grove School District 58. Each grant supports highly innovative teacher-driven projects that align with the District’s curriculum and strategic goals. This year’s grants included makerspaces, 3D printers, classroom libraries, thermal energy cameras, a podcast studio, a recording studio, a writing toolkit, a cello, cooking experiences for special needs students, and a program to promote parent engagement.

Illinois House Posts Schedule for 2017 Spring Session
The newly-elected and re-elected members of the Illinois House will convene in Springfield on Wednesday, January 11, to take the oath of office. House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office has posted a session calendar for the House to follow when we introduce new bills next spring and debate them in committee and on the floor. The House will also consider bills sent over from the state Senate. The spring session is scheduled to end on Wednesday, May 31. 

In addition to the session work of the new 100th General Assembly, the 99th General Assembly may well have a few last things to do in January. Two lame duck session days have been posted on the schedule for Monday, January 9, and Tuesday, January 10. It is not yet known for what purposes these days will be used.

As we prepare for this new term, I look forward to working with both new and returning legislators on important initiatives that will benefit our communities and all of Illinois.

Chamber630 Closes 2016 with Holiday Members’ Luncheon
Last week I joined local business leaders for the annual Chamber630 Holiday Luncheon which was held at the Seven Bridges Golf Club in Woodridge. Chamber630 is one of the largest business organizations in DuPage County, with over 700 members involved with a variety of business types and sizes, from small, family-owned companies and start-ups, to large international corporations. The Chamber offers top notch marketing opportunities, legislative advocacy, workforce development and a connection to the residential and business communities in all of DuPage County with a focus on the communities of Downers Grove and Woodridge. It’s a pleasure to be involved with this group. I’m shown in this picture with Chamber630 President and CEO Laura Crawford.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
As we end 2016 and prepare to usher in 2017, I hope you are able to spend quality time these coming weeks with family, friends and other loved ones. While this has indeed been a difficult year for the State of Illinois, we have much for which we can be truly grateful. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a bright and prosperous new year! It is my privilege to serve you in Springfield.

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