Are you looking for a job or a new career? State Representative David Olsen (R-Downers Grove) will partner with State Senator Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) and State Representative Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) for a FREE Jobs Fair on August 31, 2016 in Lemont.

The Jobs Fair will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at CORE Fitness Center, 16028 W 127th St, Lemont. If you are looking to take a job with the State, at 9:00 a.m. you might want to attend the “How to Navigate through the State Employment Process” workshop. At 9:30 a.m. a workshop will be held that will help you have a “stand out” resume. At 10:30 a.m. there will be a workshop focused on networking your way to a new job. The final workshop of the day will be held at 11:30 and will discuss successful interviewing. All of the workshops are free of charge.

Participating employers include: AAR Corp, Abcor Home Health Inc., ABF Freight, Acres Group, Aflac, Allegiance Staffing, Anchor Staffing Inc., Apex3 & Premier Security, Archer Wire International Corp, Bates Water Solutions, Behavioral Staffing, Brookhaven Marketplace, Burke Beverage, Inc., Central Management Services, Chase Bank, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, Chicago Zoological Society, Cintas, Clear Staff, Comcast, Cook County Sheriff’s Merit Board, CVS, Department of Employment Security, Department of Human Services, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Transportation, Department of Veterans Affairs, DuPage County Veterans Assistance Commission, Edward Jones, Express Employment Professionals of Joliet, First Staff Services, Fox Valley SCORE, Frozen Food Express, Google Streetview – 360 Photo Inc., Grand Prairie Transit, Guardian Security Services, Home Depot, H.R. Metrics Inc., IKEA, Illinois Tollway, ITW Commercial Construction, KLLM Driving Academy, LarLin Home Care, Legal Shield, Lemont Bank & Trust, Lucy, Maines Paper & Food Service, Mariano’s, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Moraine Valley Community College, Mutual of Omaha, Nations Roof, Oak Forest Workforce Center, Old Dominion Freight Line, Oxford Bank, PHP Agency Financial Service, PACE, Patten CAT, Peacock Foods, Penn Global Marketing, People’s Resource Center, Phoenix Staffing, PHP Agency Financial Services, Pipefitters Local Union 597, Primerica, Protech Security Group, PSI Resources, Robert Olson & Associates, Schillings, Sentinel Technologies, SGS Agriculture, Standard Bank & Trust Co., SWD Inc, Symbol Training Institute, The Goddard School, Thrivent Financial, Trinity Services, Turano Bakery Company, UPS, US Bank, U.S. Foods, Walgreens, Walmart, Weather Tech, Wellspring Healthcare Services Inc., Wescom, West Liberty Foods, Westway Coach, Xerox Care Integration Services.





For more information call Senator Radogno’s office at 630-243-0800, Representative Durkin’s office at 630-325-2028, or Representative Olsen office at 630-737-0504 or visit their websites at www.senatorradogno.org or www.ilhousegop.org, or www.repolsen.com.
As one of his first official acts as a lawmaker in the Illinois General Assembly, State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) has rejected the legislative pension.

Paperwork was submitted last week to the General Assembly Retirement System (GARS) stating the new legislator’s wishes to decline participation in the system. “The pension system in Illinois is unsustainable, and I believe that as a legislator I should lead by example to show my commitment to solving the pension crisis,” said Olsen. “It is an area of reform that will be a priority for me as I begin my tenure in the House of Representatives.”

Illinois’ underfunded pension system has been identified as the worst in the nation, which has led to repeated downgrades in the state’s credit rating. Today the state’s credit rating is barely above junk-bond status. “The pension obligation is crowding out other essential areas of the budget to a point where critical service areas are not receiving the levels of funding they need,” Olsen said. “Finding a fair and Constitutionally-sound solution to the pension crisis that protects pensions for today’s retirees is imperative if we are to get Illinois’ fiscal house in order. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and with stakeholders to find the right solution.”

Residents who would like to express their opinions or concerns on this or other areas of policy are encouraged to email Representative Olsen through the contact form available at www.repolsen.com or call his office at (630) 737-0504.
As one of my first official acts as your State Representative in Springfield, I took steps last week to reject my legislative pension, with paperwork submitted last week. Illinois’ underfunded and unsustainable pension systems are in need of reform and this will be one of my top priorities as I begin my tenure in the House of Representatives. To that end, I feel strongly that I should lead by example and remove any appearance of a conflict when ultimately asked to vote in favor of or against a pension reform proposal.

Illinois’ underfunded pension system has been identified as the worst in the nation, which has led to repeated downgrades in the state’s credit rating. Today the state’s credit rating is barely above junk-bond status. The pension obligation is crowding out other essential areas of the budget to a point where critical service areas are not receiving the levels of funding they need. Finding a fair and Constitutionally-sound solution to the pension crisis that protects pensions for today’s retirees is imperative if we are to get Illinois’ fiscal house in order. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and with stakeholders to find the right solution.

Olsen Helps to Welcome New Teachers at Luncheon
Last week it was my privilege to attend and address two luncheons welcoming new teachers at our local schools. There was a great deal of energy in those rooms as the new educators prepared to embark on their teaching careers in our local communities, and I was honored to support them. Thank you to the Downers Grove Lions Club for hosting the luncheon for new teachers in High School District 99 and Downers Grove Grade School District 58, and to Chamber 630 for hosting Woodridge Grade School District 68. 

House Republican Leader Appoints Olsen to Serve on Key House Education Committees
As a product of our excellent local public schools, ensuring that local schools – from pre-K to college – are dedicated to providing the best education possible is a passion of mine. To date, my involvement has been through leading the turnaround of College of DuPage as a Trustee and Board Vice Chairman for the past six months and through my active role on the Board of Directors for the District 58 Education Foundation. Because educational excellence is a cause that is very dear to me, I was very pleased to learn that House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) appointed me to serve on three key committees and task forces that focus on Education. My education-related committee assignments include:
  • Community College Access & Affordability
  • Elementary & Secondary Education, School Curriculum Policies
  • House Education Funding Task Force
These assignments will provide me with an opportunity to participate in the shaping of future policy as it relates to all levels of education in Illinois. Finding the proper balance between ensuring opportunities for student success and protecting the taxpayers who fund our schools is a challenge I am excited to tackle as a lawmaker.

In addition to the three education committees, I have also been selected to serve on the Judiciary-Criminal, Public Utilities, Renewable Energy & Sustainability and Public Private Partnerships committees. These all represent areas of interest to me, and I look forward to joining the legislative debate when legislators return to Springfield in November.

Olsen Joins Parents, Educators and Community Members for Grand Opening of Owen’s Playground
Rain did not dampen the excitement earlier this month when School District 58 and Hillcrest Elementary School celebrated the Grand Opening of Owen’s Playground. This state-of-the-art playground is the first all-accessible playground in the area. A local community organization formed by Hillcrest parent Peg Chaidez, Dream Build Play Experience, partnered with not-for-profit Abide In Me of Lemont, to make the playground a reality through private fundraising and donations. The playground was built based on input from students, parents, and educators to encourage creativity and activity among children of all abilities. It will serve as a model for schools creating better learning environments and playground areas that serve all students. It was a pleasure to help parents, educators, volunteers and children celebrate the addition of this new treasure in the Downers Grove community.

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Community Events
Since taking office on August 3, I have already hosted a document shredding event paired with a collection drive for local not-for-profit Sharing Connections, and a Property Tax Forum, where taxpayers learned how their tax bills are created, how they can maximize their exemptions and how they can appeal their assessment if they believe it is too high. I have three more events coming up in the next few weeks, so please feel free to attend any or all of these free community outreach activities:
  • Saturday, August 27: Open House: Please join me for coffee and donuts at my District Office between 9:00 and 11:00 AM so I can introduce myself and learn about the issues that are important to you. My office is located at 633 Rogers Street, Suite #108 in Downers Grove.
  • Wednesday, August 31: Jobs Fair: On the 31st, I will be partnering with Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin for a free Jobs Fair that will be held from 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM at CORE Fitness Center, 16028 W. 127th Street in Lemont. This event will bring together more than 90 employers who are actively hiring good people and also features a series of workshops to assist those looking for employment with their job search. The workshops include:
    • 9:00: How to Navigate through the State Employment Process (for those looking to take a job with the State of Illinois)
    • 9:30: Creating the “Stand Out” Resume
    • 10:30: Networking Your Way to a New Job
    • 11:30: Successful Interviewing Techniques
  • Saturday, September 10: Veterans Fair and Blood Drive: For this event I will again partner with Leaders Radogno and Durkin for an expo designed specifically for our veterans and their families. Join us from 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM on September 10th at the American Legion Post 80, 4000 Saratoga Avenue in Downers Grove for this popular outreach event. More than 40 community partners will have booths set up under one roof to answer questions and provide information to veterans. LifeSource will also be on site collecting blood donations throughout the 3 ½-hour event.
You can learn more about all of these upcoming events by visiting my web site at www.repolsen.com or by calling my office at (630) 737-0504.

Olsen Participates on Legislative Panel at Naperville Chamber Event
On Monday I was pleased to participate in a panel discussion at the general membership luncheon for the Naperville Chamber of Commerce. The topic of the day was “What You Need to Know About Legislation and Why it Matters to Your Business.” I was joined on the panel by several area lawmakers, including State Representatives Grant Wehrli, Jeanne Ives, Stephanie Kifowit and Senator Linda Holmes, and Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico and Naperville City Councilman Kevin Coyne. We talked with the local business and community leaders about how they can be engaged and effective stakeholders as legislation affecting their businesses moves through the legislative process in Springfield. 

As your voice in Springfield, I am working tirelessly to make our state and our local communities a great place to live, work and raise a family. I am always interested in speaking to community groups, so if you would like me to speak to an organization within the 81st District, please contact my office at (630) 737-0504, or contact me through the web form located on my web site at www.repolsen.com.
Citizens from Illinois’ 81st House District are invited to attend an Open House on Saturday, August 27, from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM to meet their new State Representative David S. Olsen. Light refreshments will be served. The event will be held at the Representative’s District Office, located at 633 Rogers Street, Suite #108 in Downers Grove.

Olsen was sworn into office on August 3 to fill the seat vacated by former State Representative Ron Sandack. Olsen grew up in the 81st District and attended local public schools. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011, where he earned degrees in Finance & Management. His professional background is in the field of ethics and compliance for the commodities trading industry.

“My first priority is shaping my legislative agenda to effectively represent the district and lead important reforms for the state,” said Olsen. “I look forward to meeting with my constituents so I can learn about the issues that are important to them. These conversations will definitely help shape my agenda in Springfield.”

For the remaining months of the 99th General Assembly, Olsen will be serving on three key House education committees that deal with important issues such as college access/affordability, K-12 curriculum policies, and the critical issue of fair and equitable funding for schools. He will also serve on the Judiciary-Criminal, Public Utilities, Renewable Energy & Sustainability and Public Private Partnerships committees.

In addition to the committee appointment areas, pension reform and improving Illinois' business climate are also priorities. “Fair and constitutional pension reform must be a top priority for every lawmaker if we are ever to put Illinois on a path of future financial stability, and I am excited to engage in that debate in our state’s capitol,” Olsen said. “I also look forward to filing meaningful legislation that will make Illinois more business-friendly so we can grow jobs and our economy.”

The 81st District is located predominantly in DuPage County, with a small portion stretching into Will County. The district includes portions of Bolingbrook, Darien, Downers Grove, Lisle, Naperville, Westmont and Woodridge.
The following editorial appeared in the Naperville Sun on Sunday, August 21:

As Illinois' newest state representative, I would like to introduce myself to the people of the 81st District, which includes much of southeast Naperville. It was my great honor to be sworn into office on Aug. 3 to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Ron Sandack.

My first priority is shaping my legislative agenda to effectively represent our district and lead important reforms for our state. As a proud product of our local public schools and the University of Illinois, I am thrilled to have already been assigned to serve on three key House education committees that deal with important issues such as college access/affordability, K-12 curriculum policies, and the critical issue of fair and equitable funding for schools. In addition, pension reform and improving Illinois' business climate are also priorities.

In our district, I have already hosted two community outreach events and have three more events planned for the coming weeks. Information about all of these free events can be found on my legislative website, www.repolsen.com.

I am also currently a trustee and vice chairman of the College of DuPage Board, where I am helping to lead the turnaround of this important community institution. Previously, I served on the Downers Grove Village Council from 2013-16. I have a professional background as an ethics and compliance officer in the commodities trading industry.

I look forward to being your voice in Springfield, and welcome your thoughts and suggestions. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 630-737-0504.
In recognition of his commitment to education for all Illinois students from pre-K to college, State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) has been selected to serve on three different committees and task forces that focus on the issue.

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) announced the new Representative’s committee assignments on Monday. “Education is an issue that is very important to Representative Olsen, and I believe he will be a strong voice of advocacy for students and taxpayers,” said Durkin.

Olsen’s education committee assignments include:
  • Community College Access & Affordability
  • Elementary & Secondary Education, School Curriculum Policies
  • House Education Funding Task Force
“I was extremely pleased to learn that my committee assignments will provide me with an opportunity to participate in the shaping of future policy as it relates to all levels of education in Illinois,” said Olsen, who also serves as a Trustee and as Vice Chairman for the College of DuPage board. “Finding the proper balance between ensuring opportunities for student success and protecting the taxpayers who fund our schools is a challenge I am excited to tackle as a lawmaker.”

In addition to the three education committees, Olsen will also serve on the Judiciary-Criminal, Public Utilities, Renewable Energy & Sustainability and Public Private Partnerships committees. “These all represent areas of interest to me, and I look forward to joining the legislative debate when legislators return to Springfield in November,” Olsen said.
Downers Grove resident David S. Olsen was sworn in on August 3 as the new State Representative for Illinois' 81st Legislative House District in a ceremony that took place at his former high school. Downers Grove South High School Principal Edward H. Schwartz welcomed guests to the 5:15 PM ceremony and Associate Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh of the 18th Judicial Circuit administered the oath of office. Olsen's grandmother, Beverly Olsen of Glenview, held the family bible during the ceremony.

Click here to view footage from a local Naperville cable television station.
Volunteers collected a wide  variety of new and used items for Downers Grove's
Sharing Connections and also collected close to 5,000 pounds of paper
documents that were shredded in a truck provided by AT&T.
Illinois’ newest State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) held a very successful first community outreach event over the weekend through a joint “Shredding & Sharing” event in Downers Grove.

A steady stream of cars flowed through the parking lot of Downers Grove’s Sharing Connections to drop off new or slightly used items for families in crisis while taking advantage of a large document shredding truck that was sponsored by Olsen’s office and underwritten by AT&T.

“We had a great turnout,” said Olsen, who greeted motorists and helped unload their Sharing Connections donations and boxes of documents to be shredded. “This was a wonderful partnership with a very worthwhile community organization, and I hope to make this joint event an annual activity in the community.”

As cars flowed through the three-hour event, close to 5,000 pounds of paper documents were collected and shredded while Sharing Connections received 11 bags of clothes and a variety of household items and supplies. According to Sharing Connections Executive Director Deborah Rickert, items received in addition to clothing included dishes and other kitchen items, cleaning supplies, lamps, rugs, small furniture and mattress sets.

“Everyone has old bank statements, receipts and other sensitive documents that they don’t want to throw in the trash, so I was pleased to partner with AT&T for this valuable community service,” Olsen said. “The fact that Sharing Connections was able to collect so many items that will help local struggling families made the event all the more special.”
Citizens of Illinois’ 81st Legislative House District are invited to join State Representative David Olsen (R-Downers Grove) and local tax assessment experts on Saturday, August 13 for a free seminar on understanding the property tax assessment process and learning how to appeal property tax assessments. The event will be held from 10:00-11:00 AM at the Lincoln Center Auditorium, 935 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove.

Joining Olsen at the informational session will be Naperville Township Assessor Warren Dixon III, Lisle Township Assessor John Trowbridge and a representative from the Downers Grove Township Assessor’s office. “The assessment and appeals process can be very confusing, so it is my pleasure to bring experts together so that residents can gain a better understanding of how their tax bill is created, and what steps can be taken if a property owner feels he or she has been improperly assessed,” said Olsen. “Many homeowners feel they are being taxed out of their homes, and it is important that they understand the process and know what remedies are available to them.”


Due to space constraints, RSVPs are requested. If you would like to attend the property tax forum, please RSVP by calling Rep. Olsen’s office at (630) 737-0504.
It’s my honor and privilege to serve as your new State Representative for the 81st Legislative House District. In keeping with past efforts to keep the people of the 81st District informed about issues taking place in Springfield and at home, I will use this E-Newsletter as a quick and financially-prudent method for communicating with you. Should you decide you no longer wish to receive these emails, there is an unsubscribe button at the bottom of this page.

I took my oath of office on Wednesday, August 3rd, at an outdoor ceremony held at my alma mater, Downers Grove South High School. Principal Edward H. Schwartz welcomed guests to the ceremony and Associate Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh of the 18th Judicial Circuit administered the oath of office. In the photo, you'll see that my grandmother, Beverly Olsen of Glenview, was holding the bible during the ceremony. In my personal remarks I expressed my gratitude and excitement about this new chapter in my life as the voice of the people of District 81. It was particularly appropriate that I was sworn in at my own former high school, which provided the foundation for my successes and public service. I believe firmly that Education is the foundation of opportunity for all Illinoisans, and I intend to fight for local control and full funding for our vitally-important schools.

A long-time resident of Downers Grove, I grew up in the 81st District and attended local public schools. I also attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I earned degrees in Finance and Management. In February of this year I was appointed to serve as a College of DuPage Trustee and Board Vice Chairman, and will remain in that role until that term expires in Spring of 2017. I also served as a member of the Downers Grove Village Council from 2013 until Wednesday, just a few hours before taking my oath of office for the General Assembly.

I work as an ethics and compliance officer and volunteer in the community as a member of the Board of Directors for the District 58 Education Foundation and as an active member of the local chamber of commerce. I am a member of Friendship United Methodist Church of Bolingbrook, and also serve as a committee chairman for local Boy Scout Troop 35.

My district office will remain at 633 Rogers Street, Suite 108, in Downers Grove. The phone number will also not change. You may reach me or my staff at (630) 737-0504. Again, it is the honor of a lifetime to assume this new role, and please know I will be a voice in Springfield for taxpayers who are desperate for tax relief. I welcome your calls, so if you would like to speak with me or meet with me, please reach out to my Downers Grove office.

Olsen to Offer Free Community Outreach Events in August

Shredding & Sharing
This Saturday, August 6, I will partner with AT&T and Sharing Connections for “Shredding & Sharing,” a combined document shredding event and collection drive that will be held on the Sharing Connections property at 5111 Chase Avenue, Downers Grove. As I begin my tenure in the Illinois House of Representatives, I can think of no better first community outreach effort than a joint event with one of this region’s finest agencies, Sharing Connections. This is an organization that provides a lifeline to local families in crisis.

From 9:00 AM until noon, residents can drive up and watch volunteers unload up to two bags or boxes of paper documents per vehicle. A nearby parking area will be available for those who want to watch their documents as they are fed into the shredding machine. The cost of the truck is being underwritten by AT&T. In addition, Sharing Connections will be accepting new cleaning and personal care supplies and new or gently-used silverware, glassware, pots and pans, dishes and clothing for all seasons.

The shred truck provides citizens with a safe and secure way to dispose of sensitive documents like old bank statements, tax documents and receipts. I’m looking forward to a large turnout so I can begin meeting my new constituents. For additional information about this event, please call my Downers Grove office.

Understanding & Learning How to Appeal Your Property Taxes
The next Saturday, on August 13, I will partner with three local tax experts for a free seminar on understanding the property tax assessment process and learning how to appeal property tax assessments. The event will be held from 10:00-11:00 AM at the Lincoln Center Auditorium, 935 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove. Joining me at the informational session will be Naperville Township Assessor Warren Dixon III, Lisle Township Assessor John Trowbridge and a representative from the Downers Grove Township Assessor’s office. The assessment process is very confusing to many people, and it is my pleasure to bring experts together so that residents can gain a better understanding of the assessment and appeals process. It is my hope that citizens leave this informational session with a better understanding of the process and with knowledge of the remedies that are available to them. Due to space constraints, RSVPs are requested. If you would like to attend the property tax forum, please RSVP by calling my Downers Grove office.

Open House
In my next E-Newsletter I will announce a date and time for an open house that will be held at my district office. I would encourage as many people as possible to stop by so I can introduce myself and begin learning about the issues that are important to you. I look forward to hearing about your priorities so that I can be your voice in our State’s Capitol.

Olsen Launches Web Site
My staff is working hard to make my transition into the Illinois General Assembly as seamless as possible. To that end, I already have a website that will be populated with useful information for the people I represent. Please visit www.repolsen.com frequently to learn about upcoming community events, and about issues of importance coming out of Springfield.

As your voice in Springfield, I will work tirelessly to make our state and our local communities a great place to live, work and raise a family. I am interested in speaking to community groups, so if you would like me to speak to an organization within the 81st District, please contact my office at (630) 737-0504, or contact me through the web form located on my web site at www.repolsen.com.
Newly sworn-in State Representative David Olsen (R-Downers Grove) does not plan to transition slowly into his new role as the Representative for Illinois’ 81st Legislative House District. On Saturday, August 6, his third full day in office, he will partner with AT&T and Sharing Connections for “Shredding & Sharing,” a combined document shredding event and collection drive that will be held on the Sharing Connections property at 5111 Chase Avenue, Downers Grove.

From 9:00 AM until noon, residents can drive up and watch volunteers unload up to two bags or boxes of paper documents per vehicle. A nearby parking area will be available for those who want to watch their documents as they are fed into the shredding machine. The cost of the truck is being underwritten by AT&T. In addition, Sharing Connections will be accepting new cleaning and personal care supplies and new or gently-used silverware, glassware, pots and pans, dishes and clothing for all seasons.

“As I begin my tenure in the Illinois House of Representatives, I can think of no better first community outreach effort than a joint event with one of this region’s finest agencies, Sharing Connections,” said Olsen. “This is an organization that provides a lifeline to local families in crisis.”

For the shred truck, each vehicle will be limited to two bags or boxes of paper documents. “The shred truck provides citizens with a safe and secure way to dispose of sensitive documents like old bank statements, tax documents and receipts,” Olsen said. “I’m looking forward to a large turnout so I can begin meeting my new constituents.”

For additional information about this event, please call Representative Olsen’s Downers Grove office at (630)737-0504.
Standing in front of his former high school before family, friends and colleagues, David Olsen of Downers Grove was sworn into office Wednesday as the new State Representative for Illinois’ 81st Legislative House District. Olsen, 27, was selected to fulfill the unexpired term of Ron Sandack, who resigned from the seat last week.

Downers Grove South High School Principal Edward H. Schwartz welcomed guests to the ceremony and Associate Judge Ann Celine O’Hallaren Walsh of the 18th Judicial Circuit administered the oath of office. In his personal remarks, Olsen said he is excited to begin this new chapter as the voice of the people of District 81. “I am honored to serve the people of the 81st District in Springfield as your State Representative,” said Olsen. He also noted, “It’s particularly appropriate that I am sworn in at my own former high school- which provided the foundation for my successes and public service. Education is the foundation of opportunity for all Illinoisans, and I intend to fight for local control and full funding for our vitally-important schools.”

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) also spoke at the ceremony and wished their new colleague well as he joins the Republican caucus in Springfield. “I am pleased to welcome David Olsen to the Illinois General Assembly,” Durkin said. “David has done a terrific job at the local level as a member of the Downers Grove Village Council, and most recently, as vice chairman on the College of DuPage Board. He is intelligent, professional and well-liked. He has proven to be a strong leader and public servant. I know he will do a great job for his constituents as a State Representative.”

A long-time resident of Downers Grove, Olsen grew up in the 81st District and attended local public schools. He later attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned degrees in Finance and Management. At the University of Illinois, he was an honors student, served as Student Body President, and was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist. He was appointed in February to serve as a College of DuPage Trustee and Board Vice Chairman, and will remain in that role until his term expires in Spring of 2017. Olsen also served as a member of the Downers Grove Village Council from 2013 until earlier today, when he resigned that position in anticipation of taking his oath of office for the General Assembly.

Olsen works as an ethics and compliance officer and volunteers in the community as a member of the Board of Directors for the District 58 Education Foundation and as an active member of the local chamber of commerce. He is a member of Friendship United Methodist Church of Bolingbrook, where he has served as co-leader of the eighth grade confirmation class and as a member of the Chancel Choir and Bell Choir. He also serves as a committee chairman for local Boy Scout Troop 35.

Olsen’s district office will be located at 633 Rogers Street, Suite 108, in Downers Grove. The phone number will be (630) 737-0504.