Are you looking for a job or a new career? State Representative Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) and State Senator John Curran (R-Downers Grove) invite you to participate in their FREE Jobs Fair on August 9, 2017 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 a.m. and will discuss successful interviewing. All of the workshops are free of charge.

“The rate of unemployment in Illinois continues to lag behind the nation. Our Jobs Fair is an opportunity to pair people who want to work with jobs that suit their skill sets," said House Republican Leader Jim Durkin. "I would encourage all people who are in search of employment to bring their updated resumes, and be prepared for on the spot interviews at the jobs fair."

"We need to put more Illinoisans back to work,” said State Representative David S. Olsen. "This jobs fair brings more than 100 area employers together in one room so that those seeking good jobs can maximize the efficiency of their job search."

“Improving job growth and lowering our unemployment rate continue to rank among Illinois’ most urgent priorities—and the best place to start is right here,” said Curran. “With my colleagues Leader Durkin and Representative Olsen, I think we are hosting a great event with a wide variety of job opportunities to appeal to workers of all experience levels and skillsets. I encourage all our job-seekers to attend because the companies are coming prepared to hire.”

Participating employers include: 1-800-Got-Junk, AAR Corporation, ABF Freight, Acres Group, Advocate Health, Aerotek, Aflac, All 1 Staffing, Apex3 & Premier Security, Argonne National Laboratory, Aryzta, Bates Water Solutions, Bill Jacobs, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, Burke Beverage Inc., Car Outlet, Central Management Services, Cheese Merchants of America, Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, Chicago Zoological Society, Childcare Careers, Cintas, Combined Insurance, Comcast, Cook County Sheriffs Merit Board, Crown Services Inc, CSS Services, Dempsey Staffing Firm Inc., DO & CO Chicago Catering, Express Employment Professionals, Farmers Insurance, FedEx, First Staff Services, IT Expert System, Four Seasons Heating & Cooling, Fresh Express Inc., G4S Secure Solutions Inc., Gilman Healthcare Center, Gonnella Frozen Products, Grainger, Harrahs Joliet Casino, Helping Hand Center, Home & Hearth Caregivers, Home Life Healthcare, IKEA Bolingbrook, Illinois Department of Corrections, Illinois Department of Employment Security, Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois Department of Revenue, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, Illinois State Police, Illinois Tollway, Interim Healthcare, Interpark LLC, IT Expert System, Labor Temps, Larlin Home Care, Legal Shield, LTS Chicago Enterprises Inc., Mariano’s, McCaster-Carr Supply Co., Methodist Youth Services, MicroTrain Technologies, Mutual of Omaha, New York Life, Northern Illinois Academy, Old Dominion Freight Line, Operating Engineers Local 150, PACE, Patten CAT, Penn Global Marketing, Peoplelink, Pipefitters Local Union 597, Presence Health, Protech Security Group, Ray Graham Assoc., Remprex, Rich Products Corp., Robert Olson & Associates, Ron’s Staffing Services, Schillings, Sears Holding Corp., Secur America LLC, Sentinel Technologies, Sertoma Centre, Inc., Sharp It Group Consulting, Southwest American Job Center, Staffinders, Staffmark, State Farm Insurance, Sunrise Southwest LLC, Symbol Training Institute, SWD, Inc., The Salem Group, Trinity Services, Turano Bakery Co., UPS, U.S. Foods, United States Postal Service, Village of Woodridge, Walgreens, Weather Tech, World Financial Group, West Liberty Foods, West Suburban Nursing & Rehab, Westway Coach Lemont, Western & Southern Life, World Financial Life

For more information, call Representative Olsen's office at 630-737-0504 or visit his websites at www.repolsen.com.
Legislators to Return to Springfield for School Funding Battle
Illinois lawmakers will return to the Capitol this week on Wednesday for a special session dedicated to addressing the upcoming year’s state funding for schools. Governor Bruce Rauner called the special session Monday afternoon, after Senate Democrats missed a noon deadline to send their approved school funding bill, SB 01, to the Governor for final action.

Coming into the new General Assembly in January, there was widespread consensus that the existing school funding formula needed to be fundamentally changed. A bipartisan Education Funding Task Force studied the issue during the spring legislative session and ultimately determined that an evidence-based formula would be more equitable and fair for Illinois schools. 

SB 01 was approved in May, but Senate Democrats used a procedural move to keep the bill from advancing to the Governor’s desk. The Governor has been vocal with his plan to issue an amendatory veto to the bill to remove what he considers to be a large bailout for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). If SB 01 becomes law, a large portion of funds would be channeled directly to CPS rather than through the new formula. As written, an additional $778 million would be invested in K-12 education for the 2017-2018 school year. CPS would receive $495 million of those new funds. That represents 64% of all new education money even though CPS houses only 19% of the State’s students. If the evidence-based model is the agreed choice for equity in school funding, why would the formula be skewed right out of the gates so it favors CPS?

House and Senate Republicans introduced a better proposal this year that would have ensured that every school district in Illinois was treated equally under the new formula. HB 4069, also filed in the Senate as SB 1124, included no special deals for CPS. This chart shows how that plan compares to SB 01. Unfortunately, both Republican bills were not allowed to advance to the floor for a vote.

John Curran of Downers Grove Chosen to Fill Remainder of Radogno Senate Term
On Saturday, the 41st District Appointment Committee selected John Curran of Downers Grove to fill the remainder of former State Senator Christine Radogno’s term in the Illinois General Assembly. Curran is a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney and has served on the DuPage County Board since 2008. He previously also served as a Trustee for the Village of Woodridge. John has an exceptional record of public service, and I am confident that we will be able to work collaboratively to effectively serve and represent our shared constituents. Details of the swearing in ceremony for John Curran have not yet been announced.

Olsen Delivers Local Concerns about PARCC Testing to Illinois State Board of Education
Last week I sent a letter to Dr. Tony Smith, State Superintendent of Education and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) sharing concerns and feedback I received from 81st District school administrators, educators and parents about the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam. ISBE is in the process of developing a request for proposals for an assessment tool to be used when the PARCC contract expires in 2019.

Some parents have opted out of having their children take the current PARCC exam. Parents have opted out for many reasons including concerns about the design of the assessment tool, limited or no educational value or relevance for students and teachers, or student privacy and data mining concerns. My letter offered ISBE a summary of the comments received from meetings with constituents in the past few weeks. In seeking a new assessment tool, I urged ISBE to ensure that it is relevant for students, useful for teachers and educators, and that it provides opportunities for reduction of testing and cost savings. You can read the letter here.

Olsen Selected for Service on Community Care Program Services Task Force
Last week I learned that I will be one of two House Republicans who will participate on a new task force that will review community care program services for Illinois seniors and help develop strategies to reduce program costs while not diminishing the quality of care seniors receive. The task force, which will be chaired by the State’s Director of Aging or a designee from that office, will be charged with the following:
  • Review the current services provided to seniors in the program
  • Review potential savings associated with alternative services to seniors
  • Review effective care models for the growing senior population in Illinois 
  • Review current federal Medicaid matching funds for services provided and ways to maximize federal support for the current services
  • Make recommendations to contain costs and better tailor services to Community Care Program participants’ specific needs
  • Review different services available to help keep seniors out of nursing homes
  • Review best practices used in other states for maintaining seniors in home and community-based settings including providing services to non-Medicaid eligible seniors
As a group we will meet at least four times and hold public hearings as is deemed necessary. Our task force findings and recommendations will be presented to the Governor and General Assembly before the end of January, 2018.

Olsen Visits New CILA Home in Naperville
Late last week I joined State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) for a tour of a new Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) home in Naperville operated by UCP Seguin. We also had an opportunity to meet and talk with some of the facility’s residents and staff. The home provides care for women with developmental disabilities from DuPage County, and the Naperville home is one of 75 such homes run by UCP Seguin in 29 communities around the Greater Chicago area. Earlier in the month I also had an opportunity to celebrate the opening of a new UCP Seguin center in Villa Park. Thanks to CEO John Voit for inviting us and for all the work UCP Seguin does to support individuals with developmental disabilities.

Rep. Olsen to Host Mobile Office Hours on July 27
My mobile office hours tour continues this month with a Thursday, July 27 event scheduled at the Downers Grove Recreation Center, 4500 Belmont Road, in Downers Grove. My staff will have a table set up at the center from 8:30 until 10:30 AM. The public is invited to stop by to discuss legislative issues and to learn about the services offered through my legislative office. No appointment is needed. Future mobile office hours dates and locations will be posted on my web site at www.repolsen.com.

Olsen Supports Family Shelter Service at Annual Event
I had a wonderful time last week supporting Family Shelter Service at their Young Professionals Trivia Night. I am proud to serve on the Advisory Board for the great organization which supports victims of domestic violence. You can learn more about this incredibly important community organization by visiting their web site at www.familyshelterservice.org

Cooling Stations are Ready to Help Illinois Residents Battle the Summer Heat
As part of Illinois' Keep Cool Illinois campaign, over 120 state facilities are now available as cooling centers. The cooling centers will provide Illinoisans a place to stay cool and comfortable during hot summer days. The following locations offer free cooling centers for Illinoisans:
  • Tollway Oasis locations are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 
  • Department of Human Services cooling centers are open during normal business hours from 8:30AM - 5:00PM, Monday through Friday.
Click here to find a cooling station near you. For more information about DHS Cooling Centers, please call the Illinois Department of Human Services hotline at (800) 843-6154 during normal business hours.

Olsen Congratulates New Eagle Scouts
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for three new Troop 97 Eagle Scouts - Max Gregor, Daniel O'Connor, and Tony Kollarik. The Eagle Court of Honor took place at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Darien. Congratulations to all three of these fine young men on this wonderful accomplishment!

Amazon Plans Chicago-Area Sort Center With up to 500 Jobs
Crain’s Chicago Business reported last week that Amazon is opening a Chicago-area sort center, its first Illinois hub for smaller packages, where it plans to employ 250 to 500 workers. The newest facility has a launch scheduled for October in southwest suburban Crest Hill. It's the latest flag planted here since 2015 by the e-commerce monolith, whose projected local employment is heading toward around 8,000. The 29-acre site is north of Joliet, less than 2 miles from an Interstate 55 interchange and less than 10 miles from Interstate 80, according to Atlanta-based developer Ridgeline Property Group. The property is also near Amazon fulfillment centers in Joliet and Romeoville, and others opening this year in Aurora and Monee.

Free Summer & Fall Events Continue in 81st District
Thank you to everyone who came out for my Shredding & Sharing event on July 15 in Downers Grove. During the three-hour event, approximately 250 cars flowed through the parking lot of Sharing Connections. In addition to 8,000 pounds of documents delivered for shredding, community members filled ten large bins with new or gently-used home goods, clothing and cleaning products for Sharing Connections, a local non-profit that provides assistance to families in crisis. Many large pieces of kitchen, living room and bedroom furniture were also donated.

Mark your calendars for these additional upcoming events that are free and open to those who live in the 81st District:
Jobs Fair: Wednesday, August 9, 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM, CORE Fitness Center, 6028 W 127th St, Lemont
  • Understanding & Appealing Your Property Tax Bill: Saturday, September 9, 10:00 AM until 12:00 noon, Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St, Downers Grove
  • Veterans Resource Fair: Saturday, November 4, 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon, American Legion Post 80, 4000 Saratoga Ave, Downers Grove
State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) sent a letter Friday to Dr. Tony Smith, State Superintendent of Education and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) sharing feedback he received from 81st District school administrators, educators and parents about the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam. ISBE is in the process of developing a request for proposals for an assessment tool to be used when the PARCC contract expires in 2019.

“Educators and parents throughout my district continue to provide feedback to me regarding the challenges they face with the current tools used for assessment and school accountability,” Olsen wrote. “Some parents have opted out of having their children take the current PARCC exam. Parents have opted out for many reasons, including concerns about the design of the assessment tool, limited or no educational value or relevance for students and teachers, or student privacy and data mining concerns.”

Olsen’s letter offered ISBE a summary of the comments he has received from meetings with his constituents in the past few weeks. To develop a new assessment tool, he wrote, ISBE should ensure that it is relevant for students, useful for teachers and educators, and that it provides opportunities for reduction of testing and cost savings.

“I hope these community suggestions can be incorporated by ISBE as they continue to develop criteria for a new state assessment tool,” Olsen said. “I am especially appreciative to those from the 81st District who have shared their productive input and concerns with me.”

You can read a copy of the letter here.
Today the 41st District Appointment Committee selected John Curran of Downers Grove as State Senator to fill the remainder of former State Senator Christine Radogno’s term. State Representative David S. Olsen issued the following statement in response to the news:

"John Curran has an exceptional record of public service both as an Assistant State's Attorney and in elected positions on the DuPage County Board and the Woodridge Village Board," said Olsen. "I am confident that John and I will be able to work collaboratively to effectively serve and represent our shared constituents."

Details of the swearing in ceremony are forthcoming.
In an effort to reach as many of his constituents as possible, State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) is hosting mobile office hours on July 27 at the Downers Grove Recreation Center, 4500 Belmont Road, in Downers Grove.

Olsen and a member of his staff will have a table set up at the center from 8:30 until 10:30 AM. The public is invited to stop by to discuss legislative issues with their State Representative and to learn about the services offered through the Olsen legislative office.

“I enjoy talking one-on-one with the people I represent in Springfield so I can learn about the issues that are important to them,” said Olsen. “I hope to see many residents of the 81st Legislative House District at this or future mobile office hours events throughout the district.”

No appointment is needed. Future mobile office hours dates and locations will be posted on Olsen’s web site at www.repolsen.com.
More than 8,000 pounds of paper documents were shredded on Saturday at a free document shredding event sponsored by State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove). The three hour “Shredding & Sharing” event was held in cooperation with Sharing Connection, a local not-for-profit that collects new or slightly used items for families in crisis.

Between 9:00 AM and 12:00 noon, approximately 250 cars flowed through the parking lot of Sharing Connections. In addition to the documents delivered for shredding, community members filled ten large bins with new or gently-used home goods, clothing and cleaning products for the non-profit organization. Many large pieces of kitchen, living room and bedroom furniture were also donated. 

“This was the second time we partnered with Sharing Connections, and the response by the community was even better this year,” said Olsen, who greeted motorists and helped unload their Sharing Connections donations and boxes of documents to be shredded. “Sharing Connections is such a worthwhile community organization; they do so much good for families in need. I was pleased to see the level of donations that poured in on Saturday morning.

A third partner in the event, AT&T, underwrote the cost of the shred truck. “We completely 
filled the shred truck this year,” said Olsen. “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 work with AT&T to provide this valuable community service,” Olsen said. 

Olsen said he plans to host a document shredding event every summer in the 81st District.
State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) invites all residents of Illinois’ 81st Legislative House District to participate in “Shredding & Sharing,” which will be held on Saturday, July 15 in Downers Grove. The event is being done in cooperation with Sharing Connections, and will be held on their 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 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.

“We all have old bank statements, tax documents and other sensitive documents that we need to dispose of safely and securely, so I am pleased to provide this service annually for the citizens I represent,” said Olsen. “I would also encourage everyone to bring an item or two that can be donated to Sharing Connections, a wonderful local organization that provides furniture, clothing and household items to families in crisis.”

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.

For additional information about this and other summer and fall community outreach events, please call Representative Olsen’s Downers Grove office at (630)737-0504.
The two-year budget impasse is over. On Thursday, the House of Representatives took three quick votes to override three budget-related bills that were vetoed by Governor Rauner earlier in the week. The package of legislation increases taxes by $5 billion by permanently and immediately increasing the individual income tax rate to 4.95% and the corporate rate to 7%.

I voted against the three bills because they will allow for a continuation of the status quo in Springfield. I am deeply disappointed that rather than seeking a broad, bipartisan consensus on a balanced budget with reforms, Speaker Madigan and the majority Democrats chose to walk away from productive negotiations with Republicans which were nearing agreement at the end of June. Despite negotiation teams that were growing closer to agreement on key issues including property tax relief and workers compensation reform that would help struggling taxpayers, grow jobs and boost the Illinois economy, no legislation in these critical areas was brought forward for a vote.

The vast majority of Republicans and Democrats recognized that our State needs the stability of a balanced budget with reforms – which must include significant structural reforms, spending cuts, and revenue. Unfortunately, I do not believe that the package that resulted from Thursday’s override votes achieves that stability. Illinois already has the worst credit rating of any State in the nation, yet Moody’s Investor Service said last week even the approved budget may not prevent a downgrade to junk status. Despite this setback I remain committed to working in a bipartisan fashion towards the much needed reforms that will turn the tide and restore confidence in Illinois, both with investors and more importantly in the communities of the 81st district.

Members of the House may return to Springfield again this summer for further discussion of a potential new school funding formula and key reform issues, but scheduling remains at the discretion of Speaker Madigan. In the meantime, look for me in and around the 81st District, as I will be here in my home district tending to the needs of local constituents.

Capitol Building on Lockdown Prior to Budget Override Votes
For two hours on Thursday afternoon, the Illinois Capitol was on lockdown after a woman threw a powdery substance into the office of Governor Bruce Rauner and at other locations on the second floor of the building. As a precaution, the ventilation system was turned off while the substance was analyzed. The Springfield Fire Department and a Hazardous Materials Unit were called to the scene, and the substance was removed and later determined to be non-threatening. The woman who threw the powdery substance was arrested and eventually released. The Sangamon County State’s Attorney is investigating the incident and will decide if charges will be filed. 

Olsen to Partner with Sharing Connections and AT&T for July 15 “Shredding & Sharing” Event
We all have old bank statements, tax documents and other sensitive documents that we need to dispose of safely and securely. This weekend on Saturday, July 15th I will be hosting my second annual “Shredding & Sharing” event in Downers Grove. The event is being done in cooperation with Sharing Connections, and will be held on their property at 5111 Chase Avenue, Downers Grove. From 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon, residents can drive up and watch volunteers unload up to two bags of paper documents per vehicle. A nearby parking area will also be available for those who want to watch their documents as they are fed into the shredding machine.

Sharing Connections is a wonderful local organization that provides furniture, clothing and household items to families in crisis. During the three-hour event, Sharing Connections employees 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 cost of the shred truck is being underwritten by AT&T. For additional information about this and other summer and fall community outreach events, please call Representative Olsen’s Downers Grove office at (630)737-0504.

Olsen Offers Full Summer/Fall Schedule of Free Events
Each year my office offers a variety of free community outreach events. Please mark your calendars for upcoming events near you:
  • Document Shredding Event: Saturday, July 15, 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon, Sharing Connections, 5111 Chase Ave, Downers Grove
  • Jobs Fair: Wednesday, August 9, 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM, CORE Fitness Center, 6028 W 127th St, Lemont
  • Understanding & Appealing Your Property Tax Bill: Saturday, September 9, 10:00 AM until 12:00 noon, Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St, Downers Grove
  • Veterans Resource Fair: Saturday, November 4, 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon, American Legion Post 80, 4000 Saratoga Ave, Downers Grove 
College Prep Program Scheduled for Saturday, July 15 in Naperville
McDonald’s is sponsoring a Chicago Education Expo this weekend on Saturday, July 15 in Naperville. The event is free, and is geared toward high school students who want to optimize their chances of gaining college acceptance to the school of their choice. Additional activities will be available for younger students. The expo will take place at Yellow Box Community Christian Church, 1635 Emerson Lane, in Naperville from 9:30 AM until 4:30 PM. Those who wish to attend are asked to register at www.northsouth.org.
SPRINGFIELD…..Today in Springfield, members of the House of Representatives overrode the Governor’s veto and passed into law revenue and spending packages that aim to end the over two-year budget impasse. This package of legislation permanently and immediately increases the individual income tax rate to 4.95% and the corporate rate to 7%, among other provisions. In response to this vote, State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove), who voted against the veto overrides, has issued the following statement:

“I’m disappointed that rather than seeking a broad, bipartisan consensus on a balanced budget with reforms, Speaker Madigan and the majority Democrats chose to walk away from productive negotiations with Republicans which were nearing agreement late last week. Instead, they decided to put forward a large tax increase and spending plan without addressing reforms Illinois desperately needs to make our State more attractive for individuals and businesses alike.”

“The vast majority of Republicans and Democrats have recognized that our State needs the stability of a balanced budget with reforms – which must include significant structural reforms, spending cuts, and revenue. Unfortunately, I do not believe that the package approved today achieves that stability. Illinois already has the worst credit rating of any State in the nation, yet Moody’s Investor Service said yesterday even this plan may not prevent a downgrade to junk status. Despite this setback I remain committed to working in a bipartisan fashion towards the much needed reforms that will turn the tide and restore confidence in Illinois, both with investors and more importantly in the communities of the 81st district.”
House Approves $5 Billion Tax Hike and Budget
After two years and two days without a budget, yesterday in Springfield, members of the House of Representatives approved revenue and spending packages with a goal of ending the budget impasse. SB06 (spending) was approved by a 81-34 vote and SB 09 (revenue) by a 72-45 vote. SB09 would permanently increase the individual income tax rate to 4.95% and the corporate rate to 7%, among other provisions.

I voted against both measures and was disappointed that rushed vote on the two bills were taken. The amended budget package shown in this picture was filed at 2:15 PM yesterday and is 638 pages long, yet a vote occurred just hours later. While our State desperately needs a balanced budget with reforms, these bills were not the result of completed negotiations between Republicans and Democrats. Governor Rauner has already indicated he will veto the bills should they reach his desk, and I am concerned that this action will only continue the budget uncertainty our State has faced for over two years.

Also, SB06 and SB09 were not accompanied by the reforms Illinois desperately needs. The bills simply represented the failed approach of raising taxes without addressing the underlying issues hurting our State. I believe strongly that the provisions of SB06 and SB 09 did not represent the best possible compromise and thus, could not support them. Despite yesterday’s action, I hope that Republicans and Democrats can continue to negotiate and agree upon budgetary reforms crucial to turning around our State.

The Senate is expected to take action on the bills today.

Senator Christine Radogno Resigns Senate Seat and Post as Senate Republican Leader
On Thursday, Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) announced her intention to step down from her seat as the Senator for the 41st District and as the Senate Republican Leader. Upon learning of the announcement, I issued the following statement: “As a resident of the 41st Senate District, I am extremely grateful for Leader Radogno’s selfless service to our district. And as the State Representative for half of Leader Radogno’s district, it has been a privilege to work with her on issues that affect our shared constituency. She has been a tremendous leader and a valuable mentor, and I wish her the very best as she returns to life as a private citizen. Leader Radogno has led the Senate Republican Caucus during a very difficult time in our State’s history. The entire State of Illinois owes Leader Radogno their sincere thanks for her leadership, professionalism and dedication to the work she has done on behalf of the citizens of Illinois.”

On Friday, Illinois Senate Republicans unanimously elected Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) to serve as the new Senate Republican Leader. Brady has been a State Senator since 2002 and previously served as a State Representative from 1993 to 2001. In the photo above, I’m shown with Leader Radogno at our recent joint Children’s Health & Safety Expo.

Olsen Supports Key Transparency Legislation for Taxpayers
Last week I had an opportunity to speak on the House floor in favor of a bill that would increase the amount of information that must be made available to taxpayers when school districts wish to increase their debt limit. With these debt extensions, I have a concern about the transparency to the voters; whether they truly understand what they're voting on. HB 760 improves transparency for voters, not only with regard to the principle, but also for the interest and borrowing costs. You can watch my full floor comments on here.

Inaugural Senior Fair a Huge Success
Thank you to all who came out to my first annual Senior Fair last week on June 29. We had a great turnout. The event featured dozens of booths staffed by state and local agencies that offer resources for seniors and caregivers. Seniors were also able to receive free blood pressure screenings and immunizations. While I was personally unable to attend due to summer session in Springfield, I’m told by my staff that the event was very successful with hundreds of seniors in attendance. It is my intention to host this type of senior fair every year.

Please mark your calendars for these additional community outreach events:
  • Document Shredding Event: Saturday, July 15, 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon, Sharing Connections, 5111 Chase Ave, Downers Grove
  • Jobs Fair: Wednesday, August 9, 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM, CORE Fitness Center, 6028 W 127th St, Lemont
  • Understanding & Appealing your Property Tax Bill: Saturday, September 9, 10:00 AM until 12:00 noon, Downers Grove Library, 1050 Curtiss St, Downers Grove
  • Veterans Resource Fair: Saturday, November 4, 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon, American Legion Post 80, 4000 Saratoga Ave, Downers Grove 
Governor Signs Bill that Strengthens Penalties for Repeat Gun Offenders
At the end of June, Governor Bruce Rauner signed a landmark criminal justice bill. The bill is a result of successful negotiations between the administration, City of Chicago and the General Assembly that will crack down on criminals who are repeat gun offenders, safely reduce the prison population, and create a more rehabilitative criminal justice system.

SB 1722 makes a number of changes to the criminal justice system to improve how we punish and rehabilitate gun offenders, as well as combat gang violence in Illinois. The bill will strengthen sentencing guidelines if they have committed a gun crime before. It also creates a First-Time Weapon Offender Diversion Program to address the underlying reasons why a young adult may have committed the offense. Additionally, the bill will create a Violent Crime Intelligence Task Force within the Illinois State Police. This task force will be dedicated to combatting gun violence and other violent crime in Chicago and around the state. The provisions of SB 1722 take effect in January of 2018.

Have a Safe and Happy Independence Day!
Lastly, I hope everyone has a very safe and happy Independence Day tomorrow. Whether your plans brought you together with family and friends over the weekend or if you will be celebrating tomorrow, please take a moment to appreciate the freedoms we enjoy, and offer a word of thanks to the men and women of our military, past and present, who have defended or are currently defending those freedoms.
After two years and two days without a budget, today in Springfield, members of the House of Representatives approved revenue and spending packages that aim to end the budget impasse. SB06 (spending) was approved by a 81-34 vote and SB 09 (revenue) by a 72-45 vote. SB09 would permanently increase the individual income tax rate to 4.95% and the corporate rate to 7%, among other provisions. In response to the action on the House Floor today, State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove), who voted against both bills, has issued the following statement:

“I’m disappointed that a rushed vote on these two bills was taken today. Hundreds of pages of amended language were released just hours before the vote, and the bills were not the result of completed negotiations between Republicans and Democrats.”

“Additionally, SB06 and SB09 are not accompanied by the reforms Illinois desperately needs and represent the failed approach of raising taxes without addressing the underlying issues hurting our State. I do not believe these bills represented the best possible compromise and thus, could not support them today. Despite this action, I hope that Republicans and Democrats can continue to negotiate and agree upon reforms crucial to turning around our State.”
As another fiscal year begins, the State of Illinois remains without a budget. Despite ten days in special session, the Illinois House and Senate failed to produce an agreement to move the state out of its fiscal crisis, and both the House and Senate met today to keep negotiations going. Speaker Michael Madigan also announced on the House floor today that lawmakers will return to session tomorrow, Sunday, July 2.

State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) released the following statement this afternoon:

“I am disheartened that negotiations have yet to bring forward a vote on a budget. Time has officially run out, and I’m disappointed that no budget has been voted upon nor agreed by the fiscal deadline. I remain in Springfield, and am committed to working to make this right for the people of Illinois.”

Today in Springfield, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno announced she will step down from her position as Senate Republican Leader and State Senator of Illinois’ 41st District on Saturday, July 1. In response to today’s announcement, State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) has issued the following statement:


“As a resident of the 41st Senate District, I am extremely grateful for Leader Radogno’s selfless service to our district. And as the State Representative for half of Leader Radogno’s district, it has been a privilege to work with her on issues that affect our shared constituency. She has been a tremendous leader and a valuable mentor, and I wish her the very best as she returns to life as a private citizen.”

“Leader Radogno has led the Senate Republican Caucus during a very difficult time in our State’s history. The entire State of Illinois owes Leader Radogno their sincere thanks for her leadership, professionalism and dedication to the work she has done on behalf of the citizens of Illinois.”
A vocal proponent of improved transparency in government, today in Springfield State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) spoke in favor of a House Bill that would increase the amount of information that must be made available to taxpayers when school districts wish to increase their debt limit.

"(This bill) improves transparency for voters, not only of the principle, but also of the interest and borrowing costs," said Olsen."With these debt extensions, I have a concern about the transparency to the voters; whether they truly understand what they're voting on."

You can watch Representative's Olsen’s full floor comments on HB 760  here.
This report comes to you from Springfield, where lawmakers have been in special session for the last six straight days. Despite the fact that several budget bills have been filed, in the House we have not yet taken action on any budget-related bills. Rather than considering legislation that would end the impasse and put a budget in place before the start of Fiscal Year 2018 on July 1, we are taking votes on resolutions and minor bills, yet nothing that actually addresses the budget impasse. We are also sitting through extended Committee of the Whole meetings on topics of Speaker Madigan’s choice. Frustration by rank and file members continues to grow, yet the Speaker is not allowing any substantive budget bills to be brought to the floor for a vote. With just four days remaining in Fiscal Year 2017, we need to be taking action on a budget right away. Bipartisanship is the key, and I have had many conversations with lawmakers from the other side of the aisle who are eager to compromise and get this job done. The picture above was taken yesterday, at the start of our fifth day of special session, and includes Republicans and Democrats who are committed to ending the impasse. The four legislative leaders have met, and I hope their dialogue will help move us toward a solution in the coming days.

As you may recall, the Senate approved several budget bills toward the end of May and sent them over to the House for our consideration. Those bills have not been brought to the floor for a vote. Two weeks ago, House Republican leaders and the Governor put an alternative plan on the table that balances the budget and provides important economic reforms. Portions of that plan have been discussed, but it too has not been allowed to advance through the legislative process. House Democrats have not yet put forward any plan to balance the budget and provide important reforms. It is my hope that Speaker Madigan and his majority will give the House an opportunity to debate and vote on existing and any new bills to achieve a comprehensive budget with reforms.

Free Senior Fair Set for Thursday
My inaugural Senior Fair will be held this week on Thursday June 29th in the Lincoln Center Gymnasium at 935 Maple Avenue in Downers Grove. The fair will take place between 10:00 AM until 12:00 noon, and is free and open to the public. 

The event brings together state and local resources for seniors in one convenient location, and in addition to visiting dozens of booths, seniors will also be able to receive blood pressure screenings and immunizations. My staff will also be available to assist constituents with state government concerns. Refreshments will be provided and attendees will have the chance to win door prizes. For more information about this and other upcoming events, please call my office at (630) 737-0504.

Downers Grove EDC Holds Annual Luncheon
Earlier this month, I was pleased to attend the Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation’s annual luncheon, where local business leaders celebrated successes and discussed further opportunities for collaboration with one another and government leaders. In this photo I am pictured with Downers Grove Mayor Martin Tully, Deputy Governor Leslie Munger, and State Representative Patti Bellock.

Governor Begins Signing Bills from 2017 Legislative Session
Legislation approved by the General Assembly between January and May of this year is now beginning to be signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner. Earlier this month a bipartisan transparency bill I co-sponsored was signed into law. HB 3044, now known as Public Act 100-0002, requires the Illinois Department of Labor to publish on its web site by August 15 of every year the prevailing wage schedule for each county in Illinois. The new law also authorizes the Department to publish rates more frequently than once per year. Additional bills, including three for which I serve as the Chief House Sponsor, will be signed into law in the coming weeks.

Olsen Attends Downers Grove Rotary GroveFest in Between Special Session
One of my favorite annual events in Downers Grove is Rotary GroveFest. This year the event took place on a weekend while the House was in Special Session, but I was able to drive back home on Friday and Saturday night after session so I could enjoy the festivities with neighbors and friends. It was also a great opportunity to hear from 81st district residents on many topics, including nearly unanimous urging to pass a compromise state budget in the coming week. On Friday evening I took this picture with Downers Grove Commissioner Nicole Walus and DuPage County Board Member Brian Krajewski. As usual, the festival did not disappoint, and this year’s record crowds were a testament to the excellent work of the Downers Grove Rotary Club’s event volunteers and coordinators.

Jason Zyck Joins District 81 Team as Summer Intern
During his summer break from college at the University of Indiana, my summer intern Jason Zyck is learning about the inner workings of a state legislative office while helping with a variety of office projects and outreach events. With the increased number of summer days I am spending in Springfield this year, Jason has become a valuable member of the District 81 team. On June 3 Jason helped with my annual Children’s Health & Safety Expo, and on June 8 he attended a ribbon cutting for the Riding Store in Woodridge. Last week he attended the Bruce Lake fishing Derby and Pancake Breakfast on my behalf. If you see Jason out and about at an event for the 81st District, be sure to say hello!

Olsen Attends Dedication for New Library Mural
Earlier this month I joined artist John McDavvit, Downers Grove Library trustees and foundation members, and other community leaders to dedicate the new mural in the Kids Room. It is a beautiful addition to our library, and was made possible thanks to the generosity of the DG Library Foundation!

Full Calendar of Events Planned for 81st District
In addition to my Senior Fair this Thursday, please mark your calendar for the other free outreach events that I will be hosting this summer and fall:








  • Document Shredding Event: Saturday, July 15, 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon, Sharing Connections, 5111 Chase Ave, Downers Grove
  • Jobs Fair: Wednesday, August 9, 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM, CORE Fitness Center, 6028 W 127th St, Lemont
  • Understanding & Appealing your Property Tax Bill: Saturday, September 9, 10:00 AM until 12:00 noon, Downers Grove Library, 1050 Curtiss St, Downers Grove
  • Veterans Resource Fair: Saturday, November 4, 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon, American Legion Post 80, 4000 Saratoga Ave, Downers Grove
Downers Grove, IL…State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) is pleased to announce his first annual Senior Fair. The event will be on Thursday June 29th in the Lincoln Center Gymnasium at 935 Maple Avenue in Downers Grove. The fair will run from 10:00a.m. until 12:00 noon and is free and open to the public.

“I encourage senior citizens to come to the fair and learn about the businesses, state and local agencies, and non-for-profits that work to improve their lives,” said Rep. Olsen. “Seniors who attend will be impressed with number of helpful vendors and the services they offer.”

This event will bring together state and local resources for seniors in one convenient location. At the fair seniors will also be able to receive blood pressure screenings and immunizations. In addition, staff from Rep. Olsen’s district office will be available to assist constituents with any state government concerns.

What: Senior Fair
When: Thursday June 29th, 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: Lincoln Center Gymnasium, 935 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove

Refreshments will be provided and attendees will have the chance to win door prizes. For more information on the event, call Rep. Olsen’s office at (630) 737-0504.
Lawmakers Called Back to Springfield for Summer Session
After leaving Springfield on May 31 without sending a budget to the Governor for his review, legislators will return to Springfield this week on Wednesday, June 21 to continue working toward a compromise budget. The decision to call lawmakers back to the Capitol was announced last week by Governor Bruce Rauner, who utilized powers granted to him through the Illinois Constitution regarding special sessions of the General Assembly. I am pleased that we will finally be getting back to work on this crucial issue for our State.

Our schools, colleges and universities, social service providers, businesses and all our residents need the certainty that only a comprehensive balanced budget can provide. We cannot repeat the same mistakes of the past and rely only upon tax increases on working families to solve the budget mess. Our State must change the way we do business.

I know that many rank-and-file legislators on both the Republican and Democratic sides remain willing to put aside partisan differences and work toward a balanced budget with reforms. I am pleased that House and Senate Republican leaders and rank-and-file members continue to introduce legislation to achieve a balanced budget with reforms. Yet Speaker Madigan has not allowed us one opportunity to vote on a comprehensive budget since I began my tenure in the House last year.

I remain ready to do the difficult work necessary to make a balanced budget a reality prior to the start of the new state fiscal year on July 1. Let’s get back to the table and get this done.

Rep. Olsen Interviewed by Comcast Newsmakers
During the final days of the spring legislative session in Springfield, I sat down with Paul Lisnek of Comcast Newsmakers to discuss my first legislative session, and the bills I was able to pass as a freshman lawmaker.

Click here to watch the interview.


Olsen Presents Downers Grove South Educator with Surprise Proclamation
Before she directed her final concert at Downers Grove South High School a few weeks ago, I had the honor of presenting Laura Coster with a proclamation celebrating her 33 years of service to District 99 as a fine arts teacher. Earlier this year Mrs. Coster was awarded the 2017 Mary Hoffman Award of Excellence from the Illinois Music Education Association. She was one of only three educators statewide to receive the award for 2017. Congratulations and best wishes on your retirement!

Rep. Olsen to Participate in 2017 Edgar Fellows Program for Emerging Leaders
I recently learned that I am one of 40 emerging Illinois leaders who have been chosen to participate in the 2017 class of Edgar Fellows. The group includes elected and appointed public officials from across the state, and each of us was nominated by a peer or mentor. Together, we will participate in an intense, five-day executive leadership training program in August hosted by former Governor Jim Edgar and the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA). In addition to Edgar, an impressive list of practitioners, researchers and scholars from the public arena will serve as instructors at the training academy.

The program focuses on developing leadership and governing capacity in Illinois while emphasizing the need to address major policy issues without permitting partisan, ethnic and regional rivalries to trump statesmanship. At the Institute, we will learn about leadership skills, strategies and expectations in a state facing major challenges. Participants will also have opportunities to continue their education through social networking and other forms of high-tech communication and participate in sessions designed to brief them on crucial policy issues.

Olsen Speaks at Swearing-In Ceremony for Woodridge Officials
Last month I had the opportunity to speak at the swearing-in ceremony for the newly-elected and reelected officials of the Village of Woodridge, Woodridge Park District, and Woodridge Library. These are dedicated public servants who work hard to make the Woodridge area a great place to live, work and raise a family. I look forward to working with them on issues that affect our shared constituencies.

COGFA Report Shows Slight Uptick in Total Illinois Tax Revenue
The monthly report by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA) showed State general funds tax receipts up $143 million in May 2017. The increase in May 2017 tax revenues was entirely attributed to increased revenues from the personal income tax paid by almost all Illinois employees, with personal income tax receipts up $179 million over comparable figures reported in May 2016. Corporate income tax receipts continued to plunge during the 31-day reporting period, with this revenue stream down $72 million. The decline largely reflected the fact that many businesses are being reorganized as pass-through entities which are taxed at personal income tax rates.

The relatively good numbers posted for State coffers in May do not wipe up the effects of the revenue shortfall posted for most of the months that were notched earlier in FY17 (ends June 30, 2017). For the first 11 months of FY17 as a whole, Illinois general funds tax receipts fell $604 million from the first 11 months of FY16. As in the single month of May 2017, this eleven-month decline was entirely attributable to the decline in corporate income tax receipts. Corporate income tax collections were down $909 million during the almost year-long period. The FY17 revenue shortfall is only a part of the budget crisis surrounding Illinois’ backlog of more than $14 billion in unpaid bills.

Downers Grove Public Works Department Holds Successful Open House
The Public Works Department at the Village of Downers Grove held their annual open house June 8, and as always, it was an informative event. Attendees had the opportunity to discuss traffic management, snow removal, stormwater and runoff, and the many other important functions performed by the department. Special thanks to director Nan Newlon and the entire Public Works team for making themselves available for this excellent community event.

Federal Judge Rules Illinois Not in Compliance with Full Funding of Medicaid Payments
The argument, presented in federal court to District Judge Joan Lefkow, is that health care providers are suffering irreparable harm for being forced to wait for payment of Medicaid health care treatments that are billed to the State of Illinois. Illinois currently owes more than $14 billion in unpaid bills. More than $1 billion of these bills are moneys owed to Medicaid care providers. Since July 1, 2015, Illinois has not operated under a budgetary plan to control State spending. During this period, tax monies coming in have been allocated to various beneficiaries under a maze of court orders, consent decrees, and continuing appropriations. Billions of dollars are being spent on “autopilot.” The Comptroller of Illinois has stated that if Judge Lefkow were to order immediate payment of all of the moneys due and owed to Medicaid care providers, Illinois’ general-funds cash flow will no longer to be sufficient to cover all of the court-mandated payments that Illinois must make, let alone payments to secondary stakeholders such as State universities and providers of community social services.

In a preliminary response to the arguments, Judge Lefkow has ruled that Illinois is “not in compliance” with previous court mandates that these moneys be paid. As a pathway toward compliance, she has asked the State to negotiate the subject of priority payments with representatives of health care providers who possess standing under this lawsuit. Should these negotiations not prove fruitful, further court orders may be issued.

Full Summer/Fall Calendar of Events Coming Together in 81st District
We had a great turnout earlier this month for my 2017 Children’s Health & Safety Fair. Hundreds attended the annual event. Mark your calendars for these summer and fall outreach events that will be held in and around the 81st District. All events are free:
  • Senior Fair: Thursday, June 29, 10:00 AM until noon, Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave, Downers Grove 
  • Document Shredding Event: Saturday, July 15, 9:00 AM until noon. Sharing Connections, 5111 Chase Ave, Downers Grove
  • Jobs Fair: Wednesday, August 9, 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM, CORE Fitness Center, 6028 W 127th St, Lemont
  • Veterans Resource Fair: Saturday, November 4, 9:00 AM until noon, American Legion Post 80, 4000 Saratoga Ave, Downers Grove
  • Understanding & Appealing your Property Tax Bill: Date and time TBD
State Representative David S. Olsen has released his 2017 End of Session Report, which highlights accomplishments and challenges of the session that ended on May 31, 2017. While lawmakers will be returning to Springfield to continue working toward a compromise budget, this report reflects legislative activity from mid-January when the legislators took office for the 100th General Assembly through May 31. Click here to access the comprehensive report.
During the final days of the spring legislative session in Springfield, State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) sat down with Paul Lisnek of Comcast Newsmakers to discuss his impressions of his first legislative session, and the bills he was able to pass as a freshman lawmaker.

Click here to watch the interview.
The end of our regular legislative session came and went last Wednesday with no agreement on a balanced budget. We remained on the floor of the House until late in the evening on May 31, hopeful that bipartisanship and reason would prevail. But as the night progressed, similar to the days that led up to May 31, most of the bills brought to us for votes were politically-motivated bills that did nothing to bring us closer to budget agreement or move our state forward. Below is an editorial I wrote immediately after it was learned that we would not be voting on a budget:

When the people of the 81st District elected me as their voice, I headed to Springfield determined to reach across the aisle and find consensus on key issues that would place our State on a trajectory toward growth and opportunities for all. Of course, the most important priority was solving the seemingly endless budget stalemate that has plagued our State for far too long.
I am extremely disappointed that a compromise to achieve a balanced budget with reforms could not be reached prior to the constitutionally-mandated legislative adjournment date of May 31. For the third year in a row, rather than adjourning until the fall veto session, the legislature will be in continuous session as we enter the summer months.
Illinois needs a budget – we need a balanced budget right now! Our schools, colleges and universities, social service providers, businesses and all our residents need the certainty that only a comprehensive balanced budget can provide. We also cannot repeat the same mistakes of the past and rely only upon tax increases on working families to solve the budget mess. Our State must change the way we do business.
Many rank-and-file legislators on both the Republican and Democratic sides were willing – and remain willing – to put aside partisan differences and work toward a balanced budget with reforms. And while I am pleased the Senate Democrats unbalanced budget and large tax increase did not advance in the House, I am frustrated that Speaker Madigan has not allowed us one opportunity to vote on a comprehensive budget since I began my tenure in the House last year.
I remain ready to do the difficult work necessary to make a balanced budget a reality prior to the start of the new state fiscal year on July 1. Let’s get back to the table.
Hundreds of area children and families attended a free Health & Safety Expo that was held on Saturday, June 3 at Lakeview Junior High School in Downers Grove. The event was sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont), House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove). Highlights of the three-hour event included the arrival and departure of the LIFESTAR Chicago medical helicopter and a hands-on Traveling World of Reptiles Show.
Children also had an opportunity to see, touch and get behind the wheel of their favorite vehicle at a “Touch a Truck” display of more than 20 fire, police and rescue vehicles and a variety of front and back loading machines.

Booths inside the school gymnasium were staffed with experts from several area agencies that provided information about important topics such as cyber bullying, nutrition, bicycle safety and college saving programs.

Expo participants included Action Towing, Big Brothers Big Sisters, City of Darien, College Illinois, Commonwealth Edison, DLD Dance, Darien/Woodridge Fire Protection District, doTerra, Downers Grove Township Highway Department, DuPage County Circuit Court Clerk, DuPage County Health Department, DuPage County Highway Department, DuPage County Office of Homeland Security, DuPage County Regional Office of Education, DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, Edward Jones, FACES 54, Hruska Insurancecenter, Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Illinois Comptroller’s Office, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Illinois Life Span, Illinois Secretary of State Police, Illinois State Police, Illinois Student Assistance Commission, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Treasurer’s Office, Juice Plus, LIFESTAR Chicago, PACE, Reclaim 13, Sparkles Entertainment, Tri-State Fire Protection District, True Balance Karate, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, Village of Burr Ridge, Village of LaGrange, Village of Lemont, Village of Western Springs, Village of Willowbrook, and Village of Woodridge.