Legislative Update: July 23, 2018

Free Jobs Fair Scheduled for Wednesday, July 25
If you are looking for work or interested in a career or job change, update your resume and join me this week at the annual jobs fair I host with House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and State Senator John F. Curran. The fair will be held on Wednesday, July 25 from 9:00 a.m. until noon at CORE Fitness Center, 16028 W. 127th Street, Lemont. If you are looking to take a job with the State, at 9:00 a.m. you might want to attend the “Effective Search Strategies for State Employment” workshop. At 10:00 and 11:00 workshops will be held focusing on interviewing techniques. All workshops are free of charge. 

Past job fairs have been very successful, so I would encourage anyone looking for employment opportunities to bring several resumes to this event. Follow-up data from the last few job fairs indicate several individuals were offered jobs on-the-spot while many others were scheduled for formal job interviews as a result of their attendance at the job fair.

Other upcoming events include:
  • Saturday, August 4: Coffee & Conversation, 8:00 AM until 9:30 AM, Cedarhurst Senior Living, 3333 75th Street, Woodridge (I will be joined by State Senator John F. Curran (R-Downers Grove), Woodridge Mayor Gina Cunningham and members of the Woodridge Village Board) 
  • Thursday, August 23: Environmental Town Hall (Topics include stormwater & flooding, recycling & composting, and transportation), 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM, Indian Prairie Library, 401 Plainfield Road, Darien 
  • Thursday, September 20: Joint Senior Fair with Downers Grove Park District, 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM Lincoln Center Gymnasium, 935 Maple Ave, Downers Grove 
  • November (Date TBA): Veterans Resource Fair: Details coming soon 
Olsen Joins Local Leaders for Dedication of New Emergency Dispatch Center
On July 10, I joined a large group of local leaders for the formal dedication of the new DuPage County consolidated emergency dispatch center (DU-COMM) in Wheaton. DU-COMM provides public safety communications- most notably dispatching 911 calls- for 44 police, fire, and ES agencies in DuPage County. This new facility will allow them to provide more effective service throughout the county. 

Rep. Tom Demmer to Serve as Deputy House Minority Leader
With the recent departure of State Representative Patti Bellock, who served our caucus as Deputy House Republican Leader, I was happy to learn last week that my colleague Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) has been elevated to that position. Deputy Leader is the #2 spot in the House Republican Caucus, just under our House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). Demmer is serving in his third two-year term in the Illinois House, where he has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable and thoughtful legislators in the House of Representatives.

Outside of Springfield, Demmer is the Director of Innovation & Strategy at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Prior to his election to the General Assembly, he served on the Lee County Board. He graduated from the University of Dayton, after having served as a White House intern in the Office of the Vice President of the United States in 2006. Demmer is a 2016 Henry W. Toll Fellow with the Council of State Governments. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home Preservation Foundation. He is a co-founder of the Future Caucus of millennial legislators in Illinois and has balanced a work-load of serving on 14 committees in the Illinois House this year.

Jeff Keicher Sworn In as New State Rep. for the 70th House District
Joined by community leaders, family and friends, Sycamore businessman Jeff Keicher took the oath of office at Dayton Farms last Tuesday to become the new State Representative for Illinois’ 70th District, encompassing portions of Boone, DeKalb, and Kane Counties. Keicher replaces former Representative Bob Pritchard, who resigned July 1 to accept an appointment to the Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois University.

Representative Keicher is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with over 20 years of professional experience in the insurance industry. In 2006, he opened his own State Farm Insurance Agency in Sycamore.

Governor Rauner Signs Firearms Order of Protection and Mandatory Waiting Period Bills into Law
Last week Governor Bruce Rauner signed two bills into law that could help prevent people who are a threat to themselves or others from possessing or purchasing guns. Both bills received wide, bipartisan support in the House and Senate. I supported both bills. 

HB 2354 enacts “red flag” legislation giving courts authority to use emergency civil restraining orders to temporarily remove access to firearms for individuals who have been proven before a judge to be a danger to themselves or others. The bill includes strong Second Amendment protections, due process for those whose guns would be taken away, and strict evidentiary requirements for the issuance of a firearms restraining order.

SB 3256 extends the current 72-hour waiting period for handguns delivery to all guns purchased in Illinois.

At a press conference detailing the bill signings, Governor Rauner said, “Everyone agrees that we need to keep firearms out of the hands of those who would use them to commit acts of violence against themselves or others. These two laws are a commonsense approach that gives us tools to limit access to guns and perhaps save lives while we continue to respect Constitutional rights.”

“ON TO 2050” Public Hearing Set for July 25
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Panning (CMAP) is nearing competitions of the “ON TO 2050 comprehensive regional plan. A draft version is now available for public viewing and comment through August 14. A public hearing about the plan is scheduled for Wednesday, July 25, from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM at the MAP headquarters in Chicago, located at 233 South Wacker Drive, 8th Floor. At this public hearing, people will have an opportunity to discuss the proposal with CMAP staff. CMAP will also present for comment the draft 2019-2024 Transportation Improvement Program and air quality conformity analysis of proposed transportation projects. The draft plan is posted at this link, and it also includes an area where the public can submit written comments. 

Olsen Welcomes Cadence Kitchen & Company to Downers Grove
Recently I was able to participate in a ribbon cutting for another new business in the 81st District. Cadence Kitchen & Company, located at 5101 Mochel Drive in Downers Grove, offers great food in a fantastic atmosphere. Best of luck to this new local business, and thank you to Chamber630 for hosting a very enjoyable ribbon cutting event! 

Governor’s Mansion Reopens to Public
The historic Governor’s Mansion in Springfield, major portions of which date back to 1855, has been under complete building renovation since 2016. After two years of work funded entirely by private-sector donations, the Mansion reopened for public tours on Saturday, July 14. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the historic architecture of a building visited by future President Abraham Lincoln, then a leading Springfield lawyer, and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln. Exhibits in the Executive Mansion will celebrate Illinois art and history.

When the Governor’s Mansion was built in 1855, Illinois had been a state for only thirty-seven years. Construction of the Mansion reflected the boom conditions of the 1850s, marked by rising prices enjoyed by Illinois farmers who were able to ship their crops on the state’s fast-growing network of steam railroads. Gov. Joel Matteson, the Mansion’s first resident, was himself a railroad executive. Now that Illinois is celebrating its Bicentennial, the Governor’s Mansion is itself well more than 150 years old. It is now one of the three oldest continuously occupied governor’s mansions in the United States.

Rep. Olsen Joins Congressman Roskam for Tour of Flavorchem
Earlier this month I visited Flavorchem Corporation to see their manufacturing facility in Downers Grove. After the tour, we had a good conversation with Congressman Roskam and manufacturing business leaders about their concerns and needs. Manufacturing is a critical part of our local and national economy, so I was glad to hear feedback directly from these business leaders about steps we need to take to make our state and region more competitive. 

Tips for Keeping Safe in the Hot Weather
We have already endured a very hot summer, and the traditionally hottest weeks are still to come. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is reminding Illinoisans of the many precautions you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from extreme heat. IDPH is also making an effort to educate Illinoisans about the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

IDPH advises everyone to stay in an air conditioned space when daytime temperatures are at their hottest. Whether it is your home or a neighbor’s, a public place like a library, a business or a government office, it is important to be someplace cool if possible. You should wear light clothing which will not absorb as much heat from the sun, and constantly drink water, not just when you are thirsty.

Perhaps most importantly: never leave anyone in a closed vehicle. This includes not only people but also pets. Temperatures rise very quickly in parked cars and exposure to those high temperatures can quickly lead to serious health problems.

If someone is exhibiting the symptoms of heat stroke, call 9-1-1 and get help immediately. These warning signs include a body temperature above 103 degrees, a fast, strong pulse, dizziness, nausea, confusion or fainting. Move the person to a cooler place out of the sun and use cool cloths to help. IDPH advises against giving a person with heat stroke anything to drink.

For more information on hot weather safety, visit www.dph.illinois.gov.

Illinois Continues Year-Long Celebration of Bicentennial
On December 3, 2018, Illinois will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the date when Congress officially admitted Illinois to the Union as the 21st state. Illinois was one of the states planned by President Thomas Jefferson as his proposal for the future of what had been the frontier “Northwest Territory.” By 1818 Jefferson had left office, but his friend and successor President James Monroe led the actual admission of Illinois into the national union of states. 

To honor the occasion, Governor Rauner convened an Illinois Bicentennial Commission to lead the celebration of Illinois’ 200th birthday. Illinois’ Bicentennial is a year-long celebration that commemorates the rich history and heritage of Illinois, as well as our state’s significant contributions to our country, and to the world. In addition to signature events and legacy projects being led by the Illinois Bicentennial Commission, Illinoisans have had opportunities to participate in a variety of Bicentennial events. Click here for a list of upcoming events. Tickets for the December 3 celebration event are now on sale. Click here for ticket information.

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