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2009 Newsletters

  • December 2009 Newsletter

    Reducing the Cook County Sales Tax As many of you probably know, the Cook County Board voted last week to override President Stroger’s veto of the vote to roll back the County sales tax rate from 1.75% to 1.25%.  The rate reduction will take effect on July 1, 2010 saving taxpayers approximately $30 million in FY 2010 and […]

  • November 2009 Newsletter

    Campaign Finance Reform Last week, the Illinois General Assembly took a significant step forward on campaign finance reform.  At the urging of every reform advocacy group in our State, I joined in supporting the bill despite my reservations over the lack of spending limits by political parties in a general election.  I’ve included a link […]

  • October 2009 Newsletter

    Cook County ROE A little known office serving suburban Cook County schools has gained notoriety over the last several months as the elected official leading that office, the Suburban Cook County Regional Office of Education (ROE), has come under fire.  Dr. Charles Flowers is under investigation for misuse of public funds along with other misdeeds. Unfortunately, […]

  • September 2009 Newsletter

    My Thoughts On Redistricting I have been contacted recently by several constituents regarding my thoughts on redistricting in Illinois and I wanted to share my thoughts with you. I support changing the way we draw our congressional and legislative districts.  Whether the system would be similar to that used in Iowa where a “non-partisan” computer program […]

  • June/July 2009 Newsletter

    Ethics Reform in Illinois Throughout the spring legislative session, ethics has been the focus of the media, the Illinois Reform Commission chaired by Patrick Collins, the legislature, the Governor and many others.  There was some significant success but there is also much to be done. Contribution Caps The issue receiving the most attention was caps on […]

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