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February 2012 Newsletter

Town Hall Meetings

Coming up on Saturday, February, 25th Senator Susan Garrett and I will be hosting two town hall meetings.  The times and locations are as follows:

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

River Trails Middle School, Gymnasium

1000 N. Wolf Rd., Mt. Prospect, IL 60056

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

1:00p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Northbrook Park District Leisure Center, Little Theater

3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook, IL 60062

This is a great opportunity for any citizens to listen to an update on State issues and ask whatever questions they may have.  For more information please contact my district office at 847-257-0450.  I hope to see you there!

Update on the Eavesdropping Bill

Last month, I wrote about legislation I am sponsoring, HB 3944, that would seek to change the current eavesdropping law in Illinois that says it is illegal to record a police officer in a public place.  This bill has gained much media attention; recently I was featured on Channel 7 with an update on the bill:

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/video?id=8524806

And for the State of the State:

On February 1, the Governor, in his State of the State address, provided the citizens of Illinois and the legislature with his vision for moving our State forward.

In his remarks, Governor Quinn set forth a number of new investments he supports.  They include eliminating the natural gas utility tax, creating a new Child Tax Credit and a Hiring Veterans Tax Credit.

While these are, without doubt, all worthy causes, I am very concerned about the impact that new tax credits and eliminating a source of revenue will have on our already extremely challenged state budget situation.  The forecast for next years budget (beginning July 1) is not very optimistic.   We anticipate new revenues of just under $1 billion – which is good.  But an additional $954 million is necessary to make the required payment into the pension systems.  In addition, as a result of the ongoing difficult economic times, our spending for Medicaid (health care for the poor) is putting enormous pressure on the budget.  To the tune of several billion dollars.

 

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