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MUNDELEIN – State Representative Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) is teaming up with Century 21 to volunteer their offices as a Toys for Tots drop-off site this holiday season, beginning immediately.
The weekly roundup of state news for October 20-24, 2014

Bills – Unpaid State Bills

·         Comptroller counts $5.82 billion in unpaid bills.  The October 2014 count of unpaid bills was submitted to her Twitter followers by Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on Tuesday, October 21 under the Twitter hashtag #ILbillbacklog.  The past-due bill count, which can also be seen on Topinka’s Facebook page, is $500 million greater than the comparable figure in mid-September.

Background for this number is available on the Comptroller’s monthly spreadsheet of the State’s cash-flow condition, “Monthly Money Matters.”  The $5.82 billion figure includes $2.72 billion in bills actually presented to the Comptroller for payment.  An additional $2.2 billion was in the pipeline process throughout various State agencies as of Tuesday, September 30, and additional past-due spending reflected lagging vouchers in comparison with fall 2013.  Persons interested in the State’s fiscal condition may wish to subscribe to this spreadsheet, which is updated monthly.
MUNDELEIN – With tens of thousands of U.S. military personnel serving overseas, State Rep. Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) is teaming up once again with the nationally-recognized Cell Phones for Soldiers program and utilizing his district office as a drop-off location for donated cell phones.

Founded in 2004, Cell Phones for Soldiers is a 501c3 non-profit organization which has provided servicemen and women stationed around the world with an estimated 3 million prepaid calling cards through their “Minutes That Matter” program; equating to 210 million minutes of FREE talk time. Approximately 3,200 prepaid calling cards are mailed each week.

Used mobile phones from all service providers are accepted at drop-off locations, including Rep. Sullivan’s district office in Mundelein. The donation effort is ramping up with Veterans Day coming up on November 11.
MUNDELEIN– State Representative Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) has joined a bipartisan coalition of over two dozen House lawmakers in support of House Resolution 1276 calling for members to oppose Senate Bill 16, a massive rewrite of the school funding formula that determines how General State Aid (GSA) is distributed to Illinois’ school districts. If enacted, schools that serve students in Rep. Sullivan’s district stand to lose over $23.9 million in total funding.

SB 16 cleared the Illinois Senate in late May but was not brought for a vote in the House of Representatives. However, advocates have been meeting secretly since this summer with the goal of revisiting the bill during the General Assembly’s upcoming Veto Session in November and December.

“Springfield should not be in the business of picking winners and losers when it comes to our kids’ education,” Rep. Sullivan said. “We want every student in Illinois to achieve academic success and be prepared for college and the workforce. However, Senate Bill 16 is not the answer to the challenge of school funding reform. Taking local tax dollars away from our schools and giving them to other parts of the state would devastate our local school districts and lead to higher property taxes. We can’t allow this to happen.”

This chart shows the amount of loss in funding (in millions) to each local school district under the current provisions of SB 16:

In response, Rep. Sullivan’s sponsorship of House Resolution 1276 specifically opposes SB16 and encourages a comprehensive and fair funding reform process that is inclusive of all stakeholder points of view that extends outside the parameters of SB16’s GSA redistribution.

Rep. Sullivan and his colleagues have launched a petition drive to give concerned parents and taxpayers an opportunity to have their voice heard in opposition to SB 16. Constituents wishing to sign the petition opposing SB 16 can do so by visiting click here.

For questions or more information, please contact Rep. Sullivan’s office at (847) 566-5115.
LIBERTYVILLE–  State Representative Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) will host his annual senior citizen health fair from 9:00am – 12:00pm on Thursday, September 18  at the Libertyville Sports Complex, located at 1950 N. U.S. 45 (Corner of 45 & Peterson Rd). The fair is free and open to the public.
This year’s fair features information on legal, financial, medical, assisted living and home care services from several dozen state and local agencies from throughout Libertyville and Lake County. Free balance screenings and pulse oxygen level testing will be offered; as well as seasonal flu shots provided by Walgreens. General Assembly staffers will also be available to assist constituents with their state government concerns.
“Lake County is home to many of the best nonprofit organizations that offer programs and services for seniors, in addition to the state and local government agencies who come together to make our Senior Citizen Health Fair a must-attend event,” Rep. Sullivan said. “Every local senior is welcome to attend and connect with the full range of activities and services available to them right here in our community.”
Free coffee and light refreshments will be served.  Also, seniors will be able to register to win door prizes. Event details are as follows:
Who:  State Representative Ed Sullivan
What:  Senior Citizen Health Fair
When:  Thursday, September 18, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Where:  Libertyville Sports Complex
               1950 N. U.S. 45 (Corner of 45 & Peterson Rd)
               Libertyville, IL
For questions or more information, please contact Rep. Sullivan’s office at (847) 566-5115.
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