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State Representative Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) will be holding his annual senior fair next Friday, October 16 at the Libertyville Sports Complex off U.S. Route 45. The free fair will be from 9am to noon and include door prizes and refreshments.

This year’s free fair will offer helpful guides, literature and other resources from state, county and local government. Some highlights include: flu and pneumonia immunizations by Walgreens (Medicare covered), hearing screening, blood pressure screening, state and local veterans assistance, and a chance to reclaim money held by the State Treasurer’s I-Cash program.
Many suburban and Downstate school superintendents are issuing statements of support for the push, led by Governor Rauner, to eliminate some of the more than 100 unfunded mandates imposed by Springfield on local school districts and their taxpayers. For example, last week St. Clair County Regional Superintendent of Schools Susan Sarfaty agreed that these unfunded mandates are costing her schools money not provided for in these districts’ property-tax-funded budgets.

Unfunded mandates targeted by the Rauner push include required drivers’ education, for which schools are supposed to be reimbursed by fees paid by pupils but often are not; daily physical education; and restrictions on school districts contracting out needed non-educational services, such as janitorial work, to the private sector. The Rauner “Turnaround Illinois” property tax relief measure, sponsored by House Republican leadership in the General Assembly as HB 4247, includes language specifically aimed at repealing barriers to use of third-party contractors for budget savings. House Democrats have so far failed to release HB 4247 from the Rules Committee for discussion and debate.
I had the opportunity to speak at the Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce's Annual Legislative Breakfast this morning. The Tribune has a nice recap of this morning's discussion. Click here to read.
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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has announced that his office will immediately suspend mailing out vehicle registration renewal reminders to the public due to the lack of a state budget. Those who want to continue receiving a reminder must sign up to receive electronic notices through the Secretary of State’s web site

Click here to sign up, you will need your Registration ID and PIN found on your current registration card. If you do not have a current registration card, please call the Public Inquiry Division at 800-252-8980 to obtain your Registration ID and PIN number.

FY16 Budget
Comptroller Munger: Early Intervention payments will be made.

IDHS.gifComptroller, DHS agree EI services fall under active consent decree. Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger announced Wednesday that her office is setting up accounts and will immediately begin making payments to Early Intervention providers as soon as it receives vouchers from the Department of Human Services (DHS).

Munger learned from her Nonprofit Advisory Council last week that Early Intervention services were "slipping through the cracks" of consent decrees requiring payments during the budget impasse, and she contacted DHS officials to discuss what payment options were available. After looking more closely at several active consent decrees, DHS and the Comptroller agreed that Early Intervention services were covered and they immediately began setting up the processes for making payments to providers.