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Home Inspection Assistant Needed
Home Inspection Services Plus of Mundelein is looking for an inspection assistant in a part-time position paying $20 per hour. The company will pay for the person's education and training to obtain their Illinois Home Inspectors License. The applicant must be 21 years of age and a Mundelein resident with a H.S. Diploma. A neat appearance and good work habits are a necessity. 
For more information click here, or contact homeinspectionservicesplus@hotmail.com for an application.

Medical Reserve Corps Needs Volunteers
Lake County residents seeking a volunteer opportunity with free training for widespread emergency situations may want to join the Lake County Medical Reserve Corps. A medical background is not required for those wanting to volunteer. An informational meeting is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Room C002, Building C, at the College of Lake County, 19351 West Washington St., Grayslake. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Lake County or one of the adjacent counties. 
For more information about the Medical Reserve Corps, contact Chet Splitt, MRC coordinator, at csplitt@lakecountyil.gov or (847) 377-8358.


Amazon/Internet Sales Tax
· State to redouble efforts to collect sales taxes from non-traditional businesses; Amazon to start collecting sales tax
. Under federal law, each state must fulfill certain legal conditions in order to enjoy the right to mandate that a business that is not physically located in Illinois must charge Illinois sales tax when physically selling something to an Illinois resident. New administrative rules, which took effect on January 1, 2015, expand the definition of out-of-state retailers that fall under these conditions and are subject to these requirements. This technical-sounding change in State law could lead to more demands for sales taxes popping up on Illinois residents’ video screens in the future as we shop online for taxable goods and services. The Associated Press has the story.

Illinois consumers already routinely pay sales taxes of 6.25 percent and up on goods purchased over a traditional sales counter and physically carried out of the store. Goods purchased online and shipped by parcel delivery do not have a physical location that matches the traditional legal definition of where a State sales tax can be charged and collected. Many of the 50 U.S. states have taken actions aimed at creating statutory laws, case laws, and administrative laws that will govern these online sales and legally enable sales taxes to be charged and collected. The change in Illinois administrative law was pushed through by officials for the former Gov. Quinn administration. It covers entities that sell $10,000 or more in taxable goods and services to Illinois residents in the prior year through catalog, mail-order, and Internet sales platforms. Amazon.com has agreed to cooperate with Illinois’ new law and rules, and will start charging and collecting Illinois sales taxes on February 1, 2015 for deliveries made to addresses in Illinois.

Toll Road Rebuilding
· Toll highway rebuild to continue. Governor Bruce Rauner has approved an exemption from the overall spending freeze for ongoing rebuilding and widening projects being implemented by the Illinois Tollways. The package of construction projects is expected to cost more than $1 billion. The rebuilding and widening projects are “self-financed” through toll increases paid for by toll road users. They are expected to reduce traffic bottlenecks and increase the ability of toll road users to drive to work, go shopping, and carry out other day-to-day activities. Immediately affected is a $174 million package of contracts for roadway and bridge reconstruction and widening on the close-to-Chicago section of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, a stretch of roadway that stretches between Elgin and O’Hare Airport. This Jane Addams work can now go forward. The Chicago Tribune describes the tollway projects and Rauner’s decision here.

Governor Bruce Rauner and Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti
•    Rauner takes oath of office; freezes nonessential State spending.  As he launched into his duties as Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner issued a series of executive orders to freeze all nonessential State spending, including spending on infrastructure projects.  Announcing that he will serve without pay, the new Governor announced he would impose a new code of ethics on himself and his office as part of a dramatic shift in the State political culture.  

Governor Rauner has appointed Leslie Munger to be the new Comptroller of Illinois, replacing the late Judy Barr Topinka.  He has made budget reform, job creation, economic growth, and educational reform four of the top priorities of his new administration.  He and his staff have signaled their readiness to use additional executive orders to reorganize State agencies, abolish redundant and unnecessary offices, and reduce State spending. The new Governor is deeply concerned about Illinois’ economic standing in relation to comparable and neighboring states, and believes that genuine sacrifices will be necessary for the State to regain its standing and provide opportunities to young workers and families. 
The Lake County Board’s Summer Youth Employment Program offers youth, age 14-18 (or 14-22 with an Individualized Education Plan) the opportunity for a paid, part-time work experience over the summer.  Youth are matched with local worksites and gain valuable experience while earning a pay check.  Applications are available beginning on Feb. 1 online or at the Lake County Job Center in Waukegan and are due on Feb. 28.  For more information, visit www.lakecountyjobcenter.com.

SPRINGFIELD – Today Representative Ed Sullivan, Jr. (R-Mundelein) was sworn into the Illinois House of Representatives for the 99th General Assembly. Sullivan, the Assistant Republican Leader in the House, has expressed his excitement at the prospect of working with the newly inaugurated Gov. Rauner.

“Taking the Oath of Office is always a humbling experience for me,” said Sullivan. “I want to express my sincere thanks to the people of the 51st District for continuing to put their faith in me to fight for fiscal responsibility in Illinois. Unfortunately, a lack of leadership from the executive branch has seen our state spiral down a path to insolvency. On Monday, that path took a sharp turn with the inauguration of Gov. Rauner. I look forward to working with him over the coming session to right Illinois’ ship and put us back on a path to prosperity.”
Last night, I appeared on WTTW's Chicago Tonight to discuss the budget challenges facing Governor-Elect Rauner and the announcement that Leslie Munger will be appointed to fill the vacancy in the Comptroller's Office after the recent, and unexpected, passing of Judy Baar Topinka.

Watch the video here.