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Judy Baar Topinka – biography
•    State Comptroller passes away in office; veteran elected official is remembered by both parties. Judy Baar Topinka, a lifelong resident of historic Riverside, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, December 10.  The incumbent State Comptroller had just been reelected by popular vote to serve a second term in office; she would have taken her oath of office alongside Governor-elect Bruce Rauner on Monday, January 12.

Praise flowed in honor of Topinka’s memory from leaders of both political parties, aware that Topinka had been the most senior member among Illinois’ elected statewide officials.  First elected to statewide office in 1994 as the state Treasurer, Topinka temporarily stepped down in 2006 following an unsuccessful run for Governor.  The veteran executive then again sought statewide office in 2010 as state Comptroller, easily winning election to a four-year term in a new office.  Topinka was completing this term when she died this week.
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled the existing eavesdropping law unconstitutional in the case of People v. Melongo.  The court held that the statute violated the free speech and due process protections of the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions, finding that, while the law was enacted to protect private conversations from being recorded without consent, as written, it was far too broad, making criminals out of people who recorded conversations that were undeniably public, or that nobody intended to be private.

"The loss of Judy Baar Topinka is a tremendous blow to our state. Judy was a leader and trailblazer for women in Illinois politics. She was a friend and mentor to so many, myself included, and her commitment to strong fiscal leadership will be truly missed."
General Assembly – Veto Session
•    Veto session ends on a partisan note.  The first week of the 2014 Veto Session took place prior to Thanksgiving. In legislative action, members held informational and subject-matter discussions on various issues.  Subjects discussed included the State formula for aid to public school districts, creation of a State medical insurance state exchange, and extension for one year of the Medical Practice Act. 

Key bill actions took place this week on various issues that included election law, Illinois lawsuits, the ridesharing industry, and truck speed limits. Many of these actions were partisan actions taken by the House and Senate Democrats, in sharp contrast to Governor-elect Bruce Rauner’s belief that it is “important that our Government be done on a bipartisan basis.”
"Senate Bill 172 takes the power to oversee elections out of the hands of trained professionals, is based on no effective analysis of our most recent elections, and will lead to further destruction of the State of Illinois. This fall, voters demanded change in Illinois based on bipartisan efforts. This bill is the effort of one party to ram through changes before a new Governor has the chance to be involved in this process and implement genuine and meaningful election reform. We need bipartisan solutions as the people of Illinois have demanded, not Chicago once again running ram-shot over the people of this state."

For video of Rep. Sullivan on the House Floor click here.
UPS is currently doing a major hiring drive for seasonal employees this holiday season. With the surge in shipping during the holiday months, UPS is looking to fill a number of job opportunities including package delivery drivers, tractor trailer drivers, inside package handlers, and seasonal driver helpers for their facility in Palatine. The facility is located at 2100 N. Hicks Road in Palatine.

Interested job seekers can visit UPSjobs.com to learn more about what positions are available and submit an application. Applications must be submitted online at UPSjobs.com. While available positions are seasonal, those who gain employment will have the opportunity to pursue permanent positions following the holiday season.
General Assembly – veto session
•       Illinois legislature convenes for first week of “veto session.”  By constitutional law, the lawmakers must gather in November to consider vetoes by the Governor while addressing any pressing issues of public concern.  In all, eleven House committees held meetings to look at these bills and issues. 

This week they were joined by Sheri Jesiel of Winthrop Harbor, a new member who enjoyed her first session day in Springfield (http://www.thecaucusblog.com/2014/11/jesiel-attends-first-springfield-session.html) as the appointee to serve out the term of retiring Representative JoAnn Osmond.  The second week of veto session is scheduled to take place immediately after Thanksgiving (http://ilga.gov/house/schedules/2014_Veto.pdf).