Wednesday, April 23, 2014

11 Unforgettable April Moments in IL History

This month in Illinois History, Kaskaskia is founded, Ninian Edwards is appointed, permanent school fund is created, Illinois & Michigan canal is put to use, Civil War begins, President Lincoln is assassinated, William Holden is born, Daylight savings time is made uniform, Jane Byne & Harold Washington are elected Chicago mayors and tornadoes cause death and damage in Utica and LaSalle counties. 



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Meet our Members: RENEE KOSEL

State Representative Renée Kosel, of New Lenox, Illinois, is currently serving her ninth term as State Representative of the 37th Legislative District, previously the 81st District.  She was first elected to her legislative office on November 5, 1996 and took office in January, 1997.  In January, 2013, she was reappointed to serve as Assistant House Republican Leader.

Renée is very involved in community activities.  She is a former member of the Lincoln-Way High School Board of Education and served on the Lincoln-Way Foundation for Educational Excellence Board of Directors.  She and her husband are members of Trinity Lutheran Church in New Lenox and she is a member of the New Lenox Rotary Club.  She currently serves on the Advocate Christ Medical Center Cancer Institute Foundation Board, Alliance of the Illinois State Dental Society, and the Illinois Rifle Association.  She is also a past member of the Frankfort, Homer Township, Mokena, and New Lenox Chambers of Commerce and current member of the Mokena Woman’s Club.  Additionally, she serves as a member of Advocate Christ Medical Center Governing Council (serving as Chair 2007-2009, and currently Vice Chair), and is a Scholarship America Advisory Board member. Read more about Rep. Kosel.

News From Rep. Kosel
Current Legislation Sponsored by Rep. Kosel
Rep. Kosel's Committees


Monday, April 21, 2014

See the problem?


Illinois Democrats only have one play in their playbook. Its time to do something different.
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Lower taxes fuel economic prosperity

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As Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois General Assembly enter into the final weeks of their regular session, they may want to put the state on a new path.

Quinn and the Democrats appear to be headed for some [kind] of tax increase. Quinn wants to make the temporary tax increase imposed in 2011 permanent. Other Democrats are seeking a progressive tax plan in the state, which may well be another way to raise taxes.

The Wall Street Journal in a recent editorial, called ``What's wrong with Illinois?'' showed the danger behind such a plan. Read more of the Herald-Review editorial.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Medicaid Paid $12M for Illinois Dead

The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo.

The memo dated Friday, which The Associated Press obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, says the state auditor compared clients enrolled in the Medicaid database last June with state death records dating back to 1970. Auditors identified overpayments for services to roughly 2,900 people after the date of their deaths.

Week in Review for 4/14/14 through 4/18/14

Illinois Taxes
House Republicans launch petition drive against tax hike.  On the heels of what might prove to be the first in a long line of tax increase votes, Illinois House Republicans are launching an online petition drive against the effort to make the Illinois temporary tax increase of 2011 permanent.

“What Illinois needs right now are leaders committed to creating jobs, not running them out,” said House Republican Leader Jim Durkin.  “What we have instead is an assault on the taxpayers of Illinois in the form of numerous and continued attempts to raise taxes.  This has to stop.”

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rep. Sullivan: Democrats Broke Parliamentary Rules to Advance Obama Library

Rep. Ed Sullivan
In a stunning violation of House rules, Illinois House Democrats used a subject matter only meeting today to advance legislation aimed at steering $100 million in public funds towards luring the Obama Presidential Library to Chicago.

“The legacy of the Obama Presidential Library shouldn’t be kicked off in a cloud of controversy,” stated State Representative Ed Sullivan (R, Mundelein). “Not only was the meeting a misrepresentation, so was the false roll call taken.”

Sullivan was speaking specifically to the Illinois House Executive Committee vote today on House Bill 6010. The legislation was brought up in what appeared as a subject matter hearing only, meaning testimony was to be taken, but no votes were to be cast. At the meeting, only four of the committee’s eleven members were present.

Without a quorum present, and no Republicans to hold the rules accountable, the four present Democratic members claimed the committee roll call to be 9-0 (9 voting “yes” and 0 voting “no”) on the proposal, with even opposing Republicans not in attendance recorded as “yes” votes.
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