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Representative Steve Andersson composed a legislative newsletter that highlights the important aspects of the 2016 legislative session in the General Assembly. 

Click here to view Rep. Andersson’s newsletter, and learn more about what was accomplished this year.
Today a group of state lawmakers urged Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino to step aside from his duties due to the state board of elections and a federal investigation of his campaign spending and reporting practices. The investigations date back to his time in the Illinois House of Representatives, and as a result over the last few months dozens of lawmakers formally asked Auditor General Mautino several times to provide answers to the questions raised in the State Election Board investigations but have yet to receive any answers.

It was recently disclosed that federal authorities are now looking into his campaign spending and reporting practices—news that prompted legislators to ask for the Auditor General to step aside from his job as he defends himself against potential criminal charges.

State Representative Steve Andersson (R-Geneva) was among the group of legislators who today urged Mautino to voluntarily take a leave of absence while numerous investigations continue to dissect his expenditures.

“As the investigations only seem to be escalating, I agree with my colleagues that Auditor General Mautino should take a leave of absence until the federal and state investigations are concluded,” said Andersson. “There is no way he can effectively serve Illinois at this time. Our state and our residents deserve better. As a legislator, I support transparent government—and having so much uncertainty and clout surrounding our state’s financial watchdog is simply unacceptable. ”

Having received no answers from the Auditor General after many questions from lawmakers on the matter, today’s request for Mautino to step aside is the latest effort to protect the integrity of the office of Auditor General. The General Assembly and Illinois taxpayers await Auditor General Frank Mautino’s response to this request.
This week in the House, Representative Steve Andersson spoke in favor of a mental health bill, and called for more awareness on the issue of mental illness.

Andersson voiced his support for Senate Bill 565, which would require age-appropriate developmental and social and emotional screenings to be included as part of a standard health examination. He further discussed the importance of mental health, and the opportunity this bill would have to promote the early diagnosis of mental illness.

Andersson urged legislators to not only support the legislation, but to also recognize mental illness and the growing impact it has. He noted that as many as one in five children under that age of 18 has or will have a serious mental illness. Yet, despite that staggering number, the average delay between onset and diagnosis of a mental illness is ten years. Andersson supports SB 565 as he believes the earlier mental illness can be identified and diagnosed the better chance that child will be given.

“Mental illness is real. Too much time is wasted after the onset of mental illness and before assistance or treatment is given,” said Andersson. “This bill provides for early intervention, and gives parents a shot at helping their children—so they can know the signs, catch mental health early on and get the treatment they need as soon as possible.”

Andersson supports efforts to bring more awareness to mental illness, and advocates for the support of mental health initiatives like SB 565.

The bill is currently in its third reading in the House. More of Rep. Andersson’s remarks on the legislation can be seen in the video below.

 

Tonight, House Democrats passed a budget bill over $7 billion underfunded. The 500 plus page spending bill was presented last minute, giving House Republicans only hours to review the bill prior to voting.

Senate Bill 2048 appropriates roughly $14 billion that with court order, continuing appropriations, and consent decrees would push state spending over $40 billion.

In addition to overspending, the measure would push income taxes to over 5.5 percent for a 47 percent tax hike. Representative Andersson (R-Geneva) stood with his House Republican colleagues to express disappointment and anger at the broken process that resulted in the $40 billion spending bill—that which 63 voting in favor moves on for further confirmation.

“This spending bill will nearly double our state’s current unpaid bills, and is money our state simply does not have,” said Andersson. “Above all, there was no dialogue involved in this process and we were given no time to review the bill before voting. Debate was cut off and required procedures were denied. Tonight’s debate was nothing short of illegal and any momentum gained from the working groups and the progress being made among the rank and file was all but ruined.”

With the budget impasse nearing its year-long mark, compromise has yet to be achieved. Andersson still remains hopeful that a reasonable solution can be still be met.
Representative Andersson has launched his second annual summer reading program, Ahoy Matey, for all students in K-5th grades in the 65th District. Participating students must read 10 books of their choosing, and return their completed reading lists to Rep. Andersson’s district office by August 21st to be invited to a special recognition party in the fall.

Last year’s program had over 60 children participate, and Andersson hopes to continue the momentum of reading success. Last September, Rep. Andersson hosted the children and their families at a pizza party where each child received a special certificate of recognition and he is looking forward to doing the same this fall.

“I am excited to hold my second summer reading program to promote continued learning during the summer,” said Andersson. “It is so important to keep kids excited about reading in the months off school, and I hope this program will do just that. Ahoy Matey encourages reading in a fun way, to really engage the students and drive their love of reading.”

For more information on the program or to request a reading program brochure, contact Rep. Andersson’s District Office at (630) 456-5460.
Representative Steve Andersson passed House Resolution 824, which commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Illinois Brass Band, a 30 member British style brass band. The group has been extremely successful over its tenure, and is a six time national champion of the North American Brass Band Association.

Over the years, The Illinois Brass Band has presented dozens of concerts indoors and out, and has also produced six recordings to date. Supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, The Illinois Brass Band is a 501(c)(3) recognized organization.

Representative Steve Andersson and The State of Illinois commemorate Saturday, June 11, 2016, as Illinois Brass Band Day — celebrating their 25th Anniversary hitting all the right notes since 1991!

State Representative Steve Andersson passed Senate Bill 2593 in the House today. This bill amends the Property Tax Code and was originally filed in the Senate by Senator Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles).

Andersson was the Chief sponsor of this legislation in the House. The bill provides for property tax appeal petitions to be filed electronically, and allows the decision by the Property Tax Appeal board to also be delivered electronically to the applicant.

Andersson presented the bill in the House on the grounds that it would promote a more efficient process, and allow residents to more easily file their appeals. “This bill provides for a faster process, and cuts down on the paper waste,” said Andersson. “Previously, the only way to file a petition was by mail. This bill will allow petitions to be sent by mail or electronically. It is an added option for residents, so they can choose to file by paper or electronically—and allows residents better access to the property tax appeal system.”

Senate Bill 2593 passed in the Senate with 112 voting for the measure, and now having passed in both chambers will move forward for final confirmation.