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Governor Bruce Rauner recently issued a proclamation calling for lawmakers to return to Springfield this week to continue working on the state budget. Under the Illinois Constitution, the Governor is authorized to call for special session by filing a proclamation with the Secretary of State’s Office.

In doing so, lawmakers head back to the Capitol and are expected to be there from Wednesday, June 21st and work through June 30th, which is the fiscal deadline. Should an agreement be reached before the deadline, the remaining special session days will be cancelled.

Prior to the Special Session announcement, Representative Steve Andersson hosted a public town hall meeting in his 65th District to get input from area residents on their ideas for possible solutions to the budget crisis. You can also hear more of Andersson’s thoughts on the budget in this video.

“We need to be back in Springfield to get back to work and finish the job,” said Andersson. There is no time to waste; our residents deserve to have a balanced budget with the necessary reforms that will provide for the future of the state, our families, and our children. I am ready to continue to work in compromise to pass a real balanced budget.”

As the budget stalemate has continued, it has had devastating effects on social services, higher education, families, seniors, and students across Illinois. In Springfield, the General Assembly will begin considering legislation that can help pass a balanced budget that includes spending caps, productive reforms, and tax relief to Illinois residents.
State Representative Steve Andersson hosted a successful emergency town hall meeting last night with residents in his 65th district. The event was open to all area residents, and drew a full crowd to the Geneva Park District.

In the first portion of the town hall, Rep. Andersson gave a presentation with current facts and figures relevant to the state budget. 

The Representative’s remarks gave a greater understanding to the magnitude of the budget crisis and how Illinois got to this point. 

With the budget impasse reaching its third year, and the current backlog of unpaid bills topping $14 billion, Andersson called this event an “emergency.” He recognizes the sense of urgency needed to come to a balanced budget agreement, as the lack of a state budget that has left social services, higher education, and many more agencies struggling without funding.

Andersson wanted to host this town hall to explain the budgeting process in the General Assembly, but most importantly to get input on possible solutions from residents. Every person in the room had an opportunity to ask the Representative a question, and he took time to consider every opinion.

“It was incredibly valuable to hear diverse opinions tonight and receive all the thoughtful input from area residents. I have a renewed sense of purpose as we prepare to head back to Springfield in the coming weeks,” said Andersson.

At several points throughout the night, Rep. Andersson stressed the need for compromise as the only way to come to a budget agreement in the House of Representatives, and Andersson remains committed to working with lawmakers in Springfield to do so.

State Representative Steve Andersson (R-Geneva) will be hosting an emergency town hall to ask for input from area residents on the state budget.

The Representative’s town hall is an opportunity for dialogue, where Andersson hopes to discuss the end of spring legislative session, but also facilitate productive conversation about the current fiscal crisis and the budget.
The event is free and open to the public, and the Representative encourages all area residents to attend to share their thoughts.  “Illinois is in a state of emergency,” said Representative Andersson.  “I am looking to engage with the community to hear their thoughts, answer questions, and actively work towards finding a solution to our state’s biggest problems.”

Andersson has urged for action in the House of Representatives and asked for compromise between lawmakers to reach an agreement before the close of session in Springfield.  The upcoming town hall is what he calls, “an effort to help move Illinois forward and find a solution that benefits residents and provides for the future of our state.”

For questions about the upcoming event or for more information, please contact Rep. Andersson’s district office at (630) 457-5460.
The House of Representatives adjourned on May 31st, the last day of spring legislative session without a balanced budget in place. The final day of spring session is the state’s budget deadline, which left little room for lawmakers to find an agreement—having heard minimal budget bills in the weeks leading up to the end of session.

Instead, the budget deadline has been extended, and lawmakers will continue to meet through the coming weeks to find an agreement to pay down the massive backlog of bills and help move Illinois forward.

Representative Steve Andersson (R-Geneva) expressed his dismay with the lack of urgency and inaction on the state budget:

“I am frustrated that more time will pass as Illinois residents, service agencies, and higher education institutions continue to suffer as the impasse carries on,” said Andersson. “Our state is left with more uncertainty now than ever. It is my hope that as we continue to meet during the summer we will be productive in our debates, and pass a budget that our taxpayers deserve.”

Throughout legislative session this year in the House of Representatives, Andersson has encouraged bipartisan compromise to provide solutions to some of Illinois biggest challenges—including one to the budget impasse, which today has reached its 703rd day.

The House of Representatives will resume session with the renewed fiscal year deadline of June 30th.

Today we honor the fallen men and women who bravely fought to defend our freedoms. These servicemembers selflessly gave their lives so that we can continue to live freely. We recognize this sacrifice today, and never forget all that was given.

At the end of the Civil War, Americans were left with the weight of how best to memorialize the 625,000 soldiers who perished on both sides of the conflict. Originally known as Decoration Day, this special day became a federal holiday in 1971 and is now recognized on the last Monday in May every year.

Across this country Memorial Day is celebrated in various ways, through parades, ceremonies, family gatherings and memorials, all of which serve to honor those who died in service to the United States of America. In the nation’s capital, a special ceremony is held every year at Arlington National Cemetery, where an American flag is placed at each grave. At the Cemetery, the President or Vice President of the United States typically places a wreath on the ‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,’ which holds the remains of a World War I fighter.

The Illinois lawmakers in the House of Representatives also honored Memorial Day in the House Chambers on Thursday May 25th with a recognition ceremony during legislative session. The Gettysburg Address was read to members through a House Resolution, and individual Representatives read the names the names of servicemembers that died in the line of duty in the last twelve months, who are from their districts. It was a meaningful ceremony that began with the Presentation of Colors, and ended with a bagpiper playing on the House floor.

This holiday is a constant reminder of the sacrifices that were made to guarantee our freedoms that we enjoy on a daily basis. Today and every day we remember these heroes. To those who courageously gave their lives, and to those who continue to fight today to protect our freedoms . . . thank you!
State Representative Steve Andersson has launched his third annual summer reading program. This year’s theme calls for all the Super Readers in PK-5th grade to participate and read at least ten books of their choice this summer.

For the third year, Andersson has again held this program to continue to motivate students in his 65th legislative district to keep reading during the summer. “Students who read continue to learn, even when they are out of school, which can help prevent any learning loss typically experienced in the summer months,” said Andersson. 

Andersson hopes even more students will participate this year, as the program has continually grown each year it is offered. “The summer reading program is a fun way to encourage students to read, and do so at their own pace,” said the Representative. Students who submit their completed reading forms by August 18th are invited to a special party in the fall, where Rep. Andersson looks forward to meeting all the super readers in the area, celebrating their hard work, and discussing their favorite books!

The program brochure can be found here, which includes additional information and instructions. Should you have any questions, contact Rep. Andersson’s district office at (630) 457-5460.