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State Representative Steve Andersson hosted John-Austin Little as his Honorary Page for the Day in the House of Representatives.

John-Austin Little is a 5th grade student in Representative Andersson’s 65th District, and attends Williamsburg Elementary School in Geneva. Rep. Andersson initially met Mr. Little during a visit to the Elementary School earlier this year, and after hearing first hand his interest in government, the Representative invited him to Springfield to serve in the Honorary Page for the day program. As a page, Mr. Little was introduced by Rep. Andersson on the House Floor, met other lawmakers and observed the legislative process in action.

Representative Andersson was happy to have an eager student, learner, and perhaps future State Representative join him for the day in the House of Representatives.

Rep. Andersson presents HB5288
in the Human Services Committee
State Representative Steve Andersson’s legislation to create an online registry for Illinois’ recovery residences passed today in the House of Representatives.

As described in HB5288, a "recovery residence" means a sober, safe, and healthy living environment that promotes recovery from alcohol and other drug use and associated problems.

The legislation is an initiative of the Department of Human Services, and the bill provides that DHS will develop and maintain the online registry of recovery residences. The will be publicly available online through the DHS website and include detailed information about each residence. These recovery residences are not subject to Department licensure as they are viewed as independent living residences that only provide peer support and a lengthened exposure to the culture of recovery.

No such database of recovery residences currently exists, making it difficult for Illinois residents to find necessary resources to aid in their recovery. The online registry of recovery residences will serve as a referral resource for individuals seeking continued recovery assistance.

Representative Andersson commended DHS for suggesting the bill, as it will greatly help individuals and their families easily access all the information they need in one place. While presenting the bill in the House, Representative Andersson called these recovery residences “a critical and key component to an individual’s recovery from substance abuse.” Further, Andersson believes it is vital that people are aware of the resources in Illinois that are available to them in their recovery.

The bill passed unanimously out of committee and also garnered a unanimous vote in the House to move forward for further consideration in the Senate.
The Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, presented as SJRCA 4, was ratified this week by the Illinois Senate. Originally introduced in Congress in 1923, the Amendment provides that the equality of rights will not be denied by the United States or any state on account of sex.

Today, the Amendment is currently awaiting further consideration in the House of Representatives, and State Representative Steve Andersson (R-Geneva) became the first chief-co sponsor of the initiative in the House.

Andersson has supported the Amendment in the past, and was eager to sponsor its current movement in the House. “This is a long time coming, and I am excited to help garner the necessary support for this to become a reality in our state,” said Andersson.

The Amendment has been presented in the House in years prior, where both the House and Senate have each voted in favor of it, but the Amendment has yet to clear both chambers in the same year.

For passage as a constitutional amendment, 71 votes are required instead of the usual 60 votes needed for legislation. If it does get the necessary votes, Illinois would become the 37th state to ratify the Amendment.
State Representative Steve Andersson was recently featured in the House Republican Caucus Podcast, "Have All Voted Who Wish." The podcast series gives insight into legislators thoughts on state issues, but also a look into their interests outside of government.

Click below to listen to Rep. Andersson's thoughts on transparency in state government, mental health issues, clean energy, and more!

The City of St. Charles is warning residents of a current phone call scheme that is targeting area residents.

The St. Charles Utility Billing Office has received reports from local residents who have received phone calls from people claiming to be representatives of the city. In the calls these scammers demand immediate payment for utility bills. Callers have also been known to leave voicemails stating, “Electric bill is overdue, here’s your reference number. You need to call immediately.”

The phone numbers used by the scammers show up on Caller ID as “City of St. Charles,” but City Spokesperson Lisa Garhan has confirmed that this is a hoax. Garhan has reassured that residents are never asked for immediate payment over the phone for such bills.

St. Charles residents should be aware that this is a scheme to get your credit card information. If you do receive a phone call as described, DO NOT call back the number provided and do not give any personal information over the phone.

St. Charles city officials have noted their willingness to work with residents, should they have concerns or further questions on this issue. Residents are also encouraged to contact the St. Charles Police Department to report phone calls of this nature at, 630-377-4435.

 At the start of the New Year, 200 new laws will take effect in Illinois. 

Click below to look through the following compiled list of the new laws in Illinois starting January 1st.