State Representative Steve Andersson (R-Geneva) has been named to a bipartisan violence prevention task force that will study violence in schools and communities, and work with mental health professionals to find ways to keep children who suffer from mental illness from slipping through the cracks.

“We live in an unfortunate age where schools and communities gain notoriety not through the good deeds being done, but by violent acts that have resulted in senseless deaths,” said Andersson. “Sandy Hook and Columbine are forever etched in our memories as places where unspeakable tragedies have occurred.”

Andersson pointed to the case of 20-year-old Adam Lanza, the gunman of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, as an example of a troubled young man with a history of mental health issues, who committed horrific acts of violence at a place where children and adults should have been able to feel safe.

“All families should be able expect a level of safety and security in their communities and schools,” said Andersson. “I look forward to working with the other Representatives who have been named to this task force so we can find ways to provide those who suffer from mental or emotional problems with help and support so that violence can be prevented in the future.”

The task force will hold its first meeting next week on Monday, February 23, at 11:00 AM in Chicago. The group, which will be chaired by State Representative Greg Harris (D-Chicago), will study the State of Connecticut’s report on Lanza and determine what proactive steps the state of Illinois can take to help prevent a similar tragedy from occurring in Illinois.
In response to Governor Bruce Rauner’s 2015 Budget Address today, State Representative Steve Andersson has issued the following statement:

“The proposals included in the Governor’s speech today were difficult to hear, but they represent an honest assessment and plan of action for what needs to happen if we are to turn things around in Illinois. The budgetary challenges we face are immense, and it was good to see our Governor acknowledge them and address them,” said Andersson.

“While reducing spending in many areas, this budget blueprint preserves and increases spending in key government service areas like public safety and education, while also providing for our most vulnerable citizens. I look forward to working with Governor Rauner over the next several months to create a balanced budget that adheres to his goal of putting Illinois on a fiscally-responsible path.”
Following Governor Bruce Rauner's State of the State Address yesterday, State Rep. Steve Andersson (R-Geneva) spoke on camera about the Governor's call for bipartisanship and cooperation.

In response to Governor Bruce Rauner’s State of the State Address on Wednesday, State Representative Steve Andersson (R-Geneva) has issued the following statement:

“Today’s speech was a somber look at the many issues that must be addressed over the next several years, and I applaud the Governor for presenting a truthful account of our fiscal situation. I appreciate his honest assessment.

“I was pleased to hear the Governor state that the consolidation of units of government is a priority. DuPage County is a success story for how consolidation can save taxpayers millions, and I look forward to that program serving as a statewide model.

“I fully support the Governor’s calls for term limits and for the consolidation of the Treasurer’s Office and the Comptroller’s Office. We can honor the late Judy Baar Topinka by making her vision for a combined office a reality.

“This speech marked a new starting point for cooperation between the General Assembly and the Governor’s office. I look forward to the respectful exchange of ideas that our Governor will foster with members of both parties and in the House and Senate.”
A small business owner for 24 years before being elected to the Illinois General Assembly, State Representative Steve Andersson (R-Geneva) will bring that expertise and perspective to the House Small Business Empowerment & Workforce Development Committee during the 99th General Assembly.

For the next two years, Andersson will join five Republican colleagues and seven Democrat lawmakers on the important committee. “I know first-hand how small businesses have been overburdened by government regulations and red tape,” said the freshman lawmaker. “I look forward to being an active participant in some healthy discussions about how we can become more supportive of the small business owners who represent the backbone of our Illinois economy.”

A lawyer by profession, Andersson will also lend his talents to a new House Judiciary-Civil Committee in Springfield. “I understand that in the past the Judiciary Committee heard bills from both the civil and criminal areas,” said Andersson. “I think splitting that committee into two separate panels will allow for more thorough discussions on key bills that affect our courts.”

During the 99th General Assembly, Andersson will also serve on the other following committees:
  • Appropriations-General Services
  • Cities & Villages
  • Transportation-Regulation, Roads & Bridges
  • Museums, Arts & Cultural Enhancement
  • Special Committee on Renewable Energy & Sustainability (new committee)
“I expect to see some very interesting legislation pass through these committees during the next two years, and I will appreciate having the opportunity to weigh in on them early in the bill consideration process,” Andersson said.