IL State Budget
Unfortunately, there has not been much progress with our state budget negotiations in the General Assembly, and the state continues to operate without a FY16 budget in place. At this point, we are reaching the third month without a spending plan for the fiscal year. While the House was back in Springfield last week, an overall spending plan or budget agreement was not discussed. One bill, Senate Bill 2046, was presented in the House for consideration, and although it moved on for further action on the floor, Governor Rauner has stated his intent to veto any piecemeal budget bills that would overspend anticipated revenues by billions of dollars. Senate Bill 2046, would do just that, and is a large appropriations bill that designates over $4 billion to various social services in the state.
ALERT: Secretary of State to End Mailed Vehicle Registration Renewal Reminders
Another important update regarding the budget comes from the Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White, who recently announced that due to the lack of a state budget, his office will be suspending the mailing out of vehicle registration renewal reminder notices. Those who want to continue receiving a reminder must sign-up to receive electronic reminder notices.
When making the announcement, White noted that suspending this service will save approximately $450,000 per month, and allows his office to prolong the mailing out of vehicle registration renewal stickers, titles and license plates to vehicle owners. According to White, unless a budget is approved, his postage account will be completely depleted in a few months.
I would encourage all residents to be aware of the date for renewal of their vehicle registrations, but to also sign-up for the email notifications without delay. The link to sign up is here https://www.ilsos.gov/greenmail. While those who receive emailed vehicle registration renewal notices will continue to have access to a pin number needed to renew their sticker online, those who do not sign up for the electronic alerts will now have to renew their vehicle stickers in person at a Secretary of State office. Please do not hesitate to contact my office with any questions or concerns.
Advisory Council Meeting
I am hosting the first meeting of my Advisory Council on October 15th in my district office, located at 127 S. First Street, Suite 204, in Geneva. I wanted to create an Advisory Council to gather constituents and discuss important issues affecting our community. The Council will be made up of several focus groups: Seniors, Veterans, Small Business, Economic Expansion, and Swedish-American. If you are interested in participating in the Advisory Council, please call my legislative aide, Michelle, at (630) 457-5460 to RSVP. I encourage all interested residents to join, and help inform me of the issues important to you.
The ABC’s of Medicare
Open Enrollment for Medicare begins October 15th and closes on December 7th. I am hosting a free community education event to help our residents better understand Medicare and answer any questions you may have. Two Medicare experts will be there to guide us through the Medicare maze, and I encourage all residents to come learn more! The event will be held on Friday, November 6th at the St. Charles Public Library from 2—4:00PM. Please contact my district office to RSVP for the event at (630) 457-5460.