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Today, a group of veterans in the 65th District gathered at the DuPage County Airport, where they were honored for their service. The ceremony and flight was made possible by The Holmstad Covenant Retirement Community, who brought veterans who reside in their community to the airport. The Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to “give back to those who have given,” helped coordinate the event with the Holmstad. 

The Foundation provides flights on a Boeing Stearman biplane, the same aircraft used to train many military aviators in the 1940’s. The group of veterans were extremely excited to have another opportunity to take a flight on an airplane similar to the ones they flew in during their time of service. However, due to weather constraints they were unable to take flight today. 
 
Representative Steve Andersson was a key note speaker at the event, and was extremely honored to be a part of such a special day. Andersson said, “Today, I am simply a grateful American. As a State Representative, I represent grateful Americans who do not have the honor of speaking to their heroes like I do today. It is my sincere hope that we can always remember the efforts of our veterans and their sacrifices for our freedom and live by them.”

In addition to his remarks, Representative Andersson further honored the veterans with certificates of recognition. The ceremony also included comments from the Mayor of Batavia, Jeff Schielke, and SFC Larry Orsborn. The Batavia and West Chicago Fire Departments also participated in the ceremony.
Yesterday, Representative Steve Andersson invited local residents, students, elected officials, family and friends to his office for an open house. 3rd and 5th Grade students from Williamsburg Elementary School in Geneva created a mural especially for the event featuring all the important land marks of Geneva and Kane County. The banner will continue to hang in Rep. Andersson’s district office where students and their families are welcome to visit and view.

Representative Andersson also gave a legislative update presentation to a standing room only crowd of over 100 citizens, where he discussed what was accomplished thus far in the General Assembly, and what still needs to be done. Representative Andersson was also able to present several certificates of recognition at the event to noteworthy constituents in the district.

The event was a success, and Rep. Andersson was extremely grateful for all those who came out to show their support. “I enjoyed meeting local residents in the district and hearing their concerns about local community issues. I want to thank everyone that came to show their support and listen to all that we have been working on in Springfield.”

Due to the success of this event, Rep. Andersson hopes to host more town hall gatherings to continue to keep the community and residents of the 65th District updated on legislation and action in the General Assembly.
Placing telemarketing calls to wireless phones is - and always has been - illegal in most cases.

Why the confusion about telemarketing to wireless phones?


Consumers report receiving emails saying they'll soon begin receive telemarketing calls on their wireless phones. The confusion seems to stem from discussions in the wireless phone industry about establishing a wireless 411 phone directory, much like your traditional (wired) 411 phone directory. A number of email campaigns seem to suggest that if your wireless telephone number is listed in a wireless 411 directory, it will be available to telemarketers, and you will start to receive sales calls. In addition, some of these email campaigns suggest that there is a separate do-not-call "cell phone registry," which you must call to have your wireless phone number covered by the do-not-call rules. This information is inaccurate.

The facts


Even if a wireless 411 directory is established, most telemarketing calls to wireless phones would still be illegal. For example, it is unlawful for any person to make any call (other than a call made for emergency purposes or made with express prior consent) using any automatic telephone dialing system or any artificial or prerecorded voice message to wireless numbers. This law applies regardless of whether the number is listed on the national Do-Not-Call list.

Read more here.