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Representative Steve Andersson was recently named to the Behavioral Health Prison Diversion Commission. The appointment is effective immediately, and Andersson will join with other legislators on the Commission to gather information and identify areas in the criminal justice system that are able to handle persons with behavioral health disorders like mental illness, substance use disorders, and intellectual disabilities. The Commission will work towards producing a comprehensive report for the General Assembly by February of 2016. The Commission’s report will detail a plan of action plan to improve the state’s efforts for persons with behavioral health disorders, and areas of the state to expand the use of effective pre-booking and post-booking options, in addition to a performance monitoring process.

Andersson is looking forward to working on this new commission, “I appreciate Leader Durkin appointing me to this Commission and am ready to get to work, and help contribute to more effective and productive solutions for persons with behavioral health disorders in Illinois.”

The Commission was created by HJR 53, and will dissolve after a full report is given to the General Assembly in February 2016.
Representative Steve Andersson is conducting a food drive to collect non-perishable items for the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Since September is Hunger Action Month, Representative Andersson wanted to help out, and encourage others to contribute to the cause as well.

“Last month I was able to visit the Food Bank, and see first-hand the effort and resources being utilized to fight hunger in our communities. Their operation provided over 57 million meals last year to those in need. I am eager to continue contributing to that number and help in any way I can to fight hunger not only through September but throughout the year.”

Andersson is collecting items at his district office, 127 S. First Street in Geneva, and will drop off donations at the Food Bank as needed. To find out more about the Northern Illinois Food Bank and how you can further contribute, visit their website at www.solvehungertoday.com.

Representative Steve Andersson recently held an Identity Theft Seminar at the Huntley Public Library. The event was targeted towards senior citizens, who are often victim to consumer fraud scams and identity theft.

The event had a great turnout, and Andersson welcomed the group and invited them to reach out to him with any questions or concerns about theft and fraud. “The best thing we can do is to be proactive. I want to work to help educate and inform you, and put you in the best position to not be a victim of fraud and identity theft. With the help from the Attorney General’s office and our local police forces, we have the tools and knowledge to arm you with the best information to prevent scams and fraud from hurting you and your loved ones.”

Andersson’s event featured an expert from the Attorney General’s office, Skip Gonsoulin, who spoke in detail about how seniors can proactively protect themselves from fraud and scams, and also discussed the resources available should they fall victim to consumer fraud or identity theft. He noted that the number one scam across the country involves sweepstakes and lotteries. Other top consumer fraud issues involve car sales and auto repair shops. Should you ever have a question or need any assistance, it is important to know you can always reach out to the Attorney General’s office at 1-800-964-3013.

Officer Tim Heagney from the Huntley Police Department spoke about local scams happening in the community, to let our residents know of current fraud attempts happening in our neighborhoods. The most frequent complaint has been from people receiving phone calls from people claiming to be the IRS.

The event was extremely informative, and provided great information about how to best protect yourself. The overall advice stressed at the seminar was to protect your information: you are the first line of defense, so be extremely careful when giving away information unique to you.

If you were unable to attend Representative Andersson’s seminar, there is another opportunity to learn more about identity theft and fraud at another upcoming event with Representative Keith Wheeler next week: September 28th, 2015. To RSVP for this event, please call (630) 345-3464, and visit www.repkeithwheeler.com for more information!

Yesterday, Representative Steve Andersson held his summer reading party to celebrate all the students who successfully completed his summer reading program.

The students met Representative Andersson at Wise Guys Pizzeria in South Elgin to discuss their favorite books they read, and celebrate their accomplishments over pizza and cupcakes. Each student received a certificate from Representative Andersson, while Tricky the Magician provided the entertainment for the evening, and made sure to make a balloon animal for every student!

The students read a variety of books, and Andersson was pleased to see all the different interests of the students represented in their reading lists. “We had a great turn out, and it was amazing to see how excited the students were to participate in the program. Reading, and especially reading during the summer months, is so important to education and I hope to continue doing this program every year.”

Today, State Representative Steve Andersson met with a midwifery group made up of residents in the 65th district and outlying communities. The group met to discuss possible legislation that would help them increase access to home births in Illinois, and work to make certified professional midwifes an official licensure. The group sought him out to explain their pursuit of legislation to help their cause.

The midwifery group recognized the need to balance both consumer needs and medical requirements. Above all, they believe that mothers should have options in terms of birth, and that mothers deserve the right to decide where they give birth whether it is at a hospital or at home.

Andersson is open to their ideas, and wanted to gain as much knowledge as he could from the group before further pursing action. He said, “there is convincing data as well as driving principals that make this an interesting topic for legislation. I look forward to exploring this further.”
Representative Steve Andersson will be hosting an Identity Theft Seminar next week at the Huntley Public Library. The event is geared toward senior citizens, as these are the most at risk for identity theft, exploitation and fraud due to their ability to access retirement accounts and pensions. However, any interested residents are welcome to attend. 

The seminar will be an educational program, and will feature an identity theft expert from the Illinois Attorney General’s office who will teach senior citizens how to protect their personal information from scammers, and the proper steps to take if your identity has been stolen.

The goal of this event is to educate seniors, and help them best protect themselves from con artists and deceptive business schemes.

“This program will help make sure our seniors, and any member of our community is protected and not taken advantage of,” said Andersson. “Sadly, there are scam-artists out there who are preying on the elderly, and the most vulnerable in our society. It is important to educate ourselves and be proactive against these types of people, and be aware of any scams happening in our community.”

The hour long program is set for Friday September 18th at the Huntley Public Library, 11000 Ruth Road, Huntley, IL and will be begin at 10:00am. The event is free and open to the public, but requires registration with Representative Andersson’s district office. To register for the event, please call (630) 457-5460.
State Representative Steve Andersson hosted a town hall meeting at the Sun City Huntley community. He gave a legislative update to almost 80 residents, and fielded many different questions about current issues facing Illinois. While the discussion centered on the state budget and concerns about the financial situation, Rep. Andersson made sure to answer every question posed from the audience.

Rep. Andersson enjoyed his visit, and the time he was able to spend getting to know constituents in the community, one that was recently named one of the best places to retire in the United States. “Hosting these town hall meetings is a great way to stay in touch with the community and get to know the real concerns my constituents have for their communities and the state as a whole. I hope to continue hosting these throughout the district to meet more residents and help keep them informed on happenings in Springfield.”


Representative Steve Andersson completed a leadership training program at the 21st Annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development. The program, called one of the premier leadership training programs in the nation, gives legislators in the region the opportunity to enhance their skills through a unique educational experience.

Founded in 1995, the institute gathers legislators from across the Midwest region, and Andersson was one of 35 legislators selected to complete the program. “This was an extremely valuable experience that not only stressed leadership skills but also public policy issues. I am eager to expand upon what I learned at the Bowhay Institute with my continued work in the Illinois General Assembly.”

The program is funded through various grants from foundations and corporate sponsors, and is held every year in partnership with the University of Wisconsin’s Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs. Overall, the Bowhay Institute was created to address the shortage of training available for state legislators with the goal of assisting and advancing state government.

Representative Andersson is pictured with State Rep. Evan Goyke from Wisconsin, one of his colleagues at the Institute.

 


Representative Steve Andersson recently visited the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva, a non-profit organization that collects donated food from manufacturers, local groceries, corporations, foundations, and individuals. On his visit, Rep. Andersson listened to a panel of leaders from suburban libraries, after school programs, and local food pantries, who explained the effect hunger has on local communities, and the ways that we can help fight hunger.

After the panel, Rep. Andersson took a tour of the food bank facility. He even spent time volunteering at the center to gain a better understanding of all the work behind the operation. Rep. Andersson was grateful for the opportunity, "It is amazing to see how many different organizations and institutions have taken their own initiative to help fight hunger in our communities. They have recognized that hunger is a problem, and have worked together with our Northern Food Bank to help solve it. Being able to see this facility and all the work behind it is inspiring-there are so many individuals coming together to donate food, funds, and time, and are truly committed to end hunger in Illinois."

The Northern Illinois Food Bank provided over 57 million meals last year to those in need. To find out more about how you can contribute, visit their website at www.solvehungertoday.com.