Without an evidence based school funding reform bill signed into law, schools state-wide will not get funding, putting many in jeopardy of opening on time for the upcoming school year. State Rep. Steve Andersson recently appeared on Chicago Tonight to discuss the bill at hand, SB1. 

Andersson does not support the legislation in its current form, due to the skewed direction of funds favoring one school district over all the rest in Illinois. Under SB1, the state would cover Chicago Public Schools pension costs, which amounts to $215 million this year. In addition there are other costs built into the formula that benefit CPS at the expense of other school districts-like the $250 million block grant they would receive every year.

Andersson encouraged continued bipartisan work towards a fair solution for all Illinois’ schools. The underlying funding formula in the bill did have wide support in the House, and there are good, agreeable aspects of the original legislation. While the bill passed in both chambers of the General Assembly in May, it is unable to move forward due to a procedural quirk, inhibiting any further action. Andersson urged for the bill’s release so that further discussions can move forward. Until it is sent to the Governor for further consideration, nothing more can be done.

Lawmakers were called into Special Session by Governor Rauner to encourage action and a resolution to school funding, and are scheduled to be in Springfield until Monday.

State Representative Steve Andersson and State Senator Karen McConnaughay are hosting their second annual paper shredding event.

The event will be held on July 29th at the Sun City Del Webb in Huntley, 12980 Del Webb Blvd, (The Fountain View Center) from 9am to noon.

“With identity theft and fraud on the rise, properly destroying personal documents in a safe and secure way is necessary to protecting your identity,” said Andersson.   “One easy way we can help keep our information secure is by discarding it properly. This is a hugely popular event that makes it easy for residents to shred all their papers, and I am looking forward to meeting residents in the process.”

Last year’s event drew over 300 area residents, and the lawmakers believe this year’s crowd will be even bigger.  All area residents are encouraged to attend the free event, and bring up to 2 bags of important documents and papers that need to be properly shredded and destroyed. 

For questions about the event, please contact Rep. Andersson's district office at (630) 457-5460.
Governor Bruce Rauner recently issued a state disaster proclamation for Lake, McHenry, and Kane Counties due to severe flooding. The state has already helped issue the delivery of 350,000 sandbags to area residents and more to an Illinois Department of Transportation yard in northern Illinois for further distribution.

In addition to activating further emergency operation plans, the disaster proclamation makes a wide variety of state resources available to residents such as sandbags, plastic, pumps and trucks.  Services from the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, and other non-profit organizations are also available, including shelters, and flood clean-up kits.  Please contact your county emergency management agency (EMA) to see if other types of assistance are available in your area.

After the Flood FAQ:
  • If you are still in need of sandbags, first check your local municipality. 
  • Contact your county Emergency Management Agency (EMA) to report damage to your home:
  • If you have flood insurance, contact your insurance company to report your damage. 
  • Even if you don’t have flood insurance, you should still contact your insurance company to ensure all potential assistance has been sought. 
  • Take pictures of the damage and make a list of any possessions damaged or destroyed. 
  • Keep receipts for costs incurred during the flood, such as receipts for hotels, clean-up, replacement and repair. 
  • Click here to read the full details of the state disaster proclamation and for more helpful information. 

For further questions or help call Rep. Andersson’s district office at (630) 457-5460.
The House of Representatives today voted to override Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto of the state budget, which was passed by lawmakers in Springfield earlier this week.

Between the state’s backlog of bills and growing pension debt, Moody’s Investors Service revealed that a credit downgrade would still be possible even with the proposed budget’s tax hike. Yet, without a budget, the credit downgrade to junk status is imminent. It is for this reason that Rep. Andersson (R-Geneva) voted in favor of the override.

“My decision today rests on the difference between ‘might’ and ‘will.’ If we don’t vote to override the Governor’s veto, the state will fail. If we vote to override, we might still be downgraded, but it is the far better option of the two,” said Andersson.

Andersson acknowledged the looming disaster should the budget bill not be agreed upon, stating that too many Illinois residents have suffered for far too long during the near three year impasse.

In his vote today, Andersson said he chose “survival for the State of Illinois, so that we can continue to move forward together and keep negotiations going toward further reform measures.” Rep. Andersson is committed to continue working to improve Illinois, and believes that bipartisanship is the key to more reform to do so.

The budget impasse has ended with the budget bills gaining enough votes to override the Governor’s veto in the House.