The Illinois House of Representative approved a historic school funding reform bill, which will more adequately fund school districts state-wide. 

The legislation, SB1947, utilizes the Evidence Based Model as the funding formula to distribute funds to all 852 school districts in the state.  Under this model, funding is given to the neediest school districts first—those that are the furthest away from their adequacy target.  No school district loses any money under this model, and it prioritizes funding for the state’s most impoverished schools and students.

The minimum funding level remains at $350 million per year, yet it will eventually be split to include $300 million for the tier funding system and $50 million to fund a property tax relief pool, which will help lessen the property tax burden at the local level for high-taxes, low-wealth school districts.  The adequacy target for each school helps determine funding, and assesses the social and educational needs of each student.

SB1947 is different from previously discussed school funding legislation—SB1—in that it removes the Chicago Public School’s pension costs from the school funding formula and instead appropriates this through the pension code.

State Representative Steve Andersson supported the legislation.  “Coming to a bipartisan agreement is never easy,” said Andersson. “This agreement was a true compromise and is a win for everybody, especially for the future of our children in Illinois who will have better educational opportunities under this plan.”

There is also significant mandate and property tax relief included in SB1947, which gives more local control to school boards to decide the requirements for physical education, driver’s education, and property tax referendums.  A private school scholarship tax credit is also included, that is donor based and designates $100 million for a scholarship program with a 75% tax credit for all donors. 

The bill passed the House with bipartisan support, and 73 members voting in favor of the measure. 
Governor Bruce Rauner recently signed into law SB1783 that extends the River Edge Tax Credit.

This historic tax credit gives a 25 percent rebate of state taxes to developers who renovate historic structures. The communities of Aurora, Peoria, Rockford, Elgin and East St. Louis are eligible for the program.

The bill had large bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. State Representative Steve Andersson serves as co-chair of the historic preservation caucus, and was a co-sponsor of the initiative.

“This credit is important as it makes historic preservation possible, much of which is costly especially in terms of redevelopment,” said Andersson. “Preserving the historic aspects of Illinois is integral to our community’s history and the larger history of our state, and this is a great step to making this continue to be possible.”

Not only does the program serve to preserve history, but has also worked to spur economic development in the state through the designated communities.

The program initially began in 2011, but the current bill that was signed will continue the program through 2021.
When our state was on the brink of a financial cliff of such enormity that we would not recover for decades, I came to the same conclusion as many of my colleagues, that the cost of inaction outweighed the cost of compromise.

I, along with a 14 other Republicans, rose up and joined rank and file Democrats in an effort to end the impasse. Due to the partisan infighting, the clock had run out and time was up despite two and a half years of negotiations, there was no viable deal that could be passed in time to save our state from disaster. We could no longer watch while our state burned without a budget for the longest time of any state in U.S. history.

As a result of the vote, we brought the state back from the fiscal edge and passed a balanced budget - the first in decades, while continuing the fight to build on the many reforms we did achieve. These significant reforms include procurement reform, government consolidation initiatives and criminal justice reform. We lived to fight another day and saved the state from financial collapse.

I am proud of the work I have done during my tenure, such as passing legislation giving voters the right to dissolve local governments; being a staunch advocate from the beginning for the future energy jobs bill; insuring children get screened for social emotional learning issues at an early age, making local government and our courts run more efficiently and for honoring our Gold Star Families with their own day each year. Moving forward, I will continue to fight, and I will continue to lead, with the same Republican values I have held to for 40 years. Values entrenched in the notion of living within our means, honoring our commitments, building strong businesses, ensuring equality for all, valuing human life, and delivering a sustainable government. In addition, I will also fight for those who have the least voice: the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled, those afflicted with substance abuse and other issues.

That said, our politics are changing. Even within the time, I have served in Springfield, the temperament of my party has shifted, and the Republican Party values I grew up with seem to be increasingly absent or changing. At this point, I believe that my advocacy will be stronger outside the chamber than within. There are others who are better suited to the current partisan politics of this chamber. At the end of this term I’ll be stepping aside to afford that opportunity to another individual.

I'd like to thank the incredible outpouring of support from both within the district and across the state for my work to bring an end to the budget impasse. It has been truly humbling. It has been an honor to serve the people of 65th district and the realization of a lifelong dream. Thank you.
State Representative Steve Andersson (R-Geneva) recently hosted a successful senior fair at the Baker Community Center in St. Charles.

The event brought over 30 vendors together to provide essential information on services available to local senior citizens in the 65th District community.

Representative Andersson was on hand at the event to help guide seniors to services they can utilize, from state and local government to health and wellness organizations. He was also able to discuss important state issues with attendees, and enjoyed hearing constructive feedback from local constituents on the state budget, and much more. “This event was a huge success,” said Andersson. “Any time I can help bring a necessary service conveniently to residents, while listening and engaging with them in the process is extremely beneficial.”

This is the first year Rep. Andersson has hosted a senior fair in the community, but with the large turnout, the Representative is looking forward to hosting more events like this in the future. If you were unable to attend and are in need assistance or information about available senior services, contact Rep. Andersson’s District Office at (630) 457-5460.

State Representative Steve Andersson will be hosting a senior fair for area residents to learn more about services available to them in the community.

The event will be held on Thursday August 10th, from 10am-noon, at the Baker Community Center in St. Charles, 101 S. 2nd Street.

The event will bring together resources from state, county and local government agencies, non-profit organizations, and health and wellness groups to provide all the necessary information that seniors need to continue living healthy, active lives.

This is the first time Rep. Andersson is hosting this event, but it is one he felt was important to bring to seniors in the area. “Making sure our seniors have all the tools and resources they need to help improve and enhance their lives is important, and bringing all these together in one place is a small step I can make to help,” said Andersson.

The event is free and open to the public, and the Representative encourages seniors in the area to attend to learn more from the various vendors.

For questions about the event, contact Rep. Andersson’s district office at (630) 457-5460.

Identity theft and fraud have been on the rise poising a continual threat to area residents daily.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, identity theft continually is ranked the top consumer complaints throughout the United States, and has remained so for over a decade. In fact, the amount of stolen data within the medical field has more than quadrupled. There have been 2.32 million victims of medical identity theft thus far, with over 500,000 cases being reported last year alone. This number represents more data breaches than any other sector, and only continues to rise over time.

With the amount of fraud in the world today, it is extremely important to protect your information, including personal papers or statements with medical or insurance information. There are important steps you can take to ensure your identity is protected. Adam Levin, longtime consumers advocate and identity fraud expert, has touted the three “M’s” of identity theft management: Minimize Risk, Monitor Your Identity, and Manage the Damage.

Here are some helpful tips to do so…
  • Check your bank and credit card statements routinely
  • Properly discard any paper documents with personal information
  • Sign up for free alerts from banks, credit unions, or your credit card company
  • Watch your medical Insurance benefits to make sure they aren’t fraudulently used by others
  • Report any suspicious activity
Attorney General Lisa Madigan created an Identity Theft Hotline for Illinois residents. If you have been the victim of identity theft or believe your personal or financial information may have been compromised, please call the toll free number to report it: 1-866-999-5630.

Shredding paper documents that contain personal information is the best way to ensure identities cannot be stolen or personal information fraudulently used.  Representative Steve Andersson recently hosted a paper shredding event to help area residents discard such papers.  Andersson’s shred event serviced over 260 residents by shredding more than 6,000 pounds of paper.  This was his second annual paper shredding event, and it continues to be a huge success!

With additional questions or concerns on how to best protect your information, feel free to contact Rep. Andersson’s district office at (630) 457-5460.