State Representative Steve Andersson concluded his third annual summer reading program with a celebratory party to honor the students in his district who participated. The program drew students from 23 different schools in Rep. Andersson’s 65th District, who all read at least ten books over their summer vacation. 

Rep. Andersson’s summer reading program has continued to grow every year, and this year’s program, “Super Readers Wanted,” drew the largest number of participants yet.

The Representative enjoyed meeting all the Super Readers at the party, and hearing about their favorite books. Amongst the participants, a total of 440 books were read throughout the summer. The most popular book was The Diary of a Whimpy Kid.
Rep. Andersson was able to read a book to all Super Readers at the party, discuss various super heroes, and the potential super powers desired by this group of readers. Special certificates were also awarded to those who completed the reading program. Don Bothwell, a magician and balloon sculptor, was on hand at the event to provide entertainment, especially impressive balloon designs that were enjoyed by all!

The reading program has been largely successful over the years, and is something the Representative looks forward to sponsoring again in the future!

Equifax is an Atlanta based credit-rating agency that collects personal and financial data on 820 million consumers worldwide. A security breach to their systems was discovered on July 29th, exposing sensitive information belonging to 143 million American consumers. This information includes social security numbers, birthdays, addresses, and even driver’s license numbers. The breach is extremely concerning due to the scope and scale—making it the largest and potentially most costly breach to consumers.

For Illinois, It has been determined that 5.4 million Illinois residents have been affected by the breach. This means their information is vulnerable to identity theft and fraud. Credit reporting agencies work differently from other data companies, so even if you have never dealt with Equifax, their servers could still have your data.

Equifax noted that 209,000 credit card numbers were exposed in the breach, including consumers in Canada and the United Kingdom. It is important to stay alert, and monitor your credit card statement. The company has said it will mail notices to those who may have had their credit card numbers exposed.

Information on the breach still continues to unfold, with lawmakers at all levels seeking information and answers from Equifax. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan recently announced she has opened an investigation into the recent security breach, and has called on Equifax to provide free credit freezes to all Illinois residents.

With questions on the data breach, you can contact Equifax at 866-447-7559, or the Illinois Attorney General’s Identity Theft Hotline at 1 (866) 999-5630.

Equifax has set up a website on the security breach, where you can check to see if you were affected, along with any security updates:


Contact Representative Andersson’s District Office with any additional questions or concerns at (630) 457-5460.

State Representative Steve Andersson had three of his bills recently signed into law.

The first bill, HB799, is now Public Act 100-0473, and provides for advance notice of road detours. It calls for the Department of Transportation and local government agencies to post notice of highway detour locations on their respective websites no later than 10 days before a detour becomes active. This bill will help Illinois residents know before they travel of any detours—so it is clear when and where they will occur. Previously, the state could close any portion of the highway temporarily for road construction, repair, or improvements as long as there was a sufficient detour. This law will now enforce advance notice for any such road deters, allowing residents to easily find information and plan their travel accordingly.

HB2516 is now Public Act 100-0478. It provides a separate award for an adult dependent child of at least $5,000. This bill was an initiative of the Illinois State Bar Association, who found the current law as it relates to adult disabled children to be outdated. Andersson’s bill helps preserve the integrity of the estate for all heirs and beneficiaries, so that the needs of adult disabled children can be adequately covered.

HB2820, is now Public Act 100-0488, and provides uniform regulations for farmers market vendors throughout the state. This bill addressed several challenges facing farmer’s market vendors, as there were different rules and guidelines throughout Illinois. This bill now makes all regulations consistent, transparent, and uniform throughout the state as it pertains to health and safety at local farmer’s markets.

All three measures were signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner on September 8th.
State Representative Steve Andersson recently sponsored a healthy families fun fair in conjunction with Advocate Good Sherman Hospital and the Gail Borden Public Library.

The free public event provided area residents with information on health, wellness, and nutrition—as well as resources from state and local government.

The State Treasurer’s office was in attendance to provide assistance with their I-Cash program, which helps Illinois residents claim money. The Illinois’ Treasurers office currently has $2.5 billion in recovered cash belonging to millions of Illinois residents—but at the health fair several residents were able to discover what they had claims to and how to recover it. “Having the treasurer’s office at this event and seeing people have the opportunity to get help on the spot to claim their money was so beneficial, and a resource many didn’t know of prior to the event,” said Rep. Andersson.

Another popular exhibit at the fair was presented by the University of Illinois Extension. They brought monarch butterflies so children could learn and see the stages of becoming a butterfly, while also learning about gardening and healthy eating. Rep. Andersson was a co-sponsor of a bill this year in the House of Representatives that made milkweed the official state wildflower for Illinois. Milkweed is the only food source monarch butterflies feed on during their caterpillar stage of life, which was also demonstrated through the exhibit.

This is the fourth annual health fair that Advocate has hosted, but the first time Representative Andersson has sponsored the event, which welcomed over 150 residents.
ELGIN, IL - Advocate Sherman Hospital and State Representative Steven Andersson’s office will host the 4th annual Healthy Families Fun Fair on Thursday, September 7th, from 5 to 7pm, at the Gail Borden Public Library, 270 North Grove Avenue in Elgin.

The fair will include free educational activities about health and wellness for the whole family, with information provided in both English and Spanish.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about healthy cooking with Jeff Turner, from In the Neighborhood Deli, family group exercises and backpack safety, take short health risk assessments, and meet Advocate Sherman Hospital physicians, dietitians and other health care providers.

“I am excited to be a part of this great event that presents the best opportunity for residents to have access to the necessary resources for health, wellness, safety, and much more,” shares State Representative Steve Andersson. “I am looking forward to meeting residents to also help with any state issues or concerns they may have.”

New this year will be Advocate Children Hospital’s health resource center, the Illinois State Attorney General’s cyber bullying information, and the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office sharing how to claim unclaimed money.

Other organizations participating will be Centro de Informacion, Elgin Fresh Market, Food for Greater Elgin, Gail Borden Public Library, Greater Elgin Family Care Center, Kane County Health Department, and the University of Illinois Kane County Master Gardeners.

For questions, feel free to contact Rep. Andersson's district office at (630) 457-5460.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the State of Illinois has helped aid relief efforts to help those in need in the Texas areas suffering from flood damage.

Governor Bruce Rauner has mobilized the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to coordinate Illinois’ disaster-response infrastructure with those of Louisiana and Texas. The Illinois Red Cross has also contributed resources to give support to the areas affected; sending volunteers into the disaster zone to help get shelters set up and deliver necessary supplies and resources.

This is the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2004. The effects have been devastating, causing extensive damage to the Houston area’s infrastructure, much of which requires immediate maintenance and repair. ComEd has deployed an electrical repair team from Illinois of about 50 trucks to assist recovery efforts—and get power back to the city. Countless other businesses and non-profit organizations from Illinois have also stepped up to help relief, and you can find more ways you can help such efforts here.

The Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, and County Judge Ed Emmett, have established a relief fund to collect donations for those affected by the storm. The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund will collect donations for victims affected by the recent floods, and is housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501©3 public charity. You can find more information on it here.