Every year Representative Andersson produces a Legislative Newsletter to give a summary of what was accomplished in the 65th District community, and in Springfield.

Click here to access the 2018 newsletter. 

State Representative Steve Andersson (R-Geneva) recently filed legislation to establish a security protocol for three-dimensional printers in public places. The bill, HB 5946, will require the State Police to create such a safety protocol for three-dimensional printers in public libraries, public elementary and secondary schools, community colleges, public universities and state agencies.

With plans now publicly available that make 3D printers capable of printing guns, the public access to these printers is a safety and security issue for public places like schools and libraries. Rep. Andersson filed the bill to make sure that safety is a priority, especially due to recent school shootings. 

“It has always been my position that a focus needs to be on controlling access to guns by criminals and the mentally ill. Without security protocols in place, we will have no check on access to weapons by those who, most agree, should not have them.” said Andersson. “I want to make sure that our schools don’t become weapons manufacturers,” said Andersson. “This bill is the result of bipartisan collaboration, and presents a proactive approach to safety. By establishing a clear protocol, we can prevent guns from being produced and used in our schools.”

We should never wake up to a headline that reads “University student shot by gun made on university printer—no security in place.”

The bill calls for the Illinois State Police to develop a state-wide security protocol for these printers by January 1st, 2019. Such a protocol would then be implemented by July 1st, 2019.

HB 5946 was filed earlier this month and could be addressed in the House of Representatives during veto session starting November 13th.
HB4594 was signed into law by Governor Rauner, which updates the State’s system of criminal court fees to make the fee structure for criminal and civil court cases more manageable.

Representative Andersson (R-Geneva) sponsored the bill to make the necessary changes to improve our criminal justice system. HB4594 makes three important changes to the fee structure: it makes all fees consolidated to unified schedules, it realigns fees so that they comply with the Illinois Constitution, and it allows for waivers for low income individuals who are unable to pay such fines.

“It is a complete rewrite of how fees are assessed in all state courts in Illinois,” said Andersson. “In recent years we have built the court system on the backs of litigants in court. It was so out of control that the fees were often far more than the actual fines. This is about true justice and we just made a huge difference in that.”

Andersson has worked on this legislation since he began his tenure in the House. Through his collaboration with retired State Representative Elaine Nektritz, as well as the Illinois Farm Bureau, the Illinois Trucking Association, social service agencies, the Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois State Police, the legislation has received wide support.

Due to the complex nature of the legislation, a sunset clause was included that will allow the issue to be reassessed in 2020 to ensure the changes made are making the proper impact.
(Springfield, IL) - The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) released its 2018 Environmental Scorecard this week. Representative Steve Andersson has been honored with a perfect voting record. A total of 61 state representatives received an award for their voting record during the 2018 legislative session. 

“Representative Steve Andersson demonstrated a commitment to environmental issues in Springfield this session,” said IEC Executive Director Jen Walling.

The 2018 Environmental Scorecard included numerous legislative measures. Specific priorities from the Scorecard include:

SB2298: Industrial Hemp Act

○ This bill brings new opportunities to farmers as well as benefits to soil by opening new initiatives for sustainable agriculture.

SB2773: Renewable Energy Financing

○ This measure enhances the property-assessed clean energy (PACE) program by allowing Illinois to help communities access fund for clean energy projects.

HB4790: Use of Compost

o This legislation increases the use of compost in transportation projects and helps create a market for compost use in Illinois.

“Representative Steve Andersson voted 100% of the time with the environmental community on nine pieces of key legislation,” added Walling. “The IEC is honored by Representative Andersson’s dedication to Illinois’ environment and we look forward to working together in the future.”

IEC releases its scorecard in August of each year.
Special thanks to ComEd for sponsoring
this year's Shred Event!
State Representative Steve Andersson held a successful paper shredding event over the weekend at the Carillon Community in Pingree Grove.

Rep. Andersson has hosted an annual paper shredding event for his constituents to help prevent residents’ personal information from being stolen and used for fraud or identity theft.

The event drew a crowd of area residents, who dropped off documents to be safely shredded and discarded on site.

“Residents were grateful to have the opportunity to access such a necessary service, and I was happy to provide them with it in a convenient manner,” said Andersson. “This event is the best opportunity to help people recycle while providing 100 percent peace of mind that their personal documents are securely shredded.”

If you are concerned about identity theft and feel your information has been compromised, the Illinois Attorney General has created an identity theft hotline. You can call the hotline number, or visit the website for more information on identity theft in Illinois here.

The Illinois State Police Merit Board is currently processing applications for Cadet Class 129, tentatively scheduled for April, 2019. In order to be considered for Cadet Class 129, the Merit Board must receive a completed application and required documentation by August 15, 2018. 
You can apply online at: https://www.illinoistrooper.com.   

The Illinois State Police has fostered and served with a reputation for integrity, service and pride since its inception. Their functions include protecting life and property, enforcing both criminal laws and motor vehicle safety laws, responding to emergencies and disasters and providing a myriad of diverse specialized services to both the public and the criminal justice community.

To find out more about the recruitment process, you can access their recruitment video here.

State Representative Steven Andersson (R-Geneva) was recently named a joint-recipient of the 2018 Landmarks Illinois Richard Driehaus Preservation Award for Legislator of the Year, as well as the President’s Choice Award.

Rep. Andersson was recognized along with State Sens. Pamela Altoff and Steve Stadelman, and Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth. All four of these lawmakers have been champions of historic preservation and instrumental in helping to enact preservation legislation in the State of Illinois, most recently the new State Historic Tax Credit overwhelmingly approved by the legislature on May 31st. Governor Bruce Rauner signed the legislation into law on July 27, 2018, expanding the existing River Edge Redevelopment Zone and creating a statewide historic preservation tax credit for Illinois – a major accomplishment for the state and preservation community!

Representative Andersson is a co-chair of the Illinois Historic Preservation Legislative Caucus and has worked hard to advocate for historic preservation in his 65th district, and across Illinois.