Coffee Shop Stop - Sunday
Over the next few months, I will be voting on many crucial pieces of legislation that have been brought before the General Assembly. Before voting on these issues, it is important for me to hear from you, so that I am able to incorporate your concerns, ideas, and thoughts into the legislative process in order to be an effective public servant.
To accommodate requests for different meeting days and times, I will be holding this coffee on Sunday, February 24 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Starbucks located at 1665 N. Buffalo Road in Buffalo Grove. I’d like to meet you and hear your thoughts. So please come out.
In the Community
I had the pleasure of spending my morning on President’s Day at the Annual Library Legislative Day event with my friends from the Vernon Area (pictured in photo), Cook Memorial, Indian Trails, Fremont and Warren-Newport libraries who serve the constituents of District 59. At the event, I was able to learn about the numerous library initiatives that exist in our community, such as the “iRead Summer Reading Program” and also about the growing number of resources our libraries are working to offer us as we further advance into the digital age.
While I was in Springfield, my staff was able to reach out into the community to attend meetings for the Village of Riverwoods, the Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission, the College of Lake County - Southlake Advisory Committee, and the Illinois Association of Park Districts.
Our team appreciated the presentation by Ashley Ward on the Character Matters in Lake County program; which is a committee of the Lake County After School Coalition along with the Lake County Regional Office of Education. This program recognizes students and teachers who exemplify the six pillars of Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. We must all take a moment to notice young achievers, and thank our educators for all they do for our community.
My Recently Introduced Legislation
At one time, Illinois was a leader in handicapped accessibility of public buildings, but our code has not been updated since 1997. The federal government updated the Americans with Disabilities Act architectural guidelines in 2012. The State’s Capital Development Board is responsible for making the updates, and my measure, House Bill 1462 will set a timeframe for their effort. Once the updates to buildings are made, Illinois’ standards will meet or exceed federal guidelines. We have an obligation to ensure that all members of our community have the opportunity to be independent and self-sufficient.
Reminder: February 25th Public Meeting on House Bill 1205
You’re invited to my community meeting to discuss how we can prevent the occurrence of brain injuries from repeated head trauma in our athletes who play football from youth through high school age. At this meeting, we will gather input from parents, student-athletes, health care experts, athletic professionals, coaches, teachers, and other community members. I plan to incorporate feedback from this public meeting into my final bill language.
The event will be hosted on Monday, February 25, at Vernon Hills High School (145 Lake View Parkway in Vernon Hills) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
I hope that you can help me spread the word and notify friends and family members throughout our community so that we can make this event as inclusive as possible.
Please RSVP if you plan to attend by calling (847) 478-9909.
I've promoted this meeting extensively, including through radio, and if you haven't heard about it, please listen:
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