• 12/04/2015

    As many residents of our community will begin celebrating Chanukah next week, I reflect on how fortunate I am to be part of a community where we can share so many traditions and cultures with one another. It is part of what makes the holiday season so special. Please join me in wishing our friends, family, and neighbors who will be observing the holiday this year a Happy Chanukah.

  • 11/06/2015

    With Veterans Day coming up next week, I wanted to take a moment to recognize the enormous sacrifice our veterans and current military personnel have made to protect our country's freedom and to simply, but sincerely say, "Thank You."

  • 09/11/2015

    I would like to begin this week's newsletter by saying, "L'Shanah Tovah" to everyone celebrating the New Year beginning this Sunday evening. May your new year be sweet and may you be inscribed in the Book of Life for a healthy and happy year.

  • 08/21/2015

    It is back to school time! rn rnAs we begin the new school year, I wish all of the students of District 59 an engaging, instructive and safe start. Please remember our school zones, pedestrian crossings and buses will be once again be used on a daily basis. rnrnI look forward to seeing many of you as I visit classrooms and tour schools throughout the district this year.

  • 07/24/2015

    With the start of the state's new fiscal year on July 1, the most pressing issue is to get a budget resolution that both parties will pass and the governor will sign.

  • 07/10/2015

    Yesterday, I helped advance an essential services budget plan that would allow our state to preserve some of its most important functions as extended budget negotiations continue.

  • 05/22/2015

    As we begin Memorial Day weekend, please join me in honoring all members of the armed services; both those who have served and those who currently serve, as well as their families, for the sacrifices they have made and are making for our country. The commitment made by each soldier in defense of our freedom is one I am so thankful for every day, and especially on Memorial Day.

    As you enjoy a safe and extended weekend with your family and friends, I hope you will also join me in remembering the men and women who have given their lives in service of our country.

  • 05/15/2015

    Today, I voted to freeze property taxes when the House debated and voted upon Floor Amendment #1 to House Bill 695, which was crafted from proposals in Gov. Bruce Rauner's Turnaround Agenda. The legislation called for a permanent statewide property tax freeze for all units of local government in order to provide suburban homeowners with immediate relief from skyrocketing property taxes.

  • 05/09/2015

    I'd like to wish all mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, aunts and guardians a very Happy Mother's Day. It is an important job to raise children in a kind, loving and instructive manner. Thank you for what you do and may you enjoy this day in your honor.

  • 05/01/2015

    As of today, my full-time constituent service office has moved to a new convenient location within our community. If you are seeking assistance or want to stop by to share your opinion on a state issue, you can now find us on the second floor of the Vernon Hills Park District's Laschen Center, located at 294 Evergreen Drive in Vernon Hills. Of course, you can still communicate with me via email at or by phone at 847-478-9909 at any time.

  • 04/25/2015

    This week, I co-hosted a bipartisan dinner for freshmen legislators that was a huge success. This is an activity I initiated because of all the questions I had when I came to Springfield and sought a more collegial atmosphere, where new members could ask these questions and discuss effective ways to represent their constituents. While both parties do some training of members early in session, we have found that there is an important need for continual education. Our goal with these dinners is to mentor the new legislators, share some of our "pearls of wisdom" and most importantly, encourage w

  • 04/17/2015

    It has been another interesting week in Springfield, as bills have started to gain momentum in the House/Senate due to the rapidly approaching deadlines. Budget committees have also begun meeting in small working groups to review appropriation requests line-by-line and develop a budget for Fiscal Year 2016, which begins on July 1, 2015.

  • 04/03/2015

    As today is Good Friday, tonight begins Passover and Sunday is Easter, finding the right wishes to cover all of these days, some of which are filled with sadness, trepidation, hope and joyous celebration, is challenging. So I will wish you a reflective time observing each of these days and a wonderful time with family as you share the meaning of Passover and Easter.

  • 03/27/2015

    As of this afternoon, my brand new constituent service website is live and can be accessed by visiting Please take a moment to explore the site and learn more about some of the work I have been doing in Springfield. Make sure to check back often, as this will be regularly updated with upcoming events, press releases, photos, media coverage and more.