Willis’ Summer Recap

NORTHLAKE, Ill. – Summer is just about over. The kids are back and school. Where did the time go? We sure had a busy summer.

We started the summer discussing consumer and senior fraud and scams by hosting two meetings-one in Northlake and one in Addison. The Illinois Attorney General office and the Department of Aging discussed ways to protect yourself against the various scams targeting senior citizens.

We held three tax bill workshops to assist residents in filling tax appeals in Leyden and Proviso Townships and understanding the tax process in Addison Township. We had over 300 households attend these workshops.

Two of my bills were signed by the Governor and became law. The first HB4486 allows caregivers under the supervision of a registered nurse to administer insulin and other lifesaving medication injections to developmentally disabled residents in group home settings. This allows the individuals more flexibility in their living arrangements. The second bill HB5868 requires that alternative nicotine products (e-cigs) must be sold from behind counters or in an age restricted area.

I also spent the summer marching in various community parades and visiting local festivals and events.

I was fortunate to have a couple of high school interns that worked with me this summer as we knocked on neighbors doors to check in and discuss top issues facing our residents. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did. It was a great way for them to get community service hours for school and be involved in the community at the same time.

We held satellite office hours in Bensenville and a town hall meeting in Northlake in order to update people on the happenings last spring in the state and to answer questions for those who we missed at the doors. We will be hosting a workshop on September 6th at Triton College for homeowners struggling with possible foreclosure. We want to make available to you the various programs that are reputable to help you. We will be holding a community advisory meeting on education on September 17th, at 4:30pm at my office. We will discuss the needs of the education community and how the state can help. This is one of the advisory groups I host.

Finally we are planning a job fair later in the fall regarding state job opportunities. The State of Illinois is one of the biggest employers in our area. This fair will explain the application process and highlight jobs available. Details on date and locations will be posted on my website soon.

I will be returning to Springfield mid-November but hope to see you or talk to you before then. As always I am happy to hear from you and encourage you to reach out to me to discuss anything whether it is local or state issues or an idea for new legislation. The doors to my office are always open.