Lawmakers Return to Springfield for Fall Veto Session
After spending the last few months in our home districts, members of the House and Senate will return to Springfield next week from October 24-26 and then again from November 7-9 to take action on pieces of legislation that received either an amendatory (partial) or full veto during this year’s spring legislative session. During the veto session, legislators can agree with a full or partial veto, or we can override it. Not all bills that receive a gubernatorial veto are brought back for reconsideration. A full list of bills that may be brought back for reconsideration appears at the end of the newsletter. 

There are also some pieces of new legislation that may be considered during the six-day fall veto session, including HB 4114, a bill I am co-sponsoring which would create the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” HB 4114 was filed as a direct response to the recent signing of HB 40, which would force taxpayers to pay for abortion services for state employees and Medicaid recipients. HB 4114 is modeled after the federal Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funding for abortions, other than for abortions sought in connection with pregnancies that result from rape or incest, or that threaten the life of the mother.

Again, a full list of vetoed bills appears at the end of this newsletter. If you have an opinion about a bill that received a veto this year, please share your comments with me so I can keep your opinion in mind if the bill is brought to the floor of the House for reconsideration.

Representative Reick to Host Three More Mobile Office Hours Events in November and December
I’ve had a good response to my mobile office hours events and appreciate those individuals who have stopped by to share their opinions and suggestions about the State’s government. I have recently added three more events across the 63rd Legislative House District to make it easy for my constituents to have face-to-face conversations with me. My District Office Director joins me at these events and is available to help citizens with issues they are having with state agencies or departments. Find a location near you, and stop by and say hello!
  • Monday, November 6: Harvard Diggins Library, 900 E. McKinley Street in Harvard, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, November 14: Nippersink District Library, 5418 Hill Road in Richmond, 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon
  • Wednesday, December 13: Johnsburg Public Library, 3000 W. Johnsburg Road in Johnsburg, 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon
The 63rd Legislative House District is geographically very large and includes all or portions of Bull Valley, Chemung, Crystal Lake, Greenwood, Harvard, Hebron, Johnsburg, Lakemoor, Marengo, McCullum Lake, McHenry, Pistakee Highlands, Richmond, Ringwood, Spring Grove, Union, Wonder Lake and Woodstock. Because my Woodstock District Office is not conveniently-located for all residents of the 63rd District, each month I bring my office resources to another community so that those I serve have easy access to their representative voice in Springfield.

Reick and Althoff Complete Series of Town Hall Meetings
Last week Senator Pamela Althoff and I completed our final in a series of three public town hall meetings that were held across the 63rd District. Meetings in McHenry, Woodstock and Marengo all drew nice crowds of constituents eager to ask questions about the state of our state. Attendance grew each week, and culminated with a group of over 50 residents who joined us on October 11 at the Marengo City Hall. Thank you to everyone who came out for these town hall meetings. I appreciate the feedback received and look forward to our continued conversations.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Every year in October we acknowledge Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Illinois. The following statistics illustrate the severity of the issue:
  • Domestic violence affects one in three women and one in five men
  • Domestic violence takes lives: innocents and bystanders
  • Domestic violence has been found in the background of perpetrators in an estimated 56 percent of mass killings
  • Domestic violence ruins lives and creates traumatic after-effects that can last a lifetime, such as mental and physical illness, drug abuse and early mortality
In this region there are shelters available for those who need to escape a domestic violence situation. Visit https://www.womenshelters.org to find shelters in the McHenry County area.

State Report: Budget Out of Balance by $1.7 Billion
According to a fiscal policy report released last week by the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB), the state’s fiscal year 2018 budget is out of balance by $1.7 billion. The Illinois Economic and Fiscal Policy Report provides a five-year economic outlook based on the budget along with state and national growth forecasts. The report is available for public view at https://www.illinois.gov/gov/budget/Pages/PolicyReports.aspx. In the report, GOMB Director Scott Harry asserts that with stronger economic growth accompanied by spending controls, Illinois could achieve budget surpluses and reduce its bill backlog to an estimated $500 million by the end of fiscal year 2023. As you may recall, I voted against this unbalanced budget because I felt it was bad for taxpayers (it included a $5 billion tax hike) and did nothing to reform our failed system of government.

ICC Approves $80 Million ComEd Refund to Customers
The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) recently approved ComEd’s request to provide its customers with an approximately $80 million refund as a result of ComEd’s efforts to implement the new Energy Efficiency funding mechanism established by the Future Energy Jobs Act. As a result, a typical ComEd residential customer will see a credit of close to $14 on their October monthly bill. ComEd had requested the refund as part of the transition made possible through the Act, which was signed into law last year.

Cook County Board Repeals Sweetened Beverage Tax
The highly controversial tax added one cent per ounce to the retail cost of many popular beverages. The “soda pop tax,” disliked by many residents of the Chicago and suburban Cook County area, added an additional burden to the purchasers of most packaged sweetened drinks. After a public outcry, the Cook County Board repealed the beverage tax on Wednesday, October 11. As a result of the board’s vote, the sweetened beverage tax will end on December 1, 2017.

Full List of Vetoed Bills
The following bills were vetoed by the Governor and may be brought back for reconsideration during this year’s fall veto session:
  • HB 302: Unclaimed life insurance benefits (Amendatory)
  • HB 348: Changes in publication of a constitutional amendment (Amendatory)
  • HB 688: Firefighter/police pension transfer service credit (Full)
  • HB 732: Residential roofing repairs (Full)
  • HB 1797: Equal Pay (Full)
  • HB 2462: Workers Compensation (Full)
  • HB 2567: Creates Automobile Dealers' License Task Force (Full)
  • HB 2622: Creates a state-sponsored workers’ compensation insurance company (Full)
  • HB 2778: Fire protection district to annex under ETS (Full)
  • HB 2977: Cursive writing mandate (Full)
  • HB 3004: RTA Bonds (Amendatory)
  • HB 3143: Adds teen treatment providers to the Prompt Payment Act (Full)
  • HB 3167: DHS childhood workforce study (Full)
  • HB 3211: SNAP benefits to college students (Amendatory)
  • HB 3216: Place additional requirements on third-party contracting by the State (Full)
  • HB 3298: Reimbursement of the substitute teacher licensure fee (Full)
  • HB 3376: DHS personal assistant hours limitation (Full)
  • HB 3419: Prohibits expatriate entities from doing business with the State (Full)
  • HB 3449: Geolocation (Full)
  • HB 3649: State agency financial reports to the Comptroller (Full)
  • HB 3745: Requires a school board to permit community groups to advertise events and after-school programs (Full)
  • HB 3897: Trampoline regulation (Full)
  • SB 41: Allows municipalities to assign, sell, or transfer their interest in funds received from the State (Full)
  • SB 81: Minimum Wage (Full)
  • SB 315: FOID for purchase of explosives (Full)
  • SB 321: Auditor General shall initiate a performance audit of the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (Full)
  • SB 326: Interior Design regulation (Amendatory)
  • SB 419: Amends the Downstate Firefighter Article of the Illinois Pension Code (Full)
  • SB 669: Elect Lake Co. Board Chair (Full)
  • SB 789: Expands the authorized uses of motor fuel tax funds (Full)
  • SB 910: County board redistricting based on minority status (Full)
  • SB 1351: Student loan servicing rights Act: (Full)
  • SB 1353: Personal Needs Allowance increase (Full)
  • SB 1446: Changes to the Procurement Code (Full)
  • SB 1462: Entrepreneur Learner's Permit pilot program (Amendatory)
  • SB 1714: Reporting requirements for consultants retained by retirement system, pension fund, or investment boards (Full)
  • SB 1720: Failure to pay wages a Class 4 felony instead of a misdemeanor (Full)
  • SB 1905: Collective bargaining (Full)
As always, please do not hesitate to call me or write to me about issues that are important to you. You may reach my Woodstock District office at (815) 880-5340 or email me by going to www.repstevenreick.com and clicking on the “Contact” button.
Former members of the Guard and Reserve who do not have any periods of active duty other than their initial active duty for training and annual training are now eligible to receive “Veteran” on their driver’s licenses. "This bill ensures that every man and woman who has served this state and nation is recognized,” said Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Jeffries. "Our veterans have given so much for us, and I am glad Illinois is taking this step to expand designations."

Last year, Governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 2173 to allow National Guard members and reservists to obtain the veteran identifier on their Illinois driver's license.

In order to receive that designation, veterans of the Guard and Reserve are required to present a copy of their certificate of release or discharge from initial active duty, certified and stamped by the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA), to the Secretary of State.

Prior to receiving this stamp they must provide documentation of satisfactorily completing the time for which they were contracted to attend monthly drills and annual training. Presentation of one of the following documents will be accepted as proof of service:

1. Army or Air National Guard NGB 22 Report of Separation and Record of Service

2. Army Reserve DARP FM 249-2E Chronological Statement of
Retirement Points.

3. Navy Reserve NRPC 1070-124 Annual Retirement Point Record

4. Air Force Reserve AF 526 Point Summary Sheet

5. USMC Reserve NAVMC 798 Reserve Retirement Credit Report

6. Coast Guard CG 4175 Coast Guard Reserve Annual or Terminal
Statement of Retirement Points.

Veterans are encouraged to contact or visit a local IDVA office for assistance obtaining any of the above documents. To find the closest Veteran Service Officer (VSO) go to www.illinois.gov/veterans or call 800-437-9824.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is seeking input on the state's rest areas.

To enhance traveler safety and comfort, IDOT maintains a system of 30 rest areas and 11 welcome centers on highways throughout the state, which serve more than 36 million visitors annually. IDOT wants to make sure these service centers are kept clean, safe, and updated with travel-related amenities to enhance the travel experience for Illinois residents and visitors.

Illinois' rest areas and welcome centers are open 24 hours a day and feature restroom facilities, picnic areas, lighted walkways, maps, security cameras, parking for recreational vehicles, and commercial trucks, among other services.

Help shape the future planning of rest areas by completing IDOT's Illinois Rest Area Survey.

For a paper copy of the survey please call 402-399-1405.
Today State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) signed on as a co-sponsor of legislation that would prohibit units of government in Illinois from using taxpayer funds to pay for elective abortions. HB 4114, filed this morning in Springfield, is a bipartisan response to the recently-signed HB 40, which would force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions for state employees and Medicaid recipients.

“In the few states that have legalized Medicaid abortions, more than half of those states’ abortions end up being taxpayer-funded,” said Reick. “I recognize that the abortion issue is divisive, but many people who consider themselves to be ‘pro-choice’ also have said taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for them.”

The bill language is modeled after the federal Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funding for abortions, other than for abortions sought in connection with pregnancies that result from rape or incest, or that threaten the life of the mother.

HB 4114 Chief Sponsor State Rep. Peter Breen (R-Lombard) said if the provisions of HB 40 take effect, Illinoisans will be on the hook for approximately 30,000 elective abortions per year at a price tag of approximately $1,000 each. “My ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ would respect both the pocketbooks and consciences of Illinoisans,” Breen said. “With the incredible financial crisis facing our state, we don’t have the money required to cover those 30,000 abortions every year.”

Reick agreed, adding, “Normally, when we put a dollar out in Medicaid funding, the federal government sends 50 cents back to us. But due to the Hyde amendment, we would not receive a dime back for these elective abortions. Illinois is in a financial crisis. How will the state pay for these HB 40 abortions? Will we take funding away from other treatments or procedures, like diabetes treatment or heart medicines? How will we make up this staggering hit to our Medicaid system?”

Identical legislation was filed in the Illinois Senate today as SB 2241, and the sponsors and co-sponsors will be pressing for full debate and House and Senate votes on the bills during the upcoming fall veto session later this month.
State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) and State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) will conclude their Town Hall Meeting tour this week on Wednesday, October 11 with an evening meeting in Marengo.

Citizens residing in the 63rd House District or the 32nd Senate District are welcome to attend the open meeting, which will start at 6:30 P.M. at the Marengo City Hall, located at 132 E. Prairie Street in Marengo. The event will begin with a short presentation by the lawmakers. A question and answer period will follow.

“We have had great community engagement at the town hall meetings we have already held in McHenry and Woodstock,” said Reick. “I’m hoping to have another good turnout from residents who would like to share their concerns, ideas and suggestions.”

RSVPs are not required for the Marengo event.
Governor Rauner Signs Law Authorizing Taxpayer-Funded Elective Abortions
Last Thursday, Governor Bruce Rauner signed HB 40, highly controversial legislation that provides for taxpayer-funded elective abortions for Medicaid recipients and state employees. Current law dictates that state funds may only be used for abortion procedures in cases where the life of the mother is at risk and in cases of rape or incest. I voted against this bill when it was considered in the House and continue to strongly oppose it. This bill goes against longstanding bipartisan consensus that taxpayers should not fund elective abortions.

Governor Rauner’s decision to sign HB 40 came after he publicly stated back in April that he would veto the legislation if it reached his desk. In fact, he told many members of the House Republican Caucus to our faces that he would not sign it. The Governor’s decision to sign the bill was met with profound disappointment by Republican legislators and pro-life groups not only in Illinois, but all over the nation.

Regardless of where you stand on the abortion issue, the simple fact is that in politics, an elected official is only as good as his word. Governor Rauner has lost his credibility, because he broke a promise made to the House and Senate Republican caucuses and to faith-based groups throughout Illinois. Following the signing of the bill, I posted my thoughts as they relate to his decision to sign HB 40. Click here to read those remarks.

Rep. Reick Property Tax Seminar Draws Crowd of 200
Nearly 200 taxpayers from Illinois’ 63rd Legislative House District attended a property tax event I hosted recently at the McHenry County Government Center in Woodstock. The event offered attendees an opportunity to learn about the tax assessment process and how they could challenge an assessment they believe is too high.

I was joined at the event by McHenry County Chief Assessment Officer Robert Ross, Dorr Township Assessor Veronica Myers and several other township assessors who service taxpayers living in the 63rd District. After a presentation and facilitated questions, attendees were able to ask specific questions to a panel of township assessors representing most townships within the 63rd District. Thank you to everyone who came out to the event, and a special thank you to all of the township assessors who attended so they could be available to answer questions specific to their township.

Mandatory Union Dues Case from Illinois Could Produce Significant U.S. Supreme Court Decision
The case of “Janus v. AFSCME” reflects the belief of many Illinois public-sector workers, including plaintiff Mark Janus, that their free-speech and free-association rights are violated by being forced to pay union dues as a condition of their employment. All of Illinois’s neighboring states have enacted right-to-work laws that emancipate their workers, including public-sector workers, from the forced payment of union dues, but Illinois has not done so. Janus does not want to be associated with labor unions and wants the same rights as are enjoyed by workers in right-to-work states throughout the U.S.
On September 28 a writ of certiorari was granted to enable this case to be argued before the United States Supreme Court. A decision could come before the end of the 2017-18 session of the high court. Legal observers believe that the current membership of the court is likely to split 5-4 in favor of the rights of workers as opposed to the rights of labor unions. Any decision, however, is likely to be limited to public-sector workers only. The points of law to be argued before the high court are not seen as directly affecting workers in the private sector. 

Second Reick-Althoff Town Hall Meeting Scheduled for Wednesday, October 4
Senator Pamela Althoff and I held a successful town hall meeting in McHenry on September 19, and will continue our joint town hall meeting tour this week with a Wednesday, October 4 meeting in Woodstock. While the first event drew a nice crowd, I’m hoping for an even better turnout for this week’s event, which will begin at 6:30 PM at the Woodstock City Hall, 121 W. Calhoun Street in Woodstock. We’ll start with a short presentation, followed by a question and answer period. This is an excellent opportunity for citizens to let us know what issues are important to them and discuss with us the means by which we can address them. If you are unable to attend the town hall meeting this week, a third meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11 at the Marengo City Hall, 132 E. Prairie Street, Marengo. It will also begin at 6:30 PM.

Not Too Early to Seek Financial Aid for the 2018-2019 Collegiate Year
While the collegiate year has just begun for many college students, now is the time to begin the process for receiving financial aid for the 2018-2019 college year. Students can start applying for financial aid for the fall 2018 semester on October 1. By applying through www.fafsa.ed.gov, students will be considered not only for federal student aid, but also for the state MAP grant program and for college-specific aid. Free expert help is also available through a FAFSA completion workshop (dates can be found at www.studentportal/isac.org/events). Some grant programs deliver funds early, so apply soon to maximize your chances for receiving funds.

Students can get answers to their financial aid questions during an upcoming Facebook Live event. Simply like and follow “Illinois Student Assistance Commission” and ask them your questions between 7:00 – 7:30 PM on October 3, 11, 16, 23 or 30. A text message alert system is also available, and that information can be accessed through the ISAC College Q & A at www.isac.org/collegeqa.

The ISAC Student Portal, available at www.studentportal.isac.org, is a valuable tool filled with planning resources, including an interactive college prep checklist, financial aid estimators, career exploration tools and a scholarship search service.

College can be overwhelming, so the Illinois Student Assistance Corps is trained to help you navigate the college search, application, and financial aid processes- all for free. You can find the contact information for a Corps member near you by visiting www.studentportal/isac.org/isacorps.

McHenry County Conservation District to Receive “Best of the Best” Award
The McHenry County Conservation District will be recognized on October 13 with a “Best of the Best” award at the Illinois Association of Park Districts annual awards gala in Wheeling. Our conservation district is being honored in the intergovernmental cooperation category for its partnership with the Boone County Conservation District, Openlands, and the McHenry County Department of Transportation. They competed against other park districts, forest preserves, conservation and recreation agencies throughout the state in order to win the prestigious award. The McHenry County Conservation District is a model for outstanding work, and they are a shining example of why McHenry County is such a wonderful place to live, work and play.

Chicago Business Community Unites Behind Push for $5 billion Amazon Headquarters Campus 
Amazon.com has stated that they need additional workspace, not available at their current headquarters complex in Seattle, for management-level employees of the global retailing firm. Amazon expects that the overall economic activity to be sparked by their new “second headquarters” could create as many as 50,000 new jobs.

Many Chicago leaders believe that the city’s workforce, with its skill set in logistics solutions, makes Chicago the ideal location for Amazon’s new campus. A bipartisan panel of more than 600 Illinois business leaders is working to sell Illinois to the online retailing giant. House Republican Leader Jim Durkin has repeatedly expressed his support for the push.

Chicago-Based Outcome Health Announces Plans to Hire 2,000 Employees
The plans were announced last week by Outcome Health’s CEO Rishi Shah. The Chicago-based software/AI firm provides differential diagnosis/differential treatment options to medical care providers. By going through their options on a screen, the medical care provider and the patient can achieve face-to-face collaboration on a treatment course of choice.

CEO Shah believes his firm’s growth trajectory will lead to the firm taking on approximately 2,000 additional employees in the next five years, through 2022. Many of these workers will need to have science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) credentials. Outcome Health currently employs about 600 workers, many of whom work in downtown Chicago. The firm made its future-hiring announcement in the context of observing the opening of its new centralized office.
While the collegiate year has just begun for many college students, now is the time to begin the process for receiving financial aid for the 2018-2019 college year. Students can start applying for financial aid for the fall 2018 semester on October 1. By applying through www.fafsa.ed.gov, students will be considered not only for federal student aid, but also for the state MAP grant program and for college-specific aid. Free expert help is also available through a FAFSA completion workshop (dates can be found at www.studentportal/isac.org/events). Some grant programs deliver funds early, so apply soon to maximize your chances for receiving funds.

Students can get answers to their financial aid questions during an upcoming Facebook Live event. Simply like and follow “Illinois Student Assistance Commission” and ask them your questions between 7:00 – 7:30 PM on October 3, 11, 16, 23 or 30. A text message alert system is also available, and that information can be accessed through the ISAC College Q & A at www.isac.org/collegeqa.

The ISAC Student Portal, available at www.studentportal.isac.org, is a valuable tool filled with planning resources, including an interactive college prep checklist, financial aid estimators, career exploration tools and a scholarship search service.

College can be overwhelming, so the Illinois Student Assistance Corps is trained to help you navigate the college search, application, and financial aid processes- all for free. You can find the contact information for a Corps member near you by visiting www.studentportal/isac.org/isacorps.
State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) and State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) are continuing their joint town hall meeting tour next week and invite residents of the 32nd Senate District and the 63rd House District to join them on Wednesday, October 4 for a meeting in Woodstock.

After a successful town hall meeting last week in McHenry, Althoff and Reick are encouraging residents to join them in Woodstock for the second in a series of three town hall events. The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM at the Woodstock City Hall, 121 W. Calhoun Street in Woodstock, and will include a short presentation by the legislators. A question and answer session will follow.

“This is an excellent opportunity for citizens to let us know what issues are important to them and discuss with us the means by which we can address them,” said Reick. “As the Springfield voice for those living in the 63rd District, this is an ideal way to hear what the people of northern McHenry County thinking with regard to taxes, the receipt of state services and other quality of life issues.”

A third town hall meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11 at the Marengo City Hall, 132 E. Prairie Street, Marengo. It will also begin at 6:30 PM.

RSPVs are not required for these events. For additional information about the town hall meetings, please contact Senator Althoff’s office at (815) 455-6330 or Representative Reick’s office at (815) 880-5340.
Following Governor Bruce Rauner's decision today to sign HB 40 after promising House and Senate Republicans, faith-based groups and other Illinois conservatives that he would veto it, State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) issued the following comments:

"I want to talk today about the glue that binds us together as honorable men and women, in business, in marriage and in life. I want to talk today about trust.

As I went through law school and entered the practice of law, it was constantly hammered into me that a lawyer’s word is his bond. Say what you will about the profession, but in my 35 years of practice, I’ve never had a reason to doubt another lawyer’s word.

As I entered the General Assembly, I was told that if I ever broke my word to a fellow member, regardless of party, I would never get a second chance to redeem myself.

To change one’s mind on an issue is not a sin, so long as the reason for change is honestly held and is clearly communicated to those to whom you’ve given your word. There are a million clich├ęs about change; there are many reasons why changing one’s mind about this position or that is valid. Political expediency is not one of them.

Bruce Rauner looked us in the eye in April and said that he would veto HB 40, the bill which grants public funding for abortion in Illinois. Today, he spat in our eye. His decision to sign that bill is a betrayal fueled by political expediency and nothing more. Any trust which he may have earned on this issue or any other is gone.

I guess this day has been a long time coming. We saw it with the staff purge in July. Since he’s been Governor, he’s treated the General Assembly like employees of a company he just bought whom he wouldn’t have hired in the first place if he’d had the chance. The only difference is that he can’t fire us.

With all the issues facing Illinois, we need strong leadership now more than ever. Sticking a finger in the air to see which way the political wind is blowing is not leadership.

If the Governor wants to defend his decision to sign HB 40 in this District, or anything else for that matter, he can come up here and do it himself."

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Centegra Health Services has applied to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board (IHFSRB) to relocate all in-patient hospitalization, intensive care and surgical services to other communities, and has already ceased those services in Woodstock, pending final approval by the state board.

To determine the community’s need for replacement of these services, the IHFSRB will conduct a public hearing, requested by City of Woodstock officials, at Woodstock Opera House, from 11am – 4pm on Monday, October 2, 2017.  Attendees’ comments and concerns will be entered into the record to establish verification of community need, laying the foundation for positive consideration of future healthcare facility applications in Woodstock.  “This is an opportunity for every resident to have a voice in the future of healthcare in our community,” according to Mayor Brian Sager.   

The main Public Hearing will take place beginning at 11:00 am with specific timeframes assigned to each of the four (4) applications under review. The most important application review period for Woodstock is the 2:00pm to 3:00pm session where discontinuation of hospital beds in Woodstock will be reviewed.

In response to concerns from citizens, and with assistance from Rep. Steven Reick, City officials confirm an additional evening session has now been added. Between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm, again at Woodstock Opera House, citizens will have the opportunity to share their concerns regarding the future of healthcare services in Woodstock.  The evening session has no specific timeframes assigned to receive comments regarding the applications.  

To register to provide Testimony, Oral or Written, or simply to Appear at either session of the Public Hearing, visit www.woodstockil.gov where registration forms have been posted. Questions may be directed to the City Manager’s Office at 815-338-4301.          


I-Cash is the Illinois State Treasurer's Unclaimed Property Division. Formerly called Cash Dash, the program was re-named I-Cash in 2012. It connects state residents with unclaimed property being held by the state. One in eight Illinois residents has an asset to be claimed in I-Cash. 


I-Cash returned $159 million to individuals, employers, and non-profits in Illinois over the past year. There is still over a billion dollars in assets yet to be claimed so improvements are being made by the State Treasurer's office to modernize and simplify the claims process. These improvements include: e-signature, e-portal, and fast track. 

Image result for icash illinoisE-signatures can now be used to claim most properties under $500 with one owner without mailing in a signed claim form. To make sure every property is returned to the right person a variety of documents demonstrating proof of an address, name, or ownership of the property are required. With the new e-portal, these documents can be uploaded online, saving considerable time and expense. Fast track will allow for the automated review and approval of claims using available public information through Lexis Nexis verification. The information you provide on the online claim form will be compared to the Lexis Nexis data and if there is a match, the claim will be paid without requiring supporting documentation. All claims under $500 are eligible for fast track. 

These improvements will ensure that you are getting your money back as quickly and efficiently as possible while at the same time ensuring that property is being given to the right person. 

Find out if you have unclaimed property and get started on the claims process here.

Equifax, an Atlanta based credit-rating agency, suffered a security breach on July 29th that exposed sensitive information of millions of Americans. Such information included social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers, birthdays, and addresses. It has been determined that 5.4 million Illinois residents have been affected by the breach.

The company has set up a website where you can check if your personal information was affected by the breach: www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has opened an investigation into the recent security breach, and called on Equifax to provide free credit freezes to all Illinois residents in the wake of the breach. She urges Illinois residents to take the Equifax breach seriously and take steps to protect themselves from the possibility of identity theft:
  • Seriously consider placing a credit freeze on your credit reports with all 3 consumer reporting agencies: TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax;
  • Regularly request your free credit reports, inspect them closely, and promptly dispute any unauthorized accounts;
  • Inspect all financial account statements closely and promptly dispute any unauthorized charges;
  • Consider placing alerts on your financial accounts so your financial institution alerts you when money above a pre-designated amount is withdrawn;
  • Beware of potential phishing emails; don't open any email messages or attachments from unknown senders and do not click on any unknown links. Fraudsters will frequently send coercive and misleading emails threatening account suspension or worse if sensitive information is not provided. Remember, businesses will never ask customers to verify account information via email. If in doubt, contact the business in question directly for verification and to report phishing emails; and
  • Be on the lookout for spoofed email addresses. Spoofed email addresses are those that make minor changes in the domain name, frequently changing the letter O to the number zero, or the lowercase letter l to the number one. Scrutinize all incoming email addresses to ensure that the sender is truly legitimate. 
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.
Citizens from Illinois’ 63rd Legislative House District are invited to join State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) and local tax assessment experts on Wednesday, September 20 for a free seminar on understanding the property tax assessment process and learning how to appeal property tax assessments. The event will be held from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM in the 2nd Floor Conference Rooms at the McHenry County Administration Building, 667 Ware Road in Woodstock.

Joining Reick at the informational session will be McHenry County Chief Assessment Officer Robert Ross, Dorr Township Assessor Veronica Myers and several other township assessors who service taxpayers living in the 63rd District. “At a time when many homeowners feel they are being taxed out of their homes, it is important that they understand the assessment process and know what remedies are available to them,” said Reick. “It’s my pleasure to bring these tax assessment experts together to explain how tax bills are created and outline the process to follow if a taxpayer believes they are being over-assessed.”

After a presentation and facilitated questions, attendees will have an opportunity to ask specific questions to a panel of township assessors representing most townships within the 63rd District.

For more information about this free event, please contact Representative Reick’s office at (815) 880-5340.
Mobile Office Hours Set for Marengo-Union Library on Sept. 12
Residents of the 63rd Legislative House District are invited to meet with me at a mobile office hours event scheduled for Tuesday, September 12 at the Marengo-Union Public Library located at 19714 East Grant Highway in Marengo. The event is part of a series of mobile office hours meant to provide residents of the 63rd District with easy access to their elected Springfield representative. The 63rd District includes portions of several different municipalities, so I am very aware that my Woodstock District Office is not near the homes of many of my constituents. By holding office hours in other communities, the people I represent in Springfield can come to a convenient location and share their concerns and ideas. I’ll have a table set up at the library from 10:00 AM until 12:00 noon.

Reick to Partner with Senator Althoff for Series of Town Hall Meetings
State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) and I are partnering on a series of joint town hall meetings that will be held in McHenry County in September and October. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 19 in McHenry.
All town hall meetings will begin at 6:30 PM, and will begin with a short presentation. A question and answer session will follow. Events are scheduled on the following dates:
  • September 19: McHenry City Hall, 333 S. Green Street, McHenry
  • October 4: Woodstock City Hall, 121 W. Calhoun Street, Woodstock
  • October 11: Marengo City Hall, 132 E. Prairie Street, Marengo
This will be an opportunity for citizens to let us know what issues are important to them and discuss with us the means by which we can address them. As the Springfield voice for those living in the 63rd District, this is an ideal way to hear what the District is thinking with regard to taxes, the receipt of state services and other quality of life issues. RSPVs are not required for these events. For additional information about the town hall meetings, please contact my office at (815) 880-5340.

Rep. Reick to Partner with Township Assessors for Session on Understanding & Appealing Property Tax Assessments
At a time when many homeowners feel they are being taxed out of their homes, it is important that they understand the property assessment process and know what remedies are available to them. On Wednesday, September 20 I’m bringing together several township assessors who serve those living in the 63rd Legislative House District for a free seminar on understanding the property tax assessment process and learning how to appeal property tax assessments. The event will be held from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM in the 2nd Floor Conference Rooms at the McHenry County Administration Building, 667 Ware Road in Woodstock. 

Joining me at this informational session will be McHenry County Chief Assessment Officer Robert Ross, Dorr Township Assessor Veronica Myers and several other township assessors who service my constituents. After a presentation and facilitated questions, attendees will have an opportunity to ask specific questions to a panel of township assessors representing most townships within the 63rd District. I hope you’ll take advantage of this free opportunity to ensure you are being properly assessed and taxed.

New State Standards for Financial Literacy Coming to Illinois Schools
New state standards, adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in February 2016, will be put into effect in the 2017-2018 school year by local school districts. The standards are meant to cover fundamental principles of financial literacy such as bookkeeping (balancing a checkbook) and financial planning (saving money on a regular schedule). The revised standards have been added to the social science curriculum and will be taught to all students starting in the elementary grades. Students will learn about debt, investments, and credit scores. Many school districts have already adopted standards of financial literacy that meet the newly adopted standards.

Technology Consulting Firm Announces Plans for Chicago Hiring
West Monroe Partners, a Chicago-based consulting firm which specializes in technology solutions, projects that it will hire 500 new employees over the next five years. The majority of new hires are expected to be STEM college graduates with joint-majors or credentials in business and enterprise. West Monroe Partners’ CEO Kevin McCarty states that his employees perform contract deep customer-oriented analytics with their partner clients, and develop plans to increase their customer-relationship productivity. They also develop solutions for welding previously-incompatible information technology systems together when two or more firms are implementing a business combination.
State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) and State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) invite residents of the 32nd Senate District and the 63rd House District to attend a series of joint town hall meetings that will be held in McHenry County in September and October.

“Serious issues affecting taxpayers and families are being debated in Springfield, and I want to hear the opinions and priorities of the people I represent,” said Althoff. “It is my hope that my constituents will find the date and location that works best for them and come out and learn about current issues and provide their input.”

All town hall meetings will begin at 6:30 PM, and will begin with a short presentation by the legislators. A question and answer session will follow. Events are scheduled on the following dates:
  • September 19: McHenry City Hall, 333 S. Green Street, McHenry
  • October 4: Woodstock City Hall, 121 W. Calhoun Street, Woodstock
  • October 11: Marengo City Hall, 132 E. Prairie Street, Marengo
“I’m looking forward to joining Senator Althoff at this series of meetings. This will be an opportunity for citizens to let us know what issues are important to them and discuss with us the means by which we can address them,” said Reick. “As the Springfield voice for those living in the 63rd District, this is an ideal way to hear what the District is thinking with regard to taxes, the receipt of state services and other quality of life issues.”

RSPVs are not required for this event. For additional information about the town hall meetings, please contact Senator Althoff’s office at (815) 455-6330 or Representative Reick’s office at (815) 880-5340.
Residents of the 63rd Legislative House District are invited to meet and speak with State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) at a mobile office hours event scheduled for Tuesday, September 12 at the Marengo-Union Public Library located at 19714 East Grant Highway in Marengo. The event is part of a series of mobile office hours meant to provide residents of the 63rd District with easy access to their elected Springfield representative.

“The 63rd District includes portions of several different municipalities, so I am very aware that my Woodstock District Office is not near the homes of many of my constituents,” said Reick. “By holding office hours in other communities, the people I represent in Springfield can come to a convenient location and share their concerns and ideas.”

Reick and his staff will have a table set up at the library from 10:00 AM until 12:00 noon.

“I look forward to having conversations with my constituents as I bring my office to them in their own community,” said Reick. “In addition to learning about their personal priorities, my staff and I can help explain the services available through my legislative office.”

No appointment is needed. Future mobile office hours dates and locations will be posted on Reick’s web site at www.repstevenreick.com.

This week in Springfield, members of the House of Representatives approved sweeping changes to the Illinois school funding formula. During the floor debate on amended SB 1947, State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) pointed to problems with the bill, but said he would reluctantly vote for it because there were some elements in the legislation that put the State on a better path. Click here to listen to his full floor comments.
House Democrats Play Games with Education Funding, Republicans Don’t Play Along
Despite the fact that school has started throughout the state, we’ve still not reached agreement on how public schools will be funded for the 2017-2018 school year. Following the Senate’s vote on August 13 to override Governor Rauner’s Amendatory Veto of SB 01, the Illinois House met in session last Wednesday. Unfortunately, the session was nothing more than an exercise in political theatre. 

Rather than taking action on SB 01, the Speaker called us into session, at great cost to the taxpayers, for a vote on a fake bill, SB 1947, which mirrored the language of the Governor’s amendatory veto, for the sole purpose of playing “gotcha” politics. His intent was to create a narrative that Republicans didn’t support the veto, hoping that we’d all vote “no”, just as every Democrat did. It must have come as a surprise to him that instead of playing along with his charade, every House Republican voted “Present”.

It’s sad to think that we’ve come to this, but perhaps our “Present” vote showed the strength of our caucus’ rejection of gamesmanship and our commitment to fair funding. It’d be nice to think that we convinced the Speaker that it’s time to actually come to the table and negotiate a funding bill that both sides can live with.

As this is being written, the four legislative leaders continue to meet and negotiate on how to change SB 01 in ways that will provide adequate funding and treat all Illinois school children equally, regardless of where they live and go to school. A fair and equitable education funding formula is in the best interest of all Illinoisans, students and taxpayers alike, and I am committed to working towards that goal.

Governor Signs Rep. Reick’s First Bill Into Law
This week the first bill I authored as a State Representative was signed into law by Governor Rauner. HB 2449, signed into law Tuesday as Public Act 100-0264, strengthens protections for military personnel who are called to relocate in the course of their active duty. We have an existing Illinois Service Member Civil Relief Act, but the Act did not provide protections in all contractual service areas. HB 2449 fills in the gaps in the existing Act by providing that any service member, at any time after receiving military orders to relocate for a period of service of at least 90 days, may terminate or suspend contracts for Internet services, television and cable services, athletic club or gym memberships or satellite radio services. The new law also provides that a returning member of the military may reinstate the original provisions of contracts upon the completion of their service. These servicemen and women are answering a call to serve and are often asked to relocate with very little notice. They deserve to know that their credit rating will not deteriorate due to unpaid bills that accrue for services they are not using during the period of their relocation.

Rep. Reick to Partner with Senator Althoff for Series of Town Hall Meetings
Residents of the 63rd House District are invited to attend a series of joint town hall meetings that I’ll be co-hosting with Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) in September and October.

All town hall meetings will begin at 6:30 PM, and will begin with a short presentation. A question and answer session will follow. Events are scheduled on the following dates:
  • Tuesday, September 19: McHenry City Hall, 333 S. Green Street, McHenry
  • Wednesday, October 4: Woodstock City Hall, 121 W. Calhoun Street, Woodstock
  • Wednesday, October 11: Marengo City Hall, 132 E. Prairie Street, Marengo
This will be an opportunity for you to let us know what issues are important to you and discuss with us the means by which we can address them. I want to hear what you’re thinking with regard to taxes, the receipt of state services and other quality of life issues. RSPVs are not required for these events. For additional information about the town hall meetings, please contact my office at (815) 880-5340.

Gov. Rauner Signs Series of Agriculture Bills on State Fair’s Agriculture Day
On Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair last week, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a series of agriculture bills, including HB 470, which designates corn as the official state grain of Illinois. Gov. Rauner also signed several other bills that were initiatives of the Department of Agriculture. These bills, many of which seek to cut red tape, will reduce regulations and agency costs within the department.

“Agriculture is the backbone of Illinois' economy, and it’s critical to future prosperity in the state,” Gov. Rauner said while signing the bills. “We need to continue to support our state’s farmers and the Department of Agriculture in every way we can.”

One of the bills is specifically designed to advance agriculture in Illinois. SB 1991, which passed unanimously out of the General Assembly, creates an Agriculture Education Shortage Task Force to examine the status of agriculture education in the state. The task force also will make recommendations for how to expand recruitment and retention of agriculture educators. The task force will disband once the final report is completed.

Gov. Rauner Requests FEMA Teams for Flood Damage Assessments
The Governor has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to join the state in conducting damage assessments in areas of Lake, McHenry, Kane and Cook counties after record and near-record flooding in July. The request was submitted after initial damage assessments conducted by county officials documented nearly 300 homes that suffered major damage or were destroyed and more than 3,000 others that also were affected by flood waters.

Personnel from FEMA, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and local emergency management agencies began assessing damage to homes and businesses last Friday morning. The assessments will continue through the weekend and into this week until complete.

IEMA also is working closely with municipalities, counties and other governmental bodies in the four impacted counties to document their costs related to the flooding. That assessment will help determine whether the state could meet the federal threshold of $18.3 million for assistance that could help government agencies receive reimbursement for some of those flood-related expenses. The State Emergency Operations Center in Springfield was activated for two weeks to support flood fighting efforts in these four counties, along with subsequent flooding in the northwestern part of the state.

SBA Issues Disaster Declaration for Flood Area
The Small Business Administration has issued a Disaster Declaration for Boone, Lake and McHenry counties, and adjacent counties in Wisconsin, which will allow residents and businesses in the region severely affected by the recent flooding to apply for low-interest SBA disaster loans.

In addition, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) can provide up to $2 million of financial assistance to small businesses or private, non-profit organizations that suffer substantial economic injury as a result of the declared disaster, regardless of whether the applicant sustained physical damage. For more information or to apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA), go to: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Government Consolidation Bills Signed into Law
Last week, the Governor signed two consolidation bills, SB 03 and HB 607, which adopt five of the 27 recommendations made by Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti's Task Force on Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates.

SB 03 expands DuPage County’s consolidation pilot program to all 102 counties of Illinois, giving each the authority to dissolve or consolidate some government units whose boards are appointed by the county. It also will allow townships in the state to consolidate with coterminous municipalities via referendum. HB 607 amends the Illinois Highway Code and allows the board of trustees of any township located in a county with less than 3 million inhabitants to submit a proposition during a general or consolidated election to abolish the road district in their county, a power already extended to townships in Cook County.

I voted against both of these bills because neither of them provided a means by which the debt or contractual obligations of one district wouldn’t be imposed upon the combined or successor entity. For instance, if two districts were slated for consolidation, one of which had outstanding debt while the other didn’t, the citizens of the latter district could be held liable for payment of that debt. I’m not against consolidation in theory, but not if it’s going to impose greater costs upon taxpayers.

Senior Services Seeking Volunteers
McHenry County is home to a number of older individuals who have developed a lifetime of skills, talents, experience and a work ethic that makes them a valuable resource in their communities. McHenry County Senior Services is looking for community-minded individuals over the age of 55 to engage in a variety of volunteer activities across the county. The retired and senior volunteer program offers residents opportunities to work in all kinds of settings, including:
  • Working with preschool children
  • Working in a resale shop
  • Working on one-time assignments like mailings or events
  • Delivering meals to homebound seniors
  • Driving seniors to appointments
  • Visiting with lonely or isolated seniors
If you would like to lend your time and talents in ways that can make a real difference in the lives of McHenry County seniors, please call Senior Services Associates at (815) 344-3555 or visit their web site at www.seniorservicesassoc.org.

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming District 63 Events
The town hall meetings scheduled for September and October are just a few of the upcoming community outreach events I have scheduled for the coming weeks. My full fall event calendar includes:
  • Tuesday, September 12: Mobile Office Hours, 10:00 AM until Noon, Marengo-Union Library, 19714 E. Grant Hwy, Marengo
  • Tuesday, September 19: Town Hall Meeting, 6:30 PM, McHenry City Hall, 333 S. Green Street, McHenry
  • Wednesday, September 20: How to Understand and Appeal Your Property Tax Bill & Assessment, 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM, McHenry County Administration Building, 2nd Floor Conference Rooms A & B, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock
  • Wednesday, October 4: Town Hall Meeting, 6:30 PM, Woodstock City Hall, 121 W. Calhoun Street, Woodstock
  • Wednesday, October 11: Town Hall Meeting, 6:30 PM, Marengo City Hall, 132 E. Prairie Street, Marengo
  • Wednesday, October 18: Mobile Office Hours, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Harvard Diggins Library, 900 E. McKinley Street, Harvard
RSVPs are not required for these events. For more information, please contact my Woodstock office at (815) 880-5340.
Legislation authored by State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) that strengthens protections for military personnel who are called to relocate in the course of their active duty was signed into law this week by Governor Bruce Rauner. With the signing, the bill becomes Reick’s first bill to become Illinois law.

HB 2449, signed on August 22 as Public Act 100-0264, allows servicemen and women to terminate or suspend certain contractual services, such as Internet, television and cable service, without penalty. The bill also provides that a returning member of the military may reinstate the original provisions of contracts upon the completion of their service.

“We have an existing Illinois Service Member Civil Relief Act, but the Act did not provide protections in all contractual service areas,” said Reick. “These servicemen and women have answered a call to serve and at times they are asked to relocate with very little notice. The least we can do is ensure that their service does not lead to diminished credit ratings due to non-payment of bills tied to services they are not using back home.”

Specifically, HB 2449 provides that any service member, at any time after receiving military orders to relocate for a period of service of at least 90 days, may terminate or suspend contracts for Internet services, television and cable services, athletic club or gym memberships or satellite radio services. Notice of the intent to terminate or suspend a contract may be delivered in writing or by email, and is effective on the day notice is given.

The bill was passed unanimously by both the House and the Senate.
On Friday in Springfield, Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law legislation co-sponsored by State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) that allows a family member of a fallen member of the Illinois National Guard to receive a State flag in honor of their loved one’s sacrifice.

HB 2570, signed into law as Public Act 100-00??, provides that when a member of the Illinois National Guard dies while serving in duty or training statuses, the Adjutant General, the Assistant Adjutant General for Army, or the Assistant Adjutant General for Air shall present the next of kin with an Illinois State flag.

“These members of our armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedom are deserving of the highest respect,” said Reick. “The simple act of presenting the family with a State flag is a small gesture, but it is one that carries the appreciation and gratitude of the entire State.”

The legislation was based upon a similar law passed in South Carolina, and received unanimous support in the House and Senate.
State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) recently released his 2017 End of Session Report, which highlights achievements and challenges during the January - May regular session and the June/July special sessions. Click here to access the comprehensive report. As the file is large, it take a minute or two to appear.
More than 150 seniors and their care givers attended a free senior fair on Thursday that was sponsored by State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock).

Dozens of state, county and local agencies and organizations filled the community room of Woodstock’s Lutheran Church for the two-hour event. “It was my pleasure to bring together under one roof so many agencies that assist seniors with quality of life issues,” said Reick. “I hope the District 63 Senior Fair becomes an annual event.
Legislators Back in Springfield to Tackle School Funding for FY 2018
Lawmakers are back in Springfield today to tackle the issue of K-12 Education funding for the 2017-2018 school year. Even though SB 01 passed the House and Senate in May, it is currently being held back from the Governor’s desk through a procedural maneuver. The purpose of this stall tactic is purely political, with the Chicago Democrat-led super majority in the Senate using the potential crisis of some schools not opening as leverage in their scheme. Using children as pawns in a political game of chess is completely unacceptable.

Just like the budget fiasco that was settled in early July, the people of Illinois are tired of these political cliffhangers. These games are no laughing matter and my House Republican colleagues and I will not tolerate their attempts to hold the start of school hostage until they get yet another bailout for Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

The recently passed budget contains $778 million in funding for K-12 public schools. The major complaint that we share with the current version of SB 1 is that Chicago would receive a disproportionate share of these education dollars. The way the bill currently reads, 64% of all new funds ($495 million of the $778 million) for education are directed to Chicago Public Schools, despite the fact that they only have 19% of the state's students.

Also, $215 million of the $495 million allocated to Chicago in the current version of SB 01 would be used to pay Chicago teacher pension system payments in perpetuity. That redirection of state funding would be unprecedented and is not something we can support. That pension payment, in combination with the block grant that CPS gets for special education and transportation services, along with regular general state aid payments to CPS would give Chicago schools three bites at the funding apple. That is fundamentally unfair.

I support a plan that eliminates that extra $215 million payment to CPS pensions and allows that money to be redistributed through the new evidence based model formula so that every school district in the state is treated the same.

In order to fix SB 1 to reflect our priorities for public schools in Illinois, we are supporting a plan offered by Governor Rauner that includes a “re-write” of SB 01 via the amendatory veto tool that the Governor has at his disposal. This re-write would mean that those extra pension payments for Chicago would be eliminated and a more fair and equitable distribution of funding to K-12 schools can occur.

The 63rd District is home to 42 public schools. Applying the Governor’s proposed fix to SB 01 would mean that all of the schools in the 63rd District will receive more funding than if the bill becomes law with the Chicago bailout language included. The chart to the right illustrates how the school districts in this area would be affected by SB 01 as written, and with the fixes proposed by Governor Rauner.

I urge Senate President John Cullerton to release his hold on SB 01 and allow the Governor to amendatorily veto SB 01. This will ensure our schools will open on time and that Chicago does not get a bigger piece of the education budget than they should. We need a deal that is fair to all taxpayers, and we need to take action to fix SB 01 without delay.

Reick Senior Fair Set for Thursday, July 27
This week on Thursday, July 27, I invite all seniors from the 63rd District to attend a free Senior Fair that will be held in Woodstock. For this community outreach event, my staff and I are bringing several not-for-profit organizations, businesses and medical professionals together under one roof. The fair will take place from 10:00 AM until noon at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 401 St. John’s Road in Woodstock. Seniors and those who help care for them can visit booths staffed by agencies that assist seniors, and register for a chance to win a door prize. Helpful guides, literature and other resources from state, county and local government agencies will also be available. No pre-registration is necessary. For additional information, please contact my district office at (815) 880-5340.

Rep. Reick Sets Mobile Office Hours at McHenry Library
The 63rd District is geographically quite large, so this summer and fall I’m bringing my office to my constituents through a series of mobile office hours events. Two weeks ago I held a very successful event in Woodstock, and next week I am making myself available on Tuesday, August 1, from 10:00 AM until noon at the McHenry Public Library, located at 809 Front Street in McHenry. These outreach events provide me with an excellent opportunity to connect with the people I represent in Springfield. By talking with constituents and learning about the state issues that are important to them, I’m able to bring their priorities to Springfield by serving as their voice. No appointment is needed. Future mobile office hours dates and locations will be posted on my web site at www.repstevenreick.com

Floodwaters Begin to Recede; Cleanup Projects Underway
The flooding in our region over the last two weeks has been unprecedented, with an estimated 7,000 buildings/homes suffering significant damage. On July 14, Governor Rauner visited affected communities and issued a disaster declaration for many counties, including McHenry, Lake and Kane. Upon making the declaration, he also directed Illinois Emergency Management Agency Director James Joseph to activate the State Emergency Operations Center as needed to coordinate any requests for assistance from flood-impacted communities.

Please visit the McHenry County web site for comprehensive information about available resources for those affected and about how homeowners can report their flood damage. A helpful “Frequently Asked Questions” document has also been made available by the Illinois Department of Emergency Management. You can access that document here.

Cooling Stations are Ready to Help Illinois Residents Battle the Summer Heat
As part of Illinois' Keep Cool Illinois campaign, over 120 state facilities are now available as cooling centers. The cooling centers will provide Illinoisans a place to stay cool and comfortable during hot summer days. The following locations offer free cooling centers for Illinoisans:
  • Tollway Oasis locations are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 
  • Department of Human Services cooling centers are open during normal business hours from 8:30AM - 5:00PM, Monday through Friday.
Click here to find a cooling station near you. For more information about DHS Cooling Centers, please call the Illinois Department of Human Services hotline at (800) 843-6154 during normal business hours.