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Illinois is on the brink of entering a second fiscal year without an approved budget in place to guide state spending. Whereas some Illinoisans experienced significant hardship due to the absence of a budget for FY16, the repercussions for FY17 are even more dire, as many school districts will be unable to open their doors to students in the fall, and state agencies and programs that limped by last year face almost certain closure.

Illinoisans need to understand one simple truth: it does not have to be this way. Prior to the end of the regular legislative session on May 31, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin filed two emergency spending bills that will allow all schools to open on time and also ensure that critical budget areas like universities and colleges, the correctional system and other vital service areas of government are funded through the end of the year. These bills, HB 6583 and HB 6585, are balanced. Neither would add a cent of debt to the State of Illinois.

The proposal advanced by Speaker Madigan, which was overwhelmingly rejected by the Illinois Senate in the final hours of our May adjournment session, was a $40 billion spending plan that was over $7 billion out of balanced and would have all but guaranteed a 47% tax hike on working families. This proposal was the only budget placed before the chamber for a vote, and in the Speaker’s own words was an attempt to “operate in the extreme.”

The stopgap, HB 6583, would allow every Illinois school district to be fully funded at 100% of the foundation level for the first time since FY12. Additionally, the bill holds harmless those school districts including Chicago Public Schools that would lose state funding in FY17 due to rising property values along with a decline in poverty. But most importantly, it removes K-12 school children from the crossfire of the larger budget impasse.

Why is this important? Because what appears to be holding up the stopgap measure at present is the insistence that Chicago schools receive a bailout in the form of over $500 million in increased state funding. This insistence on a bailout is all the more ironic given the resounding rejection of my CPS debt restructuring proposal earlier in the year by Democrats across Illinois. As a reminder, that proposal would have provided additional tools to Chicago Schools to dig out of their financial troubles.

CPS would prefer the cash, and it appears that Speaker Madigan is willing to bring down the State to achieve this bailout in an epic display of brinksmanship. At the end of May, House members were told they will be in Springfield every Wednesday for continuing session. So far Speaker Madigan has cancelled every summer session date, eliminating every possibility for these two emergency funding bills to be approved prior to the start of FY17 on July 1.

It’s time for the political games to stop. Each of us in the legislature was elected to do a job, and that job begins with making sure our schools open on time and that vital state services are in place to serve our vulnerable populations. These stopgap measurers provide a necessary safety net that allows those things to happen while lawmakers continue working toward agreement on a balanced budget with meaningful reforms to grow the economy.

In an effort to improve public safety and reduce incidences of gun violence in Illinois, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has filed legislation that will help keep firearms out of the hands of individuals who have been deemed a public safety threat, have made threats of terrorism, or have been charged with an act of terrorism. The bill was unveiled at a press conference held at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago on Thursday.

HB 6588 protects the rights of lawful citizens while strengthening provisions of the Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) Act to as it pertains to rejecting or revoking the credentials of individuals who have been identified as a clear risk to the safety of others. “We have all been devastated repeatedly by the massacres at the Pulse nightclub, in San Bernardino, at Sandy Hook Elementary, at Mother Emanuel AME Church, at Cole Hall at NIU in DeKalb and dozens of other places around the country, “ said bill sponsor State Representative Greg Harris (D-Chicago). “I’m glad that in Illinois we have found a bi-partisan way forward to make sure that persons who pose clear threats to the community cannot no longer buy or possess firearms”

The bill’s Chief Co-Sponsor Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein) praised the legislation and said that as a lawful gun owner himself, he supports the bill because he believes it will save lives. “The Second Amendment is an important part of our Constitution, and HB 6588 does not diminish that right for any individual who wishes to conduct themselves within the framework of our laws,” said HB 6588 Chief Co-Sponsor Ed Sullivan (R-Mundelein). “This bipartisan bill takes aim at gun violence in ways that could prevent tragedies like that which occurred earlier this month in Orlando and at Northern Illinois University a few years ago from happening ever again.”

State Representative Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove), who also serves as a Chief Co-Sponsor of the bill, calls HB 6588 a proactive measure that helps keep guns out of the hands of individuals who wish to cause harm to others. “I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, but I also favor efforts that help ensure that only law abiding citizens have access to firearms,” said Sandack. “Every Illinois family deserves to feel safe, and this bill is a very fair method for maximizing public safety while preserving Constitutional rights.”

While providing law enforcement with an additional tool in the fight against gun violence and terrorism, the legislation also provides for a right to due process for those who have had a FOID card denied or revoked. In addition to the stronger provisions for screening FOID card applicants, HB 6588 also requires police chiefs and deputy chiefs to receive annual training concerning the FOID Act, the Concealed Carry Act, and firearms investigations.

Since its filing earlier this week, nearly 30 members of the House of Representatives have signed on as co-sponsors.
In recognition of his service to the citizens of Illinois, the Illinois State Crime Commission has named State Representative Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) as their 2016 Republican Legislator of the Year.

According to Executive Director Jerry Elsner, honorees are chosen based on recommendations made by board members and a vote by the board. One Republican and one Democrat are chosen each year for the award. "Ron Sandack epitomizes the traits of honesty, integrity and accountability, which we should all look for in our elected officials," Elsner said. "He is a real role model that younger people can look up to."

Sandack, who serves as the Republican Spokesperson for the Judiciary-Civil and Restorative Justice Committees, and as a member of the Judiciary-Criminal Committee, said it was a privilege to be recognized for his work in the area of criminal justice. "This esteemed group does very important work in our communities, and receiving this distinction is quite an honor," Sandack said. "I have enjoyed working on legislation that helps them achieve their mission of reducing juvenile delinquency and promoting positive interactions between law enforcement and communities."

The award was presented at the group's annual "Salute to Those Who Make a Difference" awards dinner this week. "Representative Sandack's legislative efforts in government reduction, education, human trafficking, ethics, concealed carry, seniors' tax freezes and mental health are appreciated by this commission and by people across Illinois," said the Crime Commission's Government Affairs Director Michael Prueter. "We look forward to continuing to work with the Representative on his legislation, and believe he will be quite successful in these efforts."

Seniors from the 81st Legislative House District are invited to attend a free Senior Fair sponsored by State Representative Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) on Tuesday, June 21.

The fair will take place from 10:00 a.m. until noon at the Downers Grove Park District’s Lincoln Center gymnasium, 935 Maple Avenue in Downers Grove.

Participants 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. Refreshments will be served.

“This annual event is always well-attended, and once again we will have several not-for-profit organizations, businesses and medical professionals on hand who focus on improving the lives of senior citizens,” said Sandack. “I’m looking forward to another great turnout for this year’s event.”

No pre-registration is necessary. For additional information, please contact Rep. Sandack’s district office at (630) 737-0504.
Continuing Session Starts; First Session Day Cancelled by Speaker Madigan
At midnight on May 31, the House of Representatives did not adjourn for the summer. Instead, we adjourned until the “call of the chair,” as we were informed that we would be entering our second summer of “continuing session.” All lawmakers were told to keep their Wednesdays free for session days in Springfield. The first summer session day was scheduled for Wednesday, June, 8, but we were alerted by Tim Mapes, Chief of Staff to Speaker Madigan, that the June 8 session day would be cancelled to allow the bipartisan budget and reform working groups to continue their work. 

The alert we received is shown above. The text of the alert marks a pivotal change in the Speaker’s rhetoric. For weeks he had been saying that these bipartisan working groups were not gaining any traction. Since I serve on some of the groups I knew these statements were inaccurate. Progress is most definitely being made. This change in rhetoric on the part of the Speaker certainly provides some cause for optimism. My working group met last Wednesday in Springfield, and we will meet again this week in Chicago today and in Springfield on Wednesday, June 15. Our meetings continue to be respectful, engaging and productive.

Sandack Discusses End of Regular Session on WLS Radio
Upon the ending of our regular session, I had an opportunity to do interviews with WLS radio hosts “Big” John Howell and Justin Kaufmann. We discussed the importance of how, as members of the super-minority, we had success in stopping some very bad legislation from reaching the Governor, and how Senate Democrats are finally beginning to stand up to their leadership. We are beginning to see a fraying of the party line in the Democrat caucus, and there appears to be a new layer of common sense emerging that we can tap in our ongoing discussions toward a balanced budget and reforms. You can listen to my interview with Justin Kaufmann by clicking here, and by advancing to 1:21:10 on the counter.

House Floor Video of Budget Debate Goes Viral
There is a video from the budget debate over the wildly out-of-balance budget bill that has gained significant traction on social media. The video features House Republican Dwight Kay’s questioning of the bill’s sponsor, Democrat Assistant Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie. The bill, as you may remember, sought approval of a $40 billion spending plan with only $33 billion in expected revenues. As of this writing, the video has had more than 1.3 million views. If you have not yet seen this very telling example of how Speaker Madigan and his chief followers conduct business on the floor of the House, I could encourage you to watch the video. It illustrates very clearly how Speaker Madigan works, and why Illinois does not.

Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s Cut Illinois Credit Rating
The Moody’s Investors Service ratings cut, from Baa3 to Baa2, together with the Standard & Poor’s ratings downgrade to BBB-plus, brings Illinois one notch closer to “junk bond” status. As Illinois’ credit rating declines, Illinois taxpayers must pay higher interest rates. In addition, the State faces the prospect of substantial supplemental penalties on its current debt should credit ratings further decline.

Moody’s ratings cut repeated its longstanding “negative outlook” statement on Illinois general-obligation (GO) debt, signaling the firm’s belief that further ratings cuts may be imposed in the near future. Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s are the world’s #1 and #2 providers of credit ratings to public and private entities. A third firm that competes with and operates in close affiliation with Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s, Fitch Ratings, may also soon cut its ratings of Illinois debts.

The credit ratings posted by Moody’s and its competitors are meant to gauge the probability that a certain debt obligation will go into default. Credit rating cuts have preceded many of the major public-sector defaults of the recent past, including the city of Detroit and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Governor Bruce Rauner responded to the debt downgrade on Thursday, June 9, with a call for “real structural changes to repair the years of unbalanced budgets and deficit spending.”

$550 Million in New Illinois Debt Scheduled to Head to Market
The underwriting event, scheduled for June 16, came as the Democrat-controlled General Assembly missed its second successive annual budget deadline. After failing to pass a constitutional balanced budget for FY16, the Democrat-controlled Illinois General Assembly neglected to enact any budget at all in May 2016 for Fiscal Year 2017. FY2017 starts on July 1, 2016.

General obligation (GO) bonds, such as the bonds scheduled to be sold in mid-June, are backed by the full faith and credit of the State of Illinois. Serious concerns about the financial probity of Illinois’ current operations, particularly the current budget impasse, have placed this faith and credit into question.

The executive in charge of municipal bond investments world’s largest money management firm, BlackRock, has advised his colleagues to boycott further access by Illinois to the credit markets. While the scheduled June 16 bond underwriting event is scheduled to raise money for capital improvements (such as transportation roads and bridges) rather than the operating-fund situation that is at the heart of the current budget impasse, the budget situation is already affecting Illinois’s GO status. Illinois currently must pay GO interest rates that are 183 basis points (1.83%) higher than the rates paid by neighboring states, such as Indiana, that are rated triple-A. These extra costs are passed on to taxpayers and motorists in the form of higher taxes and in the form of construction project delays.

DuPage Residents Enjoy Drop in Sales Tax Rate
On June 1, those who live and shop in DuPage County saw the sales tax for general merchandise drop by a quarter percent. Consumers will now pay seven cents tax for every dollar spent, down from the previous tax rate of 7.25 cents. County officials from DuPage estimate the reduction will return $36 million to the pockets of DuPage taxpayers. DuPage County has been a leader in consolidation and tax efficiency, and serves as a model that other Illinois counties try to emulate. According to county officials, more than $33 million has been cut from the DuPage County budget since 2010, and the current 2016 budget includes no property tax increase for the eighth consecutive year. The taxpayers of DuPage can appreciate the county staff and elected board members who continually seek ways to lessen the tax burden.

House Republicans Continue to Push for 2016-17 School Funding
The House Republican Caucus has been working with all sides, including Governor Rauner and rank-and-file Democrats, to ensure that funding is in place for Illinois public school districts to open on time this fall. Democrats, especially in the Illinois House, have continued to block appropriations for Illinois schools to operate in 2016-17.

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin filed legislation prior to the May 31st session deadline to provide FY17 funding for Illinois elementary and secondary education. I am a top line sponsor of this legislation. House Republicans see HB 6583 as a way to remove K-12 schools from the budget crossfire. The bill would take effect immediately, but its key impact would be felt in FY17 covering the 2016-17 school year. While the General Assembly could consider HB 6583 at any time, most observers believe that it will become increasingly essential to pass some sort of school funding bill prior to the next calendar deadline – the start of the FY17 fiscal year on July 1, 2016.

Summer Calendar of Events for District 81 Residents
Thanks to everyone who visited my mobile office hours on June 7 at the Downers Grove Library. I hold these mobile office hours throughout the summer months as a way to connect with residents of District 81 who cannot readily come to my district office for assistance. I will be holding more mobile office hour events during the summer, and I would encourage citizens to stop by the event that is closest to their house. Upcoming District 81 community outreach events include: 
  • June 21: Senior Fair: 10 AM until noon, Lincoln Center Gymnasium, 935 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove
  • June 29: Mobile Office Hours, Lisle Library, 10:00 AM until noon
  • August 6: Document Shredding Event
  • August 13: Understanding and Challenging your Property Tax Assessment
  • August 31: Jobs Fair
  • September 10: Veterans Fair
Please call my Downers Grove office at (630) 737-0504 or visit to learn more about these and other events that could be added to the schedule.
IL to Enter Second Straight Year Without a State Budget
When it became evident that a balanced budget deal was not going to brought to the House floor prior to our regular session adjournment date of May 31, House Republicans filed a budget bill, HB 6585, to cover both Fiscal Year 2016 “stopgap” expenditures and some urgently-needed Fiscal Year 2017 priority expenses. The bill would have appropriated badly-needed money to a wide variety of essential and job-creating state agencies and educational institutions, such as state universities and prisons. The appropriations contained in this bill were fully paid for from existing revenues and would not have increased the state’s debt. HB 6585 was filed by House Republican leader Jim Durkin on Tuesday, May 31, and I am a co-sponsor of the bill.

Unfortunately, House Democrats refused to hear any Republican budget bills. To add to the chaotic scene in Springfield’s State Capitol on the final night of the 2016 spring session, Senate Democrats refused to pass the $7.5 billion out-of-balance “budget” approved by the House Democrats the week before. The supermajority party in the two chambers could not even agree on fake numbers for a massively-unbalanced spending plan for FY17, which will start on July 1, 2016. In an unprecedented failure to govern, the Democrat supermajority did not pass a state budget by the May 31st deadline. Entities that have been left waiting for more than 11 months for payment from the State were left in no doubt which party was at fault for the debacle. Illinois’ public schools were also left unfunded as Democrats left town, pointing fingers at each other.

A series of special sessions are expected to be held in June for lawmakers to make additional attempts to reach a budget and policy compromise. Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger has warned lawmakers that some state payments will end, and others will be delayed as long as eight or nine months, unless a budget deal that matches expenditures to revenues is reached prior to the start of the new fiscal year on July 1.

House Republicans File Legislation to Protect Public Education from Budget Fight
House Democrats agreed in May 2015 to suspend the impact of the budget impasses upon Illinois public schools and their pupils. This was done by passing a bill that appropriated full funding for Illinois public schools in the 2015-16 school year while leaving the rest of Illinois state government to try to operate without a budget. While deeply flawed, this strategy protected schoolchildren, their parents, and educators from the worst consequences of the current budget impasse for one year. However, the 2015-16 school year is over and a new fiscal year will soon begin.

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, with the support of many members of the House Republican Caucus, has responded to the current impasse by filing a separate bill to fully fund K-12 education in Illinois for FY2017. I am a top line sponsor of this bill. This strategy follows the one adopted in 2015. HB 6583 responds to discussions among many House members, including rank-and-file House Democrats, who have called for leaving schools out of the current budget crisis. The measure responds to changes in school attendance, school district equalized assessed values (EAVs), and school district maintenance of efforts. HB 6583 includes a $104.8 million “hold harmless” provision to ensure that all Illinois public school districts will receive at least 100% of their gross prorated 2015-16 General State Aid school aid in FY17.

The bill parallels the bill voted for by most House Democrats in May 2015. It remains to be seen if Democrats will hold Illinois school children hostage this year as they push for even more spending for Chicago. Enacting HB 6583 will mean that Illinois schoolchildren and their families can look forward with certainty to a school year starting in September. I sincerely hope Speaker Madigan releases this bill from the House Rules committee and allows it to be debated and voted upon.

Sandack Targets Illegal Gun Trafficking through HB 6303
Legislation that provides law enforcement with an important new tool in the fight against gun violence and illegally-obtained firearms is on its way to the Governor. I am a Chief Co-Sponsor of HB 6303, which amends the Criminal Code by creating the offense of firearms trafficking. The bill protects the rights of law-abiding gun owners, while taking aim at individuals without a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) Card, who purchase guns and/or ammunition in other states and bring those items into Illinois to be sold, traded or transferred. Those who violate the provisions of the bill would be charged with a Class I felony which would carry sentence of between four and twenty years for a first offense. Repeat offenders would be charged with a Class X felony. 

Research from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tells us that at least 60% of the guns used in crimes in Illinois come from other states. This bill puts real teeth into our laws as they relate to the illegal trafficking of guns and ammunition into Illinois. Interestingly, most of the out-of-state guns used in Illinois crimes come from Indiana, Mississippi and Wisconsin. Today it is too easy for these guns to get into the hands of criminals in Illinois, and this legislation should serve as an effective deterrent for the straw purchasers who wish to provide these illegal guns to unlawful citizens of our state. The law will take effect immediately upon its signing by the Governor.

Cash-Flow Report by General Assembly Oversight Committee shows Continued Shortfall in Revenues
The shortfall, which has grown significantly since January 2015, is a reflection of what is called the “structural deficit” of the State’s operating budget. This structural deficit is a component of the overall cash flow of the state of Illinois, which is independently tracked by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability (COGFA). COGFA, a nonpartisan arm of the Illinois General Assembly, works with Governor Rauner’s Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) and the Illinois Department of Revenue to track Illinois cash inflows and outflows.

Even in times of nationwide economic prosperity, Illinois continues to spend much more money than it takes in. Repeated shortfalls of this type have built up the current backlog of unpaid State debts and bills, which Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger estimated to be $6.9 billion as of Tuesday, June 1. This $6.9 billion official figure does not include expenses incurred but not yet presented to the Comptroller’s office for payment, as well as commitments made by Springfield but not yet formally billed to the State.

Chicago Demands Various Forms of Pension Relief
SB 777 rewrites and slows down the schedule that the City of Chicago must use to solve the problem of unfunded pension liabilities borne by Chicago police and firefighter pension funds. HB 813 demanded that state taxpayers contribute $205.4 million to Chicago teacher pensions. Both measures were sponsored entirely by Democrats. SB 777 was seen by opponents of the measure as a facet of Illinois’ longstanding policy of putting off pension payments, commonly referred to as a “pension holiday. This policy has helped lead to a point where Illinois has the lowest credit rating of any of the 50 states. Governor Bruce Rauner issued a total veto SB 777, but the veto was overridden by the House on Monday, May 30. Most House Republicans voted against SB 777. The motion to override the Governor’s veto was 72-43-2 (71 votes were required). HB 813 and other Chicago teacher-pension bailout bills did not become law.

House Passes Unfunded Child Care Bill
SB 730 requires the State of Illinois, starting in FY18, to pay child-care subsidies for the care expenses of children with family incomes between 185% and 250% of the federal poverty level (FPL). Previously, families with incomes above 185% of FPL were not eligible for state-funded child care assistance under the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). The proposal was pushed by SEIU, a union that has mounted a major effort to organize public-sector-paid child care workers. House Republicans pointed out that the measure would have a massive negative fiscal impact upon Illinois taxpayers at a time when the State’s budget is already billions of dollars out of balance. In FY17, the bill would impose an additional $200 million/year burden upon the State’s budget. In FY18 and following years, this fiscal impact would rise by an additional $500 million/year, to $700 million/year. 

I was very outspoken against the bill, not only because it added hundreds of millions in new debt to our state, but also because a properly filed fiscal note was ignored. When lawmakers place a fiscal note on a bill, the rules state that the bill’s progress halts until a detailed fiscal impact analysis is shared with all Representatives. Fiscal notes are important because they help legislators fully understand the financial impact of the bills before us. Democrats ignored the fiscal note that was placed on SB 730. Unfortunately, the bill, as amended in the House, was passed by the House by a vote of 70-46-0 on Monday, May 30. The Senate’s May 31 concurrence vote of 37-18-0 sent the measure to the Governor’s desk. You may watch my floor debate on the bill here.

Bill to Automatically Register Voters Sent to Governor
SB 250 designates certain enumerated State agencies, headed by the Secretary of State’s office, and directs them to use their contacts with Illinois residents to automatically register adult residents upon contact. Under this law an applicant for a drivers’ license or license renewal, who as part of the application process presents evidence that he or she is older than 18, would be automatically registered to vote. The new voter’s name would be automatically sent to the State Board of Elections unless the applicant specifically asked not to be registered. The House vote to pass SB 250, as amended, was 86-30-0. The Senate concurrence vote of 50-7-0 sent the measure to the Governor’s desk. Both votes were taken on Tuesday, May 31.

Sandack Appears on Chicago Tonight to Talk About Final Week of Spring Session
On the June 2 edition of Chicago Tonight, I appeared as part of a bipartisan panel of lawmakers that talked about the General Assembly's inability to get a balanced budget in place, and how agreement was not reached on a variety of other key state issues. You may watch the conversation by clicking here.

House Extends Life of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program from 2018 to 2020
SB 10 makes other changes intended to help the medical profession and some patients. The bill will allow patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and patients with a terminal illness diagnosis of 6 months or less, to seek permission to use medical cannabis. It ends the requirement that a physician explicitly recommend that a patient take medical cannabis, and replaces this with a new authorization to physicians. Under the new law, a medical professional will simply certify a diagnosis that a longtime patient has a condition that has been approved for medical-cannabis use. 

As amended, patient’s registry cards shall be good for 3 years, rather than 1 year. The bill removes the fingerprinting requirement for patient card renewal. Approximately 6,200 Illinois patients currently hold medical cannabis cards. Possession of a card gives a cardholder the right to enter an approved dispensary and purchase medical cannabis. Because of the lower burdens placed upon physicians by this bill, the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) supported SB 10 as amended. The House and Senate votes to pass this bill were 86-27-1 (House) and 50-7-0 (Senate).

Downers Grove Girl Earns Girl Scout Gold Star Award

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Gold Star Award ceremony Downers Grove’s Annie Vitti. Annie earned this highest achievement available through Girl Scouts through the completion of an impressive project in her local community. Through her Gold Star project, Annie is preserving the lives of the protected bird species Chimney Swifts. A nature enthusiast and bird lover, Annie saw a group of the protected species circling the chimney of her house. She educated herself on the species and found that the population of that specific type of bird has been declining in population since the 1990s. To help preserve the species, she built a 12-foot wooden tower as a safe home for the birds in a local forest preserve. She then did presentations for various organizations about the project and how it would help preserve the federally-protected bird. Congratulations Annie!

Free Community Events in and Around District 81
Thank you to all who came out for my Children’s Safety Expo over the weekend. We had a great turnout and everyone had a lot of fun. Saturday’s event kicked off a full summer and fall of community outreach events that will be sponsored by my office. Please mark your calendars, and attend any or all of these future free events:
  • June 7: Mobile Office Hours, Downers Grove Library, 10:00 AM until noon
  • June 21: Senior Fair: 10 AM until noon, Lincoln Center Gymnasium, 935 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove
  • June 29: Mobile Office Hours, Lisle Library, 10:00 AM until noon
  • August 6: Document Shredding Event
  • August 13: Understanding and Challenging your Property Tax Assessment
  • August 31: Jobs Fair
  • September 10: Veterans Fair
Please call my Downers Grove office at (630) 737-0504 or visit to learn more about these and other events that could be added to the schedule.
This week on Chicago Tonight, State Representative Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) was part of a bipartisan panel of lawmakers that talked about the General Assembly's inability to get a balanced budget in place, and how agreement was not reached on a variety of other key state issues. You may watch the conversation by clicking here.