Rezin’s Report: Thank you to our volunteers in Coal City

July 2, 2015

Dear Friends,

I want to begin by thanking the more than one thousand volunteers who showed up for the Coal City Volunteer Clean Up Day last week. Thank you for cleaning up debris, picking up the pieces, and helping families get back on their feet after last week’s tornado. While the images from the EF3 tornado are devastating to look at, the images of hundreds of volunteers from around the area coming to help are even more powerful. I know Coal City has been through this before, but it always amazes me to see so many people taking time out of their busy lives to help strangers. Their generosity and selflessness is an inspiration.

It’s these acts of helping others which is the biggest reason why I love representing the 38th District. The people in our district are such hard working, down to earth, and good people. So thank you to all of you!

Please remember to be careful and wear hard-soled boots if you can, as there are a lot of sharp objects scattered. If you haven’t already, take a look at this video of families who still have such a positive outlook, despite having to start over:

I hope you enjoy the July 4th Weekend and spend some quality time with family and friends.

State Sen. Sue Rezin

Firework displays in the 38th Senate District

Bureau County:

Village of Mineral Fireworks

July 3rd at dusk
Village Baseball Field

Spring Valley Fireworks

July 3rd at dusk
Hall High School Football Field

Princeton July 4th Fireworks

July 4th at dusk
Zearing Park

Grundy County:

Grundy County Fair

July 3rd at dusk
Grundy County Fairgrounds

Kendall County:

Yorkville 4th of July Celebration

July 4th at dusk
Just south of Menards

La Salle County:

Peru Fourth of July Fireworks

July 3rd at dusk
On the Waterfront

Ottawa 4th of July Fireworks

July 4th at dusk
Ottawa Township High School

Sheridan Independence Day

July 4th at dusk
Johnson Ave

Livingston County:

Streator Independence Day Celebration

July 5th at dusk
Streator Township High School Football Field

Will County:

Lockport 4th of July Fireworks

July 3rd at 9:10 p.m.
Dellwood Park

Romeoville Independence Day

July 3rd at 9:15 p.m.
Village Park

Patriotic Picnic and Fireworks

July 3rd at dusk
Plainfield Central High School

New Lenox 4th of July

July 4th at 9:30 p.m.
Village Commons

Mokena Fourth of July Celebration

July 4th at dusk
Main Park

Joliet 4th of July Fireworks

July 4th at dusk
Memorial Stadium

Wilmington Independence Day Celebration

July 5th at dusk
North Island Park

I want to thank all our employers who came to our job fair last week!

The Results Companies
Good Samaritan-Pontiac
Pleasant View
PetSmart Distribution Center
The Agency Staffing a Peoplelink Company
Silverleaf Resorts
Innovative Staff Solutions
Starved Rock Lodge
First Federal Savings Bank
Eakas Corporation
Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort
Lutheran Social Services/ In Touch Home Care
US Foods
Illinois Central School Bus
Oak State Products, Inc.
The Reserves Network
iCall Services Inc.
Ajinomoto Windsor
SB Face Painting

For more information on job opportunities, click here.

From the Statehouse

Love being a Mom! So great to have my son, Zach, in Springfield this week at the statehouse. How did he get so big so quickly?

Senate Week in Review

SPRINGFIELD –Illinois’ budget standoff continued this week as the new fiscal year began without a state spending plan in place. Despite Republicans’ calls for open, bipartisan negotiations, Democrat leaders have continued to drag their feet, refusing to compromise on a permanent budget solution and instead pushing an unbalanced one-month budget through the Senate.

While things may look grim, Sen. Rezin said. She continues to be hopeful that legislators will roll up their sleeves and work together, in a bipartisan way, to do what is right for the people of Illinois.

Gov. Bruce Rauner said “no” to cost-of-living salary increases for legislators on July 1, amendatorily vetoing Senate Bill 1354. The Governor also acted on a capital improvement plan this week, approving investments in Illinois’ physical infrastructure while using the line-item veto to take out earmarks, including renovations at the State Capitol Building, from the bill.

The Senate held another Committee of the Whole this week to discuss reforms to Illinois’ workers’ compensation system. Reform proponents say they want to ensure the system is there to protect injured workers, while also reducing the cost burden on job creators. Illinois has the 7th highest workers’ compensation premiums in the nation, costs that deter business expansion and drive jobs away from Illinois.

Also this week, a new proposal emerged at the Capitol that would freeze property taxes for two years for all units of local government, except Chicago, and create a commission to propose a new funding formula for Illinois’ schools. Addressing these important issues are top priorities for Senate Republicans; however, they expressed concerns about the specific legislation, noting they could not support the proposal in its current form.


Sen. Rezin speaks on the Senate Floor against the one month budget, which Senate Democrats passed and is unbalanced and unconstitutional and includes no reforms the citizens of Illinois are demanding.

Budget compromise remains elusive as new fiscal year begins

A new fiscal year began on July 1 without a state budget in place, a situation Illinois has been in before. On July 1, 1991, the state faced a similar budget stalemate that came to an end only when legislative leaders and then-Governor Jim Edgar worked together to reach a compromise.

This willingness to compromise, the Chicago Tribune noted in an editorial, is the biggest difference between 1991 and 2015, “… Rauner is the one who has been showing flexibility. He has revised, reduced his expectations for an agreement. The Democratic leaders have not.”

Here is a link to that editorial:

Facing the difficult task of running a state government without a budget, this week Gov. Rauner reassured state employees that they will be paid for their work, and said his administration is doing everything possible to ensure essential services continue uninterrupted.

During a visit to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency on June 30, Rauner told state employees, “I want to make darn sure you guys are paid, you guys are paid on time, you don’t miss any payroll, and you’re paid 100 percent of your salary, not some lesser amount.”

While the road to “fiscal sanity” is sure to be a bumpy one, Rauner and legislative Republicans remain open to compromise and committed to passing a balanced, constitutional budget and job-creating, structural reforms needed to put Illinois back on track.

Senate Democrats approve unbalanced one-month budget

While the Governor and legislative Republicans have remained open and willing to work toward a permanent solution on the budget, this week Senate Democrats approved a temporary, one-month budget that the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget cautioned is out of balance.

In a memo to the Governor, Tim Nuding, Director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget, said, “…this bill marches the taxpayers of Illinois toward an unbalanced budget one month at a time.” According to Nuding, the one-month budget represents little, if any, improvement over the state budget that passed the Legislature this spring. The Democrat lawmakers’ budget, which was nearly $4 billion out of balance, was vetoed last week.

State Sen. Tim Bivins (R-Dixon) pointed out during a committee hearing that ignoring the Illinois Constitution’s requirement for a balanced budget is how we got into this mess, and ignoring it again isn’t the solution.

During floor debate on the proposal, State Sen. Matt Murphy (R-Palatine) said, “We don’t need a one-month fix. Illinois is fundamentally broken and we need substantial reform.”

While the Democrats’ one-month budget passed in the Senate, an identical measure introduced in the House of Representatives failed to receive the required votes, leaving the proposal’s future uncertain.

Senate Republicans remain optimistic that through bipartisan negotiations, a more long-term solution to the state’s fiscal problems can be reached.

Gov says no pay-raises for legislators with amendatory veto

Gov. Rauner said “no” to cost-of-living pay increases for legislators this week, issuing an amendatory veto on Senate Bill 1354.

The Governor noted that there is no room in the budget to increase salaries for legislators, who are already among the highest-paid in the nation. In his veto message the Governor said, “A balanced budget requires shared sacrifice.”

According to Rauner, “Budget implementation bills must give us the tools to implement a balanced and realistic budget, and this change is an important step in closing our budget deficit.”

Senate Bill 1354 will be returned to the Senate where the chamber can vote either to override the Governor’s veto or accept the changes, before sending it over to the House.

Line-item veto eliminates certain projects in capital improvement legislation

The majority of a capital plan that will invest in Illinois’ public infrastructure was approved this week by Gov. Rauner; however, he also used his line-item veto authority to remove several projects contained in the proposal.

Rauner’s message on his bill action focused largely on the benefit of continued investment in public infrastructure and its critical importance to economic development. Among the line-items vetoed by the Governor are earmarks for things like Capitol building renovations.

Explaining these line-item vetoes, the Governor said, “We must also ensure that our limited taxpayer dollars are spent wisely, and that we prioritize funds for critical deferred maintenance. In light of the General Assembly’s unbalanced budget and the need for additional savings, I am vetoing earmarks, including Capitol building renovations, in order to make those funds available for other priorities.”

The legislation will be implemented with the Governor’s changes unless the House chooses to vote to restore the funding that was vetoed.

Rain continues to plague farmers

Heavy rains continue to drench fields and pastures across Illinois, putting farmers further behind as they attempt to harvest wheat and hay. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Illinois farmers only had an average of 1.1 days rated as suitable for field work last week, though many fields were still too wet for work during the limited sunshine.

So far, farmers have only managed to bale 8% of their second cutting of alfalfa hay, well behind the five-year average of 18%, and the winter wheat harvest stands at only 38% complete, compared to the five-year average of 59%. In addition, 93% of the statewide soybean crop has been planted, behind its five-year average of 97%.

Crop conditions are beginning to slip as well, with 62% of corn rated as “good” or “excellent,” and only 52% of soybeans receiving the same rating. That compares to last week’s ratings of 70% and 60%, respectively.


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