Representative Peter Breen recently hosted two young students in the General Assembly: Oliver Hsu and T.J. Cooper. Both students reside in the 48th District and were excited to join their Representative on the House floor. Oliver and T.J. acted as Representative Breen’s Pages for the Day, and came to the House of Representatives ready to serve. Representative Breen introduced both Pages on the House floor where they received a warm Springfield welcome.
Oliver Hsu is thirteen years old and a resident of Wheaton.  He is pictured above with his dad, David, and Rep. Breen.
T.J. Cooper, a resident of Lombard, is pictured above with his mother, Andi, and Rep. Breen.





On Friday, April 24, Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) passed HB 3289, legislation to regulate government use of automated license plate readers and retention of the tracking data generated by the devices. Rep. Breen worked extensively with the ACLU of Illinois to advance the measure. Together, they recruited a broad bi-partisan coalition of legislators to support the initiative. The final version of the bill was the third amended version, reached only after spirited negotiations with interested parties.
“Automated license plate readers can serve a legitimate law enforcement purpose, but because of the power of this technology to track innocent civilians, we need to put responsible limits on their use. Our right to privacy is a fundamental right, cherished by our Founders and enshrined in the Illinois Constitution. This bill is a measured way to balance fighting crime and preserving innocent folks' privacy."

This bill limits license plate recognition systems to a specific range of uses for law enforcement, toll collection, and parking enforcement purposes, along with placing a 30-month maximum on the amount of time that location tracking information may be retained. Currently, there is no limit in Illinois law on the use of license plate readers or on the retention of tracking data from the readers.

After vigorous debate, the House passed the measure by a vote of 75-24-11. The bill will now move onto the Senate.
Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) passed HB 2690, a bill to allow the sale of unpasteurized milk at Illinois farms, by a unanimous vote of 109-0. Sales of unpasteurized or "raw" milk had been occurring in Illinois under a decades-old statute, but due to more recent changes in state law, raw milk sales had been inadvertently made illegal.

Because current law provides misdemeanor criminal charges for raw milk sale, Illinois residents have been forced into underground transactions to purchase the milk. This legislation would remedy the defect in current law and allow individuals to purchase and sell raw milk in the open.

“This is both a pro-business and pro-freedom initiative," said Breen. "Consumers and farmers shouldn't be considered criminals for buying and selling unpasteurized milk. Folks drink locally-produced raw milk for a variety of reasons, whether for health reasons, for the taste, or just to support small farmers. We should be promoting wholesome natural alternatives, not criminalizing and condemning them.”

This legislation was strongly supported by the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, which promotes local food production throughout the state. The bill was initially vigorously opposed by some in the public health community. However, after extensive negotiations, Breen secured consent of all interested parties with his fourth amendment to the bill, which became the final version of the measure. The bill now moves to the Illinois Senate.
Today, Representative Peter Breen welcomed Elizabeth Le Beau to Springfield. Elizabeth served as Rep. Breen’s Page for the Day in the General Assembly, and was recognized on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Elizabeth is a resident of Lombard and is pictured below with Representative Breen.

On Friday afternoon, Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) passed his first bill in the Illinois House, HB 3747. The legislation would consolidate governance of the DuPage County Fair into one entity, eliminating the DuPage County Fair and Exposition Authority and transferring its duties to the DuPage County Fair Association. Currently, funds for the Fair Association are directed through the Fair and Exposition Authority, even though the only entity supported by the Authority is the Association. As the DuPage County Fair Association already operates the fair, this legislation allows funds to flow directly to it, without redirection through the superfluous Fair and Exposition Authority.

Breen stated, “The work of streamlining government is often slow and difficult, requiring elimination of unnecessary units of government one at a time. This bill will help reduce the size of DuPage County government and save taxpayers money. A key part of Governor Bruce Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda is consolidation, and I am glad to support that statewide effort by making DuPage County government more effective, efficient, and transparent.”

The bill unanimously passed the Counties and Townships Committee before being passed out of the House unanimously, 105-0. The measure now moves to the Senate.



Today we commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s passing. While he was special to our entire nation, he was especially important to Illinois, and remains one of our State’s greatest. His legacy is second to none, and today the Land of Lincoln remembers him for the tremendous impact he had.  

Rep. Breen and other legislators gathered to honor Lincoln’s legacy, and remember all he did for our State.
Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) and other DuPage County legislators met local school superintendents and administrators on Tuesday, April 7, at the DuPage Regional Office of Education Center for Professional Learning, in Lombard, to discuss issues related to public education. The goal was to provide a forum for legislators and administrators to find ways to work together to solve problems facing DuPage County school districts. The discussion with administrators covered several key educational issues, including pension reform, problems with the new PARRC standardized tests, the negative financial impact of unfunded mandates, and a proposed new state funding formula (SB1).

“I'm committed to ensuring that every child in DuPage County receives a world-class education,” said Breen. “Our educators and school administrators are on the front lines of ensuring that high-quality education. We need to trust their lived experience, instead of micromanaging classrooms with more unnecessary and unfunded mandates.” Breen was pleased that one of the outcomes of this discussion was bipartisan openness to reducing those mandates. “For instance, we learned that the state requires teachers to watch half-hour videos on dealing with cuts and bloody noses every year. Legislators on both sides agreed that, if videos are to be required, at the very least, they shouldn’t be required every single year. Easing or lifting excessive burdens like these will allow more time for teaching and tutoring. That’s a win for students, teachers, and taxpayers.”

The School Funding Reform Act, SB1, also raised concerns at the meeting, as it would completely overhaul the formula for how much money the state provides K-12 schools. “As a member of the bipartisan task force charged to oversee this legislation, I am deeply concerned that this ‘reform’ is merely a way to redistribute money away from successful DuPage schools to failing Chicago schools. Some reform of our state’s school funding formula may be necessary, but the burden shouldn’t rest on the backs of suburban homeowners. DuPage districts shouldn’t be punished for their success – we need to reform failing districts first, before we have any conversations about spending more tax dollars on those districts,” noted Breen.

The event was hosted by the DuPage Principals Association and DuPage Regional Office of Education.

State Sen. Chris Nybo, State Rep. Peter Breen and State Rep. Patricia Bellock are creating a Legislative Advisory Council to work with local residents on issues that affect them in Springfield.

“It is a tremendous honor to serve our communities in both chambers of the General Assembly, and we intend to start off on the right foot by finding better ways to stay engaged with the community,” Rep. Breen said. “We trust the wisdom of our community and need the advice and insight of our neighbors as we act to solve problems, as well as seize the great opportunities Illinois has before it.”

The Legislative Advisory Council will help Rep. Breen, Rep. Bellock and Sen. Nybo develop new ideas and evaluate current proposals and options pending in Springfield. Members must be at least 18 years of age and residents of the 24th Legislative District, which includes the 47th and 48th Representative Districts.

“Many of the best public policy changes and government reforms achieved over the years were inspired from ideas suggested by constituents,” Rep. Bellock said. “Keeping local residents informed of what we’re working on in Springfield and getting their feedback is vitally important as we tackle the many budget challenges facing Illinois this spring and beyond.”

Sen. Nybo established a Legislative Advisory Council while serving as State Representative of the former 41st Representative District.

“The level of assistance with research, discussion and debate was extremely valuable to me as an elected official charged with serving the entire district. The expertise available within our communities was an excellent resource for me,” Sen. Nybo said. “I look forward to working with folks who are as interested as we are in working together to find solutions to our problems.”

The Legislative Advisory Council’s Committees include: State Finance and Budget, Business and Economic Expansion, Education, Environment and Energy, Transportation, Senior Citizens and Veterans, and Human and Social Services. Each Council member will be given the opportunity to join the committee of their preference.

For more information, call Rep. Breen at 630/403-8135 or e-mail him at peter@reppeterbreen.org. Contact Sen. Nybo by calling 630/969-0990 or e-mailing chris@chrisnybo.org.