More than 40 local residents were on hand as the Legislative Advisory Council, created by State Sen. Chris Nybo, State Rep. Peter Breen and State Rep. Patricia Bellock to work on issues being considered in Springfield, convened its first meeting on June 17th at the DeVry University Campus in Downers Grove.

“Each year, thousands of bills are filed in the General Assembly, but only a small percentage of those bills will make it through committees and into the House or Senate for actual consideration. There are good bills and there are troublesome bills to consider,” Rep. Breen said. “We need to know how these bills are viewed by local residents, and this community input is the Legislative Advisory Council’s most important resource.” 

Members of the Legislative Advisory Council will work with Rep. Breen, Rep. Bellock and Sen. Nybo to develop new ideas and evaluate current proposals being considered 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. 

“Feedback from the community is vitally important at every step of the legislative process,” Rep. Bellock said. “Many of the best public policy changes and government reforms achieved over the years were inspired from ideas suggested by constituents.”

“The expertise available within our communities is an excellent resource, and the Council’s assistance with research, discussion and debate gives us invaluable insight as elected officials charged with serving the entire district,” Sen. Nybo said. “I look forward to working with dedicated residents to find solutions to the challenges facing our communities and our state, as well as to embrace the possibilities and opportunities that await us.”

For more information or to submit a membership application, call Rep. Breen at 630/403-8135 or e-mail him at Contact Sen. Nybo by calling 630/969-0990 or e-mailing

The Legislative Advisory Council’s Committees and chairs include:

State Finance and Budget: James Bindon (Elmhurst) Co-Chair; David Olsen (Downers Grove) Co-Chair (Alt. Secretary); Tracy Ries (Elmhurst) Secretary

Business and Economic Expansion: Michael Cullinane (Elmhurst/Naperville) Co-Chair; Vincent Heaton (Wheaton) Co-Chair (Alt. Secretary); Catherine Galvin (Glen Ellyn) Secretary

Education: Mary Ann Kalis (Elmhurst) Chair; Jean Baldikoski (Elmhurst) Co-Chair (Alt Secretary); Tracy Ries (Elmhurst) Secretary

Environment and Energy: Greg Hart (Downers Grove Township) Chair; Joseph Urani (Cook County) Co-Chair/Secretary.

Senior Citizens and Veterans: Colleen Ceh (Downers Grove) Co-Chair; John Morrissey (Elmhurst) Co-Chair; Catherine Galvin (Glen Ellyn) Secretary

Human and Social Services: Alana McBride Piech (Lombard) Co-Chair; Lori Solyom (Lombard) Co-Chair/Reporting Secretary

Transportation: Alan Bennett (Lombard) Co-Chair; Walter Smith (Lombard) Co-Chair
Placing telemarketing calls to wireless phones is - and always has been - illegal in most cases.

Why the confusion about telemarketing to wireless phones?

Consumers report receiving emails saying they'll soon begin receive telemarketing calls on their wireless phones. The confusion seems to stem from discussions in the wireless phone industry about establishing a wireless 411 phone directory, much like your traditional (wired) 411 phone directory. A number of email campaigns seem to suggest that if your wireless telephone number is listed in a wireless 411 directory, it will be available to telemarketers, and you will start to receive sales calls. In addition, some of these email campaigns suggest that there is a separate do-not-call "cell phone registry," which you must call to have your wireless phone number covered by the do-not-call rules. This information is inaccurate.

The facts

Even if a wireless 411 directory is established, most telemarketing calls to wireless phones would still be illegal. For example, it is unlawful for any person to make any call (other than a call made for emergency purposes or made with express prior consent) using any automatic telephone dialing system or any artificial or prerecorded voice message to wireless numbers. This law applies regardless of whether the number is listed on the national Do-Not-Call list.

Read more here.
Today, Representative Peter Breen called for a veto of Senate Bill 1421, which passed out of the House this past Thursday. The bill will allow utility companies, like Illinois American Water, to seek permission to charge municipal wastewater customers in one part of the state for the company’s private wastewater expansion efforts in other parts of the state. Breen received numerous complaints about SB 1421 from residents in his district served by Illinois American Water, which covers parts of Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Lombard, and Lisle, among other communities.

“Folks in DuPage County should not have to pay to expand wastewater services in Peoria,” said Breen. “This bill would force residents to pay twice for wastewater services: once for their own municipal services and a second time for private services for people on the other side of the state. Homeowners are at the mercy of their water providers—they should be charged a fair price for the water services received, not to subsidize private expansion that doesn’t benefit them.”

Rep. Breen directly challenged the sponsor of the bill in a vigorous debate on the House floor and attacked the measure as an unjust fee increase. Video of the floor debate can be viewed here. Breen noted that Illinois American has roughly 280,000 water customers but only 30,000 private wastewater customers, in support of his argument that the fee shifting in this bill would be detrimental to the vast majority of those water customers.

The measure passed the House by a slim margin, 63-50, and now goes to Governor Bruce Rauner for his consideration.