Legislative Update: October 5, 2017

Breen Responds to Rauner Authorizing Taxpayer-Funded Abortion on Demand
Last Thursday, Governor Bruce Rauner signed HB 40, highly controversial legislation that provides for taxpayer-funded abortion on demand for Medicaid recipients and state employees. Immediately following the press conference where Rauner pledged to sign the bill, I spoke to the media about a promise Rauner made back in April that he would veto HB 40.

Rauner promised the people of Illinois that he had “no social agenda,” and as such he firmly committed to legislators, the public, and even to Chicago’s Cardinal, Blaise Cupich, that he would veto HB 40 if it reached his desk. But he broke that commitment, signing a bill that puts taxpayers on the hook to pay for an expected 20,000-30,000 aborted lives per year. Furthermore, he signed the bill knowing it lacked a revenue source during a time when the budget was already out-of-balance. The backlash against the Governor was swift and continues to grow.

My opposition to his decision generated a great deal of media coverage in many media outlets, including the Washington Post, the New York Times and on Fox News. Use the links below to access a few of the more local articles and opinion pieces which include portions of my response to the signing of HB 40.

Chicago Sun Times’ Tina Sfondeles

Chicago Tribune’s Kristen McQueary

Chicago Tribune’s John Kass

Rep. Breen to Partner with Senator Nybo and Local Groups for 3rd Annual Drive to Benefit Overseas Troops
I’m pleased to announce that Senator Chris Nybo and I will once again be partnering with the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the local Lilac Post 5815 for a third annual “Support Our Troops” collection drive. Items collected throughout the months of October and November will be delivered to military personnel serving overseas near or before Christmas. Our shared legislative office at 929 S. Main Street, Suite 105A in Lombard will serve as the drop-off location for items to be donated to U.S. troops. Donations will be accepted through November 30 during normal business hours of 9:00 AM until 3:30 PM, Monday through Friday. By donating to this drive, we can show our appreciation and respect of those serving this country overseas. It’s a small way to make a big difference as these brave men and women spend the holiday season away from their families and loved ones.

As we have done in the past, Senator Nybo and I would also like to send care packages specifically to local soldiers from the area (IL Senate District 24 or IL House District 48). Friends and family with loved ones from the area who are currently serving in the military are encouraged to contact our office at (630) 403-8135 with their names and addresses.
Recommended items to be included in the care packages include: 
  • Books, magazines, crossword and word search puzzles, coloring books, colored pencils, dominoes, checkers or chess games 
  • iTunes Gift Cards, headphones/ear buds, DVD movies or television shows, small video games, international calling cards 
  • Baby wipes, deodorant, Kleenex, lotion, toothpaste/toothbrush, shampoo, soap, female hygiene items, shaving cream, razors 
  • Beef jerky, powdered drink mix, coffee, granola or protein bars, trail mix, dry snacks, mixed nuts 
  • Laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, air fresheners 
  • Footballs, basketballs, soccer balls and frisbees 
Because the items will be mailed, aerosol cans/containers, food items that could melt or spoil and fragile items cannot be accepted. Thank you in advance for your participation in this year’s drive!

Breen’s Property Tax Event in Glen Ellyn Draws Large Crowd
Nearly 100 taxpayers from the 48th Legislative House District attended a free property tax forum I hosted in Glen Ellyn recently. 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 Milton Township Assessor Chris LeVan and York Township Chief Commercial Assessor Jerald Rudman. Together we spoke to residents about the process that ties the value of their homes to the tax bill they receive, and outlined several exemptions and freezes that could lower tax bills in certain circumstances. We also outlined the steps required for appealing an assessment and took questions from the audience.

District 48 Summer Readers Treated to Pizza Party and Mini Golf in Glen Ellyn
We had a great turnout for our third annual summer reading party, which was held recently in Glen Ellyn. Students in grades pre-K through 5th grade who read eight or more books during their summer vacation from school were invited to join us for pizza and miniature golf at the Maryknoll Park Clubhouse in Glen Ellyn. We all had a wonderful time and I was pleased to see so many local children who kept their reading skills sharp over the summer! Many thanks to several local businesses, including Domino’s Pizza, Dunkin Donuts, Enchanted Castle, Zak’s Pizza, Walgreen’s and the Lombard Roller Rink, for either donating items or offering them at a reduced cost for the party.

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