State Representative Peter Breen’s 2018 voting record in support of business and manufacturing has earned him high praise from Illinois’ Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA). During Breen’s four years in office his cumulative score with the TMA is 93%, among the highest in the General Assembly.

“A thriving manufacturing industry is critical to improving the Illinois economy,” said Breen. “It’s an honor to be recognized for my work to help these job creators, by improving our manufacturing climate and reducing burdens placed on them.”

This year legislators were scored on their votes on 10 pieces of legislation that impacted the manufacturing sector, and those earning a score of 70 or higher were recognized. Only 39 members of the House of Representatives earned recognition this year.

TMA President Steven Rauschenberger applauded Breen for being a champion for the manufacturing industry, and said, “Representative Breen has distinguished himself as a legislator who cares about jobs and employment opportunities in Illinois. He has an open door and an open mind when issues important to his constituents are at issue.”

The Technology and Manufacturing Association assists Illinois’ $100 billion manufacturing sector through advice, education, and other programs and also advocates for legislation to help the industry succeed in Illinois. Close to 20,000 manufacturing firms provide over half a million jobs statewide in Illinois. Click here to view a list of the legislation included on the scorecard and a full ranking of every Illinois State Representative and Senator.
Breen Addresses Huge Spike in "Failure to Appear in the Court" Cases in DuPage County
The safety of your family is very important to me, so when I learned that DuPage recently experienced a significant spike in instances where accused people who are out on bail have failed to appear in court, I went to work with DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and State Senator Michael Connelly to remedy the problem. Hunting down and bringing bail jumpers to justice uses precious police and prosecutorial resources—and our communities are less safe with these individuals at large.

This week Senator Connelly and I filed identical bills in the House and Senate that seek to amend the Bail Reform Act to help ensure that those charged with crimes actually appear in court when required to do so. The new Bail Reform Act that took effect in Illinois on January 1 of this year was part of a national movement to improve the pre-trial justice system in this country. While that Act includes some beneficial provisions, one specific change has disincentivized defendants from appearing in court. Under these new bail guidelines, they would rather take their chances and flee justice than appear on court-mandated dates to face their charges. This is unacceptable.

Failure to Appear in Court instances in DuPage County for more serious Category A offenses, which include murder, home invasion, and aggravated violent felonies, jumped by 83% during the first seven months of 2018 as compared to the same timeframe in 2017. Category B offenses jumped 71% during that same time. The current law stipulates that failure to appear offenses are imposed at one Class lower than the original crime for which a defendant is charged, and often judges are not sentencing offenders to jail time for skipping bail.

Poposed changes to the Bail Reform Act through my HB 5980 include:
  • Individuals who are out on bail and fail to appear in court would be charged with a “failure to appear” offense of the same Class (instead of the next lower Class) of the original crime with which he/she has been charged 
  • “Failure to Appear” offenders would not be eligible for probation for bail jumping 
State Sells $250 Million in Build Illinois Bonds
Proceeds from the largely tax-free debt offering will be used to finance capital infrastructure investments. No new taxes will be required to pay off the bonds, which will mature in equal stages from 2019 until 2043. The Build Illinois Bond Act sets aside a slice of revenues from existing sales taxes to service the bonds. Prior to using money from its sales taxes for day-to-day operating purposes, the State has pledged to its bondholders that it will use a portion of this sales tax money for long-term capital investment.

Many investors see Illinois sales tax revenues as a relatively secure revenue source, and despite the State’s overall fiscal challenges the bonds were rated several significant notches above the “junk bond” level. S&P Global Ratings rated the new issue at AA-, and Fitch Ratings rated the issue at A-. The bonds were sold to Wall Street investors on Tuesday, October 16. Money from the debt issuance will be used for long-term investments such as roads, bridges, and educational infrastructure.

Senator Nybo and Representative Breen Team Up for 4th Annual “Support Our Troops” Drive
This year State Senator Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) and I are once again partnering with the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the local Lilac Post 5815 for our fourth annual “Support Our Troops” collection drive. Items collected through the end of 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 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

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 my 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 or ear buds, DVD movies or television shows, small video games, international calling cards 
  • Baby wipes, deodorant, Kleenex, lotion, toothpaste and toothbrushes, 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, the collection drive will not accept aerosol cans and containers, food items that could melt or spoil, and fragile items.

Illinois Unemployment Rate Matches Record Low, Tied for 32nd Nationally
The recent 4.1% unemployment figure reported by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) matches the lowest number ever posted for this figure, a widely-cited index of economic health and activity in Illinois. The national average unemployment is now 3.7%, with Illinois ranking 32nd, behind Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Indiana. Preliminary data, which is subject to revision as more numbers come in, indicates that nonfarm payroll total employment increased in the Land of Lincoln by 2,800 jobs from August to September 2018. The same figure, when counted on a year-to-year basis (September 2017 to September 2018) showed a net gain of more than 50,000 nonfarm payroll jobs.

September 2018 job creation was stronger in education, construction, and manufacturing. The Illinois manufacturing economy created an estimated 2,300 net new jobs in September 2018 alone, and created 14,600 new factory jobs over the past 12 months. It should be noted, however, that the Illinois manufacturing sector is not as dominant as it was in February 1999, the last time our State’s unemployment rate was 4.1%. Illinois’ overall job universe has adjusted over the past two decades. In line with overall worldwide trends towards automation, many Illinois jobs have moved from factories to offices and service-related employment opportunities.
State Senator Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) and State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) are once again partnering with the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the local Lilac Post 5815 for their fourth annual “Support Our Troops” collection drive. Items collected throughout November will be delivered to military personnel serving overseas near or before Christmas.

“Supporting our troops is as easy as buying some of the suggested items the next time you’re in the store, and bringing them to our legislative offices. Your thoughtfulness will mean so much to the men and women who are a long way from home, especially during the holiday season,” Nybo said. “Rep. Breen and I want the brave young men and women who serve in our military—now and in years past—to know how much we appreciate their leadership and their commitment to freedom.”

The Nybo/Breen 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 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“By donating to this drive, we can show our appreciation and respect of those serving this country overseas,” said Breen. “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.”

Nybo and Breen 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 the Nybo/Breen office 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 or ear buds, DVD movies or television shows, small video games, international calling cards 
  • Baby wipes, deodorant, Kleenex, lotion, toothpaste and toothbrushes, 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, the collection drive will not accept aerosol cans and containers, food items that could melt or spoil, and fragile items.

For more information about the collection drive, or to leave contact information for a specific member of the service, call Sen. Nybo’s office at (630) 969-0990 or Rep. Breen’s office at (630) 403-8135.
State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) is partnering with DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and State Senator Michael Connelly (R-Lisle) to address a dramatic increase in the number of people in DuPage County who have decided to “skip bail” and not appear in court.

“The Bail Reform Act that took effect in Illinois on January 1 this year was part of a national movement to improve the pre-trial justice system in this country,” said Breen. “While that Act includes some beneficial provisions, one specific change has unfortunately resulted in a significant spike in instances when defendants out on bail fail to appear in court.”

According to Breen, the new Bail Reform Act provides two classifications for criminal offences: Category A (more serious felonies, mostly Class X, 1, & 2) and Category B (mostly Class 3 & 4 felonies). When comparing instances of failure to appear in court offenses from January 1 through July 30 of 2017 and 2018, Category A offenses jumped by 83% and Category B offenses jumped by 71% during the similar seven-month timeframes. Breen believes the increase is a direct result of bond requirements and penalties that no longer provide adequate incentive for the accused person to appear in court. Felonies in DuPage County have spiked in 2018. Category A felonies, which include murder, home invasion, and aggravated violent felonies, have jumped 21% year over year. Category B felonies are up 8% over last year.

“This is a startling increase,” Breen said. “The law stipulates that failure to appear offenses are imposed at one Class lower than the original crime for which a defendant is charged, and often judges are not sentencing offenders to jail time for skipping bail. Hunting down and bringing bail jumpers to justice uses precious police and prosecutorial resources—and our communities are less safe with these individuals at large. At a time when serious felonies are increasing in DuPage County, most of which are committed by offenders from out of our county, we have to get serious about improving public safety.”

Proposed changes to the Bail Reform Act include:
  • Individuals who are out on bail and fail to appear in court would be charged with a “failure to appear” offense of the same Class (instead of the next lower Class) of the original crime with which he/she has been charged 
  • “Failure to Appear” offenders would not be eligible for probation for bail jumping 
When presenting the proposed legislation, Berlin said, “For our system of justice to function properly, those who commit crimes must be held responsible. The legislative changes proposed today will not only encourage defendants to appear in court when ordered, but will also help ensure that those individuals who do skip out on their bail will face significant additional penalties.”

Breen added, “Victims of crimes have a Constitutional right to timely disposition of a criminal case involving themselves or a loved one. When those charged with crimes fail to appear in court, victims are denied those rights.”
Eighty-Three Bills Vetoed During 2018 Session
This year, 529 new Senate and House Bills were signed into law. A total of 612 bills were passed in both chambers of the General Assembly in 2018; almost 90 percent of them were signed, but 83 bills were vetoed by Governor Bruce Rauner. Fifty-three of the vetoes were “total vetoes,” which means that the veto must be overridden with three-fifths majorities in both houses in order to become law; and 30 of the vetoes were “amendatory vetoes,” in which Governor Rauner suggested additional, amendatory, or supplementary language to change a bill. In cases of amendatory vetoes, both houses of the General Assembly can accept the Governor’s language by simple majority. The General Assembly will consider Rauner’s vetoes in the November 2018 Veto Session, which gets underway in Springfield on Tuesday, November 13.

Rep. Peter Breen Named “Friend of Manufacturing”
After years of neglect and even hostility, it’s time for our state government to support the manufacturing and business community. I have always been a strong voice for these job creators because Illinois’ economic climate depends on their success. I am proud to announce that I have been named a “Friend of Manufacturing” by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) for my votes that impacted the manufacturing sector in 2017-2018. 

Upon announcing the 2017-2018 award recipients, IMA Vice President & CEO Mark Denzler said, “While we often hear from lawmakers that they are concerned about jobs and economic development, the IMA’s Legislative Voting Scorecard will actually show which elected officials support Illinois job creators. The IMA appreciates those lawmakers who have a strong record of support for the manufacturing sector.”

State Representatives were scored on their votes on 23 different bills that were brought to the House floor for a vote during the 100th General Assembly, and those receiving a score of 80% or higher received the award. Click here to view the full scorecard and a list of bills that were judged. It is a great honor to be recognized for my work to help manufacturing companies start and grow in our state and it is a priority for me as I continue my work in the General Assembly.

Breen Meets with Homeowners Association to Discuss Illinois Issues
On October 4, it was my pleasure to meet with members of the Valley View Homeowners Association for a discussion of Illinois’ finances and how we move forward to balancing our budget and reducing our state’s more than $200 billion debt. I appreciate the invitation and enjoyed speaking with these involved residents. 

LIHEAP Now Accepting Applications for Heat Assistance
The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity's Office of Community Assistance is now accepting applications and scheduling appointments for this year’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Customers must bring all required documentation when applying for assistance including: 
  • Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30-day income period beginning with the date of the application. 
  • A copy of their current heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days (if they pay for their energy directly). 
  • A copy of their rental agreement (if they are renting) showing that utilities are included, the monthly rental amount and landlord contact information. 
  • Proof of Social Security numbers for all household members. 
  • Proof that their household received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD); or other benefits, such as Medical Eligibility or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), if receiving assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services. 
Click here for additional information.

ISAC Helps Students Navigate College Applications & Financial Aid
October is “College Changes Everything” (CCE) month in Illinois, and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is taking steps to help make it easier for students to file timely applications for both college admission and financial aid. October 1 is now the federal government’s release date for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the key to securing aid for college, including the federal Pell Grant and the state MAP Grant, plus work-study opportunities, federal student loans, and even grants from the colleges themselves.

There is always a lot of demand for limited state and school based financial aid, so students seeking support for the 2019-20 academic year should file their FAFSAs as soon as possible after October 1, 2018, for the best chance of getting funding. On October 1, the U.S. Department of Education will also unveil the myStudentAid Mobile App, making the application more accessible to students and families whose primary Internet access is through a smartphone.

During CCE Month, ISAC offer hundreds of workshops for students and families across Illinois, including college application workshops, financial aid presentations, and FAFSA completion workshops where applicants have expert guidance through the entire process. Please visit studentportal/isac.org/events to search by ZIP Code for free public events nearby.

Rep. Breen Visits with Lombard Senior Men’s Club
On October 2, I had a nice visit and discussion with members of the Lombard Senior Men’s Club. This group meets regularly on the first and third Thursday of each month. We had a lively discussion about Illinois’ challenges and I appreciated the engagement and thoughtful questions. We were all in agreement that Speaker Mike Madigan has got to go! 

Avoiding Scammers: What You Need to Know
ComEd has published a list of important tips to help customers protect their personal information and avoid falling victim to scams. Here’s what you need to know:

ComEd representatives never call customers to ask for cash or to request the purchase of a prepaid credit card to make a bill payment. If you receive a phone call from someone who claims to be a utility representative and says your account is past due and service will be disconnected if a large payment is not made, it is a scam if the individual instructs you to purchase a prepaid debit or credit card and then call him back to make a payment. In these cases, the scammer will ask for the prepaid card’s receipt number and PIN number. This information grants instant access to the card’s fuds.

In addition, never give social security or personal information to anyone initiating contact with you claiming to be a utility representative or requesting you send money to another person or entity other than your local utility provider. If you suspect someone is trying to scam you, hang up and call the local police, then call your local utility (ComEd 1-800-EDISON1). Never call the scammer back. For more tips, visit ComEd.com/Scams.

Breen Celebrates Summer Reading with Program Participants
Summer reading is vital for children who want to retain skills learned during the school year and improve overall knowledge. Each year I sponsor a “Summer Reading Safari” program where I encourage students in grades Pre-K through 5th grade to read at least eight books during their summer break from school. Those who reach that goal are invited to a summer reading celebration that is held in the early fall. 

This year approximately 60 readers and family members joined me at the Lombard Log Cabin on Main Street in Lombard for a party that included treats provided by Mariano’s, Dunkin Donuts and Culver’s. After presenting each reader with a certificate of achievement, I read two books to the group. A drawing was also held with prizes supplied by Brookfield Zoo, Enchanted Castle and the Lombard Roller Rink.

Governor Abolishes 53 Inactive Boards, Commissions; Prohibits Nepotism in State Hiring
Eliminating duplicative or unnecessary layers of government is an issue that is very important to me. I was pleased to learn recently that Governor Bruce Rauner has issued executive orders eliminating 53 boards and commissions that serve no public purpose and have been inactive for years, some for as long as two full decades.

Over the years, the State of Illinois has created more than 600 authorities, boards, bureaus, commissions, committees, councils, task forces and other similar entities. Many of them have completed their work and no longer operate, yet they still appear in State publications, public-facing websites, and Legislative Research Unit reports as if they were still doing the people’s work.

The executive orders, EO 18-10 and EO 18-11, are a follow-up on EO 18-5 that Rauner issued earlier this year abolishing 19 other moribund entities. Collectively, the orders eliminate 72 redundant or inactive boards and commissions so that executive branch operations are more transparent and efficient. The governor has also issued EO 18-12, eliminating nepotism in state hiring. The move brings Illinois in line with more than half U.S. states including Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Kentucky and Michigan. The order prohibits executive agency heads from the practice of nepotism in the appointment, promotion or recommendation of a relative to any agency or department under their control.
October is “College Changes Everything” (CCE) month in Illinois, and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) is taking steps to help make it easier for students to file timely applications for both college admission and financial aid. October 1 is now the federal government’s release date for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the key to securing aid for college, including the federal Pell Grant and the state MAP Grant, plus work-study opportunities, federal student loans, and even grants from the colleges themselves.

There is always a lot of demand for limited state and school based financial aid, so students seeking support for the 2019-20 academic year should file their FAFSAs as soon as possible after October 1, 2018, for the best chance of getting funding. On October 1, the U.S. Department of Education will also unveil the myStudentAid Mobile App, making the application more accessible to students and families whose primary Internet access is through a smartphone.

During CCE Month, ISAC offer hundreds of workshops for students and families across Illinois, including college application workshops, financial aid presentations, and FAFSA completion workshops where applicants have expert guidance through the entire process. Please visit studentportal/isac.org/events to search by ZIP Code for free public events nearby.
State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) has been named a “Friend of Manufacturing” by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) for his votes that impacted the manufacturing sector in 2017-2018.

“After years of neglect and even hostility, it’s time for our state government to support the manufacturing and business community—Illinois’ economic climate depends on the success of these job creators,” said Breen. “It’s an honor to be recognized for my work to help manufacturing companies to start and grow in our state.”

Upon announcing the award recipients, IMA Vice President & CEO Mark Denzler said, “While we often hear from lawmakers that they are concerned about jobs and economic development, the IMA’s Legislative Voting Scorecard will actually show which elected officials support Illinois job creators. The IMA appreciates those lawmakers who have a strong record of support for the manufacturing sector.”

The IMA is a not-for-profit trade association for Illinois manufacturers. Founded in 1893, it is the oldest and largest statewide manufacturing trade association in the United States. The IMA’s mission is to strengthen the economic, social, environmental and governmental conditions for manufacturing and allied enterprises in the state of Illinois, resulting in an enlarged business base and increased employment.

Illinois State Representatives were scored on their votes on 23 different bills that were brought to the House floor for a vote during the 100th General Assembly, and those receiving a score of 80% or higher received the award. Click here to view the full scorecard and a list of bills that were judged.
A large group of Pre-K through 5th grade students who participated in State Representative Peter Breen’s Summer Reading Safari program joined the lawmaker this week for a celebration of their accomplishments as young readers.

Approximately 60 readers and family members gathered at the Lombard Log Cabin on Main Street in Lombard for a party that included treats provided by Mariano’s, Dunkin Donuts and Culver’s. After presenting each reader with a certificate of achievement, Breen read two of his favorite children’s books to the group; "Hey, Al" by Arthur Torinks, and "Fortunately", by Remy Charlip. A drawing was also held with prizes supplied by Brookfield Zoo, Enchanted Castle and the Lombard Roller Rink.

“My annual summer reading program continues to be very successful, and I was pleased to see so many young readers reach their summer reading goals,” said Breen.

Breen’s Summer Reading Safari program is available to all children in grades Pre-K through 5th grade who reside in the 48th Legislative House District, and those who reach a summer reading goal of finishing eight book are invited to a fall reading celebration party.
Rep. Breen Named “Champion of Free Enterprise” by Illinois Chamber of Commerce
One of my primary focuses in the General Assembly has been promoting small business and job growth. I was pleased to learn earlier this month that I have been named a “Champion of Free Enterprise” by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce for my 2017-2018 record in support of policy initiatives that support Illinois businesses and in opposition to measures that seek to over-regulate and overburden our state’s job creators. 

Upon announcing my selection as an award winner, Todd Maisch, President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce said, “While many Illinois lawmakers provide lip service to the need for pro-growth reforms, Representative Breen is committed to supporting and defending Illinois employers throughout the State. Representative Breen's leadership on the 5G Internet legislation was extremely beneficial and ensures consumers throughout Illinois will stay on the forefront of wireless technology.”

Click here to view a summary of all bills that were scored.

Breen Joins DuPage Area Lawmakers to Help Loaves & Fishes with Collection of Personal Care Items
This summer, my office sponsored its first joint shred truck and food collection event, which was so popular, we’re going to make it an annual event. Your generosity resulted in over 800 individual food and personal care items being donated to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry. Together, we “Packed the Pantry” so full that the various items didn’t fit in the collection room! 

This month I am partnering with several of my DuPage County Republican colleagues to assist Loaves & Fishes with the collection of personal care items. Loaves & Fishes is a not-for-profit food pantry that feeds up to 800 DuPage County families per week, including many from the 48th District. At Loaves & Fishes, families in need can visit the pantry and shop for free in a grocery store-like setting. Unfortunately, the pantry is experiencing a shortage of personal care items to supplement the food staples families need. Items in short supply right now include:
  • diapers and wipes 
  • laundry detergent 
  • toilet paper 
  • shampoo 
  • toothpaste 
  • household cleaning products 
My legislative office at 929 S. Main Street, Suite 105-A in Lombard is one of nine legislative offices in DuPage County that are serving as drop-off locations for Loaves & Fishes donations. The office is typically open between the hours of 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

More than 100 Taxpayers Attend Rep. Peter Breen’s Property Tax Seminar in Glen Ellyn
We had a standing-room-only crowd of over 100 residents at our recent free property tax forum in Glen Ellyn. Those in attendance learned about the tax assessment process and how to challenge an inaccurate assessment. I was joined at the event by Milton Township Assessor Chris LeVan and York Township Assessor Deanna Wilkins, along with their staff. The assessors explained the process that ties the value of folks’ homes to the eventual tax bill that arrives in their mailboxes. They also outlined the exemptions that can be used to lower assessments and the steps required for appealing an assessment. Following the presentation, we all took questions from audience members on a variety of topics. Feedback was very positive, and everyone left with a better understanding of the process.” Click here to view the Power Point presentation that was used during the forum. 

Grant Money Delayed Since 2009 for Ray Graham House Improvements Released for Payment
State funds awarded to the Ray Graham Association for infrastructure and safety improvements that have been delayed since 2009 are finally on their way to this fine local nonprofit. The funds were initially awarded as part of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s (DECO) Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Plan, but only a portion of the funds were ever delivered.

The Ray Graham Association was awarded an $11,000 grant in 2009, but the money never arrived. They eventually received $2,750 in 2014, but the balance remained bottled up in Springfield. Through action announced by the Governor’s Office on Management & Budget (GOMB), the remaining $8,250 has now been authorized to be released.

The Ray Graham Association supports more than 2,000 DuPage County residents and their families annually by providing a supportive and independent living environment for those with developmental disabilities, and by helping children and adults with disabilities live a successful and rewarding life.

College of DuPage to Receive More Than $700,000 in State Funds for Campus Renovation and Improvement Projects
DuPage County residents pay some of the highest taxes in the country, and we regularly send significantly more dollars to Springfield than we get back for local service delivery. But recently, we were able to secure some of those state resources for vital improvement projects at the College of DuPage (COD). 

More than $709,000 in State funds included in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget for use by the Illinois Community College Board are headed toward COD, to assist with a variety of improvement and renovation projects at the college’s primary Glen Ellyn campus and at the Carol Stream campus. This is $709,000 that would have had to be procured through other sources, like higher property taxes, without the funding from the state.

Projects receiving funding include:
  • Asphalt and concrete repairs, surface patching and sealing, pavement sealing on roads and in parking lots throughout campus 
  • Electronic lock systems upgrades to replace outdated, deteriorating or damaged access control wiring and addition of new electronic locks on currently unserved egress doors to main campus security 
  • Berg Instructional Center boiler overhaul of equipment over 15 years old to prevent service interruption or complete failure of heating equipment 
  • Miller Homeland Security Center/Health Sciences Center equipment recommissioning to optimize functionality, energy efficiency and to comply with federal guidelines 
  • Replace Student Resource Center electric boiler which is well beyond its useful service life 
  • Technical Education Center flue stack replacement resulting from deteriorating and rusting seals 
  • Berg Instructional Center boiler breeching and asbestos abatement 
  • Carol Stream boiler replacement of a unit that has exceeded its useful life 
  • Technical Education Center building automation system (BAS) replacement of the obsolete system which is original to the building and no longer supported by the manufacturer 
September is Preparedness Month in Illinois
In the case of a public emergency in this area, are you prepared? Would you know how to reach your family and how to remain safe? During closing ceremonies of the 2018 Illinois Emergency Management Agency Training Summit in Springfield, Governor Rauner proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Illinois. Illinois’ designation aligns with National Preparedness Month. 

The theme for this year’s National Preparedness Month campaign is “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” The state is partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the month-long campaign that encourages Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities. Having a plan that includes where to go and how to communicate during disasters, as well as an emergency supply kit, could save the lives of your family, friends, neighbors and employees.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) offers disaster preparedness information on the Ready Illinois website (www.Ready.Illinois.gov), a one-stop resource for detailed information about what to do before, during and after disasters. During large-scale disasters, IEMA uses the Ready Illinois website, Facebook and Twitter pages to provide critical information about the incident, including shelter locations, road closures, safety information, photos and more. For more information about emergency and disaster preparedness, visit ready.illinois.gov.

Still Time to Take Breen’s 2018 Legislative Survey
I am still collecting responses to my 2018 online survey. I hope to receive wide participation by the residents of the 48th District. This year’s survey includes some multiple choice questions and an area for an open-ended response. The survey is now open. Please take a few minutes to share your input. You can click here to get started. 

Illinois Launches College and Career Planning Tool
For the first time, Illinois high school students will have access to data that shows how much they might earn if they graduate from colleges and universities located in the state. 

ILCollege2Career.com, unveiled at the governor’s quarterly Children’s Cabinet meeting this month, links employment and higher education data so users can compare the relative earnings value of college degrees. The data is broken down by schools and area of study, so that students can compare the earnings potential of business degrees, for example, from different public and private institutions in the state.

The idea is to help students and parents make college decisions based on an evaluation of real-time successes of a school’s graduates, in addition to other factors such as cost, average debt levels, and likelihood to graduate on-time. The tool will also show the benefits of investing in higher education, as it demonstrates how connected our thriving higher education system is to the workforce development of our state.

ILCollege2Career.com is the product of collaboration between the Governor’s Office, Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE), the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

The launch of the web site follows a number of recent education achievements in the state including:
  • $25 million allocated for higher education in Fiscal Year 2019 and merit-based scholarship program AIM HIGH to encourage Illinois’ best and brightest high school grads to stay in Illinois for college 
  • A law that requires the ISAC to develop a three-year pilot program to better educate students on loan amounts, repayment and interest; 
  • A new law that creates a task force to study how student college or career interest data can be collected and shared between high schools and colleges so higher education institutions will be able to enhance their programs and services to support the specific needs of their incoming student body; 
  • Revisions to the Monetary Award Program (MAP) to prioritize access for existing grant recipients, and; 
  • Strengthened degree-advising services that make it easier for students to transfer credits between Illinois schools. 
Opioid Prescriptions Declining in Illinois
The legal dispensing of opioid pain management medications, including OxyContin, declined in 2017. The data was seen as evidence that steps are being taken to reduce opioid abuse in Illinois. In many cases of opioid abuse and addiction, a patient is introduced to opioids through the legitimate use of prescription painkillers. Physicians who provide treatment to persons with one-time pain management needs, such as post-operative patients, are being taught to prescribe lower doses of opioids in smaller quantities. Programs approved by the Illinois General Assembly are being used to improve anti-opioid continuing education efforts for all medical caregivers, including physicians and pharmacists.

This recently-released Illinois opioid data came from the statewide Prescription Monitoring Program, a database monitor operated by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS). The database monitor has been recommended to medical care providers since the 1970s, but in 2017 the General Assembly changed the law to mandate prescribing physicians to enroll in the Program. Work done by the Illinois General Assembly, with the consultative input of the Illinois State Medical Society, now ensures that Illinois professional regulators and law enforcement have high-quality, universal data to use to fight against opioid drug abuse and addiction.
State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) announced today that the Governor’s office on Management and Budget (GOMB) has signed off on the release of $709,055 in State funds to assist College of DuPage (COD) with a variety of improvement and renovation projects at the college’s primary Glen Ellyn campus and at the Carol Stream campus.

“The College of DuPage is a world-class institution of higher learning that serves more than 28,000 students each semester,” said Breen. “Keeping the campus buildings and infrastructure in a state of good repair is costly, and I am pleased to see the State of Illinois making an investment in our local community college.”

In announcing the project funding on Tuesday, Governor Bruce Rauner said, “Infrastructure investment is a catalyst for job creation and economic development. We signed a bipartisan budget in June that includes funds for improvement projects that benefit local businesses and residents. This kind of investment is how government can play a positive role in the Illinois economy.”

Total project costs at COD are estimated at $955,000, with COD agreeing to pay $245,945 while the State pays the remaining $709,055. Projects receiving funding include:
  • Asphalt and concrete repairs, surface patching and sealing, pavement sealing on roads and in parking lots throughout campus 
  • Electronic lock systems upgrades to replace outdated, deteriorating or damaged access control wiring and addition of new electronic locks on currently unserved egress doors to main campus security 
  • Berg Instructional Center boiler overhaul of equipment over 15 years old to prevent service interruption or complete failure of heating equipment 
  • Miller Homeland Security Center/Health Sciences Center equipment recommissioning to optimize functionality, energy efficiency and to comply with federal guidelines 
  • Replace Student Resource Center electric boiler which is well beyond its useful service life 
  • Technical Education Center flue stack replacement resulting from deteriorating and rusting seals 
  • Berg Instructional Center boiler breeching and asbestos abatement 
  • Carol Stream boiler replacement of a unit that has exceeded its useful life 
  • Technical Education Center building automation system (BAS) replacement of the obsolete system which is original to the building and no longer supported by the manufacturer 
“DuPage County residents pay some of the highest taxes in the country, and they regularly send significantly more dollars to Springfield than we ever get back for local service delivery,” Breen said. “I am thrilled to see some of those state resources coming back to the local level at COD to offset the costs of these projects.”

The COD capital projects allocation is part of $11.3 million in project funds that were released for use this week by community colleges throughout Illinois. Additional funds for other community college capital projects are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) has been named a “Champion of Free Enterprise” by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce for his 2017-2018 voting record in support of policy initiatives that support Illinois businesses and against measures that seek to over-regulate or overburden the state’s job creators.

Every two years the Illinois Chamber recognizes those legislators whose voting records most support the business community with their Champions of Free Enterprise Awards. “One of my primary focuses in the General Assembly has been promoting small business and job growth. It’s an honor to have that work recognized by the Chamber of Commerce,” said Breen.

“The Chamber’s legislative ratings let Illinois families, small businesses, and taxpayers know if legislators voted in favor of private sector job creation and a stronger economy, said Todd Maisch, President and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. “While many Illinois lawmakers provide lip service to the need for pro-growth reforms, Representative Breen is committed to supporting and defending Illinois employers throughout the State. Representative Breen's leadership on the 5G Internet legislation was extremely beneficial and ensures consumers throughout Illinois will stay on the forefront of wireless technology.”

The Chamber’s ratings are based on legislators’ votes on the key business legislation during the 100th General Assembly. The votes in the Senate and House were selected based on their impact on the business community. In cases where more than one roll call was taken on a bill, the most significant vote impacting the resolution of the issue was selected for scoring.

When scoring, the Chamber was looking for a “no” vote on the 32% tax increase, proposed red tape for call center operators, an electricity rate increase, expensive regulations to Internet web site operators, a $15 minimum wage, a gross receipts tax on investment management services and insincere workers’ compensation reform. The Chamber was looking for a “yes” vote on legislation that bring Illinois to the forefront of 5G Internet, state preemption of autonomous vehicles, comprehensive procurement reform, and renewing the state’s EDGE tax credit. Click here to view a summary of all bills that were scored.

“Cutting government red tape and promoting business development are critical to growing a healthy, vibrant Illinois economy,” said Breen. “As a legislator, this is a policy area I take very seriously because business—especially small business—drives the Illinois economy. Our path toward future financial stability and prosperity depends on reining in our spending, reducing taxes and fees, and eliminating undue roadblocks to Illinois residents who are starting and building businesses.”

Legislators with Illinois Chamber ratings averaging 85% or better over the previous two General Assemblies have demonstrated their commitment to legislation that frees the entrepreneurial spirit and qualify for the award.
State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) is working with a coalition of DuPage County Republican legislators to address a shortage of specific items at Naperville’s Loaves & Fishes pantry. Throughout the month of September, Breen and eight other Republican lawmakers are spearheading a collection drive to replenish the pantry’s supply of personal care items.

“Loaves & Fishes is a local not-for-profit that provides a valuable service to struggling DuPage families,” said Breen. “About 800 families per week rely on Loaves & Fishes to provide food and other essentials, and I am glad to help bring attention to the pantry’s needs and to serve as a drop-off location for donations.”

When families in need visit Loaves & Fishes, they can shop for free in a grocery store-like setting. According to Loaves & Fishes President and CEO Mike Havala, the pantry is experiencing a shortage of personal care items to supplement the food staples families need. Items needed include:
  • diapers and wipes 
  • laundry detergent 
  • toilet paper 
  • shampoo 
  • toothpaste 
  • household cleaning products. 
“We are very grateful to the DuPage County Representatives and Senators for their collection of personal care items,” said Havala. “Having these essential items offers added dignity to struggling families and individuals.”

Those who wish to donate may drop items off at the following legislative offices in DuPage County:
  • State Rep. Peter Breen- 929 S. Main St. Suite 105A, Lombard, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm M-F 
  • State Senator Michael Connelly- 552 S. Washington St., Suite 104, Naperville, 8:00 am to 5:00pm M-F 
  • State Senator John Curran- 7501 South Lemont Road, Suite 315, Woodridge, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm M-F (please call prior to drop off) 
  • State Rep. Jim Durkin- 16W281 83rd St. Burr Ridge, 8:30am to 5:00 pm M-F 
  • State Rep. Deanne Mazzochi- 1 S. Cass Avenue, Suite 205, Westmont, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm M-F 
  • State Senator Jim Oberweis- 959 Oak Street, North Aurora, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm M-Th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm F 
  • State Rep David Olsen- 633 Rogers Street, Suite 108, Downers Grove, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm M-F (please call prior to drop off) 
  • State Rep. Grant Wehrli- 55 S. Main Street, Suite 383, Naperville, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm M-Th 
  • State Rep. Christine Winger- One Tiffany Pointe, Suite G3, Bloomingdale, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm M-F

At the end of August, State Representative Peter Breen mailed a comprehensive 2018 Legislative Report to households in the 48th District. The Report includes a summary of legislative accomplishments and information regarding a legislative survey. To access the full report, click here.
This week, more than 100 taxpayers from the 48th Legislative House District attended a free property tax forum in Glen Ellyn sponsored by State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard). The standing-room-only crowd heard about the tax assessment process and how to challenge an assessment that is believed to be inaccurate.

Breen was joined at the event by Milton Township Assessor Chris E. LeVan, York Township Assessor Deanna Wilkins, and other area tax experts. Together they spoke to residents and explained the process that ties the value of their homes to the eventual tax bill that arrives in their mailboxes. The community leaders also outlined the exemptions that can be used to lower assessments and the steps required for appealing an assessment. Following the presentation, the group took questions from audience members.

“Property taxes are too high, and no one should have to pay a penny more than required,” said Breen. “The procedure utilized to create assessments and tax bills can be confusing. I was glad to offer a program where people could learn about the process, ensure they are receiving all eligible exemptions, and understand how to appeal if their assessment is too high. Everyone left with a better understanding of the process.”

Click here to view the Power Point presentation that was used during the forum.

When State Rep. Peter Breen (R-Lombard) learned this year that students from Lombard’s Soaring Eagle Academy were missing out on off-site opportunities for learning, he immediately went to work with the school’s leaders to change Illinois law. Soaring Eagle Academy is an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)-approved therapeutic day school that caters to the unique educational needs of autistic children. Whereas previous law limited the school’s ability to transport students off-site to only those in 9th through 12th grade, now, thanks to Breen’s passage of HB 2040 (Public Act 100-0667), Soaring Eagle can now also transport its many students in grades K-8. Soaring Eagle Academy serves students from 40 different municipalities through a curriculum that was developed through guidelines set by the Illinois State Board of Education. The school is a not-for-profit institution that addresses the physical, intellectual, social and emotional needs of autistic students. On August 30, Breen returned to the school to visit with students and staff members, and to see the bus that will now be used to take students in grades K-12 to off-site learning sites.


Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation sponsored by State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) that simplifies the judicial process for pleadings or other document verified by certification.

SB 3295, now listed in the Illinois Statutes as Public Act 100-1086, provides that a sworn pleading or other document may be used in court without having to go through the additional step of securing a stamp and signature from a notary public. “Especially for those individuals who choose to represent themselves in the judicial process, eliminating the requirement that a notary sign and stamp court documents improves efficiency,” said Breen. “In addition to saving folks time and making the court process less complicated, there are potential savings if an individual’s notary charges a fee.”

According to Breen, the idea for the legislation was brought forward by the Chicago Bar Association and was supported throughout the committee and House/Senate voting process by several organizations, including the Illinois State Bar Association, the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, and the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation.

“This new law represents one small step toward making the judicial process less tedious for individuals seeking justice for wrong-doing,” Breen said. “It also closes a loophole that can be used against people who may be representing themselves and are unaware of all court requirements that involve sworn pleadings.”

Prior to being sent to the Governor for final action, SB 3295 received unanimous support in the House and Senate. With the signing of SB 3295, all nine of Breen’s 2018 bills have now been signed into law. In the 100th General Assembly, Breen served as lead House Sponsor for a total of twenty bills that have become law.
Governor Rauner Signs Breen Bills into Law
We are at that time of year when the Governor is signing into law the bills that were passed during the legislative session between the middle of January and the end of May. This year I was successful in sending nine bills to the Governor’s desk. As of this writing, all but one has been signed into law. These bills include: 

HB 1336 (Public Act 100-0567): Amends the Illinois Insurance Code to prohibit car insurance carriers from increasing policy premiums, cancelling policies or refusing to renew policies for individuals who have a car accident while using their personal vehicle in their role as an Emergency Management Services (EMS) volunteer.

HB 2040 (Public Act 100-0667): Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code to allow Lombard’s Soaring Eagle Academy, an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)-approved therapeutic day school that caters to the unique educational needs of autistic children, to transport students in grades K-8 to off-site educational activities on their multipurpose bus.

HB 4711 (Public Act 100-0595): Cleans up the Counties Code and Municipal Code to ensure that neighbors bringing lawsuits against a zoning or building code violator sues the correct parties and avoids taxpayer money being wasted on suits that will ultimately be dismissed.

SB 2291 (Public Act 100-0867): Requires the Toll Highway Authority to post to its web site all meeting agendas at least two business days in advance of any meeting, and specifically tell the public the details of any contracts of over $100,000 in those agendas.

SB 2524 (Public Act 100-0925): Creates a task force to inform Illinoisans of the methods and benefits of proper disposal of expired and excess pharmaceuticals and the risks associated with improper and non-disposal of those products.

SB 2585 (Public Act 100-0590): Clarifies the statutes as they relate to fees paid for information in a driver’s record by ensuring private companies cannot circumvent the current $12 fee for each record by requesting parts instead of all of the record.

SB 2660 (Public Act 100-0713): Protects funds that are dedicated to the support of individuals who are living with a significant disability in an “Achieving a Better Life Experience” (ABLE) account, by protecting those resources from garnishment by the government on the death of that disabled individual.

SB 2889 (Public Act 100-0799): Amends Illinois law to allow school children to use newer Epi-Pen technology and less expensive generic epinephrine delivery technology in schools.

SB 3295 (awaiting final action): Provides that a sworn pleading or other document may be used in court without having to go through the additional step of securing a stamp from a notary public.

Rep. Breen to Partner with Local Assessors for Seminar on Understanding/Appealing Property Tax Assessments
I hear almost daily from DuPage County residents who feel overtaxed. Many fear they may lose their homes. One of the most popular events I host each year is a free seminar where residents of the 48th District can learn how tax bills are created and how to challenge an assessment that is thought to be too high. On Tuesday, August 28 I will once again be partnering with Milton Township Assessor Chris E. LeVan and York Township Assessor Deanna Wilkins for this informative event. A brief presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer session. 

                     Tuesday, August 28
                     7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
                     Glen Ellyn Police Department Public Meeting Room
                     65 S. Park Boulevard, Glen Ellyn


Due to space constraints, RSVPs are requested. If you would like to attend the property tax assessment seminar, please RSVP by calling my office at (630) 403-8135.

Illinois Environmental Council Recognizes Rep. Breen for Perfect Score on Environmental Scorecard
The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) recently announced that I earned a 100% perfect rating in 2018 on matters relating to the environment. As lawmakers we must do everything we can to protect the water we drink and the air we breathe. And as a parent, I am particularly interested in preserving the quality of the environment for our future generations. 

In determining the IEC “scorecard” for Illinois lawmakers, the IEC considered General Assembly members’ votes on several bills in 2018. Click here to view the full scorecard and the list of bills that were scored.

Upon announcing the perfect score award recipients, IEC Executive Director Jen Walling said, “Representative Peter Breen demonstrated a strong commitment to environmental issues in Springfield this session. He voted 100% of the time with the environmental community on several pieces of key legislation. The IEC is honored by Representative Breen’s dedication to Illinois’ environment and we look forward to working together in the future.”

End of Session Report to Hit Mailboxes in 48th District
Each year my staff and I compile a comprehensive End of Session Report, which details legislative activity during the year’s legislative session. Be checking your mailboxes in the coming days for delivery of my 2018 Report. 

Breen Publishes 2018 Legislative Survey
Included in my 2018 End of Session Report is a link to an online survey. I hope to receive wide participation by the residents of the 48th District. This year’s survey includes some multiple choice questions and an area for an open-ended response. The survey is now open. Please take a few minutes to share your input. You can click here to get started. 

Bicentennial Commission Announces Plans for August 26 Constitution Day
On August 26, 1818, Illinois adopted its first state Constitution. This anniversary will be celebrated across the state later this month with a variety of events, including the dedication of a new Bicentennial Plaza in Springfield adjacent to the Illinois Governor’s Mansion. 

Governor Bruce Rauner will kick off the anniversary in Shorewood with his annual Route 66 Motorcycle Ride which culminates at the new Plaza where he will preside over the dedication and then host a BBQ for riders at the Mansion. Those interested may register at govsride.eventbrite.com.

Additional celebrations will take place in many other regions of the state – from Kaskaskia to Highland Park – to mark the occasion in 1818 when the state ratified its Constitution. The full list of events and details can be found at www.illinois200.com. The list includes: 
  • Governor’s Route 66 Motorcycle Ride – Shorewood to Springfield, IL 
  • East St. Louis Heritage Festival in partnership with Ameren Illinois and City of East St. Louis- East St. Louis, IL 
  • Where Illinois Began Dedication in partnership with Liberty Bell of the West Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution - Chester, IL 
  • Bicentennial Plaza Dedication in partnership with the Illinois REALTORSÃ’ Association and City of Springfield– Springfield, IL 
  • Du Quoin State Fair Veteran’s Day Celebration in partnership with Illinois Department of Agriculture – Du Quoin, IL 
  • Addison Bicentennial Parade & Bash in partnership with the Village of Addison and the Medinah Shriners – Addison, IL 
  • Galena Constitution Day Celebration in partnership with Visit Galena and the Grant Home– Galena, IL 
  • Dixon Constitution Day Celebration – Dixon, IL 
  • Ravinia Concert featuring New Orleans musical tribute to Chicago Blues– Highland Park, IL 
Breen Hosts Successful Summer Reading Program
Each summer I host a “Summer Reading Safari” summer reading program for students residing the 48th District in grades Pre-K through 5th grade. We had great participation again this year, and those who completed a goal of reading eight or more books during their summer vacation will soon receive information about a fall reading celebration party. If your child participated in this year’s program, the party information will be emailed in the coming days. 

Governor Rauner Signs Bill that Expedites Consolidation Procedures
With more than 7,000 individual units of government in our state, supporting consolidation initiatives that save taxpayers money is very important to me. On August 10, Governor Bruce Rauner signed a piece of legislation for which I served as Chief Co-Sponsor that simplifies and expedites consolidation procedures for certain layers of government. SB 2543 allows mosquito abatement district boards, by a majority vote, to consolidate the abatement district into a municipality, township or county with agreement by the entity that would assume the mosquito abatement responsibilities. Under the previous law, mosquito abatement districts could only be dissolved through a lengthy process of petition, hearing and referendum. There was no procedure for an abatement board to make a consolidation decision. SB 2543 is now listed in the Illinois State Statutes as Public Act 100-0793.
Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation sponsored by State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) that creates a task force to help inform Illinoisans of the methods and benefits of proper disposal of pharmaceuticals and the risks associated with improper and non-disposal of those products.

Through SB 2524, now listed in the Illinois State Statutes as Public Act 100-0925, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) will provide administrative support to a new Pharmaceutical Disposal Task Force, with assistance from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education. The task force members, who will serve without pay, will serve through 2022.

Upon the bill’s passage, Breen said, “Increased abuse of prescription medications by people other than the individuals for which they were prescribed has reached a crisis point in Illinois,” said Breen. “We’re learning that the medicine cabinet is the primary source of drugs for teens and that older teens and young adults actually engage in ‘pharm parties,’ where kids steal prescription medicines from home, take them to a party, and share them with friends. It’s a dangerous game that sometimes has deadly consequences, and we need to take steps to inform adults about proper disposal of their pharmaceuticals.”

In addition to health risks associated with people taking pills that were prescribed to someone else, Breen said significant environmental concerns can result when unused pharmaceuticals are poured down sinks or flushed, causing them to enter the public water supply.

“Studies have produced clear evidence that drugs enter our water supply when people flush their unused pharmaceuticals down the toilet or pour them down the sink,” Breen said. “Even though water from sewage is filtered and chlorinated, there is concern that some portion of these drugs remain in the water. This issue could be largely preventable if folks take advantage of opportunities to properly dispose of their unused or expired medications.”
Citizens residing in Illinois’ 48th Legislative House District are invited to join State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) and local tax assessment experts on Tuesday, August 28 for a free seminar on understanding the property tax assessment process and learning how to appeal tax assessments. The 1 ½-hour event will be held from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Glen Ellyn Police Department’s meeting room at 65 S. Park Boulevard in Glen Ellyn.

Joining Breen at the informational session will be Milton Township Assessor Chris E. LeVan and York Township Assessor Deanna Wilkins. A brief presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer session. “This event brings taxpayers together with their township tax assessors, so people can learn how their tax bill is created and what remedies are available to those who believe their assessment is too high,” said Breen. “I hear almost daily from constituents who feel their taxes are too high, and these experts will outline steps for how taxpayers can challenge their assessment with hopes of lowering their tax burden.”

Due to space constraints, RSVPs are requested. If you would like to attend the property tax assessment seminar, please RSVP by calling Representative Breen’s office at (630) 403-8135.
As Illinoisans flocked to the State Fair in Springfield to celebrate “Kids Day,” on Friday, Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law important legislation sponsored by State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) that improves children’s access to life-saving epinephrine injectors at school.

SB 2889 amends the Illinois School Code and the Epinephrine Auto-Injector Act to allow school children to use newer, less expensive epinephrine delivery technology. Specifically, the new law provides for the use of newer forms of auto-injector pens and also pre-filled syringes that were recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA). “During an acute allergy attack minutes and seconds matter,” said Breen. “Epinephrine injectors deliver life-saving medication, and this new law ensures families can take advantage of pharmaceutical advancements which are often now available at a lower price.”

According to Breen, in 2017, the USFDA approved for the first time a pre-filled epinephrine syringe, which is a smaller and less expensive alternative to EpiPens, including generic versions of the EpiPen. “This amendment to the previous laws was necessary because schools and families were operating under a very limited definition of epinephrine injector that did not account for the new technology,” Breen said.

SB 2889, which received unanimous support in the House and Senate earlier this year, is now listed in the Illinois State Statutes as Public Act 100-0799.
The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) announced this week that State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) earned a 100% perfect rating in 2018 on matters relating to the environment.

“I'm proud to have earned a perfect score for 2018 from the Illinois Environmental Council,” said Breen. “As lawmakers we must do everything we can to protect the water we drink and the air we breathe. And as a parent, I am particularly interested in preserving the quality of the environment for our future generations.”

In determining the IEC “scorecard” for Illinois lawmakers, the IEC considered General Assembly members’ votes on several bills in 2018. Click here to view the full scorecard and the list of bills that were scored.

“Representative Peter Breen demonstrated a strong commitment to environmental issues in Springfield this session,” said IEC Executive Director Jen Walling. “He voted 100% of the time with the environmental community on several pieces of key legislation. The IEC is honored by Representative Breen’s dedication to Illinois’ environment and we look forward to working together in the future.”

Breen and other lawmakers who earned perfect scores will be recognized for their 100% scorecard performance at the IEC’s Environmental Leadership Dinner on September 27.