October 02, 2014
State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) will join Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan for a Consumer Fraud and Identity Theft Roundtable in Crystal Lake on Wednesday, October 8. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 10:30AM until noon at Park Place Banquets, 406 W. Woodstock Street in Crystal Lake.
At the forum, Madigan will update community leaders on security breaches, identity theft and common financial scams directed at consumers in Crystal Lake and the surrounding area. “Consumer fraud is a growing problem that can have devastating consequences for people,” said Wheeler. “I’m pleased to be participating in this roundtable event and encourage people from this area to attend so they can learn how to best protect themselves from these scams.”
Additional information for the prevention of consumer fraud and identity theft, and a form to report incidences can be found at http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/.
September 25, 2014
State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) has asked the Chairwoman of the Illinois House’ Elementary & Secondary Education Committee to reschedule an ill-timed hearing into the feasibility of the State Board of Education taking over the functions of the Illinois High School Athletics Association (IHSA).
The Elementary & Secondary Education Committee, chaired by Representative Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) has scheduled a meeting for 4:00 PM Friday, October 3 at a Chicago south-side high school to gather testimony on the issue. “This is a blatant example of political shenanigans at its finest,” said Wheeler, a member of the committee. “This is a late Friday afternoon on a football Friday during Homecoming season. All schools are going to be ‘all hands on deck’ with their local sporting events and will be unable to send representation to the hearing.”
House Resolution 895, approved on April 7 in a 55-51 vote, directs the Elementary & Secondary Education Committee to hold hearings on the administration and funding of high school sports, the safety of athletes, the systems and protocols of the IHSA, the costs associated with the administration of high school sports and the feasibility of transferring the duties and functions of the IHSA to the State Board of Education. Chapa LaVia was the Chief Sponsor of the resolution.
“They could not possibly have made this hearing more inconvenient for the major stakeholders who stand to lose the most,” said Wheeler. “Families, coaches, volunteers and players will be busy that night with local sporting events, but I believe it’s by design. I must wonder if they want to shut the major stakeholders out of the discussion.” At the time of this posting, Chapa LaVia had not responded to Wheeler’s request for a meeting date and time change.
September 18, 2014
State Representative Barbara Wheeler is helping lead the fight against a devastating rewrite of the school funding formula that would strip away most general state aid from McHenry and Lake County school districts.
Wheeler, along with State Representatives Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove), David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) and Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake), are sponsoring House Resolution 1276, which denounces SB16 and the damaging consequences it would have on most suburban school districts. The resolution also expresses support for comprehensive education funding reform that is fair to all parties.
“SB 16 is a quick-fix attempt to channel hard-earned tax dollars away from suburban schools and channel it to the Chicago Public Schools and to other struggling districts,” said Wheeler. “I recognize and support the need for comprehensive and fair education funding reform, but SB16 would fund struggling districts through an undue burden on the property taxpayers in the suburbs. It’s unfair and unacceptable.”
SB16 passed in the Illinois Senate during the final days of the Spring legislative session but was not called for a vote in the House of Representatives. House Democrats have been meeting with education advocacy groups over the summer to discuss SB16 and it is likely that a revised version of the bill will surface during the General Assembly’s November veto session.
“I am hopeful that legislators are interested in taking the necessary time and effort to properly address education funding shortfalls in a way that is fair and equitable,” said Wheeler. “SB16, as it currently is written, would have a devastating impact on our local schools and lead to widespread teacher layoffs and/or costly referendums to raise taxes locally. I know we can do better.”
You may read the full text of the resolution here.