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Frankfort, IL… Recognizing a need in the community, State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) announces a holiday diaper drive beginning Monday to address the insufficient supply of diapers to keep an infant or toddler clean, dry, and healthy. Donations will be collected at three locations and will benefit Journey, a local non-profit organization that helps struggling young women. 

“It’s the season of giving and in lieu of a food or clothing drive, I wanted to bring attention to an under-served, but still very important, need in our community,” Rep McDermed said. “Most people don’t realize that government assistance programs, like food stamps, don’t cover diapers. I am asking residents to share their good fortune this season and help others who are struggling.”

In Illinois 52% of births are covered by Medicaid and 23% of families live below the poverty line. However, there are no government subsidies to help purchase diapers and wipes, products which are taxed at the highest sales tax rate. Diapers and other items will be collected at Rep. McDermed’s state office, as well as two other locations.

What: Diapers, baby wipes, and diaper rash cream 
Where: Rep. McDermed's office at 11032 W Lincoln Hwy, Frankfort
New Lenox Village Hall at 1 Veterans Pkwy, New Lenox
Frankfort Township Offices at 11000 W Lincoln Hwy, Frankfort
When: November 21st to December 22nd

           With the election behind us, the focus of the General Assembly now turns to the veto session, which begins today. 
           In a statement after the election, Governor Rauner encouraged people to put the campaign rhetoric behind them and come together. He called a meeting of the legislative leaders for yesterday to restart discussions about the many state issues as the fall veto session is scheduled to begin. Speaker Madigan didn’t attend, citing an unspecified schedule conflict. Senate President Cullerton pulled out of the meeting shortly thereafter, but indicated he would be available for a meeting today. Time will tell if the Democrat leaders are serious about addressing the needs of the state. 

State Representative Margo McDermed today received the 2016 "Friend of Agriculture" award from the Illinois Farm Bureau. The award recognizes state and federal legislators who understand and advocate for the importance of agriculture in thier respective positions as leaders. Rep. McDermed was presented with a John Deere tractor on a white oak base plate. It was presented by both the Cook and Will County farm bureaus. 
If you missed my townhalls over the last few weeks, I’d like to catch you up on some things happening around the state and in the district.

Free Shred Truck Event
       I am partnering with Shark Shredding to host a free shred truck in the parking lot of my district office at 11032 W Lincoln Highway. The event will take place on Saturday October 15th from 9 to 11am. Drivers are asked to follow signs and bring their vehicles up to the truck where volunteers will be available to unload documents. No more than two boxes of shreddable documents will be accepted from each vehicle and the event is rain or shine. This is a great opportunity for constituents to safely and securely dispose of sensitive documents as a way to help prevent identity theft.

New Appointments
          Over the summer I was appointed to the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory council. The SPAC advises the Governor on legislation and compiles data on incarnation rates, their financial cost, and how to improve the state’s criminal justice system through reform. The sentencing council is an important part of the State’s revitalized push for criminal justice reform.
           I was also named a “guardian of small business” by the National Federation of Independent Business for my 100% positive voting record on small business legislation in Springfield. 
Mokena, IL… State Representative Margo McDermed (R- Mokena) was recently awarded recognition through the title of "Guardian of Small Business" by the National Federation of Independent Businesses. The NFIB is Illinois' largest small business association, representing 11,000 businesses across the state. Every two years the organization scores legislators based on key small business votes they take in Springfield. Rep. McDermed received the award for her 100% voting record on small business legislation.

“Small businesses are and will continue to be the building blocks of any state’s economy.” Rep. McDermed said. “It’s an honor to be recognized for my record of support and I will continue to promote the small business community and the jobs they create.”

Illinois small businesses make up 98% of all Illinois businesses and employ nearly half of the workforce. Illinois is not seen as a business friendly state and receives poor marks regularly from national surveys. A recent small business survey from Thumbtrack found that Illinois got Fs in overall friendliness, ease of starting a business, employment, labor and hiring, tax code and licensing.