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The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity’s Office of Energy Assistance recently announced that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin accepting applications for winter heating assistance for seniors and people with disabilities beginning September 1, 2016.

LIHEAP and the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) program are funded as part of the stopgap funding plan signed into law by Governor Rauner.

LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program for low-income families, in which heating bill payments are made on behalf of households. Applications are processed through a network of 35 local administering agencies around the state. These agencies will begin accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis from the elderly and people with disabilities starting on September 1, 2016.

Read more on the Caucus Blog
Frankfort, IL…  Area residents are encouraged to sign-up to donate blood at an upcoming drive to be held at 11032 W Lincoln Hwy in Frankfort on Thursday August 25th  from 4:30-7:00pm. The event is being sponsored by State Rep. Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) together with Heartland Blood Centers. Those interested in donating blood should call Rep. McDermed’s office to schedule an appointment at (815) 277-2079 or visit heartlandbc.org.

Heartland works with 63 Illinois hospitals and has a commitment that all theblood they collect will go to local area hospitals. More than 500 donations are needed daily to save patient lives and donating one unit of blood can help save up to 3 lives.

“Blood donation is quick, easy and, saves countless lives in our community each year,” Rep. McDermed said. “Blood donations drop off significantly over the summer, I encourage local residents to sign-up today to come out for a great, much needed cause.”

Donors are required to be in good general health and feeling well, be at least 17-years-old (or 16-years-old with parental consent) and weigh at least 110 lbs. Everyone who donates will receive a free t-shirt.

Please call Rep. McDermed’s office with any questions or to schedule an appointment at (815) 277-2079.

Upcoming Blood Drive
       Blood banks across the state see a precipitous drop in donations over the summer. So I’m partnering with Heartland Blood Centers to host a blood drive on Wednesday August 25 from 3:30-7:30pm in the parking lot of my office (11032 W Lincoln HWY, Frankfort). Every donation helps to save lives. Please call my office at (815) 277-2079 or email me to schedule your donation appointment.

Flurry of Bills Signed
       The Governor has been busy signing in to law multiple bills that we in the General Assembly passed in the spring including:
       SB2343, the new Citizen Privacy Protection Act limits the use of the widely-discussed transmitter called “Stingray,” which has been extensively marketed to police forces.  Stingray transmitters broadcast a signal that looks like a cell site.  The phony ‘repeater’ is treated as a friend by all of the cellphones within electronic earshot, and the devices promptly share the phone’s location and who it is talking to or texting at the time. 
National Night Out- an event to foster good relationships
between neighbors and with the local police

Seniors came out to peruse local vendors and state agencies at
Rep. McDermed's annual Senior Fair
Women attend a self defense seminar taught by One Light

Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino has failed to file amended campaign reports by a deadline set by the Illinois State Board of Elections. The deadline was on Monday night. After it was revealed late last year that there were several suspicious payments in former State Rep. Mautino's campaign expense filings, ISBE opened an investigation and several lawmakers, including State Representative McDermed sent repeated requests to his office for more information. So far Mautino's office has not been forthcoming in responding to requests from any parties. Mautino's office has cited a separate ongoing federal investigation as a reason for it's refusal to provide more information to either ISBE or state legislators.

Mautino was given the Monday deadline to turn in amended campaign expenditure filings. At the heart of the issue is hundreds of thousands of dollars paid to a single car service station and bank over the course of his tenure in the Statehouse. The next step will be for ISBE to schedule a date for a public hearing which may subpoena the auditor or his previous campaign staff.

Recently, Rep. McDermed joined with other legislators and filed HJR 158 to remove Auditor General Mautino from office. Mautino was a State Representative for 24 years before he was appointed auditor general last fall. Rep. McDermed was one of ten General Assembly members that did not vote to approve Mautino's appointment to the position.
The heat index is expected to soar this week and so will the need for places to keep cool.

As part of his Keep Cool Illinois campaign, Governor Rauner has made over 120 state facilities available as cooling centers. The cooling centers will provide Illinoisans a place to stay cool and comfortable during hot summer days.

In 1995, 739 people died in Chicago during the deadliest stretch of heat ever recorded. Please share this information with those who do not have air conditioning and need a place to stay cool.

Cooling Centers
Find a cooling center near you by clicking here.

Additionally, Tollway Oasis locations are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and Department of Human Services cooling centers are open during normal business hours from 8:30AM - 5:00PM, Monday through Friday.
Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend. 

Stopgap Budget Alleviates Pressure
       Since the end of scheduled spring session, and in the absence of a state budget, working groups had been focused on K-12 education funding and a stopgap budget to fund state operations until after November elections. The main sticking point was Chicago school funding with the Senate Democrats going so far as to propose sending what would have amounted to nearly $800 million dollars to help out the dysfunctional school system. 
       General Assembly leaders and the Governor met for longer than ever before on Tuesday and Wednesday to come to some sort of middle ground. The resulting agreement was brought to the floor for a vote on June 30th, the end of FY16. House Democrats almost derailed and extorted the process by changing the terms of the deal at the last minute. After passing the Chicago components of the agreement, the main spending portion, SB 2047, was held up when an amendment was added to spend an additional $10 million towards minority teacher education. Eventually, a final amendment restored the original deal and brought a sense of trust back to the process.