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Frankfort, IL…. State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena), together with One Light Self Defense, is again hosting a free workshop for women and girls. The 3 hour course will help them learn avoidance tactics, self-defense misconceptions, offensive techniques and defensive escapes. The class will be on Thursday, August 23rd at 6pm and will take place in the Frankfort Square Park District building at 7540 W Braemar Lane. 
“The class is open to any and all women and girls over 12, but it will be incredibly beneficial for young women heading off to college or back to school,” Rep. McDermed said. “The instructors at One Light do a great job of teaching a basic understanding of how to avoid becoming a victim of violence and sharing the skills that can be used in the event of an attack. We’ve worked with One Light over the course of numerous classes and the response we get from attendees is always incredibly positive.”

This is the third year that Rep. McDermed is partnering with One Light to offer self-defense classes and the second beginner class offered this year. One Light is a local nonprofit that teaches free courses across Illinois and has traveled to Kenya to teach self-defense skills to young women at risk.

Space is limited and registration is encouraged. While the class is free, donations to One Light are appreciated. 100% of donations go to victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, or sexual assault. To learn more about the class or to register, please email mcdermed@ilhousegop.org or call (815)277-2079.

Frankfort, IL… For the fourth year in a row, State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) is pleased to host a Senior Fair full of vendors and helpful information for residents in the 37th district. The event will be on Thursday, August 16th at the Oaks Recreation and Fitness Center located at 10847 W. LaPorte Road in Mokena. The fair will run from 10:00a.m. until 12:00 noon. It is free and open to the public. This year the fair will feature a mobile unit from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office.

“I encourage senior citizens to come to the fair and learn about the businesses, state and local agencies, and non-for-profits that work to improve their lives,” said Rep. McDermed. “This year the fair will not only help seniors and their caregivers, but all 37th district residents who want convenient, local access to a DMV office.”

At the fair, residents and their caregivers can glean valuable information and access resources from state and local vendors. Staff from Rep. McDermed’s district office will also be available to assist constituents with any state government concerns. 

In addition, the Secretary of State’s office will be operating a mobile unit at the fair. The mobile unit operates similar to a DMV office and offers services that include drivers’ licenses renewals, identification cards, vision and written tests, organ donor registration, voter registration applications, and vehicle and license plate renewal stickers. While the senior fair will end at noon, the mobile unit will continue to run until 1pm.

What: Senior Fair and SOS Mobile Unit
When: Thursday August 16th, 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: Oaks Recreation and Fitness Center, 10847 W La Porte Road, Mokena

Refreshments will be provided and attendees will have the chance to win door prizes. For more information on the event, call Rep. McDermed’s office at (815) 277-2079.
State Representative Margo McDermed has released an end of session “Capitol Update” for her constituents. To save the state money, Rep. McDermed refrained from using taxpayer money to print and mail the report, instead choosing to put together an online version. It is available here.

“It is an honor to serve as State Representative for my communities and I consider it a part of my duty to keep them updated on the things going on in Springfield and around the district,” Rep. McDermed said. “There is a lot of work that needs to be done to put Illinois back on the right track, but I won’t stop fighting for the families and people that live in my district.”   

In the ‘Capitol Update’ constituents can expect to find information on the important measures that Rep. McDermed has fought for, an update on bills that may impact you, details on the state budget, and upcoming events in the area hosted by Rep. McDermed.

Rep. McDermed has been the State Representative for the 37th District since 2015. She currently sits on 13 committees and subcommittees including Environment, Mental Health, Elections and Campaign Finance, and the Transportation: Regulation, Roads and Bridges Committees.  

Frankfort, IL…  For the fourth straight year, State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) is pleased to host a blood drive together with Heartland Blood Centers. The drive will be at Rep. McDermed's office, 11032 W Lincoln Hwy in Frankfort, on Wednesday August 8th  from 3:30-7:30pm. Those interested in donating blood should call Rep. McDermed’s office to schedule an appointment at (815) 277-2079 or visit heartlandbc.org.

“During the summer blood donations routinely drop, endangering lives,” Rep. McDermed said. “Donating is quick, easy, and can help save lives in our community. I encourage local residents to sign-up today to come out for a great cause.” 

Heartland is a local nonprofit that maintains a commitment to send all the blood they collect 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. 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 Chicago Bears blood donation t-shirt.

Please call Rep. McDermed’s office with any questions or to schedule an appointment at (815) 277-2079.
Springfield, IL…. State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) joined other Republicans this week in filing legislation to compel real property tax system changes from the Illinois General Assembly by instating a sunset for Illinois’ property tax code.
House Bill 5924 creates a deadline of July 1, 2019 for the General Assembly to create a new property tax code that is fair and equitable throughout the entire state of Illinois. If the General Assembly fails to address this by the deadline, the current Illinois property tax code will be immediately removed from state law.
“Property taxes are the most frequently cited reason my constituents have for leaving Illinois,” Rep. McDermed said. “We need to start from scratch and reset the property tax code so that it is fair and isn’t forcing struggling families to flee Illinois.”

Illinois already has the highest effective state and local tax burden in the nation, according to a report by WalletHub. Yet again this year WalletHub ranked Illinois as having the 2nd highest property taxes in the nation and while the Census Bureau reports that the average American household spends $2,197 on property taxes annually, WalletHub reports that in Illinois it’s $4,058 per average household. This burden is often cited as the reason many residents are leaving. The state’s population declined by an estimated 33,700 in 2017, the greatest population loss of any state, and the fourth year in a row that Illinois’ population dropped. Illinois lost the title of 5th largest state to Pennsylvania and will likely lose a congressional seat when the census is taken in 2020.
“For many working families and seniors on fixed incomes, Illinois’ outsized property tax burden has made it increasingly difficult to afford to stay in their homes, especially as home values have stagnated,” Rep. McDermed continued. “Unfortunately, the General Assembly only ever seems to tackle the necessary issues if a crisis is forced upon it. A sunset is necessary to create the impetus for a bipartisan comprehensive solution to Illinois broken property tax system.”

HB 5924 was filed with the House Clerk by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs).