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.