The McDermed Dispatch for January 29th

This week the House convenes for the first time since the fall. Speaker Madigan, who controls the session calendar, cancelled session last week. Despite the overwhelming amount of work to do, the House will only meet 14 times between now and April. On Wednesday the Governor will give his State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate. 

“Right to Sunscreen”
I’ve recently filed several bills, including one that will make sunscreen more widely available to students in Illinois. Sunscreen is considered an over the counter drug by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and many school policies require a doctor’s note for students to be given such medications. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US and we are needlessly putting our children in danger with these kinds of policies. My bill requires a public school to permit a student, without the authorization of the student's parent or legal guardian or a physician, to possess or self-apply sunscreen.

If you would like to propose a bill or have any legislative ideas, reach out to my office via my email at or through my website.  

Senior Technology Seminarmcdermed_senior_tech_fair_flyer_020118_r2.jpg*The Treasurer's Office will have an I-CASH table at the seminar to help reconnect you any unclaimed property or funds.

Transportation Survey
I serve as the Republican Spokesperson on the House Transportation Committee. Since taking office, constituents have made it clear that addressing road and transportation problems in the district is important to them. Last year I hosted a townhall dedicated to discussing transportation needs in the district. In Springfield, I am working with other legislators building consensus towards a capital bill to address some of these issues and I would appreciate it if you would take a brief survey on this topic. You can do so on my website. Rest assured, I will continue to be vigilant on these concerns and am making them my number one priority for 2018.

Senior Driving Seminars
Last year I worked with the Illinois Secretary of State’s office to host two senior driving seminars. They were incredibly popular and as a result, this year I’m pleased to host four, one every quarter. The first one will be on Tuesday February 20th at 10am at the New Lenox Library. These two hour seminars are an invaluable resource for seniors looking to get a refresher on the Rules of the Road in preparation for license renewals. For more information, call my office at (815) 277-2079.

Metra Hearing
Metra wants to hear its customers' opinions on potential changes to fare structure and ticket options at several open houses this February. The Will County hearing will be held on Monday February 19th from 4pm-7pm at the Will County Office Building located at 302 N. Chicago Street in Joliet. You can also comment on the proposed changes online here.
You can read more information on the proposed changes and the hearings here.

Chambers of Commerce Lift up Local Businesses
Last week, Chambers of Commerce from around the district held events that welcomed new members, celebrated business openings, offered social media training, and other great services. These chambers provide crucial support to local small businesses and I am proud to be a member. 

Did You Know?

The Insurance Compliance Division of the Workers’ Compensation Commission is responsible for enforcing the mandatory insurance provisions of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. If an employer has one employee, even a part-time employee, the employer must provide workers’ compensation insurance. That includes family members of the owner(s) who are employed by the company. Sole proprietors, corporate officers, business partners and members of limited liability companies may elect to come under the Act or they may choose not to (except for employers in extra-hazardous occupations, such as construction and trucking). An employer that knowingly and willfully fails to provide workers’ compensation insurance may be fined up to $500 for every day of non-compliance, with a minimum fine of $10,000. Additionally, corporate officers who are found to have negligently failed to provide insurance are guilty of a Class A misdemeanor. For more information, please call 312-816-6611 or visit

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