From the Chicago Tribune:
"The Sexual Assault Evidence Tracking and Reporting Commission, established by law in 2017, finished a proposal this summer to establish a statewide electronic tracking system modeled after similar programs in other states. By better understanding where evidence is, officials hope to give survivors the comfort and confidence that their cases are being taken seriously. Meanwhile, officials say a tracking system could show when and where kits are stalled, and bolster a case for more forensic scientists or other solutions to shorten long turnaround times.
The proposal is the latest in a series of efforts in Illinois to address a decades-long backlog of rape kits by streamlining the processing of evidence.
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Illinois state Rep. Margo McDermed, R-Mokena, is working on legislation she hopes to introduce early next year that would mandate a tracking protocol.
“This way, we always know where the kits are and who has them and what their process is,” said McDermed, who is on the commission. “How do you make sure that you keep on track? You have a way to measure.”
With the election in our rearview mirror, it’s time to look ahead and get back to doing the work of the people. Veto session is scheduled for six days over the next month beginning next Tuesday. Governor Rauner has vetoed 83 bills, nearly half of which passed with veto-proof majorities in both legislative chambers so we may see a significant number of overrides. 53 of those were total vetoes, but the Governor also used his amendatory veto (AV) power to rewrite 30 bills, and 21 of those were passed with enough votes to override. It’s rare for the General Assembly to accept an amendatory veto, mainly because House Speaker Michael Madigan refuses to call them for a vote, instead choosing to ignore any changes made by the Governor in favor of overriding and passing the original bill.

In 2017, the Governor vetoed less legislation, 42 bills, and used the AV on another 10. Fifteen of his total vetoes were overridden last November while just 3 of the AVs were overridden.

Illinois Honor 200
This Sunday is Veterans Day. I hope you take a moment to thank a veteran for their invaluable service. 

Recently, the Bicentennial Commission announced the names of those selected for of the Bicentennial HONOR 200. Illinois residents were asked to submit the names of veterans of the U.S. armed services who are their neighbors and who are key leaders in their local communities. Nominators were asked to describe how these veterans have continued their lives of service as members of their hometowns and neighborhoods. Nominees were evaluated based on their achievements, and on the extent to which their contributions have aided, benefited and provided inspiration to their community at large.

Mokena, IL … State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) is set to offer her final Senior Driving Seminar this year on November 13th. She previously hosted seminars in February, May, and August. Altogether over a hundred seniors have attended thus far. 
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“For good reason the Illinois Secretary of State’s office has additional requirements and measures for senior drivers,” explained Rep. McDermed. “These classes are great for seniors who want to maintain their ability to drive and thus their independence. I invite any and all senior citizens to attend this last course.”  
Hosted in collaboration with the Illinois Secretary of State, this two hour class give senior citizens an opportunity to refresh their memory for the written driving test when renewing their licenses. The seminar is taught by an instructor from the Secretary of State’s Office and includes an extensive overview of the contents of the Rules of the Road booklet and a sample test. It is offered free of charge.

WHAT: Free Senior Driving Seminar 
WHEN: Tuesday, November 13th at 10:00 AM
WHERE: Pipefitters Hall, 10850 W 187th Street, Mokena 

If you have any questions or would like to attend, please RSVP by calling Rep. McDermed’s office at (815) 277-2079.