Thank you: The Movement Continues

Dear Friends,

As we head into our campaign’s “eleventh-hour,” I want to take a moment to say ‘Thank-You’ for your support. Thank you for the work that you did – going across neighborhoods to knock on doors and put up yard signs. Thanks for making phone calls, sharing emails, donating funds, and convincing friends and family to join our team. Most of all, thank you for believing in me.

As you cast your ballot tomorrow, please know that to me this is more than just a campaign – this is a movement. I have worked hard and will continue to work to bring your voice to Springfield and to advocate for the tax-payer at every decision-point – whether special interests like it or not.

We are united in our mission to hold Illinois to a higher standard. I believe that better days are ahead. Together, we will work to renew Illinois’ promise and restore Illinois greatness.

Thank you for your vote and for joining me in holding Illinois to a higher standard. The Movement Continues.

Sincerely,

Jeanne

Illinois Citizens for Ethics Endorse Ives

“Dear Jeanne,

I am pleased to inform you on behalf of the Illinois Citizens for Ethics Political Action Committee that we once again officially endorse you for your Republican primary campaign for state representative in the 42nd district.

We continue to be impressed by both your background and your commitment to the mainstream values important for life and family that ICE-PAC promotes. You have served your district with great distinction in your first term, speaking truth to power and working hard to bring transparency, fiscal responsibility and a legitimate moral compass to our state’s public policy.

With your experiences at West Point, in your military service, as a mother, and as a member of the Wheaton City Council, you are well-equipped to continue being a visible advocate for policies that promote the family…”

The Truth about the Race in House District 42

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

We have run a positive campaign on the issues that affect all residents. I continue to shape policies in Springfield that will turn this state around and am making headway in a super-charged political environment and against all odds. Here are two links that speak to my perseverance.

Chicago Tribune – She champions taxpayers… Ives is endorsed.”
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-ilhouse1-0304-bd-20140304,0,3897451.story

RedState – Illinois Republicans Need More (Like) Jeanne Ives
http://www.redstate.com/diary/vincespald/2014/03/01/illinois-republicans-need-jeanne-ives-teachers-union-wants-less/

Unfortunately my opponent is desperate to discredit me since he has no practical background for the position he seeks.
Voters should know the truth about Johnson.

He told others, “he was offered a lot of money to run against me” – by the public sector unions.

Here are his recorded union donations this year from the State Board of Elections:

3/4 Associated Firefighters $2,500
3/3 IPACE (teachers union) $20,000
2/26 IL federation of teachers $5,000
2/24 West Suburban Teachers Local $1,000
2/26 University Professionals of IL $1,500
2/3 Associated Firefighters Pac $2,500
1/29 IPACE $10,000
1/15 IPACE $ 5,000

As someone deeply indebted to the public unions, he would vote for their agenda and
The Unions Want:
- Progressive Tax Hikes on Your Income
- Taxes on Financial Transactions
- Taxes on Retirement Income
- Spending Increases
- AND No Transparency

Taxpayers should also know he asked for and was granted a 2-month leave of absence from his government job to campaign. If he knocks at your door in the middle of the day, it is because he is not working for the taxpayers which he was hired to do.

Mr. Johnson wants you to believe he cares about state fiscal policies, but he has only contacted me once as a legislator, when I received postcards from both him and his wife advocating for gay marriage.

In keeping with his campaign’s dependence on the misrepresentation of facts, Mr. Johnson claims that I voted against a bill that would have protected taxpayers by implementing a property tax freeze. On this point, he simply doesn’t understand the issueLocal boards should be held to account for their spending by local taxpayers - and your local boards can freeze, or lower, property taxes any year they want to.  As we know, government is most effective on the local level. Over the decades the unions have made demands at the state level that increase costs at the local level.  A better way to control property taxes is to freeze and eliminate certain state mandates and return control to the local elected boards who were elected by their local constituents. I recognize there is a balance to be struck between protecting taxpayers by limiting powers of locals, which we do with PTELL and through other regulation, and allowing full control.  I weigh that protection and control with every vote I takeFurthermore, I take the tax-payer into consideration at each decision-point, and read past talking points to assure that I have voted responsibly. Let’s be clear, at this point in our state’s history with the overreach of state mandates, this decision needs to remain at the local level. That being said, I do not believe property taxes should be increased with falling EAV’s.

 

On your behalf I have filed bills that will control spending, provide local control, reform taxes and regulation, and provide more transparency.

Feel free to share this page with others. I ask for your vote on March 18th in the Republican primary. Send a message to the Public Sector Unions that they will not be your voice in Springfield. For more information, my website is http://www.ives42.com/.

Best Regards,

Jeanne Ives

The Movement Continues – Hold Illinois to a Higher Standard

Ives Introduces Transparency Bill

Ives Introduces Collective Bargaining Transparency Bill

On February 19, State Representative Jeanne Ives introduced transparency bill, HB 4268, in State Government Committee. This bill has been lauded as necessary by numerous media sources and policy think-tanks, including The Chicago Tribune, S…auk Valley News, Northwest Herald and Illinois Policy Institute.
Ives’ bill would require all newly negotiated contracts between unions and public-sector employers (school districts, cities, counties, the state, etc.) to be posted on the public body’s website for at least 14 days before any action is taken.
“Contract provisions aren’t just about pay, they’re also about work structure and time off and sick day accumulation, everything that adds to the cost of the contract, so we need to know whether or not we can afford it,” Ives said in an interview. Currently, units of government believe they are not required to release such contracts until after they have been approved.
After a tentative agreement is reached, negotiators for both sides usually take the stance that it’s none of the public’s business what the contract contains. The taxpayers who foot the bill traditionally aren’t allowed to see it until the union members ratify it and the board or council casts its vote in the affirmative.
As Sauk Valley News stated, “… The need for secrecy – if one even recognizes that need – no longer exists after a tentative contract is reached. The negotiating has ended, and neither side can gain an advantage from disclosure.
And certainly, after the public employees vote to ratify, the school district gains no advantage by keeping the details under wraps.”
“This is not something that just I’m calling for,” Ives said. “It’s something that the media – and certainly taxpayers – have been demanding.”

Chicago Tribune: Ives is Endorsed

I am honored to be endorsed by the Chicago Tribune:

“When we endorsed Republican Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton in 2012, we said the best thing the party could do for her was stay out of her way. She warned that she wasn’t going to Springfield to make friends and she has lived up to that promise. Her primary opponent, Adam Johnson of Warrenville, has built his campaign around her personality, which he says can be abrasive. Johnson complains that Ives couldn’t get any bills passed in her first year in Springfield. But Ives is one of the few people in the legislature who recognize that Illinois faces a real economic crisis. She demands that other leaders adopt her sense of urgency. She has pushed a number of bills that would move Illinois toward fiscal solvency and government transparency. She champions taxpayers. Johnson has promise, but Ives is endorsed.”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-edit-ilhouse1-0304-bd-20140304,0,3897451.story

Redstate: ‘Illinois Republicans Need More Jeanne Ives, Teachers Unions Want Less’

“While many of the so called Republicans go to Springfield to shill for organized labor Jeanne Ives takes it on head first. Jeanne is the first and only State Representative to introduce a right-to-work bill in Illinois. You read that correctly, the law of the land in Indiana and Wisconsin has only been introduced in Illinois by Jeanne Ives, the only one with guts.

Jeanne Ives is the standing up on a daily basis and fighting the status quo. That is why big labor is so desperate to get rid of her, and we need to be desperate to keep her

If we let Wheaton fall to big labor, there will be no voice left in Illinois for taxpayers. And while the union sponsored attacks about Jeanne not passing a law are correct, it is because Illinois politicians are afraid of an Ives law.”

http://www.redstate.com/diary/vincespald/2014/03/01/illinois-republicans-need-jeanne-ives-teachers-union-wants-less/

Ives Gets Conservative Help to Fend Off Union Backed Challenger

It is an honor to be supported by a variety of individual taxpayers, businesses, thought leaders and think tanks. I am grateful to all who have offered their time and talent or invested financially in my campaign.

I have to say ‘Thank you’ to Liberty Principles PAC, Illinois Opportunity Project and Americans for Prosperity, Illinois for supporting our efforts in a big way recently by mailing in to the district.

http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2014/02/ives-re-election-campaign-bolstered-by-conservative-groups.html#more