Today is Veterans Day and it is a perfect time for us to remember, thank, and honor all the men and women currently serving and those who have served our country. It is the anniversary of the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month that the Armistice went into effect with Germany, ending World War I. Since its establishment in 1919, this federal holiday reminds us how important our veterans are, and how grateful we are for their service to our country.
House and Senate Republicans Gain Seats in 2016 Election
The outcome of Tuesday’s election will change the landscape in Springfield in 2017, as the House Republican caucus will see a net gain of four seats and the Senate Republicans will see a net gain of two seats. The gains in the House are extremely significant. By reducing the House Democratic caucus membership from 71 to 67, House Speaker Mike Madigan will no longer have a veto-proof majority. While the Speaker will still hold a majority for the next General Assembly, he will no longer be able to rely solely on his caucus to override gubernatorial vetoes. The significance cannot be overstated. For the first time in many years, when the new General Assembly is sworn in on January 11, all paths toward bill approval and overall progress will rely on bipartisanship and compromise. I welcome this new era and look forward to working with legislators from both sides of the aisle on issues that affect Illinoisans.
Lawmakers to Return to Springfield for Fall Veto Session
According to the Governor’s office, many of the bills that received vetoes this year sought to add new spending to the Illinois budget, while other bills were deemed as duplicative or unnecessary, and still others included language that the Governor felt was harmful to taxpayers. I am spending the days leading up to November 15 reviewing the bills and the reasoning behind each veto.
As your voice in Springfield, my votes during veto session will reflect our area’s priorities of responsible and balanced spending, support of business and economic growth and a reduction of state mandates. I welcome your input on these items, so please do not hesitate to contact my office at (630) 737-0504 or through the “Contact” form found at www.repolsen.com.
Olsen Serves as “Principal for a Day” at Local Elementary School
The opportunity to visit the school was available through the Principal for a Day program, a statewide initiative of the Illinois Principals Association. The goal of the program is to provide lawmakers with an opportunity to observe, interact and serve for a day at a school within their specific legislative district. It fosters collaboration between legislators and schools and gives us an up-close look at the successes and challenges in our local public schools. It was a wonderful experience and I wish to thank principal Jacob Buck for sharing his day with me.
Olsen Attends Annual Wake Up Your Spirit Breakfast in Lisle