Randy Hultgren

Randy Hultgren


Devastating: Hultgren Urges Immediate Action after Illinois Insurers Announce 2017 Rates


Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) called for Congress to take immediate action on his bill to provide relief to families and individuals after the Illinois Department of Insurance today announced significantly higher rates and significantly fewer insurers participating on the individual exchange in 2017. Families living in Illinois and getting insurance through the federal exchange will be shocked by what they will pay out of pocket next year after already enduring the liquidation of the Land of Lincoln co-op and Aetna’s announcement that it was leaving the state market.

Grim News of a Critical Failure:

  • Three of the seven counties in the 14th Congressional District will be left with one issuer, leaving residents of McHenry, Lake and Kendall Counties with a true insurance monopoly made up of only Blue Cross Blue Shield plans operated by the Health Care Services Corporation (HCSC). The reality of this monopoly will be felt hardest by the individuals with HCSC exchange plans that have proposed rate increases of up to 77.3 percent.
  • The liquidation of the Land of Lincoln co-op will mean that individuals in McHenry and Lake Counties looking to keep a bronze plan on the individual exchange will be paying 47 percent more for a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan and likely an entirely different provider network next year. The same bronze plan consumers in DeKalb County will be paying 51 percent more in 2017.
  • People in Illinois who purchased the second least expensive silver plan, the plan on which the Affordable Care Act (ACA) bases its subsidy payments, will see an average premium increase of 30 percent. In DeKalb county, individuals will pay 59 percent more in 2017.
  • The entire 14th Congressional District will see a 40 to 60 percent increase in gold plans on the individual exchange, and several counties in across the state will no longer have any access to gold plans.

“It’s difficult to overestimate the damage this will do to Illinoisians already struggling to afford health insurance. This news demonstrates a critical failure in the law which no longer provides the affordable health care or access it promised. We are now witnessing the monopolization of health insurance in Illinois—a devastating reality for many of my constituents who have no choice but to pay exorbitant premiums, drug costs and copays for coverage chosen for them by a failed law and a broken market. It’s clear now that there is no ceiling on premium costs and deductibles under the ACA,” said Rep. Hultgren. “We are now past the tipping point—both sides of the aisle must put politics aside and come together immediately to fix this law’s clear, fundamental problems.”

Illinois is Already Suffering:

Illinois small businesses, families and seniors across the state already faced an average 20 percent increase in monthly premiums last year, and saw a significant consolidation of its already limited health insurance market. Individuals insured by Land of Lincoln will have to start over on a deductible this year, and will likely pay more for a much smaller or different network in 2017.

A Better Solution:

“Since I took office in 2011, I have been committed to finding more affordable free market alternatives to the ACA. That’s why I continue to push my bill, the State Health Care Options Act (H.R. 3352), which would give states like Illinois immediate and real access to the ACA’s existing innovation waiver, granting them an immediate parachute off the daunting cost increases, smaller plan networks and an increasingly limited state exchange market.”

State Options would allow states to opt out of ACA exchange and/or essential health benefit requirements, allowing residents to purchase a plan off an exchange and giving states back flexibility to offer less expensive, more basic plans that better serve particular needs. The bill would also increase transparency in the health insurance market and raise the ACA’s affordability benchmark to make sure Americans can pick and keep the kind of plan and network they were promised.


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Hultgren Announces the 2016 Congressional App Challenge for High School Students


Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has announced that the annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC), previously known as the Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, for high school students in the 14th Congressional District has launched and will be accepting submissions through November 2, 2016. The competition is designed to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields, allowing students to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or “app,” for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

Rep. Hultgren is co-chair of the STEM Education Caucus in the U.S. House and recently launched the STEM Scholars program to encourage high school students to become ambassadors for the possibilities provided by STEM education in their communities.

“Our nation has a strong track record of innovative and technological achievement. STEM education is critical for our nation to continue to lead, and for our students to pursue and thrive in the careers of tomorrow,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Learning computer code alongside young students, I have seen the strong promise of our next generation of pioneers and innovators. This competition is a great way students can showcase their ideas and technical know-how, and even attract the interest of regional innovators and start-ups. I am excited to see what inventive apps students in the 14th District create to solve everyday problems and enhance our lives.”

Last year, the nationwide competition received submissions from students in 84 congressional districts. Jake Cirino of Oswego High School was selected as 14th District winner by area judges from the computer science and technology fields for his app, “The Student Planner Project.”

The 2016 Congressional App Challenge submission period runs through November 2, 2016. 14th District winners will be selected by a panel of local judges and recognized by Congressman Hultgren. The apps will be featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol building.

Students wishing to submit applications for the CAC can submit their application online. Additional information can be found at www.congressionalappchallenge.us, and on Rep. Hultgren’s website at http://hultgren.house.gov/serving-you/stem-competition, or by phone at 202-225-2976.


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Op-ed: How to stop the next Bernie Madoff


The Guardian

During the fallout of the Madoff Ponzi scheme, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s inspector general issued a scathing report on why the agency failed to detect the massive fraud. One of its most damning findings was that multiple SEC offices simultaneously scrutinized Madoff without even realizing it.

From 1992 to 2008, the SEC received at least six complaints about Madoff’s firm that should have outed his fraud. The agency conducted two investigations and three examinations over the years. But the left hand didn’t know what the right was doing. At one point, according to the inspector general, two examinations “were open at the same time in different offices without either knowing the other one was conducting an identical examination.” Madoff slipped through the cracks, and Americans lost billions of dollars.

This fraudster was able to fool financial regulators because they are still using 1930s pen and paper technology to handle today’s digital challenges. This hurts investors, markets and the regulators’ own missions. And that’s why, along with some 34 other members of the House of Representatives, I am a sponsor of the Financial Transparency Act, HR 2477.

For the most part, the major regulators collect information as plain‐text documents, rather than searchable, open data. Many of these documents date back to post-stock market crash compliance regulations passed during the Great Depression.

The SEC alone requires public companies, mutual funds and other entities to file hundreds of different forms, including Exhibit 21, which requires public companies to identify all subsidiaries. Most are uploaded as PDF documents, from which it is notoriously difficult to retrieve valuable information. Some tech companies try using a tedious workaround to extract data from PDFs known as scraping, but it is unreliable. In addition, the SEC still lacks a consistent identification code for each entity it regulates to allow it to quickly view a firm’s filings, history, and external data sources.

Repeat this same collection process across eight major financial agencies, hundreds of reporting systems, thousands of forms and the scope of the problem becomes clear – and a legislative solution is needed.

The Financial Transparency Act requires each of the nine main financial regulators to adopt consistent data fields and formats for the information they are collecting under existing laws.

For certain crucial data fields – like identifying regulated entities – the Financial Transparency Act also pushes the regulating agencies to coordinate with each other and adopt the same identification code.

Such data standards would create a myriad of benefits.

If the regulators adopted consistent data fields and formats for the information they already collect, instead of using PDF documents, they would have a better chance of catching fraudsters like Bernie Madoff and would make better decisions in crises.

In addition, data standards would help financial regulators more easily detect risk.

In the 1990s, the IRS and state tax authorities worked together to create consistent data fields and formats for individual tax returns. That is what made it possible for companies like Intuit to invent software like TurboTax which is used by many Americans each tax season.

If financial regulators switched from documents to data, then existing software could help banks, public companies and other financial firms automate compliance efforts, just as TurboTax does today for taxpayers.

In fact, if several regulators adopted the same fields and formats, then software could consolidate reporting tasks to all of them. Standardizing data to consolidate reports to multiple regulators is already happening in Australia, the Netherlands, the UK and elsewhere. The United States needs to catch up.

Dumping documents for data would also create new opportunities for the tech industry. Technology firms could republish financial data for investors’ decisions, analyze it to find hidden risk, and automate reporting to reduce compliance costs.

Why haven’t our regulators already figured this out? As the bureaucratic adage goes: “It’s not my job.”

But there is precedent for a legislative solution like the Financial Transparency Act to bring our regulators into the 21st Century. In 2014 Congress unanimously passed, and President Obama signed, the Data Act which mandates a single, government-wide data structure for federal government spending information. The Data Act means better transparency for taxpayers, better internal government management and automatic reporting for grantees and contractors.For example, as Commissioner Kara Stein has pointed out, the SEC has no chief data officer responsible for surveying the agency’s whole data landscape. Instead, responsibility for data is split between all the dozens of different offices that handle the agency’s different reporting regimes.

Think of the Financial Transparency Act as a Data Act for financial regulation. It isn’t about collecting more or different information from the financial industry and consumers. The federal government already collects enough information on Americans as it is. Instead, this legislation makes better use of the information already being collected, and collects it more efficiently. This improves transparency and cuts down on time consumers and businesses spend each year on unnecessary paperwork.

As seen in the Madoff debacle, the backwardness of US regulators isn’t just an embarrassing contrast to the data-driven industry they are supposed to protect. It’s actively harming our investors, markets and consumers.

That’s why the transformation of financial regulation from outdated documents into searchable data will be good news for those who report or use it. Better decisions by investors and regulators, and lower compliance costs, will translate to faster economic growth and greater consumer confidence in our economy.

I urge my colleagues and the financial industry to get behind the Financial Transparency Act, and help get us into the digital century.

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Hultgren pushes for reforms to hold government accountable for costly regulations


Ripon Advance

Government agencies institute mandates on individuals and businesses with little accountability for what it will cost Americans, and reforms are needed to ease the burden of onerous regulations and increase transparency in the rule-making process, U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) recently told the Ripon Advance.

More than 600 major rules — those having an annual effect of $100 million or more — have been handed down since 2009 by President Barack Obama’s administration, with estimated implementation costs in the billions of dollars, Hultgren said.

“This harms our economy and, most importantly, it hurts families and the jobs they rely on in my district,” Hultgren, who represents Illinois’ 14th District, added.

As a result, Hultgren has co-sponsored the Providing Retrospective Observations Validating Economics and Increasing Transparency (PROVE IT) Act, H.R. 5513. The bill would require federal government agencies to provide regular and public evaluations of the impact of major regulations on Americans and the economy.

Agencies would be required to assess the impact of all major rule-makings every two years, inform Congress of any unanticipated negative consequences of the original rule and take into account input from all stakeholders.

Hultgren said that regulations that exceed projected costs force businesses to spend money on compliance rather than raising wages or creating more job opportunities.

Additionally, federal regulations now impose $15,000 in additional costs per U.S. household, Hultgren, who serves on the House Financial Services and Science, Space & Technology Committees, said.

“Families in the 14th District of Illinois are struggling to overcome stagnant incomes, rising prices and fewer jobs,” Hultgren said. “But when families and businesses are freed from burdensome and unnecessary regulations that harm growth, our communities succeed and our country prospers.”

Hultgren has a track record of supporting the streamlining of regulations that would bolster economic growth, authoring the Regulatory Review and Sunset Act, H.R. 2010, which would require federal agencies to analyze rules on the books and eliminate those that are obsolete, duplicative and conflicting.

Parts of the Regulatory Review and Sunset Act were incorporated into the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act, H.R. 1155, which passed the House earlier this year.

Provisions from Hultgren’s bill included in the SCRUB Act include establishing a bipartisan commission to review existing federal regulations and identify those that should be “sunsetted” to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens. The bill also calls for prioritizing for review regulations with an economic impact of $100 million or more, as well as those that have been in effect more than 15 years and impose high costs on small businesses.

Policies that benefit small businesses serve to promote economic growth in local communities, Hultgren said. To support this effort, he authored the Bring Small Businesses Back Tax Reform Act, H.R. 5374. The legislation would provide immediate tax relief and reduce administrative burdens on small businesses, which employ more than 2.4 million workers in Illinois alone.

Key provisions of the bill include a new 10 percent tax rate on a pass-through business’ first $150,000 in income and a 20 percent tax rate on a business’ first $1 million. The legislation would also include immediate expensing of all investment in equipment by pass-through businesses.

“It is time we give (small businesses) the freedom, means and flexibility to expand and create jobs. My bill will give these employers room to grow by giving them back time and resources,” Hultgren said.

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Is a Little Radiation So Bad?


Wall Street Journal

Nuclear radiation is dangerous. It can cause cancer, birth defects and (in the sci-fi-movie world) 50-foot-tall humans and man-eating insects the size of buses.

Such a dark view of radiation has shaped public fears, and for decades it has been part of the foundation of nuclear policies. It has been accepted by an alphabet soup of federal agencies as well as national and international scientific bodies. It has affected how old atomic-weapons sites are cleaned up, nuclear power plants operated and radiation used in medicine.

The scientific basis for this view is known as the linear no-threshold model, or LNT, which holds that any amount of radiation increases someone’s cancer risk, with the danger rising along with the dose.

But Carol Marcus scoffs at the LNT model. As science, it’s “baloney,” she said, essentially in the same category as “the Earth is flat.” The white-haired, 77-year-old professor of nuclear medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, with both an M.D. and Ph.D., is on a campaign to change the way America treats radiation.

In a pending petition, she is asking the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to abandon the LNT model, which her filing, quoting another critic, calls “the greatest scientific scandal of the 20th century.” Two similar petitions, signed by about two dozen academics and others, are also under NRC review.

Dr. Marcus advocates an approach that holds that low radiation doses aren’t harmful and could even benefit people’s health—a phenomenon known as “hormesis,” possibly reducing cancer rates by stimulating the body’s protective systems. Among other things, she wants the NRC to raise by 50-fold its allowable annual radiation dose to the public.

One comment came from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an LNT adherent. Radiation’s link to cancer is “particularly strong,” it said, and warned against “basing radiation protection on poorly supported and highly speculative proposals.”A typical NRC rule-making petition attracts fewer than two dozen public comments, said an agency spokeswoman. A few draw up to about 200. More than 600 comments have come in on the LNT matter, the most ever. An NRC staff recommendation on the petitions isn’t expected until next year.

Most of the comments are against her initiative, said Dr. Marcus. At least, she said, her petition is intended “to get this ball rolling” and force regulators to deal with evidence she believes contradicts the LNT model.

In a sense, LNT critics are asking the NRC to turn back the clock to a time when officials believed that below a certain level, known as the “tolerance dose,” radiation wasn’t harmful. By 1960, however, the Federal Radiation Council wrote of “an increasing reluctance” among scientists to embrace exposure standards “on the basis of the existence of a threshold for radiation damage.”

By the 1970s, the LNT model was rising to the fore.

LNT supporters and critics say that large bodies of scientific evidence support their respective positions. They debate the biologic research regarding damage done to cells by radiation and the body’s ability to repair such injuries. Sometimes, the two sides point to the same research to bolster their arguments.

The dispute largely involves annual radiation exposures below 10 rem, or 10,000 millirems. A rem is a measure of radiation absorbed by a person.

The average American gets about 300 millirems a year from background sources, such as the sun. A medical procedure can add anywhere from a few millirems for a chest X-ray to more than 1,000 for certain CT scans or other procedures. A cross-country airplane flight provides about 5 millirems of extra solar radiation. Under the LNT model, even one millirem would raise someone’s cancer risk by a small amount.

As a precaution, regulators try to limit the amount of extra radiation the public gets from nuclear activities. The NRC requires its licensees, such as nuclear power plants, to ensure that no member of the public gets more than an additional 100 millirems a year from the facility’s operations.

In her petition, Dr. Marcus said that the public-exposure level could safely be raised to the same limit as for nuclear-industry workers, currently 5,000 millirems a year.

Moving from the LNT model could greatly reduce the costs of cleaning up contaminated sites, said Edward Calabrese, a toxicology professor at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He has written that in the 1940s and 1950s, an influential group of scientists pushed the LNT model using actions that were “ideologically driven and deliberately and deceptively misleading”—a position that others dispute.

A more benign view of radiation, said Dr. Marcus, would have helped avoid what she believes was the unnecessary evacuation in 2011 of tens of thousands of people in Japan after the Fukushima nuclear complex, damaged by an earthquake and tsunami, released radiation.

Jan Beyea, a physicist who served on a National Academy of Sciences panel that studied the accident, defended the prudence of the evacuation given the circumstances but added that “the social and mental distress caused by the fear of radiation is probably the biggest public health effect from these releases.” Dr. Beyea, an LNT supporter, estimated that the radiation could cause about 500 cancer cases over the next 50 years. However, he said, the stress and chaotic evacuation conditions contributed to the deaths of several hundred elderly people.

In the U.S., 36% of respondents in a 2013 Rasmussen poll felt that it was at least somewhat likely that Fukushima-related radiation had done significant harm to this country—despite federal assurances to the contrary.

Radiation fears also crop up in medicine. A report earlier this year by researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Hofstra University found that of some 3,500 people surveyed, nearly two-thirds expressed some level of concern about getting radiation from medical imaging procedures, such as CT scans.

Congress could jump into the radiation debate. The House has passed a bill by Rep. Randy Hultgren, an Illinois Republican, to push further research into the effects of low-dose radiation. The bill is pending in the Senate.

In a statement, Rep. Hultgren said the official thinking on radiation “is akin to saying that jumping down one step in a flight of stairs is harmful to your health because we already know the harm caused by jumping down a full flight of stairs.” However, he added, the LNT approach “shouldn’t be changed until we know more.”

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In 38 states, churches can't help people pay their insurance premiums


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As churches and charities are legally shut out of helping pay people’s high medical costs in most states, congressmen and advocates are rallying to “allow charities to be charitable.”

“People with chronic, rare, and acute diseases have the right to get the help from third party organizations, and insurers have no sound reason to deny these payments,” said Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), a co-sponsor of the Access to Marketplace Insurance Act. 

The bill would lift bans on charitable medical payments for health plans on 38 state exchanges. 

The prohibition “discriminates against some of our most vulnerable citizens, who have no other means of paying the high out-of-pocket costs,” Hultgren continued, insisting that the government must “allow charities to be charitable.”

When the Affordable Care Act was passed, the law’s supporters said it would stop insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions. However, some say a new regulation has “created the new ‘pre-existing condition’.” 

In 2014, the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services ruled that on the health care law’s exchanges, insurers didn’t have to accept third-party payments of premiums by charitable non-profits; they only had to accept payments from certain “state and federal government premium programs,” the Marketplace Access Project explained. The project advocates for charities to be allowed to help pay for premiums. 

38 states then disallowed the charitable payments for health plans on their exchanges. This can put a heavy burden on patients with chronic health conditions, though. The costs of some long-term medical treatments can add up to an exorbitant sum.

“CMS is functionally enabling insurers to exclude patients with expensive – yet devastating – conditions from their plans,” the project stated. 

For instance, according to the National Hemophilia Foundation, someone suffering from severe hemophilia could incur up to $300,000 a year in treatment costs. Despite the health care law capping out-of-pocket medical expenses, some families still needed the help of charities and non-profits to pay their medical bills. 

Someone waiting for a kidney transplant – currently more than 100,000 Americans – will need expensive weekly treatments just to survive, according to the American Kidney Association. 

Unable to pay for a health plan they need, people might resort to skipping treatments, enrolling in Medicare or Medicaid, or using emergency rooms for health care, the Marketplace Action Project claims. 

So the bill, introduced by Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) last November, allows these charities and other third parties to continue making these payments. The list of 94 co-sponsors is bipartisan: more than 30 Democrats have co-sponsored the bill.

“The law already compels insurance companies to accept premium assistance from the Affordable Care Act, Indian Tribes, and State or federal programs,” Cramer stated. “Individual Americans should also have the right to organize and do the same through their charity of choice. We need to allow charities to be charitable.”

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Hultgren solicits ideas from community leaders about heroin, opioid epidemic in northern Illinois


Ripon Advance

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) recently hosted meetings to garner ideas from community leaders in northern Illinois about how to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic.

Hultgren met with parents, patients and health department advocates on July 25 to discuss the heroin and fentanyl-laced heroin epidemic sweeping communities in and around the Chicago area.

“This meeting was an opportunity for me to hear from the people who are on the ground in Illinois fighting this battle every day,” Hultgren said. “I am inspired by their courage and their commitment to saving our communities from this epidemic. I am looking forward to continuing these conversations this year and drawing on these leaders’ insights to develop real, immediate solutions to this devastating problem and prevent more grief for our neighbors and loved ones.”

Hultgren also met with law enforcement officials to gain a better understanding of fentanyl-laced heroin and the need for effective, long-term treatment and prevention solutions. Attendees also discussed state issues with doctors over-prescribing opioids, which has been attributed as a root cause of the addiction epidemic.

“My hope is that the insights of these community leaders will drive real prevention and treatment plans that can help families in crisis out of the hole of heroin abuse,” Hultgren said.

Hultgren has been a leader in the fight against the country’s addiction epidemic, recently supporting the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act to promote evidence-based solutions to drug prevention and addiction recovery.

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With Zika in Illinois, It’s Time to Pass Urgent Funding


Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released a statement following news that the Illinois Department of Public Health has reported 46 cases of the Zika virus occurring in the state, with several cases involving pregnant women:

“I have met with Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Zika threat is real, and it’s in our backyard. The House already passed funding to fight Zika—$1.1 billion—which includes important steps like spraying for mosquitos.

“Yet Senate Democrats have blocked the urgent funding to respond to this growing threat—twice—because it does not include money for Planned Parenthood and its affiliates which provide abortions. There is longstanding taxpayer opposition to funding abortions. Contrary to some misinformation out there, the House and Senate compromise bill contains health funding that includes birth control provided by Community Health Centers, hospitals, state health departments and Medicaid, including the Primary Care Association of Puerto Rico which operates in 84 sites. According to fact-checkers, Planned Parenthood affiliates don’t fill any geographic gaps in health coverage for women.

“The health and safety of our citizens is at stake. Democrats must stop blocking funding for Zika research and mosquito eradication. Let’s get this funding in the hands of our world class infectious disease experts."


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Hultgren Enlists Advocates, Law Enforcement to Drive Fight against Heroin and Opioid Epidemic


Campton Hills, IL – U. S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) last week in a series of meetings enlisted community leaders to combat heroin and opioid abuse in the 14th District and throughout the state of Illinois. The experiences, insights and proposed solutions of participants in these and upcoming meetings will be included in new phases of the community effort to fight this epidemic.

On Monday, July 25, Rep. Hultgren and staff met with parent, patient and health department advocates about the depth of the heroin problem in Chicago’s collar counties. Attendees candidly discussed the availability and addictiveness of heroin and the deadliness of the area’s newer drug problem: fentanyl-laced heroin. Advocates told painful stories of addiction and overdose, and offered potentially life-saving suggestions about education, prevention, treatment and recovery.

“This meeting was an opportunity for me to hear from the people who are on the ground in Illinois fighting this battle every day. I am inspired by their courage and their commitment to saving our communities from this epidemic,” said Rep. Hultgren. “I am looking forward to continuing these conversations this year and drawing on these leaders’ insights to develop real, immediate solutions to this devastating problem and prevent more grief for our neighbors and loved ones.”

Later Rep. Hultgren met with local law enforcement officials who highlighted the rise of fentanyl-laced heroin and the need for effective, long-term treatment to prevent men and women suffering from drug addiction from relapsing. Attendees focused on the state opioid over-prescribing issue and encouraged federal and state officials to take a look at the root cause of heroin addiction as they implement the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and develop other local solutions.

Rep. Hultgren will continue to meet with groups affected by and engaged in the heroin and opioid epidemic throughout the year. “My hope is that the insights of these community leaders will drive real prevention and treatment plans that can help families in crisis out of the hole of heroin abuse,” Rep. Hultgren said.

Rep. Hultgren has been a leader in the fight against heroin and opioid abuse in northern Illinois, and voted for House passage of a bipartisan, bicameral bill to fight heroin and opioid abuse, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. For a full summary of the bill, please click here.



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Hultgren Announces Updates to District Staff Team


Campton Hills, IL – U. S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today announced the promotion of Nick Provenzano to full-time Deputy District Director for McHenry, Lake and DeKalb Counties. Previously, Provenzano served as part-time Senior Field Representative.

“For several years Nick Provenzano has served well as Senior Field Representative for the 14th Congressional District. In that role, Nick has promoted the many small businesses, manufacturers, farmers, charity organizations and volunteer groups that make our communities strong. He has delivered outstanding constituent services to individuals and families navigating the federal government. Nick’s keen knowledge of transportation issues will be put to work throughout the district as he assumes legislative policy responsibilities on transportation.

“As U.S. Representative for the 14th Congressional District, I take great care in ensuring our community is served with excellence by my office and its staff. Beth Goncher, Deputy District Director for Kane, Kendall, Will and DuPage Counties, has a long history of public service and leadership, and has done a superb job serving the district. I am excited she will be joined on our team by Nick as Deputy District Director for McHenry, Lake and DeKalb Counties. Carol Berger, Constituent Services Representative, will continue her excellent work with constituents helping them overcome challenges on immigration, visas and other issues. The district team will continue to serve under the supervision of District Director David Carlin who has dedicated his career to constituent outreach at state and federal levels. I am confident our entire district team will continue to provide outstanding service to the people of Illinois and the 14th District.”


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Celebrating 115 Years at Joliet Junior College, America’s First Community College

2016-07-14 18:38:44

Hultgren: “No one should be forced to participate in abortion”

2016-07-13 19:57:18

Recognizing Steve and Diane Spurling with Citizen Hero Award

2016-07-13 17:13:04

Hultgren asks Scientists: Who Inspired You?

2016-07-12 16:43:24

Celebrating the Life of Veteran Joe Bussone

2016-07-06 16:31:47

Apply to Become a STEM Scholar!

2016-06-28 14:07:50

Celebrating the Life of Ron Bullock

2016-06-22 13:18:50

Hultgren to FAA: Time to Fix Your Failed Hiring Social Experiment

2016-06-15 18:06:41

On June 14th, the 14th District Celebrates Our "Father of Flag Day"

2016-06-14 16:48:28

Memorial Day Remembrance from National WWII Memorial

2016-05-30 14:31:28

Celebrating the Public Service of 14th District Staff Member Ruth Richardson

2016-05-26 13:13:51

Hultgren Talks Golf, EPA Regulations on Katrek and Maginnes On Tap (Sirius/XM)

2016-05-25 15:19:12

Hultgren on Opioids & Heroin Epidemic: "Our fight is far from over"

2016-05-13 14:20:07

Honoring Kane County Officer of the Year Dean Tucker

2016-05-12 14:44:25

Rep. Hultgren Welcomes FIRST Robotics Championships Participants

2016-04-29 13:59:04

Angel Investors Play Key Role in Helping Startups Succeed

2016-04-27 20:50:30

Hultgren to SEC: How Do We Stop the Next Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme?

2016-04-21 21:25:23

Would Nineveh Plains Province Protect Religious Minorities from ISIS?

2016-04-19 21:54:12

So what's the big deal with STEM education?

2016-04-15 20:17:16

Fermilab Director Lockyer and Congressman Hultgren Welcome STEM Expo Attendees

2016-04-14 18:40:58

Contact Information

332 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2976
Fax 202-225-0697

Born and raised in Illinois, and having spent more than 15 years serving Illinois and its citizens at multiple levels of government, Congressman Randy Hultgren represents the state’s 14th Congressional District. The district is comprised of seven suburban counties including McHenry, Lake, Kendall, Kane, DuPage, DeKalb and Will.

In Washington, Congressman Hultgren has committed himself to working for fiscal sanity, real healthcare reform, and pro-growth policies that will put Americans back to work. In the current 113th Congress, Randy serves on the Financial Services and Space, Science & Technology Committees.

Randy was elected to the DuPage County Board and County Forest Preserve Board in 1994, to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1999, and to the Illinois Senate in 2007. At every level, he has fought for prosperity and free enterprise and for smaller, smarter government.

Randy served on the Financial Institutions Committees in the Illinois House and Senate and is credentialed in FINRA Series 7, 6 and 63. He later became a Vice President at Performance Trust Investment Advisors in Chicago.

Randy was born March 1, 1966 in Park Ridge, Illinois. He graduated from Bethel College in 1988 and later attended Chicago-Kent College of Law, graduating in 1993. He currently resides in Winfield with his wife, Christy, and four children.

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