Campton Hills, IL – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) invites all residents of the 14th Congressional District, especially veterans and their families, to an informational forum on “one-stop shop” Veterans Treatment Courts for all service members, including those struggling to successfully adjust to life after returning home from combat and deployment.
“Our veterans want to live successful, meaningful lives—but overcoming the scars of deployment and battle is a struggle for many. We should help by giving them the tools they need,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Veterans Treatment Courts provide veterans the structure, accountability, treatment and access to the benefits they need to adjust back into their communities well and avoid incarceration. These veterans-only courts ensure the entire judicial system is focused on the variety of veterans’ needs and struggles, and can support them through tough times. At the forum, I want to hear from community leaders already establishing these programs, and those who want to get these programs off the ground, and learn how I can help. I encourage the entire community to attend and learn more about these important lifelines for our veterans.”
According to Justice for Vets, one in five veterans has symptoms of a mental health disorder or cognitive impairment and one in six veterans who served in the Iraq War suffer from a substance abuse issue. Substance abuse, combat-related mental illnesses and resulting involvement in the criminal justice system plagues the veteran community. Veterans Treatment Courts provide an alternative to incarceration and a support system for veterans to ensure they meet their obligations to themselves, the court and their community.
This year, Governor Rauner signed legislation that requires all Illinois counties to establish Veterans Treatment Court program by 2017. Currently, only 12 counties have done so, four of which are in the 14th District: DuPage, Lake, McHenry and Will.
Click here to learn more about how Rep. Hultgren is fighting to veterans in Congress, including pushing for reform at the VA and supporting legislation to help veterans find jobs, protect their credit score and receive the benefits they have earned.
14th District Forum: “Veterans Treatment Courts: Helping Returning Veterans Successfully Adjust to Life after Combat and Deployment”
Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
Eric Weis, Kendall County State’s Attorney
Jody Gleason, Kane County First Assistant State’s Attorney
Jake Zimmerman, Superintendent, Kane County Veterans Assistance Commission
Kristy McNichol, Superintendent, Will County Veterans Assistance Commission
Chad Lockman, Kendall County Veterans Assistance Commission
Olivia Laschober, Kendall County Veterans Assistance Commission
Susanne Willett, Chief of Specialty Courts, Lake County; and Hitch, Lake County Veterans Court Comfort Dog
Additional invited attendees from all seven counties in the 14th District
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. CT
Kendall County Courthouse
817 West John Street
Yorkville, IL 60560
Washington, DC — The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading advocate for small businesses, today awarded U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) with its Guardian of Small Business Award for his outstanding support of America’s small business owners in the 114th Congress.
(NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan presents award to Rep. Hultgren)
“Many elected officials claim that they are champions of small business, but our Guardian Award shows our members and other small business owners who is really fighting for them,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. “Based on his voting record, Rep. Hultgren is one of the most reliable advocates for small business in Washington.”
The Guardian of Small Business is NFIB’s most prestigious award. It is reserved for lawmakers who vote consistently with NFIB on the key issues identified by small business owners. Hultgren received a 100 voting record with NFIB during the 114th Congress.
“As the engine of the American economy, small businesses create the bulk of American jobs and more than half of our economic output. They are central to ensuring Illinois residents are in the workforce,” said Rep. Hultgren. “I am honored to accept this award and look forward to continuing to represent the concerns of small business owners in Washington.”
Among other actions, Rep. Hultgren has introduced H.R. 5374, the Bring Small Businesses Back Tax Reform Act, a bill which provides immediate tax relief and reduces administrative burdens for small businesses looking to grow and hire more workers.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) celebrated and promoted Illinois manufacturers and National Manufacturing Day at Scot Forge in Spring Grove with students from Crystal Lake South High School and Cary Grove High School. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) once again awarded Rep. Hultgren the NAM’s Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence for supporting policies identified by the NAM as critical to the success of manufacturing in the United States during the 114th Congress.
(Rep. Hultgren addresses high school students at Scot Forge)
"Our manufacturers are a strong base of jobs and economic growth in the 14th District, and I’m always impressed by innovators like Scot Forge that are on the cutting edge of technological achievement,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Manufacturing means jobs, which is why we must continue to support our local businesses and inspire our young people to enter these fields. I want to thank the National Association of Manufacturers for their exceptional honor, and I am proud to be associated with the outstanding work NAM is doing on behalf of manufacturers in my district, Illinois and across the nation. A thriving manufacturing sector is vital to our economy, putting people to work and driving growth. I share NAM’s vision of enhancing America’s position as the best place in the world to manufacture and attract investment."
(Rep. Hultgren with Crystal Lake, Cary Grove high school students)
These awards are based on members of Congress’s votes on key manufacturing legislation identified by the NAM in the 114th Congress. These included key votes on issues such as energy policy, taxes and regulations, among others. Voting records for all members of Congress and further details about NAM Key Manufacturing Votes are available here.
About the NAM:
The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing has a presence in every single congressional district providing good, high-paying jobs. For more information about the Manufacturers, please visit www.nam.org.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of Manufacturing Day tomorrow, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and David Perdue (R-GA), along with U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14), announced new bipartisan, bicameral legislation that will expand financing opportunities for small and mid-size manufacturers in Ohio. The Modernizing American Manufacturing Bonds (MAMBA) Act, will modernize financing opportunities available to small and mid-size manufacturers to build new facilities.
“Workers and entrepreneurs in our state are eager to make more Ohio-made products – that’s why it’s important to make sure our growing manufacturers have the capital they need to expand,” said Brown. “By making simple updates to the way manufacturers can use small issue private activity bonds, we can help Ohio manufacturers create jobs and boost our economy.”
“We have seen incredible advances in American manufacturing,” said Perdue. “Innovation and investment have helped manufacturing survive the globalization of our economy. To ensure the federal government keeps up with this evolving industry, the definition of manufacturing needs to include high-tech manufacturing techniques. This simple change will open doors for our engineers and businesses who continue to drive the manufacturing renaissance we are experiencing in America today.”
“Manufacturing bonds are a key tool for expanding and hiring more workers, but they haven’t been updated in three decades. It’s time to reform the outdated rules surrounding the use of these financing tools so that our manufacturers in Illinois and across the country can focus on growing their businesses and providing jobs for Americans,” said Congressman Hultgren, sponsor of the companion bill in the House. “I applaud Senators Brown and Perdue for propelling this bipartisan work forward in the upper chamber, and I look forward to both Houses sending a bill to the President’s desk for his signature. Let’s help our manufacturers invest, expand and hire.”
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has joined 59 of his House colleagues in cosponsoring H.R. 6100, the Protect Family Farms and Businesses Act. Recent regulations from the Treasury Department artificially increase the value of many family farms and businesses, which could ultimately force them to pay more in estate, or “death” taxes. For years the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has discounted interest held in businesses for estate tax purposes—now the IRS plans to count that interest as a percentage of what the business is worth. An inflated value for the interest means the next generation of farmers and small business owners will be paying up to 40 percent more in estate taxes.
“The death tax hurts family farms and small businesses—and it's bad tax policy. It is an unfair double tax on the families of individuals who have paid income taxes for their entire lives, and it is a costly financial burden on loved ones at an especially hard time,” said Rep. Hultgren. “As we continue fighting for full repeal of the unfair death tax, this is an important step we can take now to rein in the IRS.”
Rep. Hultgren is a cosponsor of H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act, and voted in favor of the full estate tax repeal in the House last spring. He is also a supporter of H.R. 5204, the Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act, which would exclude student and private loans from gross income due to the death or disability of a student.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representatives Randy Hultgren (IL-14), Scott Tipton (CO-03) and Terri Sewell (AL-07) introduced the bipartisan Making Online Banking Initiation Legal and Easy (MOBILE) Act of 2016 (H.R. 6287) to expand access to banking services for families in rural communities throughout Illinois and the United States.
“As the needs of banking customers change in the 21st Century, hardworking Americans—especially those with low and moderate incomes—need access to traditional banking services that may not be easily accessible in their communities,” said Rep. Hultgren. “I am proud to cosponsor the MOBILE Act, which will make it easier for my constituents to open a bank account from their mobile device.”
The MOBILE Act would clarify existing federal law and solidify a uniform standard of compliance for mobile banking services. Specifically, the bill ensures financial institutions can “swipe” the machine readable zone on state issued identification cards and record and store the information for the purposes of verifying the identity of a bank customer and preventing fraud or criminal activity.
“There are many families in rural communities across the country who are struggling to achieve financial security because they can’t easily get to a bank to open checking or savings accounts. Smartphones can change this, but we need our laws to catch up to the technology,” Rep. Tipton said. “The MOBILE Act would help remove some of the barriers families in rural Colorado face when it comes to banking access.”
“Access to capital is a constant struggle for many rural communities in Alabama and across the country. As we work together to help bridge the gap of economic inequality and financial insecurity, access to traditional banking and financial services is critically important,” added Rep. Sewell. “The MOBILE Act helps to ensure that our underserved and underbanked communities will be able to access and better manage their personal finances through the convenience of online banking using their mobile devices. I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing this bipartisan and common sense piece of legislation that expands traditional banking opportunities to millions of hardworking Americans.”
The MOBILE Act has been referred to the House Committee on Financial Services, of which Hultgren, Tipton and Sewell are all members.
U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren talked trade, veterans’ issues and taxes during a town hall with constituents Monday afternoon at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville.
Hultgren, R-Plano, spoke with the group of residents from areas that included Yorkville, Oswego, Aurora, Sugar Grove, Plainfield, North Aurora, Batavia, Warrenville, McHenry, Sleepy Hollow and Orland Park.
Also attending the meeting were Chad Lockman, superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission of Kendall County; Olivia Laschober, assistant superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission of Kendall County; and Michael Iwanicki, superintendent of the McHenry County Veterans Assistance Commission.
During the meeting, some in the audience pressed Hultgren on trade and whether he supports the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, agreement. He also was asked if the agreement would be addressed or voted on during Congress’s “lame duck” session after the Nov. 8 election and the swearing-in of a new Congress in January.
Hultgren said he doesn’t foresee the issue being addressed or voted on, or being passed, during the lame duck session, giving it a single-digit percentage chance.
For his part, Hultgren said he opposes the TPP as it is written currently, but said he isn’t opposed to trade agreements and could change his mind if certain elements of the agreement are changed.
“Where it is right now, if it came up for a vote tomorrow or when we come back in November, I wouldn’t support it; I couldn’t support it,” he said. “The big reasons for me are I just don’t think it’s strong enough for us. I think it’s giving up too much of our autonomy to foreign jurisdiction, foreign court authority that I think is risky, and I just think we can do better. The reason I say ‘in its current form’ is, I still am supportive of trade. I am not an isolationist. I do not think we should just close our borders down.”
John Laesch of Aurora, who has been active in opposing the TPP, thanked Hultgren for his open forum and for his stance on the issue.
“I’m thrilled about what you’re saying about the TPP,” Laesch said. “I genuinely appreciate your open forum and the way that your staff has treated us. I think having these discussions is more than most members of Congress are doing, Democrat or Republican, and I think that helps.”
Hultgren also discussed veterans’ issues, including ongoing problems with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He offered to let his office or the Veterans Assistance Commission know if a veteran is having problems.
“These people are here to help, they’re here to cut through the red tape,” he said. “They’re here to get things done. And we want to do the same thing. That’s our first, primary focus.”
Laschober said veterans’ disability claims have been moving faster through the VA system recently, but there are more claims than just disability claims, including pension claims and burial claims, and there are only three places in the U.S. that process those claims.
Laschober said Congress also should focus on hiring more staff “to have an efficiently running Department of Veterans Affairs to do said claims.”
A resident at the meeting said he had read that illegal immigrants get better health care than veterans. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has made such claims during his campaign, most recently during a Sept. 7 speech in Philadelphia.
“Our veterans, in many cases, are being treated worse than illegal immigrants,” he said, according to national media reports.
Hultgren said such a claim isn’t true.
“I don’t think that’s true,” he said. “That illegal immigrants are getting better care than our veterans, I don’t think that’s true. I don’t know where that came from.”
Hultgren said there have been some reforms, but there is “more that needs to happen.” He praised the VA for the experience he has had with his own father.
“My dad’s a veteran, and so grateful for the VA,” he said. “Hines has been really good to him and also [James] Lovell [Federal Health Care Center] in North Chicago has been really great. And to me, that’s one of those that really is a model: a joint VA and DOD facility relationship with Lovell. But almost everything we’ve heard has been very positive. The quality of care is unbelievable. All the resources for our veterans are right there.”
Campton Hills, IL — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today invited residents of the 14th Congressional District to meet and talk directly with him about the challenges they face, and discuss the best ways he can provide solutions to those concerns in Congress. Click here to download and print a flyer with dates and times.
“The best ideas and solutions I bring to Washington are right here from residents in the 14th District. As your representative in Congress, I encourage you to join me for a cup of coffee so I can meet you, hear what’s on your mind and look for ways to help,” said Rep. Hultgren.
Rep. Hultgren has previously hosted a series of Traveling Help Desks and Coffees with the Congressman throughout the 14th District.
Monday, October 3, 2016 (Campton Hills)
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Campton Hills Village Hall
40W270 LaFox Road, Suite B
Campton Hills, IL 60175
Monday, October 3, 2016 (Yorkville)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Kendall County Courthouse
807 West John Street
Yorkville, IL 60560
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 (Woodstock)
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
McHenry County Sheriff's Training Center
Room 250 Second Floor
McHenry County Government Center
2200 North Seminary Avenue (Rte 47)
Woodstock, IL 60098
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 (Gurnee)
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Gurnee Police Station Community Room
100 North Oplaine Road
Gurnee, IL 60031
Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik
Gurnee Chief of Police Kevin M. Woodside
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (McHenry)
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
City of McHenry Council Chambers
333 S. Green Street
McHenry, IL 60050
*Rep. Hultgren and McHenry Mayor Sue Low will join McHenry Police Chief John Jones’ Coffee with the Chief
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) sent a letter to the Secretary of the Veterans Administration, demanding answers on why, more than a year after a major VA overhaul was passed by Congress and signed into law, the VA has still not implemented a key portion of the law, the Veterans Choice Program.
Through the Veterans Choice Program, service men and women can receive vital home care services that are critical to follow-up care and medication adherence assistance, especially for disabled veterans and those without access to transportation. Yet local VA facilities are still refusing to work with new providers to get veterans the care they need.
“My conversations with the VA have yielded only excuses,” said Rep. Hultgren in a speech delivered on the House floor. “Our vets deserve results. How many veterans are waiting for physician visits? How can the VA sit on its hands while our nation’s veterans wait and suffer? I ask my colleagues to join me—let’s be a voice for our veterans and implore the VA to give these heroes access to and reimbursement for the care they need and deserve.”
In his letter to the VA Secretary, Rep. Hultgren writes: “To me, it seems as if the VA is simply obstructing home care services for veterans either illegally, indolently, or both…If ‘the VA is determined to provide exceptional, high-quality care and services for our veterans,’ as you said in your initial response letter to me, why aren’t you following through on your promise to these men and women and promptly addressing this issue?”
Rep. Hultgren has consistently stood up for veterans in Congress:
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) voted in favor of the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools and Nonprofits Act, which passed the House of Representatives today. H.R. 6094 would delay for six months the effective date of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime pay rule.
This summer DOL finalized its overtime regulations that quickly and drastically expand the group of employees eligible for overtime pay. This step by the administration is advertised as a financial boon for salaried employees who work more than 40 hours per week. In reality, however, the rule’s unintended consequences mean heavier burdens on colleges, nonprofits and small businesses—our nation’s biggest employers—and a return to hourly work for salaried employees.
“While getting more take-home pay into workers’ pockets is admirable, this move—which sounds great in theory—demonstrates again that the devil is in the details. When I ask businesses what prevents them from hiring more workers, they tell me overregulation is a key obstacle that gets in the way. They understand the new standard for what it is—a well-advertised but empty promise from the administration that could really mean fewer hours for workers, slowed hiring for salaried employees and a shift for full-time employees into hourly work,” said Rep. Hultgren.
While H.R. 6094 does not remove the rule entirely, it does give employers and Congress a six-month delay while other alternatives are considered. Rep. Hultgren has signed a letter to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez urging the department to reconsider its proposal, and he joined 200 of his House colleagues in cosponsoring the Protecting Workplace Opportunity and Advancement Act to nullify the final rule.
“I will continue to do what I can to make the case against this misguided, one-size-fits-all proposal that would hurt not only employers and the business community, but the millions of Americans they employ,” said Rep. Hultgren.
332 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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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Our veterans want to live successful, meaningful lives—but overcoming the scars of deployment and battle is a struggle for many. We should
Join me for coffee and conversation at the Gurnee Police Department Community Room on Tuesday. Also in attendance will be Gurnee Chief of Police
“Many elected officials claim that they are champions of small business, but our Guardian Award shows our members and other small business