Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has been named a recipient of the National Retail Federation’s Hero of Main Street Award for his positive voting record on critical issues that contribute to the growth and prosperity of small business and the U.S. retail industry.
(Rep. Hultgren accepts award from NRF Vice President of State Relations Mike Cys)
“The retail industry in Illinois is a key driver of our economy and supplies more than a million jobs to our citizens. Retailers nationwide provide $2.6 trillion of our country’s GDP,” said Rep. Hultgren. “That is why I will continue push for policies that support small businesses and retailers throughout the country.”
Applauding Rep. Hultgren’s voting record, National Retail Foundation President and CEO Matthew Shay stated: “NRF’s Heroes of Main Street have shown through their voting records that they care about retailers, big and small, and value the role these businesses play in communities around the country… By backing our policy priorities, they show their commitment to a prosperous Main Street and to the long-term growth of retail - our nation’s largest private-sector employer.”
With pageantry including the Warren Township High School band, AKHAN Semiconductor celebrated a long-awaited move into a Gurnee business park Friday.
Company founder and Chief Executive Officer Adam Khan told the crowd of roughly 75 politicians, community leaders and others that production will begin early next year for products using cutting-edge, diamond-film semiconductors.
In particular, AKHAN plans to make a diamond "window" in the Gurnee facility for high-powered lasers and other products for sale to the military defense industry.
"This is highly impactful technology not only to national security as well as the industrial ongoings, but it's a technology platform to really sink our teeth into and launch from here," Khan said to the crowd that was treated to breakfast goodies and the Warren band before a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony.
AKHAN has had a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory to develop technology using energy-efficient diamond film as semiconductors. Argonne has granted an exclusive licensing agreement for the technology to AKHAN, which is expected to become the first U.S. company to fully develop the process for industries such as aviation, defense and power.
Khan, a Gurnee native, said use of diamond semiconductors, rather than silicon, means devices can be made thinner and operate at higher temperatures, benefiting smartphones and "wearable" technology such as Google Glass.
Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren of Plano was one of the politicians who spoke Friday. Hultgren's 14th Congressional District includes some of Gurnee.
Hultgren said AKHAN fits into his efforts in Washington to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning by young students. He said good-paying jobs at AKHAN could be the end result for those pupils.
"We are talking with members of Congress, House and Senate of how can we inspire our young people ... to see opportunity right here (at AKHAN)," Hultgren said. "That if they are willing to invest their lives at a young age -- middle school, early high school or even earlier than that -- to see that there is great opportunity right here to be a scientist, to be an engineer, to be a mathematician, to be able to discover new technologies that no one else has thought of and to bring them to market."
Democratic state Sen. Melinda Bush of Grayslake said it was a long road for AKHAN to take into the Gurnee office park since the company's plan was revealed in September 2014. She said AKHAN will be a catalyst for job growth in Lake County as it leads "Diamond Prairie."
"I really got the sense that it was more than just making money for him," Bush said as she recalled how she and Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik helped bring AKHAN to the village. "It was changing how we move about in our world, but having an impact on where he came from."
Documents show a $2.3 million package of local incentives would include property tax abatements from the Warren and Woodland school districts, Gurnee Park District and Warren Township government.
Approved early this year, Gurnee's end of the deal requires the village to reimburse a maximum of $1.5 million in sales tax to AKHAN over five years, unless the dollar total is reached earlier. AKHAN would receive the money only if it generates sales tax, according to the agreement.
About $3.5 million in income tax breaks also have been sought by AKHAN from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Washington—Today it was announced that Filep Karma, a Papuan activist imprisoned in Indonesia was released.
On June 28, 2015, Representatives Joseph R. Pitts (R-PA), James P. McGovern (D-MA), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Randy Hultgren (R-IL) and Vargas (D-CA) sent a letter to Sec. Kerry urging him to raise the issue of imprisoned Papuan activists in an upcoming meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Rep. Pitts has been advocating for Karma’s release since 2011.
Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Co-Chairman Pitts stated: “No one should go to jail because of what they believe. Filep Karma’s human rights were violated when he was imprisoned for peaceful protests. I first contacted the President of Indonesia about Mr. Karma in 2011, and so I am glad to hear that he has finally been freed, and his human rights upheld. I hope that this will encourage the release of other prisoners of conscience both in Indonesia and around the world.”
Co-Chairman McGovern said, “Protecting human rights is essential to building free and open societies. The release of Filep Karma by the Indonesian government is long overdue and I am pleased to see that he is finally free. Indonesia’s recent democratic transition has been an encouraging development, but the imprisonment of Karma and other peaceful activists clearly demonstrates that more must be done to strengthen human rights there. The United States has a responsibility to stand up for human rights at home and abroad. I thank Secretary Kerry for his leadership and urge him to continue to push for the reforms needed to support a truly free and democratic Indonesia.”
Rep. Hultgren stated: “We welcome this long overdue release of pro-democracy activist Filep Karma who was unjustly imprisoned simply for exercising basic democratic rights,” said Rep. Hultgren, Executive-Committee Member of TLHRC. “The rights of conscience and belief are foundational to free, functioning societies, and I urge Indonesia to act immediately to release others similarly imprisoned. No one should be punished for practicing their basic right to express their beliefs.”
Filep Karma, 56, was imprisoned in 2005 for merely raising a flag in support of independence for the Papuan minority in Indonesia.
Washington, DC — This week, the House of Representatives passed four financial reform bills cosponsored by U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14). Rep. Hultgren has used his position on the House Financial Services Committee to hold our regulators accountable and to ensure the nation’s financial institutions are able to offer responsible access to credit.
H.R. 3189, the Fed Oversight Reform and Modernization Act requires greater accountability and transparency at the Federal Reserve such as improved communication of monetary policy, an annual audit of its monetary policy, and more frequent testimony before Congress.
“The actions taken by the Federal Reserve leading up to and following the financial crisis have demonstrated the need for improved transparency and accountability to the American people,” said Rep. Hultgren. “The Fed Oversight Reform and Modernization Act will help restore trust in the Fed and will promote stable economic growth.”
H.R. 1210, the Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act requires the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to provide a legal safe harbor to mortgages banks keep on their books.
H.R. 1737, the Reforming CFPB Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act repeals guidance issued by the CFPB in 2013 that violates bipartisan Congressional intent of prohibiting the Bureau from regulating automotive dealers. It also requires a more transparent process by the Bureau for future policy regarding automotive lending.
H.R. 1478, the Policyholder Protection Act prohibits federal banking regulators from moving the assets of healthy state-regulated insurance subsidiaries of larger financial firms to a failing bank subsidiary if the state insurance regulator determines the transfer would harm the status of the insurer.
“The Dodd-Frank Act and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have disrupted the relationship between trusted community banks and their customers,” said Rep. Hultgren. “They have repeatedly defied Congressional intent, and the misguided activist agenda of the President and his allies is a detriment to those in the market for an affordable car or their family’s first home. I was happy to see my Democratic colleagues join me in supporting this regulatory relief legislation, despite unfounded opposition from the Administration.”
All four bills passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released the following statement on the terrorist attacks that claimed 129 lives in Paris:
“With great sadness and horror Americans watched as terrorists attacked the people of Paris, apparently at the behest of the Islamic State (ISIS). Those who planned and carried out these attacks have used senseless violence to further their medieval aims. All who were involved will be hunted down and brought to justice. The French people are resilient and some of our oldest allies. The people of Illinois and the nation stand with them and offer up our prayers for comfort and peace amidst such tragedy.
“These events highlight the broader global discussion about conflicts in the Middle East and how the West should respond to the resulting refugee crisis. At a recent hearing at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission), I joined my fellow commissioners in pressing administration officials to ensure they are putting the safety and security of the American people first when determining which refugees can come to our shores.
“It is absolutely clear many innocent people are fleeing horrific conflicts, in many cases instigated by the same people who carried out these attacks. There is well-documented evidence that the Islamic State is targeting religious minorities including Yazidis and Christians for extermination in the Middle East. We have not and cannot turn a blind eye to their plight. Governor Rauner has temporarily suspended Illinois accepting refugees from Syria out of a necessary abundance of caution. Unfortunately, terrorists come from all over—the diversity of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay is a testament to the breadth of countries from which they originate. I will be working closely with our federal agencies to ensure our state is protected from additional attacks.”
WASHINGTON – The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a coalition of leaders of the nation’s premier health care companies and organizations, has honored U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren as a “Champion of Healthcare Innovation” at an award ceremony in Washington, DC.
The award presentation took place at the Council’s annual Healthcare Innovations Expo on Capitol Hill. The day-long event is dedicated to showcasing new developments in health care technologies, treatments and practices. This year’s event featured, among other exhibits, new technologies for blood glucose monitoring, innovative treatment options for mental illness, and telehealth systems that make physicians accessible to patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“As we strive to conquer illness, elevate population health and make our healthcare system more affordable and sustainable, the answer lies in dynamic and continual innovation,” said Healthcare Leadership Council President Mary R. Grealy. “For this to happen, we need federal policies that encourage progress and new breakthroughs in care. We applaud Representative Hultgren for the leadership, vision and commitment that patients and healthcare consumers need.”
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Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today criticized plans by the President to move ahead with closing Guantanamo Bay in Cuba and relocating detainees to United States prisons. Previously, Rep. Hultgren supported House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 which prohibits such transfers.
“The President’s plan to close down the facility and move detainees to our shores is more political than practical,” said Rep. Hultgren. “On a recent in-depth congressional fact-finding trip to the Guantanamo Bay prison, I saw first-hand how the facility is an important solution to housing the world’s most hardened terrorists. The conditions are humane but secure—the right combination for enemy combatants bent on harming our citizens. Until these terrorists are tried by our nation’s military tribunals, they should remain in Guantanamo Bay.”
On a bipartisan congressional fact-finding trip in September, Rep. Hultgren and his colleagues met with commanders at the facility, attended classified briefings regarding the nature and backgrounds of detainees and their treatment, toured the several camps and learned about overall operations.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has announced that the second annual Congressional App Challenge, previously known as the Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, for high school students in the 14th Congressional District will begin on November 9, 2015. 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.
“I was thrilled by the high caliber of last year’s submissions, demonstrating how the Congressional App Challenge is a great way students can showcase their ideas and technical know-how,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Our nation has a strong track record of innovative and technological achievement and STEM education is critical for our nation to continue to lead, and for our students to pursue and thrive in the careers of tomorrow. Learning computer code alongside young students, I have seen strong promise with our next generation of pioneers and innovators. I am excited to see what inventive apps students in the 14th District create to solve everyday problems and enhance our lives.”
In its first 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, “Pollution Simulator.”
The 2016 Congressional App Challenge submission period will run from November 9, 2015 through January 15, 2016. 14th District winners will be selected by a panel of local judges and recognized by Congressman Hultgren. Their apps will be featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol building.
Additional information on the Congressional App Challenge 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.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported House passage (363-64) of H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, a long-term bill which reauthorizes federal surface transportation programs for six years. The last time a highway bill lasting longer than two years made it to the president's desk was 2005. For a full summary of the bill’s benefits to Illinois and the nation, please visit: http://transportation.house.gov/strr-act.
“Since my time on the Transportation Committee in the House, I have fought hard to find long-term solutions that provide certainty for Illinois’ state and local governments planning for infrastructure improvements. Over the past months, I have sought the input and expertise of 14th District transportation officials and communities who know first-hand their infrastructure needs. I have fought hard for their interests to be included in the final bill, including ensuring equity among Chicago, the suburbs and downstate Illinois. I am pleased Chairman Shuster has agreed to work on ensuring this equity as the bill heads to conference with the Senate,” said Rep. Hultgren. “As I have urged House leadership previously, I believe we must avoid short-term funding bills and prevent never-ending fiscal crises from stopping our important work of overseeing how tax dollars are spent. I look forward to moving the final bill to the president’s desk and continuing the trend toward long-term fiscal planning in all areas of government.”
Rep. Hultgren has received input from a variety of transportation officials and communities throughout the 14th District:
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14), with Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05), has filed an amendment to the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763) that would prohibit funding to the Secretary of Transportation for lobbying any Federal, State, or local legislation. This amendment would not prevent departments or agencies from requesting legislation or appropriations, or communicating with Members of Congress through the proper channels.
“Taxpayers should not be paying for government agencies to lobby on behalf of their own special interests, especially when they are seeking to impose unnecessary regulations on motorcyclists. This common sense amendment will help ensure the Department of Transportation uses tax dollars wisely instead of using their resources to influence policy,” said Rep. Hultgren. “We should be directing our efforts on encouraging motorcycle safety through education, not by wasting taxpayer dollars on intrusive governmental overreach that only serves to cost the taxpayer more at the expense of motorcyclists.”
The amendment would reinstate previous law, prohibiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from lobbying on behalf of motorcycle safety matters. It reinforces language already approved by the House last year as a part of H.R. 4745, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, and within the manager’s amendment for H.R. 860 in the 105th Congress.
Rep. Hultgren has cosponsored similar legislation this Congress including H.R. 1861, the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act.
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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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