Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today announced his inaugural class of STEM Scholars from the 14th Congressional District. The new youth leadership program encourages highly-motivated and energetic high school students to become ambassadors in their communities for the possibilities provided by science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Congressman Hultgren will join the STEM Scholars for their first meeting and hands-on learning experience at FONA International in Geneva. STEM Scholars will meet with experts in flavor chemistry, food science, sensory science, research and innovation as they create all manner of food flavors. The Scholars will have an opportunity to learn about FONA, the food industry and the science behind how we taste and experience food. Scholars will devote their year interacting with other scholars and developing their advocacy and leadership skills to advance the understanding of the role science, math and technology play in their own future careers and communities.
“I am very excited to announce this talented and enthusiastic group of students who are interested in exploring and promoting science, technology, engineering and math,” said Rep. Hultgren. “These ambitious students are our next generation of innovative leaders, and I look forward to joining them at a creative and innovative manufacturer in the 14th District to see the results of STEM education in action. This kickoff event is just the first of monthly meetings I plan to have with these students over the course of the year to encourage them in their studies, expose them to the wide world of STEM fields and propel them to inspire others curious about what opportunities STEM education has to offer.”
2016 class of inaugural STEM Scholars:
Therese Hein, Aurora Central Catholic High School
Patrick Stephen, Bartlett High School
Ally Bowgren, Batavia High School
Daniel Napierkowski, Batavia High School
Evan Pasero, Batavia High School
Audrey Godsell, Crystal Lake South High School
Claire Garretson, Homeschool (Crystal Lake)
Lucas Kulesza, Homeschool (West Chicago)
Mary Pelzer, Joliet West High School
Kate Thompson, Marian Central Catholic
Josie Reed, Oswego East High School
Trisha Sudhakar, Oswego East High School
Kyle Hines, Parkview Christian Academy
Andrew Stutesman, St. Charles North High School
Emma Keicher, Sycamore High School
Kevin Margis, Warren Township High School
Eric Naumann, Yorkville High School
Ben Tholen, Yorkville High School
Faith Twardzik, Yorkville High School
The STEM Scholars program is aimed at creating regular channels of communication between 14th District youth and Congressman Hultgren, including promoting and sharing ideas and presenting solutions to today’s pressing issues, and will include programming specifically designed to expose students to STEM careers and to build STEM leadership qualities and skills. STEM Scholars will grow their leadership skills through presentations, higher-level discussions and on-site visits to some of the 14th District’s premier STEM facilities.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) supported House passage of H.R. 5719, the Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership Act, a bill he cosponsored which would allow employees to defer taxes on income they make from stock they are given by their employers. The move would encourage employee ownership, and personal and financial investment in these businesses. This tax incentive would also increase employee take-home pay by allowing them to get a higher return on their investment.
“I am encouraged by efforts in the House this year to better engage and incentivize employees to contribute to their companies’ success,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Workers who own a stake in the business they work for every day have an interest in seeing the business succeed. It is best for businesses when its success is tied to the hard work and investment of its employees.”
Rep. Hultgren’s employee ownership bill, the Encouraging Employee Ownership Act, passed the House as part of the Capital Markets Improvement Act earlier this year. The bill opens up more opportunities for employees to share a stake in the companies that employ them.
Warren Ribley, President and CEO of the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization, an association that represents companies and thousands of their employees in the 14th Congressional District, believes that making it easier for companies to offer employees stock and ownership helps Illinois businesses grow, and offer these opportunities to more workers. “As someone who has worked in economic development for most my career, I know that offering an ownership stake to employees is a critical tool in recruiting top talent to job-generating companies,” said Mr. Ribley. “There is no doubt that an equity stake encourages employees to drive hard for success of the enterprise.”
“This movement toward employee stake in smaller and mid-market companies is important to employers and their workers, job creation, access to capital and the economy as a whole,” said Rep. Hultgren.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today voted with the House to pass H.R. 5461, the Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act, which sheds light on the financial assets of top leaders in Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. Much of the funding of terrorism is done through private entities of funneled money, controlled by corrupt senior political and military Iranian leaders.
“Iran’s sponsorship of terrorist attacks against the United States and our allies is well-known. Yet many of Iran’s citizens, and many who do business with Iran, are unaware of the corruption at the highest levels of the Iranian regime to fund terror,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Given this administration’s recent infusion of billions in cash to the Iranian government, further corruption is inevitable. The Iranian Leadership Asset Transparency Act would expose the assets of these leaders, ensuring the public knows where they got their money and where it goes. A public list will ensure we understand how corruption is harming ordinary Iranians and the United States.”
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) on the International Day of Peace today called for global peace and praised Kids Around the World founder Denny Johnson and Melissa Fleming of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for their work on behalf of children and refugees displaced by conflict. Ms. Fleming will appear at Rockford University forum tonight focused on how to rebuild after the devastation of war.
Following are Rep. Hultgren’s prepared remarks:
I rise on the International Day of Peace to applaud the efforts of Connect2Peace, the Peace Coalition of the Rock River Valley, to draw attention to the plight of children and refugees whose lives have been forever disrupted by war.
Tonight, Rockford University and Connect2Peace will host a conversation on “How to Help Refugees Rebuild Their World” featuring Melissa Fleming of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
As chief spokesperson, Ms. Fleming speaks around the world on behalf of the more than 65 million vulnerable and voiceless people—half of which are children—who are displaced from their homes by war, conflict and persecution.
Helping refugees rebuild amid war and poverty is difficult and complicated.
But there is hope.
Groups like Kids Around the World in Rockford have stepped in to feed children and help them enjoy their disrupted childhoods through donated playground sets.
People like founder Denny Johnson and UNHCR’s Melissa Fleming work tirelessly to bring hope into seemingly hopeless situations.
As an executive committee member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, today I urge us to pray and act for peace in our world.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) convened six community college presidents that sit on his Higher Education Advisory Committee (HEAC) to discuss important issues in higher education including reauthorization legislation, career and technical education, the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule and student loan debt.
(Gabbard, Borowicz, Hultgren, Sam, Sobek, Rondeau, Mitchell)
“The seven community colleges that service the 14th Congressional District provide vital education and training to our communities. I rely on the members of my Higher Education Advisory Committee to inform me of their needs and challenges they face as they seek to educate,” said Rep. Hultgren. “At this most recent meeting, we tackled important issues such as transparency in student loans, regulation compliance requirements for managing federal student aid, promoting workforce development and career readiness and meeting the needs of a diverse and changing student population. I was pleased to congratulate and welcome our newest college presidents. I look forward to building our relationship as we work together for the benefit of northern Illinois.”
For families planning to send their children to college and take out student loans, Rep. Hultgren has introduced H.R. 5838, the Transparency in Student Lending Act, which aims to provide more information to consumers by requiring the disclosure of the annual percentage rate at the time of application for a federal student loan. Currently, borrowers of private student loans receive this information, but borrowers of loans issued by the Department of Education do not.
Seven community colleges together serve the people of the 14th District. Attendees included:
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today delivered a floor statement in support of H.R. 5424, the Investment Advisers Modernization Act, which makes modest updates to the 76-year-old legislation, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act).
As he stated in his remarks, private equity firms have invested hundreds of billions of dollars in Illinois-based companies. The legislation seeks to make those investments into Illinois companies easier, promoting job growth and business expansion.
Following are Rep. Hultgren’s prepared remarks:
I rise today in support of H.R. 5424, the Investment Advisers Modernization Act.
I am proud to be a cosponsor of this legislation introduced by Congressman Hurt, and would like to thank Speaker Ryan and Chairman Hensarling for their work to bring it up for a vote.
Private equity has a long history of making a positive difference for Illinois companies, their employees, and our communities.
Over the last 10 years, private equity firms have invested hundreds of billions of dollars in Illinois-based companies. In fact, Illinois ranked Number One nationally in attractive private equity investment in 2015, according to the American Investment Council.
It comes as no surprise that these companies – backed by strong financing and experienced management – and pursuing innovative products and services – support hundreds of thousands of workers at their facilities.
In addition to the economic growth driven by private equity, we also shouldn’t overlook its importance to investors.
For example, the State Universities Retirement System of Illinois and its 200,000 members depend on investments in private equity-backed companies.
So why shouldn’t we, as legislators, seize an opportunity to make private equity investments easier?
This bill would make relatively modest updates to the 76 year-old Investment Advisers Act.
Our securities laws are meant to reflect the sophistication of the investors. We should not have cumbersome regulations intended for less-sophisticated retail investors apply to professionals with deep knowledge and expertise of investment advising.
The majority of private equity funds in Illinois are middle market, and do not have large administrative staffs. Generally, the staff includes just one or two finance professionals. The proliferation of rules, reporting and regulation at both the federal and state levels has severely taxed these firms and taken valuable resources away from the important job of identifying, investing in and growing companies, and thus our economy.
The Investment Advisers Modernization Act will reduce administrative costs, making it easier to invest in our communities, and improving the rate of return whether they are saving for retirement or for a university’s endowment.
In closing, I would like to thank Chairman Hensarling and Mr. Hurt for their leadership on this legislation.
It’s no surprise that such a commonsense bill already has a strong bipartisan record. I urge all of my colleagues to support the Investment Advisers Modernization Act.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today delivered a floor statement in recognition of the 50 years of service Waubonsee Community College has provided to northern Illinois.
Following are Rep. Hultgren’s prepared remarks:
I rise today to honor Waubonsee Community College which is celebrating 50 years of service to northern Illinois.
Founded in August 1966, it was named after a Native American Chief whose name means “early dawn,” and provides innovative education to its students.
Offering career programs, business training, and professional learning, the college has stayed true to its mission of fostering a literate democratic society through accessible, quality, and innovative institutions.
This month, Waubonsee will re-open its Aurora Fox Valley Campus dedicated to health programs.
Critical to Waubonsee’s success is President Dr. Christine Sobek.
As a member of my Higher Education Advisory Committee, she regularly provides me with advice and wisdom on the needs of community colleges, and guidance on improving education policy at the federal level.
I am grateful for her friendship and leadership in offering students high-quality education.
Congratulations Waubonsee on your 50th anniversary.
Your hard work helps our community’s students succeed!
Washington, DC — On a trade visit to Taiwan last week, Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) pushed for closer ties between the island nation and the state of Illinois, stressing mutual business, agricultural and scientific partnerships. Rep. Hultgren and the congressional delegation met with President Tsai Ing-wen and other key Taiwanese government officials throughout the week, including Su Jia-Chyuan, President of Taiwan’s legislature and former Minister of Agriculture; Annette Lu, former Vice-President of Taiwan; Leo Chen-jan Lee, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, which governs trade; and Yang Hung-duen, noted physicist and Minister of Science and Technology.
Echoing Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s calls for U.S.-Taiwanese trade cooperation, Rep. Hultgren made a strong case for Illinois’ robust agricultural sector and commercial history. He also highlighted deepening collaboration between Taiwanese scientific institutions and the 14th District’s own high-physics national laboratory, Fermilab.
(Rep. Hultgren presents gift of a U.S. Congressional plate to Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen)
“Taiwan and Illinois have a lot to offer each other and we’ve been working together for decades to help bring prosperity to families on both sides of the Pacific,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Illinois’ corn, soybean growers and pork producers are unparalleled worldwide, and Taiwan has always been a crucial partner for us. I carried official letters inviting high-level officials to visit Illinois in 2017 and buy agricultural products. I am encouraged about our work together in the exciting field of neutrinos and high-energy physics. It was an honor meeting with the President of Taiwan and experiencing this wonderful country as we worked to deepen our cooperation and help our two peoples flourish together.”
Illinois’ relationship with Taiwan is of growing importance to both parties. Highlights include:
Following are letters Rep. Hultgren delivered to Taiwanese officials on behalf of Illinois agricultural producers and research facilities:
Washington, DC — During the August Congressional District Work Period, U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) traveled throughout the seven counties that make up the 14th District, meeting with small business and franchise owners, transportation officials, educators and other community leaders to hear about the challenges they face in an uncertain economy and unfriendly regulatory and taxation environment. The pictures below summarize some of the meetings he held with constituents.
“This District Work Period I was greatly encouraged by the innovation and entrepreneurship I saw when I visited our Illinois employers,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Even amid tough times and a less-than-friendly business climate, our businesses are digging deep to grow and expand.
“DeKalb County Board’s Economic Development Committee has put in the hard work in a new business incubator to provide space and support to enterprising residents with a great idea and the drive to see it succeed. I saw first-hand how Chicago-based Gogo—a leading in-flight broadband internet service—tests out their products at Aurora Municipal Airport and relies on this full-service facility. During a recent failure of the air conditioning system, air traffic controllers at the airport persevered through 100 degree conditions to keep planes safely flying in and out of the airport. Domino’s franchise owner Reece Arroyave is breaking out of the delivery-centric model by opening dine-in stores to attract new customers. Woodstock-based Doughtery Enterprises creates everything from keepsake jewelry to wedding venues to mobile ID systems. Members of the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce are thriving, especially when the federal government gets out of the way. Educating our next generation of innovators and job-creators is happening at places like DeVry University with campuses throughout the Chicago area. They rely on a steady enrollment and flexibility from government mandates to ensure they can best serve the needs of their unique student population. In Congress, I have and will continue to support these career and educational opportunities for our residents.”
Among other efforts to help local small businesses and innovators succeed, Rep. Hultgren has introduced H.R. 5374, the Bring Small Businesses Back Tax Reform Act, which provides immediate tax relief and reduces administrative burdens for small businesses looking to grow and hire more workers.
For families planning to send their children to college and take out student loans, Rep. Hultgren has introduced H.R. 5838, the Transparency in Student Lending Act, which aims to provide more information to consumers by requiring the disclosure of the annual percentage rate at the time of application for a federal student loan. The APR helps borrowers understand the true cost of a loan so they can make good financial decisions. Currently, borrowers of private student loans receive this information, but borrowers of loans issued by the Department of Education do not.
Rep. Hultgren makes pizza during lunch hour at Domino’s Woodstock location.
MARR Chicago Pizza owns franchises throughout the 14th District, providing food and jobs to Illinois residents.
Rep. Hultgren shares lunch with owner Reece Arroyave at Domino’s new dine-in concept store. Among other issues, they discussed franchise laws, joint employers and responsibility for employees.
Rep. Hultgren cuts the ribbon with Illinois State Representative Tom Demmer, DeKalb County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski Jr., State Representative Robert Pritchard and DeKalb County Business Incubator Coordinator Mary Supple. The Incubator is a state-of-the-art facility aimed at encouraging and supporting the inception and growth of new businesses that innovate and create jobs in the area.
Rep. Hultgren visits the air traffic control tower at Aurora Municipal Airport, which averages 450 corporate flights daily and is the only Chicago-area airport with direct tollway access. Hultgren has been a leader in Congress fighting for air travel safety and fair hiring procedures for our nation’s air traffic controllers.
Gogo, a leading Chicago-based provider of in-flight broadband internet service, tests out their products at Aurora Airport.
Rep. Hultgren meets with DeVry faculty and staff at their Naperville campus. DeVry DeVry institutions serve more than 700 of 14th District residents online and at their Chamberlain College of Nursing and DeVry University campuses.
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:
“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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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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