Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) voted in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act, which passed the House today. In addition to an updated bill (which Rep. Hultgren cosponsored and which passed the House earlier this year), the legislation includes the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Reform Act and the Increasing Choice, Access and Quality in Health Care for Americans Act. Click here for a full summary of the fully paid for, fiscally responsible legislation.
“21st Century Cures is a monumental step forward for the people I talk to every day who suffer from an illness for which there is no cure or, at best, limited treatment options available,” said Rep. Hultgren. “These men and women need more options and better access to more advanced treatments, and this bill gives them hope by streamlining FDA review of life-saving drugs, modernizing the clinical trial process and investing in our researchers.”
The 21st Century Cures Act provides:
“This legislation represents good government at its best. All new spending on research will be fully paid for, allowing Congress to invest in science in a sustainable, fiscally responsible way,” said Rep. Hultgren.
The legislative package passed today also includes a number of provisions to provide support to families suffering from mental illness and substance abuse, give states flexibility to address these issues with in a more targeted way, and improve care and coverage in and for hospitals, small businesses, rural providers and seniors.
Campton Hills, IL — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today announced his Traveling Help Desk will visit Sugar Grove, Plainfield and Yorkville in the coming weeks to help assist residents of the 14th Congressional District. Staff experts will be available to address any issues constituents may have with federal agencies, listen to their concerns and deliver those concerns directly to the Congressman. Staff can give assistance regarding Social Security benefits, Medicare/Medicaid, Veteran’s Affairs, U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services, international travel, the Internal Revenue Service and more.
“It’s easy to become cynical about Congress and the bureaucracy, but this experience has shown me that there is indeed a lot of good that is done.”
—Actual quote from Judi, Campton Hills resident, after receiving help from the office
Location and times include:
Wednesday, November 30
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sugar Grove Public Library
125 S. Municipal Drive
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
Thursday, December 8
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Village of Plainfield
24401 W. Lockport Street
Plainfield, IL 60544
Thursday, December 15
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Yorkville Public Library
902 Game Farm Road
Yorkville, IL 60560
Constituents seeking assistance will be asked to fill out a consent form, which allows staff to begin the process of resolving their concern, and should also bring any pertinent information related to their issue.
Rep. Hultgren has traveled throughout the 14th District and has recently held Traveling Help Desks, Listening Sessions and Coffees with the Congressman in the following cities:
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) joined the House of Representatives in supporting and defending victims of genocide and civilians caught in the Syrian conflict from persecution and war crimes, and in holding perpetrators accountable.
H.R. 5732, the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, passed the House and would impose sanctions on the Assad regime and other people and entities responsible for supporting or committing war atrocities and human rights abuses in Syria. In addition, Rep. Hultgren has co-sponsored H.R. 5961, the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2016. The legislation provides desperately needed humanitarian assistance for internally displaced families in the region, provides priority status for survivors of genocide—Christians, Yazidis, Shia Muslims and other religious and ethnic minorities—to apply for resettlement to the United States without needing a UN referral, and enables the careful investigation, documentation, and persecution of human rights violations as criminal acts, providing justice and long-term accountability for the perpetrators of these crimes.
“The Syrian conflict has taken the worst toll on the civilian population caught in the crosshairs of warring parties which in many cases have ignored international humanitarian law and basic human dignity. Crimes against humanity committed by ISIS and the Assad regime are simply appalling,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Justice requires not only immediate aid to these victims, but the accountability of the perpetrators to the rule of law. As the conflict continues, it is essential war crimes and human rights abuses such as torture, rape, civilian killings, and the use of chemical weapons are recorded with precision and accuracy so perpetrators can be brought to justice once a peaceful solution is found.
“Further, victims of genocide and persecution need direct assistance in country, and the ability to flee when their lives are threatened. The most vulnerable—women, children, religious and ethnic minorities—should have the ability to apply directly to the United States for assistance and resettlement.”
Among other provisions, the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2016:
Rep. Randy Hultgren is an Executive-Committee Member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and Commissioner on the Helsinki Commission (Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe) and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.
GENEVA – Twenty veterans gathered in the community room at Arden Courts of Geneva to be honored at a Veterans Day event Nov. 11, a national holiday that honors military veterans.
Arden Courts provides residential care for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive impairments, according to its website.
U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren R-Winfield presented each vet with a certificate of service recognition, followed by Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns, who presented each with a service pin provided by the facility. Both men also gave each vet a handshake and a thank-you.
“We are so grateful for your service,” Hultgren said. “You were willing to sacrifice everything. … And we want to thank you from the bottom of our heart for all you’ve done for us.”
As the two moved through the room, the solemnity of the occasion was also tempered with humor.
Hultgren thanked Dorothy Rothwell, noting she was a veteran Army nurse.
“Don’t thank me, I got myself a nice husband,” Rothwell said, prompting an outburst of laughter.
To Stanley Benton, a Navy veteran, Burns quipped that the certificate was “good for a free lunch at the Mill Race Inn,” also eliciting a laugh, as the restaurant was recently torn down.
Burns commented about his height – 6-foot-5 – to Army veteran Robert Cummins.
“You’re tall,” Burns said. “I didn’t know Army guys were that tall. … Did you play basketball?”
Cummins said he played at Immaculate Conception High School.
“Man oh man,” Burns said. “The Army could use you now.”
“I could use them,” Cummins replied, causing another outburst of chortling.
Army Air Corps veteran William Kramer flew more than 80 transport flights over the Himalayas during World War II, said Kathy Jarman, the veteran liaison for the agency.
“Congressman,” Burns said to Hutgren after he gave Kramer his pin. “Mr. Kramer said he was with 80 goofy young men who were subject to discharge at any moment.”
“They got the job done,” Hultgren said.
Veteran Garry Smart served in the Australian Service.
“I hope it’s OK that we give you a U.S. pin … with a United States flag on it,” Jarman said, as he accepted the pin.
Burns noted that veteran Robert Sejnost, who served in the Army, was a White Sox fan.
“Did you cheer for the Cubs the last couple weeks at least?” Burns asked.
“No,” Sejnost said. “Northsiders are weird.”
The program included patriotic songs led by music therapist Amber Johnson, "Taps" performed by John Carson on trumpet and the color guard was provided by American Legion Post 75 in Geneva.
Jarman also did a reading of “Beatitudes of American Servicemen and Women.”
“Blessed are you who labored for the greater good, for your sacrifice is a lesson in service,” Jarman said. “Blessed are you who stood in the face of dangers and fear, so we may rest in security and peace.”
Many vets had family and friends attend the ceremony and joined them with refreshments afterward.
Roberta and Dan Koebele of Kaneville, attended for her father, Robert Michalski, 93, a World War II Army veteran who served in the infantry and who was awarded a Purple Heart.
“The World War II guys are getting fewer and far between,” Dan Koebele said. “We definitely need to honor them. They paid an ultimate major price for what they did … in the Pacific Theater and the European Theater. It was a very nice ceremony. We need to honor these guys every chance we get – and ladies."
Joni Kupar and her daughter, Elizabeth, 21, of Elburn, attended for her father, John Storto, 87, a veteran of Korea.
“I thought it was very nice,” Joni Kupar said. “I thought it was nice for the congressman and mayor to come and personally honor them … it’s very memorable for the family to know that they care.”
Veterans honored at Arden Courts in Geneva on Veterans Day:
• Navy: Norman Bodda, Stanley Brenton Alan Daw, Hilda Flynn
• Army: Marshall Brodien, Robert Cummins, Edward Giomi, John Jerrard, Robert Michalski, Collin Nicholson, Dorothy Rothwell, James Schmidt, Robert Sejnost, Francis Smoczynski, John Storto
• Marines: Leslie Arno
• Air Force: Michael Loughman
• Army Air Corps: William Kramer, Lauri Kivisto
• Austrailian Service: Garry Smart
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Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) is proud to join Illinois in congratulating Ricardo “Ricky” Castro, a 14th District constituent from Warrenville who has earned the 2017 Illinois Teacher of the Year award. Castro, an English as a Second Language teacher at Elk Grove High School, was selected from a group of 10 finalists for the prestigious award earlier this year. He was announced as this year’s top educator at the 42nd annual Those Who Excel/Illinois Teacher of the Year banquet.
“Students in northern Illinois deserve the best our education system has to offer, and Mr. Castro has demonstrated his excellence in serving our students and communities. As I’ve witnessed in meeting with my STEM Scholars class, the key to the learning process is sparking excitement in our students’ hearts and minds and encouraging them to discover and experiment. Our future depends on great teachers like Mr. Castro. The 14th District is honored to celebrate yet another Teacher of the Year from our area, and we look forward to Mr. Castro’s advocacy on behalf of our students across the state,” said Rep. Hultgren
As Illinois Teacher of the Year, Castro will have an opportunity to share his knowledge and expertise outside the classroom. Beginning in the 2017 spring semester, he will be available to speak at teaching workshops, education conferences and community meetings. Castro will also represent Illinois at the NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, and the National Teacher of the Year program. He will also serve as an example to the people of the 14th District that their actions can and do have a positive impact on the world.
Rep. Hultgren is co-chair of the House STEM Education Caucus and recently launched his STEM Scholars leadership program. The 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) through regular communication between 14th District youth and their U.S. Congressman, and with STEM experts and professionals in northern Illinois and beyond.
Previously, 14th District constituent and Second-Grade Sandwich educator Pam Reilly was named 2014 Illinois Teacher of the Year.
Campton Hills, IL — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) this week hosted representatives from Veterans Assistance Commissions, Service Area Offices, Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities (TASC), the Illinois Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health and Justice, and several counties in the state to discuss best practices regarding the implementation of Veterans Treatment Courts.
This year Governor Rauner signed legislation that requires all Circuit Courts to set up Veterans Treatment Courts, which were established to meet the needs of veterans in the criminal justice system, many of who are suffering from mental health issues, traumatic brain injuries or substance abuse.
(Rep. Hultgren hosts forum on Veterans Treatment Courts at Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville)
“Substance abuse, combat-related mental illnesses and resulting involvement in the criminal justice system are significant and often unaddressed issues within the veteran community,” said Rep. Hultgren. “These men and women who have served our country need our compassion and our help, and a designated, structured justice and treatment system for them is an important part of caring for our veterans.”
Counties that already have a Veterans Treatment Court in place, and who have tailored these courts to the needs of their veterans and active duty servicemen and women, shared best practices for establishing these courts and making them effective and veteran-focused. For example, Lake County incorporated successful elements of their existing drug courts and mental health system into their Veterans Treatment Courts, as veterans who come into the criminal justice system are often in need of this type of assistance.
“I am encouraged by the collaboration and information-sharing that took place at this event, and I look forward to continuing to work with stakeholders in our community to best serve the men and women who have served our country,” Rep. Hultgren said.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) and the 2016 class of inaugural STEM Scholars held their second meeting at the SciTech Museum in Aurora to learn from STEM professionals and exchange ideas about STEM opportunities in their own schools. Arlene Hawks, Executive Director of SciTech, led the group on a tour of the hands-on museum, followed by presentations from professionals to hear how STEM is used in their various fields. Presenters included:
(Scholars engaging with presenters David Alvarez and Liz Foral)
After the tour and presentations, Rep. Hultgren led the scholars in an exchange of ideas about the benefits of and barriers to being involved in STEM programs. Students shared the challenges their schools face with either not having enough STEM-specific classes, or students not knowing how to tap into opportunities to engage in extracurricular activities to grow their skills. They also discussed ways in which STEM programming enriches both their academic and personal lives.
“SciTech Museum in Aurora was a fantastic backdrop for our STEM Scholars to see and hear first-hand the opportunities that are out there in STEM career fields. It is exciting to see the STEM leaders of the future connecting with the industry professionals of today,” said Rep. Hultgren. “We discussed some obstacles to overcome in our communities regarding STEM education funding and focus, and lack of hands-on learning opportunities for high school aged students. We must ensure our schools see the value in promoting and getting their students excited about enrolling in science, engineering, math and technology related classes. The students are learning that STEM knowledge is important for every career in the future—from becoming a retail clerk to a food scientist. I look forward to continuing the conversation at our next meeting.”
(Rep. Hultgren talks STEM career opportunities with students)
Campton Hills, IL — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has rescheduled events in Gurnee and McHenry in order to allow loyal baseball fans to enjoy watching the Cubs beat the Indians in the World Series.
“Loyal Cubs fans like me have waited a long time to see our boys get to the World Series. No one wants to miss a single game after waiting more than 70 long years. Please join me for coffee and conversation in Gurnee and McHenry to celebrate our Cubs and talk about the issues that are on your mind,” said Rep. Hultgren.
Rep. Hultgren has previously hosted a series of Traveling Help Desks and Coffees with the Congressman throughout the 14th District, most recently in Campton Hills, Yorkville and Woodstock.
Please see below for updated dates and locations:
Wednesday, October 26, 2016; Gurnee (previously on Tuesday, October 25)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Gurnee Police Station Community Room
100 North Oplaine Road
Gurnee, IL 60031
*In attendance: Gurnee Chief of Police Kevin M. Woodside
Thursday, November 3, 2016; McHenry (previously on Wednesday, October 26)
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.
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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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