Since I was sworn into office as State Representative in fall of 2009, I have worked to be accessible to 59th District residents and responsive to your ideas. It has also been my goal to do what is right for the future of the State of Illinois and the district, even if it isn't always what is most popular.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office or find me on FaceBook or LinkedIn. Thanks for visiting!

Carol

Take Carol's Legislative Survey

During session, I encourage constituents to participate in my legislative issue surveys to help identify where the district stands on matters facing our state. These surveys are but one of the tools (in addition to speaking with constituents at their doors, on the phone and at events, conducting my own research, and listening to testimony from experts) that I use when making decisions on proposals that come before the General Assembly.

News from Carol

Happy Independence Day

July 3, 2014

With the Independence Day weekend upon us, I'd like to wish you a happy and safe Fourth of July. I hope that you are able to take some time this weekend to reflect upon our nation's heritage, enjoy the weather, and most importantly, relax and spend some much needed time with your loved ones. If you are looking for ways to celebrate in our community, check out some of the following events happening in District 59. I am planning to stop by several of the celebrations in the communities I represent, including Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, and Mundelein, so I hope to see you there!

Leading by Example; Rejecting Legislative Pay Raise

June 27, 2014

As a former small business owner, I understand the importance of having state government live within its means and cut unaffordable costs. That is why the budget I supported during the spring session only funds lawmakers' salaries at an amount that would include furlough days. In addition, the budget I supported also cuts lawmakers' pay, including my own, by rejecting automatic increases for legislators. Since becoming State Representative, I have taken furlough days, cutting my own pay, every year. After a court decision last year prohibited lawmakers from reducing their pay through furlough days (as I have done for four straight years), I chose to return any extra salary to the taxpayers as a result of the court's action.

Legislative Update

June 11, 2014

As a follow up to our last Enews, which included an update on my legislation and the approved budget, I wanted to provide you with a short summary on a few pieces of legislation that advanced to the governor for consideration over the final weeks of session. If there is a legislative issue you were watching that is not detailed below, please feel free to send me an email and I will be happy to respond to you individually.

Compromise Budget "Plan C" Passes the House and Senate

May 30, 2014

Many would argue that the budget we approved is far less than perfect.....and frankly, I would be one of them. The budget is neither one funded by the extension of the tax increase nor the labeled "doomsday budget"; it is a less than perfect, "middle of the road" negotiated compromise that incorporated ideas suggested by members of both parties.