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The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Mesirow Financial and The PrivateBank are pleased to announce that first prize for the 6th Annual James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award is $50,000. Applications are now being accepted for the prestigious award, which is presented annually to a high-growth entrepreneur who is philanthropically active in the Chicagoland area.

The winner, who will be announced at the Chicagoland Chamber’s 113th Annual Meeting on June 6th, must display philanthropic values and be active in the local community.

The open application period runs now through March 17, 2017. During a kickoff reception on Wednesday, April 12 at Mesirow Financial, 12 finalists will pitch their businesses to a panel of judges while a live audience vote determines which finalists advance. A private panel of judges will convene in May to evaluate the remaining finalists.

Click here for to see award criteria and to apply for the award.
Rep. Sauer (center) and Rep. Tony McCombie (left) take part
in Go Red for Women activities at the Capitol.
This week, State Representative Nick Sauer (R-Lake Barrington) joined the Conference of Women Legislators at Go Red for Women Day. Every year, the American Heart Association partners with groups across the country to raise awareness about cardiovascular diseases in women.

In 2004, the American Heart Association (AHA) faced a challenge. Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an older man’s disease. To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease & stroke as the number one killer of women, the American Heart Association created Go Red for Women, a passionate, emotional, social initiative designed to empower women to take charge of their heart health.

Learn about Go Red for Women and how to get involved, Click Here.
In his response to Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget address, State Representative Nick Sauer (R-Lake Barrington) said the emphasis on pro-growth policies is vital.

“There were two critical points from the Governor’s speech which stood out most, economic growth needs to outpace government growth and the impact of regulations on job creation. His call for legislators to first consider whether or not a regulation will hinder job creation, and subsequently economic growth, must be kept in mind as the legislature considers his recommendations and seeks to craft a comprehensive, balanced budget. To make Illinois a better home for residents, with ample job opportunity and excellent schools, the legislature must recognize the ability for government to provide services is derived from our economic strength.”
This week, State Representative Nick Sauer (R-Lake Barrington) filed ten bills for this legislative session that focus on supporting the needs of children, families, taxpayers and businesses in his district and across the state.

"The ideas I am advancing will help to grow our state's economy, lesson the burden on taxpayers, reduce our long-term pension problem and help to find forever homes for foster children in Illinois,” said Sauer.

The following legislation was filed by Sauer this week:
  • House Bill 3169 – Redefines language for children in the care of DCFS, and other programs, to youth in care.
  • House Bill 3170 – Repeals the estate (death) tax.
  • House Bill 3171 – Reforms excessive block grant funding to CPS.
  • House Bill 3172 – Reduces burdensome testing requirements for transport vehicles.
  • House Bill 3173 & 3174 – Make improvements to the adoption screening process for prospective parents. 
  • House Bill 3175 – Amends the pension code to prevent exaggerated late career salary spiking beyond the consumer price index-u. 
  • House Bill 3516 – Amends the property tax code to prevent residents from paying more due to outdated assessments. 
  • House Bill 3517 – Allows school districts to offset prorated funding for busing costs. 
  • House Bill 3518 – Prevents child abusers from working in child care. 
This week, the Illinois House of Representatives returned to Springfield and began committee hearings for the new legislative session. State Representative Nick Sauer (R-Lake Barrington) has been selected by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) for several committees to utilize his experience with economic and community support issues.

Sauer’s committees include:
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Elections & Campaign Finance
  • Human Services
  • International Trade & Commerce
  • Labor & Commerce Committee
  • Unemployment Insurance Subcommittee
“I appreciate that House Leader Durkin has appointed me to these committees and the opportunity these appointments provide to promote reform oriented, pro-growth policies,” said Sauer. “As the Governor expressed during his State of the State address, for Illinois to be a compassionate state that provides support to our vulnerable citizens, we need to promote economic and job growth to have the means to do so. I look forward to working with my colleagues on these committees to foster the advancement of legislation that promotes these types of policies to create a stronger Illinois.”
In his reaction to Governor Rauner's State of the State Address, State Representative Nick Sauer (R-Lake Barrington) said he was glad to hear the Governor call on legislators to work together on a return to policies that promote economic growth.
Statement by State Representative Nick Sauer (R-Lake Barrington):

"I thought the Governor gave a great speech today. Rather than focusing on the recent past, he spoke about how we can work together to make Illinois an even better home for our citizens, a growing state with an abundance of jobs, great schools and peaceful communities. I share the Governor's vision for a stronger state. If the House can come together to foster job creation and economic opportunity for all, Illinois will once again be a place where people come to pursue the American dream."