Operation Free: Secure America with Clean Energy
Do you want to learn how you do your part to defend America and defund terrorists? Prevent future disasters like the one in the Gulf? Bring new and better jobs to our past veterans, and the veterans currently returning? Then join us for the Chicago North Shore Energy Symposium on June 2nd! ... read more>>
Upcoming Event with Illinois Capital Development Board
Along with State Representatives Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook), Daniel Biss (D-Skokie), and David Harris (R-Arlington Heights), Karen will co-host an event with the Illinois Capital Development Board on April 27th from 10 a.m. to noon at Harper College.
The event is intended to give companies the opportunity to learn more about the "Illinois Jobs Now" program/bidding opportunities, new MBE/FBE requirements, and Senate Bill 351 (Public Act 096-0706), Project Delivery Methods and Contract requirements. All architects, engineers, small business owners, contractors, and sub-contractors are encouraged to attend the event. It is also open to the general public.
Click here for more information.
Karen Introduces Health Insurance Cooperative Legislation
In an effort to stabilize health care costs for small business owners, State Representative Karen May recently introduced legislation, HB 3976, authorizing health insurance cooperatives in Illinois.
A health insurance cooperative (coop – consumer owned and operated plan) is a state-chartered, nonprofit, membership organization comprised of individuals and small employers joined together to operate as a health insurance issuer.
The Small Business Advocacy Council says, "Coalition members know how critical it is to obtain control over health care costs and options through the implementation of coops, and we are united in support of HB 3976." ... read more>>
Karen receives "good" rating from Citizen Action Illinois
State Representative Karen May earned a “Good” cumulative rating on Citizen Action/Illinois’ Legislative Scorecard for her overall record in the Illinois General Assembly. The ratings are based on the key votes for public interest issues in the General Assembly.
“Representative May has a proven record of voting for needed consumer reforms and protecting the working families of Illinois.” said William McNary, co-director, Citizen Action/Illinois. ... read more>>
I want you to know that I will not be offering the General Assembly tuition waivers for the 2012-2013 school year. As you may know, our state universities absorb the costs of covering the tuition waivers we in the General Assembly award. Because of our state’s dire budget situation and backlog of payments to our fine state universities, I believe this is an inappropriate burden to place on these institutions.
The General Assembly tuition waiver program has also been the subject of allegations of abuse by some legislators. I am confident that the independent citizens committee which awards the tuition waivers for me has always done so solely on the basis of merit and financial need; however, I have decided that I can no longer participate in a program that has been put under a cloud so that it has failed to retain the public trust.
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission is an excellent resource for scholarship searches and FAFSA questions. You can access their website at www.collegeillinois.org. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my district office at 847-433-9100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karen Speaks About Pension Reform on Chicago Tonight
Karen was part of a panel on November 21 discussing Illinois' growing pension obligations. See the video below.
Karen Hosts Disability Forum on Community Building, Employment, and Housing
On July 26th Karen hosted a forum in Highland Park on ways to better serve people with autism and developmental disabilities, featuring speakers and a resource fair. See the video below (runs 2 hours).
Read Karen's End-of-Session Newsletter
Karen's end-of-session newsletter is now available. To save state funds, she is distributing it electronically rather than via mail. Please click here to read the newsletter.
In the News
State Rep. Karen May: Not Running for Re-Election
Highland Park Lawmaker Will Complete 12 Years of Service in Capitol
State Rep. Karen May (D-Highland Park) on September 28th announced she will not seek re-election next fall to the post she has held since January 2001.
After serving as a member of the Highland Park City Council and Highland Park Historic Preservation Commission, May first took office as state representative after winning election to the office in November 2000. Area voters have re-elected her overwhelmingly since then, but after serving more than a decade in the Legislature, May decided now is the time to finish her legislative tenure. read more>>
Karen in the News: Fixing the Pension Loophole
Karen was interviewed by FoxNews about a loophole in state pension law. Karen's comments are at 3:25 in the video. Click the title below to read the story.
News Coverage of Public Utilities Committee Hearing on Power Outages
The August 16th hearing with ComEd about the recent power outages was covered by several local and regional media sources. Click here for more video and print coverage.
Where does our money go?
State of Illinois spending for FY 2011
USGBC 2010 Leadership Award
Karen was selected to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s 2010 Leadership Award - see Karen's remarks on receiving the award on video below.
Investigating the Illinois pension system
Karen spoke to Fox News on August 5 about investigating corruption in Illinois' pension system.