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Illinois mourns the loss of one of our state's most honorable public servants today. Judy Baar Topinka was a great friend and dedicated leader who worked tirelessly to make a positive difference for the people of Illinois. She will be forever missed.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a symbolic day for giving thanks. As Americans, we have so much to be thankful for. From the freedoms we enjoy to the men and women who fight to protect our country, we are truly blessed.  Let's also remember to give thanks to those who are working to protect our neighborhoods like our police and firemen, and to all those who strive to make our communities a better place to live.

At this time of celebration, I hope that you enjoy and cherish the time that you spend with your family and friends. Take time to give thanks for all that's good in your own life - and I encourage you to help those who are less fortunate this holiday season. There are many ways to give back and help those who might not share the same luxuries: donate clothing to charity, make cards for hospitalized children, volunteer at a local food bank or homeless shelter, or consider donating to a charity or food bank.

In the spirit of the holiday season, we can all do our part in building a strong and prosperous community.

I would like to thank all of my constituents for the support and encouragement they have given me through the years. I welcome your feedback and ideas. You can always email me at mmcauliffe20@yahoo.com or call my office at (773) 444-0611.

Thank you for the honor of serving you in the Illinois House of Representatives.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,

Michael P. McAuliffe
State Representative 20th District
halloween_safety.jpgFor goblins, princesses and superheroes, Halloween is one of the best nights of the year. But before your angels load up their pillowcases, it is important to think about trick-or-treating safety tips. Here are just a few steps you can take to help make sure your kids have a happy and safe Halloween.
  • Make sure your kids do not trick-or-treat alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • It is a good idea to fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Don’t run from house to house – walk – and wear comfortable shoes.
  • Stick to houses that are well-lit. Residents who aren’t participating in trick-or-treating often leave off their lights as a sign.
  • Check your child’s candy and avoid homemade treats by strangers.
  • Plan a route in advance, try and stick to familiar areas and neighborhoods.
  • If you want to make sure that the doors your kids are knocking on are safe, you can check Illinois Sex Offender Registration by visiting the official Illinois State Police Website.  
  • Dress warm! Leave extra room for layers underneath costumes. Friday’s forecast looks chilly!
  • Help protect trick-or-treaters and be especially careful while driving on Friday. That stopped vehicle might be dropping off or picking up kids.
By spending a few minutes talking with your kids about Halloween safety, simple precautions can make it a fun and safe night for kids of all ages.
Also, keep in mind that some communities have put special hours in place for trick or treating and the hours vary by area. Here’s a look at official trick-or-treat hours in our communities.
Halloween trick-or-treat hours for Franklin ParkRosemont, and Schiller Park are 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. Official Niles and Park Ridge trick-or-treat hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. while Harwood Heightsand Norridge have an 8 p.m. curfew set on Halloween. Chicago and Des Plaines do not have set trick-or-treat hours on Halloween.
Please feel free to share this information with family, friends, and neighbors. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at mmcauliffe20@yahoo.com or call my office at (773) 444-0611. Thank you for the honor of serving you in the Illinois House of Representatives.
Sincerely,
Michael P. McAuliffe
State Representative
Photo Caption: State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe presents Village of Rosemont Chief of Public Safety Donald E. Stephens III with a certificate on behalf of the Illinois House of Representatives honoring the department for their outstanding contribution for breast cancer awareness.



Rosemont, IL... State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago) recognized the Village of Rosemont Police for their outstanding contribution to breast cancer awareness by decorating a police car in pink for the entire month of October. Representative McAuliffe presented an honorary certificate to the department on behalf of the Illinois General Assembly on Tuesday, October 21.

“The Village of Rosemont Public Safety Department went above and beyond to show support for breast cancer survivors and to raise breast cancer awareness by decorating a patrol car pink throughout the month of October,” said McAuliffe. “Across our country, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month, and there are many efforts planned in our own communities to raise funds for research, heighten awareness, and promote early detection. I want to thank the department for their role in raising awareness on this important cause.”

The Village of Rosemont Public Safety Department decided to wrap the car pink throughout the month as a show of support and as an effort to raise awareness of this disease. Many in the department have loved ones or friends who have battled breast cancer. The most recent statistics indicate 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetime.

Legislation championed by Rep. McAuliffe to raise awareness emerging breast cancer detection technologies was recently signed into law. House Bill 4765 calls for the Illinois Department of Public Health to include information on 3-D mammography technology in state sponsored pamphlets. The Illinois House and Senate unanimously approved the legislation during the 2014 Spring Session of the Illinois General Assembly.

“October is a great time to make sure women are familiar with new technology available in our community that can help save lives. 3-D mammograms are more accurate than regular mammograms and can save women valuable time by avoiding getting tested and retested each time they go to the doctor for a mammogram,” explained McAuliffe.

Chicago, IL...  Earlier this year State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago) carried House Resolution 1096 inviting the NFL to select Chicagoland as a site and headquarters for the NFL Draft. McAuliffe stated at the time that "The NFL Draft would be a major win to our area by creating jobs, benefiting tourism, and encouraging economic development."
Yesterday Illinois received the news that the NFL draft will indeed be moving to Chicago in 2015 after nearly fifty years in New York City.
“There’s been a lot of interest in bringing the draft back to the Midwest,” said McAuliffe. “With the NFL draft being the biggest event of football’s off-season, it’s a huge score for Chicagoland and will no doubt benefit the local economy.”
The draft will be held from April 30-May 2 at Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, making it the eighth time Chicago has hosted the event, but the first since moving to New York in 1965.
“The draft has grown considerably since Chicago last hosted in 1964. Next year thousands of NFL Fans from across Illinois and throughout the United States will be travelling to Chicago, with millions more watching from home,” said McAuliffe. “With access to world-class facilities and convenient transportation, Chicago is a premier travel destination and will serve as a terrific location for the NFL draft.”
In addition to Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theater, there will also be an outdoor family-friendly fan festival for all three days of the draft nearby at Chicago’s Grant Park and Congress Plaza.
For more information please contact State Rep. Michael McAuliffe at (773) 444-0611.
With Labor Day Weekend in the rearview mirror and children in our community now back to school, I would like to take this time to remind drivers, students and community members to be extra vigilant during before and after school hours.
Drivers:
  • Please allow yourself extra time for your morning and afternoon commute in preparation of slowing down in school zones and stopping for school buses.
  • If you approach a school bus with flashing red lights and the stop sign is out in either direction, you must stop.
  • Statistics show most accidents occur when children are approaching or leaving the bus so please practice safe driving, especially near a school bus and crosswalk.
  • If you drive your children to school, the National Highway Traffic Association cautions you put smaller children in the back seat. Children who ride in the front are 40 percent more likely to be injured during a collision.
  • Do not text or talk on the phone while driving.
  • Now is a good chance to make sure all infant car seats are secured and in good working order.
Students:
  • Students should also be on the lookout for vehicles when exiting the bus and take extra caution before crossing.
  • Those who walk to or from school should walk on the sidewalk and use crosswalks, even if they're in an inconvenient location.
  • Students should look left, right and then left again before crossing any road to make sure that there are no cars coming and wait for stopped drivers to signal it's safe to cross.
With cautious drivers and smart students, we can have a safe and successful school year!
EpiPen Law Will Allow School Personnel to Give Injections
Also as kids head back to school, a new law went into effect that will allow trained school personnel to administer epinephrine to those having strong allergic. House Bill 5892 (P.A. 98-795) will allow trained school officials to administer EpiPens if a person is believed to be having an anaphylactic reaction.  Previously, only school nurses could give the injections.  Expanding the list of those who can administer EpiPens may speed up the response time to address any allergic reactions and potentially save lives.
Maine Township Property Tax Appeal Seminar
Do you live in Maine Township and are you interested in learning how to appeal your property tax assessment? Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak, Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri, and I are hosting two free Property Tax Appeal Seminars for Maine Township residents. Dates, times, and locations are as follows:
Wednesday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Niles Senior Center
999 Civic Center Drive Room 127
Niles, IL 60714

Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Park Ridge City Hall
505 Butler Place, Council Chambers
Park Ridge, IL 60068
The hour long sessions will educate taxpayers on how to file a successful tax appeal, provide information on property tax exemptions and address why property taxes go up when the value of your home goes down. Attendees may fill out and submit appeal forms at the end of the event. Analysts from the Board of Review will be on hand to answer any questions.
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If you have any questions or comments, feel free to e-mail me at mmcauliffe20@yahoo.com or call my office at 773-444-0611. Thank you for the honor of serving you in the Illinois House of Representatives.
Sincerely,
Michael P. McAuliffe
State Representative
20th District