McAuliffe’s Message: Back to School Safety Tips, Property Tax Appeals and More

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

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