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State Representative Jeff Keicher enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones at the Voluntary Action Center of DeKalb County's Senior Luncheon held at St. Mary's Memorial Hall in Sycamore on Wednesday. Representative Keicher is committed to volunteerism as a way of giving back to the community and serving those in need.
Rep. Keicher joined NIU President Lisa Freeman
in DeKalb on Tuesday to speak on the importance
of NIU joining the Illinois Innovation Network.

·        Northern Illinois University (NIU), already home to many centers of graduate education and research, has announced plans for a $23 million business-development incubator and innovation center.  NIU will construct the center to serve as a hub of the Illinois Innovation Network, the growing web of broadband-linked innovation centers being set up in locations throughout the state.  Much of the center’s construction cost will be funded by NIU, by gifts made to NIU, and by private investments made by venture capitalists. 

      Looking towards new opportunities for economic growth, the General Assembly took steps to provide $500 million in Innovation Network startup seed money as part of the FY19 budget.  Creation of the Illinois Innovation Network, which is being governed as an affiliated partner of the University of Illinois, followed a series of studies by experts on the importance of face-to-face interactions as an essential element in the fostering of technological innovations and job creation.  California’s Silicon Valley is a classic example.  The Innovation Network plans to utilize modern fiber optics to enable a wide variety of contact opportunities, including high-speed video conferencing and terabyte data-transfer, between Innovation Network hubs.  The Innovation Network will encourage its affiliated professionals to concentrate on issues of food systems, water resources, and environmental change.  The Innovation Network has already announced decisions to place hubs in Chicago and in Springfield.   The NIU/DeKalb hub announcement was made on Tuesday, October 9.

The “Good News” Letter
Lifting up the non-profits & volunteers who serve the most vulnerable in our community

In each newsletter I send out, I intend to highlight a different local non-profit agency in DeKalb, Boone or Kane County. Non-profit agencies fill in the gap of providing critical services to the most vulnerable in our community. Government programs and services only go so far. It is the faith-based and non-profit agencies and their donors and volunteers who are the unsung heroes of our community.

For this week’s spotlight on a local non-profit, we are featuring Feed My Starving Children. Please read below to learn about the outstanding work they do combating hunger and their upcoming event in November where volunteers and donations are needed.

Please do not hesitate to contact my district office in Sycamore if I or a member of our staff may be of assistance to you. You can reach us by phone at (815) 748-3494 or via e-mail at

October is "College Changes Everything® Month" in Illinois

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has a variety of resources available to help make the dream of higher education attainable for more students than ever before.
ISAC developed CCE Month to help students file timely applications for both college admission and financial aid.  October 1 is now the federal government’s release date for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)—the key to securing aid for college, including the federal Pell Grant and the state MAP Grant, plus work-study opportunities, federal student loans, and even grants from the colleges themselves.  There’s always a lot of demand for limited state- and school-based financial aid, so students seeking support for the 2019-20 academic year should file their FAFSAs as soon as possible after October 1, 2018, for the best chance of getting funding.  On that date, the U.S. Department of Education also plans to unveil the myStudentAid Mobile App, making the application more accessible to students and families whose primary Internet access is through a smartphone. 
State Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, attended the 100th birthday celebration for World War II veteran Tony Berg in DeKalb on Tuesday, which was part of a veteran-pinning ceremony honoring over 30 American heroes sponsored by the Family Service Agency and Heartland Hospice. Mr. Berg served in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945 and was one of the first ashore during the D-Day invasion June 6, 1944, in Normandy, France.

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway, in partnership with Blick Art Materials and MB Real Estate (MBRE), is inviting high school art students to participate in the 2019 Tollway Map Cover Art Contest for a shot to land on the cover art of the official 2019 Illinois Tollway Map.