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SPRINGFIELDState Representative Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, has signed on to co-sponsor two proposed amendments to the Illinois Constitution filed in the House of Representatives that would take the decennial process of redrawing legislative districts out of the hands of politicians in Springfield and instead establish an independent remap commission to ensure that districts are not drawn primarily to favor one political party over another. 

The legislation Representative Keicher has signed on to co-sponsor are HJRCA 17 and HJRCA 43. Both amendments have at least one Democrat co-sponsor, making this a bipartisan initiative.
SYCAMORE – Local residents with questions or concerns on issues impacting the State of Illinois are invited to attend an upcoming coffee hosted by State Representative Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, who announced his “Java with Jeff” Listening Tour of the 70th District will make its next stops in Genoa and Kirkland on the morning of Friday, August 24.  Complimentary coffee will be provided courtesy of Representative Keicher. Details for the coffees are as follows:

Java with Jeff
Friday, August 24, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Kirkland Village Hall – Board Room
511 W. Main Street
Kirkland, IL 60146

Java with Jeff
Friday, August 24, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Genoa Municipal Building – Board Room
333 E. First Street
Genoa, IL 60135

“As a new state representative, I am eager to have conversations with local residents in every community on how we can best move Illinois forward together,” Keicher said. “I want to give everyone in our district an opportunity to meet me and make their voice heard. I’m looking forward to fostering a dialogue on how to make the DeKalb County area a better place to live, work, raise a family, and get a first-class college education.”

SYCAMOREState Representative Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, is offering a new online resource for Illinois veterans and their families to learn about the full range of state benefits and services they may be eligible for. Representative Keicher’s comprehensive “Illinois Veterans’ Benefits” brochure is available to view or download on his website, www.repkeicher.com. Constituents who do not have access to the internet may request a copy of the brochure be mailed to them by calling Representative Keicher’s office at (815) 748-3494.

"One of my most important priorities is ensuring that our veterans have access to all the benefits they have earned in service to our country,” Representative Keicher said. “Many veterans are not aware that some of these benefits are available to them, particularly with regard to employment, educational opportunities, and veterans’ homebuyer assistance. I hope that everyone who has a friend or loved one that has served in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces will help us reach as many veterans as possible throughout the DeKalb, Kane and Boone County area with this informational brochure.”

The brochure also includes the toll-free number veterans can call to discuss specific questions or issues with the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs at 1-800-437-9824. For questions or more information, please contact Representative Keicher’s office at (815) 748-3494.

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SYCAMOREState Representative Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, has been appointed a member of the following Illinois House committees responsible for K-12 education policy and oversight:

Elementary & Secondary Education: School Curriculum & Policies Committee
Elementary & Secondary Education: Licensing, Administration & Oversight Committee 

“My goal is to reduce the number of unfunded mandates on our local schools and put greater control of curriculum and education policy decisions back in the hands of locally-elected school boards in consultation with their school administrators, educators and parents,” Representative Keicher said. “Springfield must stop adding financial burdens onto local schools that property taxpayers are ultimately on the hook for. I intend to work across the aisle with like-minded Democrats and Republicans to support local control of schools.”
State Rep. Jeff Keicher
SYCAMOREState Representative Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, has formally rejected a legislative pension and declined participation in the State’s health insurance program in one of his first official acts as a member of the Illinois General Assembly. 

“I entered public service as a way to give back to my community and make a positive difference in the future of our state, not to obtain a taxpayer-subsidized pension or health care benefits,” Keicher said. “Rejecting both is one way I can lead by example and demonstrate to the families of Boone, DeKalb and Kane Counties that I will be a trustworthy and faithful steward of taxpayer dollars.”

Paperwork has been processed by the General Assembly Retirement System (GARS) and the Comptroller’s office honoring Keicher’s decision to decline participation in the pension system and state health insurance program. Illinois’ underfunded pension system has been identified as the worst in the nation. Today GARS is only funded at 14.9 percent, the lowest of Illinois’ five state retirement systems. Representative Keicher’s decision to decline participation in the state’s pension system for legislators is final and irrevocable.
HINCKLEY Local residents with questions or concerns on issues impacting the State of Illinois are invited to attend an upcoming coffee hosted by State Representative Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, who announced his “Java with Jeff” Listening Tour of the 70th District will include a stop in Hinckley from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 10 at the Hinckley Community Building, located at 120 Maple Street.

Complimentary coffee will be provided courtesy of Representative Keicher.

“As a new state representative, I am eager to meet with local residents in every community throughout the 70th District and listen to their questions and concerns face-to-face,” Representative Keicher said. “Hinckley will be the first stop on my listening tour in DeKalb County. I want to give everyone in our district an opportunity to meet me and make their voice heard. Together we can create a dialogue on how to make Illinois a better place to live, work, raise a family, and get a first-class college education.”

Constituents who are unable to attend the “Java With Jeff” but still wish to provide feedback to Representative Keicher can do so online by visiting www.repkeicher.com and clicking “Contact” on the homepage menu, or by calling the District Office in Sycamore at (815) 748-3494.

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KANE COUNTY Local residents with questions or concerns on issues impacting the State of Illinois are invited to attend the first in a series of upcoming coffees hosted by State Representative Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, who announced the inaugural stop on his “Java with Jeff” Listening Tour of the 70th District will be held from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. on Friday, August 10 at Big Rock Café, located at 103 E. Galena Road in Big Rock.

Complimentary beverages including coffee, juice, and milk will be provided courtesy of Big Rock Café.

“As a new state representative, I am eager to meet with local residents in every community throughout the 70th District and listen to their questions and concerns face-to-face,” Representative Keicher said. “Big Rock will be the first stop on my listening tour in western Kane County. I want to give everyone in our district an opportunity to meet me and make their voice heard. Together we can create a dialogue on how to make Illinois a better place to live, work, raise a family, and get a first-class college education.”

Constituents who are unable to attend the “Java With Jeff” but still wish to provide feedback to Representative Keicher can do so online by visiting www.repkeicher.com and clicking “Contact” on the homepage menu, or by calling the District Office in Sycamore at (815) 748-3494.

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