Freeport…. State Representative Brian Stewart released the following statement in reaction to Governor Rauner signing HB 40: 
“Today Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed House Bill 40, which provides taxpayer funding for abortions.  Using taxpayer money for abortions means that people who hold a sincere moral opposition to abortion will now be forced to pay for them, which essentially takes away choice for all my pro-life constituents,” said Rep. Stewart.  “In a time when Illinois has $15 billion in unpaid bills this is neither the time nor the place to start a new government program estimated to cost tens of millions of dollars.  Our state is facing unprecedented challenges, and this bill only adds to those challenges. ”  
Honored this afternoon to welcome to the Lamoreux Farms in Northwest Illinois a delegation from China to promote public private cooperation for Agriculture with Illinois farmers. 

The delegation was led by Mr. Lubiao ZHANG the Deputy Director General of the China Ministry of Agriculture. The team from China consisted of Mr. Weibing GU, Division Director of International Cooperation; Ms. Dian JIAO, Deputy Division Director; Mr. Chao LI, Deputy Division Director Ministry of Finance; Mr. Guomin ZHOU, Deputy Director General Agricultural Information Institute; and Ms. Yiwei YIN, Interpreter. 

The Illinois Beef Association was represented by Joni Bucher, President of the IBA Board of Governors and Reid Blossom, Executive Vice President. Lou,Sue & Nathan Lamoreux and John, Marilyn & Dan Lamoreux and their families and staff did an outstanding job and are just one of the many excellent representatives of Illinois Farming !!

Rep Stewart attended the ComEd Ribbon Cutting on September 14th for their newest Smart Meter Deployment Center and installation of one of Freeport's first smart meters. The great staff at ComEd has begun installing over 33,000 smart meters in the area.

Equifax, an Atlanta based credit-rating agency, suffered a security breach on July 29th that exposed sensitive information of millions of Americans. Such information included social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers, birthdays, and addresses. It has been determined that 5.4 million Illinois residents have been affected by the breach.

The company has set up a website where you can check if your personal information was affected by the breach:

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has opened an investigation into the recent security breach, and called on Equifax to provide free credit freezes to all Illinois residents in the wake of the breach. She urges Illinois residents to take the Equifax breach seriously and take steps to protect themselves from the possibility of identity theft:

  • Seriously consider placing a credit freeze on your credit reports with all 3 consumer reporting agencies: TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax;
  • Regularly request your free credit reports, inspect them closely, and promptly dispute any unauthorized accounts;
  • Inspect all financial account statements closely and promptly dispute any unauthorized charges;
  • Consider placing alerts on your financial accounts so your financial institution alerts you when money above a pre-designated amount is withdrawn;
  • Beware of potential phishing emails; don't open any email messages or attachments from unknown senders and do not click on any unknown links. Fraudsters will frequently send coercive and misleading emails threatening account suspension or worse if sensitive information is not provided. Remember, businesses will never ask customers to verify account information via email. If in do6ubt, contact the business in question directly for verification and to report phishing emails; and
  • Be on the lookout for spoofed email addresses. Spoofed email addresses are those that make minor changes in the domain name, frequently changing the letter O to the number zero, or the lowercase letter l to the number one. Scrutinize all incoming email addresses to ensure that the sender is truly legitimate.
With questions on the data breach, you can contact Equifax at 866-447-7559, or the Illinois Attorney General’s Identity Theft Hotline at 1 (866) 999-5630.