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Message from the
IEHA President
P.O. Box 7505
Rockford, Illinois 61126
Phone (815) 977-5884
Fax (866) 760-6873
Email: iehaoffice@gmail.com
March 14, 2018
Greetings Members!

If this message sounds a little rehashed it’s because it is. Once again the LEHP renewal is front and center and looking promising. Last year we had great support from membership signing witness slips in favor of the extension. Keep it up! Your efforts are saving thousands of dollars that would have been used for hiring a lobbyist.

I am writing this to you only a few weeks removed from our Board Retreat at Starved Rock State Park. It is such a great place for hiking and other outdoor pursuits that we are holding our Annual Education Conference there November 5-6. At the Retreat the Board went through many issues and ideas. We discussed replacing the Central Chapter conference with the Annual Conference. We called and emailed our legislators to make appointments to meet regarding the LEHP renewal. We talked about changing the Board from an administrative one to an advisory board. We talked about putting on fundraisers for IEHA member’s families suffering through tough times. In fact, we will be having a blood drive at the annual conference in November if there is enough interest from membership. We should all try to give back to our communities if we can.

Mark your calendars for the Central Chapter conference in Springfield on March 22-23. The North Chapter conference is in Elgin on April 10- 11. The South Chapter conference is in Marion on September 12-13. Many thanks go to Lenore Killam, Kathi Landow and Doug King for putting them together with the help of many others.

IEHA is pleased to report that we have had two bills introduced in the House and Senate. House Bill 3693 was introduced by Representative Robyn Gabel of the 18th District. Senate Bill 2618 was introduced by Senator Pamela Althoff of the 32nd District. While getting to this point has been an accomplishment in itself, we still have a long ways to go. As members of IEHA, feel free to use the Introduction and Speaking Points letters and edit them to your individual information and contact your local legislators. The more the merrier. While I can guarantee that this Board will do everything in our power to get the Act passed, politics is not our forte. We can promise only effort, not outcome. With your support and involvement, getting the LEHP Act renewed for another ten years can only make the process easier.


Thanks!

David Banaszynski
IEHA President