Hear from Haas: August 2023

Welcome to my August E-Newsletter. I hope you’ve been enjoying the end of summer!

Below are some updates!


Monthly Daily Journal Column

I have had the pleasure of writing a column for the Daily Journal once per month during my term. This month’s column focuses on the end of our spring legislative session. You can read the full article here!

Governor Vetoes Clean Energy Bill

This spring, the legislature passed a historic and bipartisan measure to help meet energy demand in Illinois by ending the state’s moratorium on new nuclear plant construction. Last month, the Governor vetoed this bill which would have been  pathway to inexpensive, clean energy for our residents. Opting, once again, to put politics before the people of Illinois. Read more here.

Another day, another conviction

The former chief of staff to former Speaker Madigan was found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice. If this isn’t a glaring sign that the culture of corruption that has plagued our state government must end, I don’t know what is. Although House Republicans are the minority in the House, we will always call out a problem when we see it. Why isn’t the revolving door halted? Why is self-interest placed above public service? Why are Republican bills to impose leadership term limits in the General Assembly, empower the Legislative Inspector General, and impose a 3-year lobbying ban for General Assembly members still stuck in Rules Committee?

These principles are more important now than ever, and I certainly hope they are a top priority in the upcoming veto session in October.

Around the District & Under the Dome:

National Night Out

We had a great time at National Night Out! This was our third year participating and once again passed out 600 backpacks with school supplies to so many excited kids! Thank you to everyone involved for making this such a wonderful family event!

Summer Picnic

It was a great evening for the Grundy Economic Development Council Summer Picnic!

Kankakee County Fair Breakfast

I had a terrific time at the Kankakee County Fair agricultural breakfast! It was great to kick off the festivities, including expositions, delicious food, and the carnival!

Legislative Barn Meeting

I was happy to join Will County Farm Bureau for a legislative barn meeting! Agriculture is critical to our state and region’s economy, and I was glad to be part of the discussion.

Congratulations to the 79th District’s Braceville

Congratulations to the 79th District’s Braceville for receiving $650,000 in Community Development Block Grant for Housing Development! This will assist low-to-moderate income homeowners with improvements for safe and sanitary living conditions.

Alumni Dinner

I was honored to attend the Edgar Fellows alumni dinner!

Park Forest Youth Commission’s Youth Day

It was such a pleasure to participate in the Park Forest Youth Commission’s Youth Day event; to be a sponsor of the Still I Rise Back 2 School supply giveaway event; and the Village of Monee Parks & Recreation Pooch-a-Palooza is always one of my favorite events to attend!

Grundy Economic Development Council

It was terrific to meet with such inspiring young leaders at the Grundy Economic Development Council’s intern reception!

Grant Opportunity: Supporting Children and Teens’ Mental Health Services

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced that the State of Illinois is accepting grant applications from schools and organizations that support mental health services for children and teens. Find more information here.

Thank you, nonprofits!

Thank you to the nonprofits that serve our communities across the state! The dedication of those who work and volunteer for these organizations is unmatched and their advocacy makes Illinois a better place for all. If you are able, consider supporting a local nonprofit.

Back to School Parade

It was such a great day at the Back to School Parade and Celebration in University Park!

Women in Business Luncheon

Thank you to Lifestyles of Kankakee County for inviting me to speak at their Women in Business luncheon! What a phenomenal event recognizing female leaders in Kankakee County. I was glad to give all who attended the important message that inspires me: “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”

Will County Fair

I had a great time kicking off the 120th Will County Fair!

Illinois State Police emphasize school bus, pedestrian safety

Students across Illinois are heading back to school in the coming weeks. Please be cautious on the roads and look out for students walking, biking, and catching the bus on their way to class.


This month we honored:
  • Sweet Corn Appreciation Day
    • Whether it’s grilled, steamed, boiled, or roasted, we love sweet corn in Illinois. Shout out to Illinois’ official state vegetable on this Sweet Corn Appreciation Day! 🌽
  • Celebrate Coast Guard Day
  • International Beer Day
    • Cheers on International Beer Day! Please celebrate responsibly and enjoy a 79th District brewery:
      • 🍺 Knack Brewing (Kankakee)
      • 🍺 Hoppy Pig (Bradley)
      • 🍺 Brickstone Brewing (Bourbonnais)
      • 🍺 Steam Hollow Brewing Company (Manteno)
      • 🍺 Evil Horse Brewing Company (Crete)
  • V-J Day
    • V-J Day or Victory over Japan Day, marks the end of World War II, one of the deadliest and most destructive wars in history. When President Harry S. Truman announced on Aug. 14, 1945, that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, war-weary citizens around the world erupted in celebration.
  • National Airborne Day
    • It is observed on August 16th each year to commemorate the first official American parachute jump, made in 1940 by the U.S. Army’s Parachute Test Platoon. We recognize the countless contributions of American airborne troops throughout history.
    • https://veteran.com/national-airborne-day/
  • Monarch Butterfly
    • On Saturday, August 19,1975, the monarch butterfly was designated Illinois’ official state insect. 🦋
  • Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
    • Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord and impacts the muscles used for activities such as breathing, eating, crawling, and walking. Last month we worked to raise awareness of SMA and help residents learn more about the disease. Find out more about SMA at: www.curesma.org/about/
  • Women’s Equality Day
    • We celebrate Women’s Equality Day, recognizing the anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment and honoring the achievements of women and the suffrage movement in the fight for equality. Happy Women’s Equality Day!
  • Remembering the Heroic Sacrifice: Honoring the American Service Members Lost in the Abbey Gate Bombing
  • First State Constitution and Kaskaskia
    • On August 26, 1818, the Illinois Constitutional Convention adopted the first State Constitution and selected Kaskaskia as the first state capital. Happy Constitution Day, Illinois!


2023 Shapiro Developmental Center Job Fair

Dates and Times:

September 20th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm


100 East Jeffrey Street Kankakee, IL 60901

Travelling Office Hours

📌 Park Forest – Park Forest Public Library (400 Lakewood Blvd.), last Thursday of the month, 10 AM – 1 PM

📌 Monee – Monee Village Hall (5130 W. Court St.) every Second and Fourth Wednesday , 9 AM – 4 PM