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Dear Friends,

A major cost-saving initiative was proposed this past week by the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office in response to the state’s ongoing budget impasse. Rather than mailing out vehicle registration reminder notices, SOS announced motorists can sign up for e-mail notifications—saving taxpayers $450,000 a month in postage money. This is a great example of how we can trim state government costs during this trying time.

While some areas of state government, such as the Illinois State Museum in Springfield (along with satellite facilities in four other locations) and the World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, are feeling the impact of the budget crisis more than others, these entities will still continue to operate in some capacity.

For example, scientific research at the museum facilities will continue, collections will be maintained by curators and educators will focus on future programmatic planning. Other museum employees will assume temporary roles in other capacities, while at the Sparta complex workers will begin readying the facility for the winter months. Public employee unions are suing to avoid layoffs at the facilities.

I continue to join my colleagues in pushing for a resolution to the impasse that includes structural reforms intended to make Illinois competitive, create jobs and boost economic growth, while funding priority services and programs.

While we continue to work on negotiations, I have made it my mission this fall to provide valuable resources and information to my constituents by hosting legislative events. In the month of October, I have planned a Senior Health Fair for Oct. 14 in St. Charles and a Women’s Conference for Oct. 21 in Elgin. Both events are free and open to the public. Please see below for more event information.

As always, I hope you will contact me or my office with questions or concerns you may have. You can also visit my legislative website at


Karen McConnaughay
State Senator for the 33rd District

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