The Rep. Bos Broadcast: New Laws, Upcoming Events & More

Did you miss the youth mental health webinar?

If you were unable to join the Starting the Conversation webinar addressing the youth mental health crisis with Jessica Hutchison, LCPC, last month, you can watch the complete event, presentation and Q&A on my website. Jessica discussed how to recognize the signs if your child is struggling and strategies to help us as parents talk with our kids more effectively.  Click Here for the Video.

Free summer reading program for PreK-5th graders.

If you have a child in PreK through 5th grade, I invite them to participate in my free summer reading program. To participate, your child must read eight books (books over 150 pages count for two) between the time school ends and the program deadline of August 1. Children who achieve this goal will be invited to join us for an ice cream social at the end of summer! They will also receive an official Certificate of Recognition commending their reading efforts this summer. This program can also be completed in conjunction with any other reading program already offered at a child’s school or through the public library in their community.  Read More Here.

Change of leadership at DCFS desperately needed.

In the wake of a heartbreaking audit detailing serious failure to protect children in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services, I am calling for a change in leadership at the troubled agency. The excuses for the failures from the agency director and the administration are endangering our most vulnerable children.  Read More Here.

‘Beauty of the 51st District’ photo contest.

We live in a beautiful part of Illinois that I feel honored to represent every day. I hope you will help me highlight how the communities in our district all contribute to making our part of Illinois a beautiful place to live and raise our families through this year’s photo contest. Students and adults are eligible for the contest.  Click Here for Details.

Sponsored legislation to support youth in state care becomes law.

Far too many kids in our state are being let down by the countless number of problems at DCFS. There is no single cure-all that will fix DCFS overnight, but through these four bipartisan changes that are now law, we are taking some important steps in the right direction to improve support for our kids in state care. We have a lot more work to do and I’m committed to staying in the fight for as long as it takes. Our kids deserve nothing less.  Read More Here.

Helping constituents recover millions from the state.

I know it sounds too good to be true, but if you get a call or email from my office saying the state is holding money that belongs to you, it’s not a scam. Our office works closely with the ICash team in the State Treasurer’s Office to identify constituents and assist them through the claims process. My amazing staff has already helped nearly fifty constituents recover more than $3 million through the claims process, and our list of potential claims continues to grow. If you have questions or need help with an ICash claim, don’t hesitate to call the office. We’re here to help.  Read More Here.

Bills supporting child sex victims & ensuring no one is forced to die alone signed into law.

Rep. Bos (back, second from right) and Sen. McConchie (front, center) with members of the McGinnis family who advocated for SB 1405.

Last week, two pieces of legislation were signed into law that I had the honor of carrying through the Illinois House. House Bill 4593 removes a loophole to hold those who sexually abuse children accountable. Senate Bill 1405 ensures a family member may be by the side of their loved one in their final moments while in a healthcare facility, even during a pandemic.  Read More Here.

Upcoming Events:

  • Be the Pulse of Summer Blood Drive – Tomorrow – Thursday, June 2
    • Join me, Buffalo Creek Brewing, Brightway – The Janicki Agency and Versiti.
    • 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Buffalo Creek Brewing in Long Grove.
    • Click here for details.
  • Recycle & Shred Event with Sen. McConchie – Saturday, July 9
    • This is a residential only event (no business items accepted). Recycling does include specified electronics. Please visit my website for a complete list of accepted items.  
    • 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Lake Zurich. 
    • Click here for details.

Thank you for taking the time to read my e-newsletter. It is an honor to represent our communities. If you have any questions or concerns about anything you read, please feel free to contact me.