Ovation to Business Award goes to Massage Envy Spa of Shorewood

NOVEMBER 15, 2012 Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and his Ovation to Business Advisory Committee presented his monthly Ovation to Business award to the Massage Envy Spa of Shorewood today for their commitment to community service through partnership with the American Arthritis Foundation and contributions to other local charitable and not-for-profit causes. “Under the stewardship of Mike and Rose Clancy, the Massage Envy Spa of Shorewood has shown tremendous community involvement and demonstrated the impact a local small business can make in the lives of others, ” said Rep. Cross. “We are proud to present them with this award in recognition of their commitment to the community.” Massage Envy Spa of Shorewood, located at 1033 Brook Forest Avenue, currently employees 32 staff and has created nearly 50 jobs in total since opening in the spring of 2011. They are also strong supporters of Shorewood H.U.G.S., a not-for profit organization committed to fulfilling wishes of local needy individuals and families. [caption id="attachment_2889" align="alignright" width="300"] Rep. Tom Cross (second from left) presents his Ovation to Business Award to Massage Envy Spa of Shorewood, joined by (left to right) Kate Kurzawa, Kimberly Jones, spa owners Michael and Rose Clancy, Shorewood Mayor Rick Chapman and Rachel Clancy.[/caption] “It is an honor to accept this award,” said Rose Clancy, co-owner of Massage Envy Spa of Shorewood. “We see community service as a way to give back. We participate yearly in the "Healing Hands for Arthritis" event where $10.00 for every service is donated to the American Arthritis Foundation. During our recent member appreciation month, $785 was donated to Shorewood H.U.G.S. on behalf of our members. We will also be having a "Military Day" soon, where we will offer free massages to active military personnel. Finally, we donate facials and massages daily to local organizations for fundraising efforts.” Massage Envy Spa of Shorewood was nominated for the Ovation to Business Award by Mr. Gary Thiakos, a client of the business since they first opened. “I have seen their community involvement and have become very impressed with their willingness to meet the needs of their clients and others,” Mr. Thiakos said. “They are already adding value to the Village of Shorewood through their generosity to others.” Rep. Cross is currently accepting nominations for future recipients of the Ovation to Business Award. You can find and submit the application form on Rep. Cross’ website, www.tomcross.com. You can nominate a small, medium or large business in the 84th district that is sustaining or growing jobs as well as involved in community service. Not-for-profit organizations are also eligible for nomination. If you have any questions, please call Lois Maguire at (815) 254-0000. Cross’ Ovation to Business Advisory Committee will review the applications and make award recipient recommendations.

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Veterans Day Letter from Rep. Tom Cross

NOVEMBER 11, 2012 Dear Veteran: As we celebrate Veterans Day, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for your service to our country and for the example of honor and exemplary citizenship you continue to set within our community today. Regardless of the branch of the U.S. Armed Forces in which you served, your sacrifice in defense of our freedoms demonstrates the finest of American traditions; duty, honor, and love of country. Please know how much your service has inspired and lifted up the aspirations of countless Americans. Your service not only brings honor and pride to your family and friends– but to our nation itself. There are millions of Americans whose names you do not know – and whose faces you have not seen –whose appreciation and respect you have earned; and whose prayers remain with you to this very day. We recognize that being a “veteran” is much more than just an adjective; it speaks to the very character, integrity and heart which each of you have demonstrated throughout your lives. On behalf of my entire family and staff, thank you again for your service in the U.S. Armed Forces. We honor and celebrate your individual and collective stories of heroism and sacrifice this Veterans Day. May you continue to be blessed with good health and prosperity in the days ahead. Sincerely, Tom Cross House Republican Leader State Representative, 84th District  
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Cross, Dist. 308 to Host Diabetes Screening Nov. 14

NOVEMBER 5, 2012 PLAINFIELD—State Representative Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and School District 308 are jointly sponsoring a free diabetes screening for the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 14 at the District Administration Center located at 4175 Route 71 in Oswego. “Diabetes can affect everyone and with the number of new diagnoses increasing every day, screening is more important than ever” Cross said. “We are excited to partner with District 308 and Rush-Copley Medical Center and truly appreciate their willingness to help provide this critical screening to members of the community.” Nearly 800,000 Illinoisans have diabetes, 500,000 of whom are unaware that they have the disease. Yearly, $7.3 billion is spent on both direct and indirect costs associated with the care of diabetes in Illinois and accounts for more than 10 percent of all health care spending. “We appreciate Rep. Cross’ leadership on diabetes education and awareness issues and are very excited to partner for the screening on November 14,” said Bill Walsh, District 308 School Board President. “We know that early diagnosis dramatically improves an individual’s long-term health and quality of life.” Screenings are vital because the Centers for Disease Control estimate that 40 percent of the population has diabetes and does not know it. The earlier that treatment and education begins, the easier it is to prevent the tragic, costly and sometimes fatal side effects of diabetes. For questions or more information, please call Rep. Cross’ Office at 815-254-0000 or visit www.tomcross.com.

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Cross, Edward Hospital to Host Diabetes Awareness Fair

NOVEMBER 1, 2012 MLB Hall of Famer Lou Brock comes to Plainfield Nov. 17  PLAINFIELD—State Representative Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and Edward Hospital are teaming up to sponsor a Diabetes Awareness Fair free for local families and interested residents featuring keynote speaker Lou Brock, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and area baseball star. The Diabetes Awareness Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, November 17 at Edward Plainfield Campus located at 24600 W 127th Street in Plainfield. This year’s fair features MLB Hall of Famer Lou Brock speaking on managing his Type 2 diabetes and how it has impacted his life. Brock is rated in the top 100 players to ever play the game. [caption id="attachment_2843" align="alignleft" width="196"] Lou Brock, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer[/caption] “Diabetes can affect everyone and the number of new diagnoses increases every day,” said Cross. “We are thrilled to have a baseball legend join us to bring awareness to such a crucial issue for local families.” The event includes free admission, refreshments and most importantly, information and resources on living with diabetes. Certified Diabetes Educators and doctors from Edward Hospital will be available to talk with visitors about their concerns on diabetes. “This event will provide information not only for those who have diabetes, but also for those who may be at risk and may not know it,” said Cross. “Diabetes is very manageable if you receive proper medical care and education.” Visitors will be able to get free blood glucose testing, podiatric foot screenings, kidney disease testing, A1C checks, blood pressure checks and more. The National Kidney Foundation is bringing the Kidney mobile, an interactive educational bus while the American Diabetes Association will be available to speak one-on-one with attendees. In addition, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will be available to talk about how diabetes affects children. More than 30 pharmaceutical, insulin pump and blood sugar meter companies will also be in attendance providing free information and resources. For questions or more information, please call Rep. Cross’ Office at 815-254-0000 or visit www.tomcross.com.  
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A Vision for Illinois Jobs

OCTOBER 19, 2012 Illinois needs more job opportunities. That much we know. But what you may not know is the progress we have made since House Republicans introduced and successfully fought for our Jobs Package last fall. We understand the frustration Illinois families feel about the gridlock in Springfield. We’re frustrated too. We witness the impediments to jobs and growth each and every day caused by the failed policies of the Blagojevich and Quinn Administrations over the last ten years. We continue to fight the status quo and push for bipartisan compromise on issues important to all Illinois families; chief among them jobs. We have shown over this past year that Republicans and Democrats can work together to make meaningful progress for Illinois families on jobs. We can and must do more. Here’s the rundown of the pro-jobs initiatives House Republicans spearheaded into law this year that are producing real results:  Equipped small business men and women with a proven and essential tool during recessionary times to help struggling businesses and start-ups that traditionally lose money in the early years by reinstating the Net Operating Loss Deduction for employers through 2014;  Incentivized innovators and entrepreneurs to explore new avenues of growth and create countless new jobs by extending the Research and Development Credit for 5 years.  Incentivized communities across Illinois to invest in jobs by extending the life of Enterprise Zones; enabling the state’s 68 zones nearing expiration by 2018 to reapply and qualify through a process strengthened by new transparency and reporting measures.  Strengthened the preservation of family farms without a crushing state tax burden and better protect family-owned businesses from having to sell land, buildings, or equipment in order to pay the estate tax by increasing the exemption to $4 million (previously capped at $2 million). We did not achieve every single jobs proposal we introduced, but we have demonstrated forward progress while swimming upstream against the twin obstacles of a lagging economy and a Democrat-controlled House chamber. Jobs remain our top priority heading into the General Assembly’s Fall Veto Session in November and December. We cannot wait until next year to make further strides toward unshackling the potential of employers and entrepreneurs to jumpstart meaningful job growth in every corner of our state; from the economic engine that is Chicago; to the small businesses and innovators that define the suburbs, to the agricultural strength downstate that is the linchpin of Illinois’ economic heritage. Our vision to improve Illinois’ jobs climate in the immediate future includes adding teeth to workers compensation reform, accelerating the rollback of the income take hike on employers, expedite and simplify licensing requirements for businesses, and reducing the cost of setting up an LLC from $750 down to $100. We are all in this together; Chicago, suburban, and downstate. We all share the same stake in the future and many of the same concerns about the quality of the job market for our kids and families. That is why we must continue to work together in Springfield on jobs. Tom Cross House Republican Leader State Representative, 84th District  
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Check out our photos from Shorewood Glen Senior Health Expo

Representative Tom Cross’ staff enjoyed meeting constituents at the Shorewood Glen Senior Health Expo on Saturday, where we provided information and resources on state government programs and services available to seniors. Thank you to everyone who came out and to the terrific staff at Shorewood Glen for hosting! Check out the full photo gallery on our site here:  Shorewood Glen Senior Health Expo photos.
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Sign Our Medicaid Reform Petition

OCTOBER 5, 2012 Join State Representative Tom Cross in calling on Governor Pat Quinn to stop delaying the implementation of bi-partisan Medicaid reforms. [wufoo username="ilhousegop" formhash="r7w8a7" autoresize="true" height="824" header="show" ssl="true"]
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SAVE THE DATE! Diabetes Awareness Fair Nov. 17

SEPTEMBER 28, 2012 State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego) will be hosting a FREE Diabetes Awareness Fair in conjunction with Edward Hospital on Saturday, November 17 from 9am - 12pm at Edward Plainfield. See the flyer below for details and stay tuned for more information to follow!      
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Republican Leaders statement on today's TRS board decision

[caption id="attachment_2644" align="alignright" width="150"] House GOP Leader Tom Cross & Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno (file photo)[/caption] SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 "The Teachers Retirement System's board decision today to adjust its estimated rates of return will drive our pension unfunded liability up by billions of dollars and the state's obligation to pay into the systems each year by hundreds of millions. This is yet another reason that comprehensive pension reform has to be addressed now. We are disappointed in the Governor and democrat leaders for taking a pass on pension reform until January. We believe that is irresponsible. The more time they delay--the harder it will be to put together a comprehensive plan that tackles our crisis in a meaningful way. Today's board action underlines the fact that our pension systems' realities keep getting worse, not better. Even though TRS lowered its average rate of return to 8 percent, some financial groups such as Moody's believe the rate should have been lowered even further to match current market conditions, which would have an even more detrimental effect on our state's finances." -Sen. Christine Radogno                              - Rep. Tom Cross IL Senate Republican Leader                        IL House Republican Leader  
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Rep. Cross to Host Shorewood Traveling Office Hours

SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 PLAINFIELD – State Representative Tom Cross (R-Oswego) invites residents of the 84th District to attend his annual traveling office hours in Shorewood on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 from 5:30 – 7:00pm at the Shorewood-Troy Public Library. The purpose of traveling office hours is to provide access and services to constituents at a convenient time and location near them. Rep. Cross hosts traveling office hours in Shorewood each fall. “This is a good opportunity for residents to have a chance to meet with our staff and discuss issues of concern regarding state government,” Rep. Cross said. “Traveling office hours are a great way for us to interact with constituents face-to-face and share how our office can help answer questions and offer valuable resources.” The traveling office hours will be held on Tuesday, October 9, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Shorewood-Troy Public Library boardroom located at 650 Deerwood Drive in Shorewood. A member of Rep. Cross’ district office staff will be available to meet with residents and address questions or concerns related to legislation and state government. Constituents are also welcome to visit Rep. Cross’ district office at 24047 W. Lockport Street, Suite 213 in Plainfield or call (815) 254-0000 year-round for those unable to attend these traveling office hours.

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