Jeanne Ives is a Representative in the Illinois State House serving the 42nd District, which includes all or portions of Wheaton, Warrenville, West Chicago, Winfield, Carol Stream, Lisle and Naperville. First elected in 2012, Representative Ives has demonstrated not only a willingness to lead on difficult issues and question powerful House leaders, but also an insightful understanding of policy.
Her legislation has been recognized throughout the state, and her opinion editorials have been published in the Chicago Tribune, as well as several political news sites.
Representative Ives graduated in the West Point Class of 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. She went on to serve in the US Army. Her assignments included platoon leader and headquarters detachment commander for transportation units in Germany and ROTC instructor at Wheaton College.
She resigned from the Army in 1993 to raise her children and, at the same time, worked as a tax advisor and bookkeeper for small businesses and individuals.
Prior to her election to the Illinois House, Ives served on the Wheaton City Council, where her tenure was marked by conservative leadership and an unwavering commitment to the taxpayers’ bottom line.
In her first term, Representative Ives focused on bringing about true pension and tax reform in the state, pursuing term limits for lawmakers, government transparency, and advocating for school choice.
Representative Ives has refused both a taxpayer funded pension and healthcare. Both pension and state group health insurance have greatly contributed to budget pressures and need reform.
Representative Ives served on the following House committees during the 99th Illinois General Assembly (2015-2017):
- Appropriations – Elementary & Secondary Education
- Cities & Villages
- Community College Access & Affordability
- Labor & Commerce
- Personnel & Pensions
- Intermodal Infrastructure
- Youth & Young Adults
- Juvenile Justice & System-Involved
- Substance Abuse Special
- Unemployment Insurance Subcommittee
- Workforce Reconciliation Subcommittee
- Business Growth & Incentives
Representative Ives also serves on the Task Force on Veterans’ Suicide and the Discharged Servicemember Task Force.
Jeanne has lived in Wheaton for 26 years with her husband, Paul (also a USMA Class of 1987 graduate), and their 5 children. She is a parent volunteer at her children’s schools and has been coaching the St. Michael Boys and Girls Championship Cross Country teams for 12 years.
Former State Representative Rich Morthland is a farmer, a family man, and an educator. He and Betsey, his wife of thirty-eight years, have two daughters and a grandchild with more on the way. They live and work on their Upper Rock Island County farm, homesteaded in 1842 by Rich’s widowed, single-mother ancestor.
Rich Morthland is a graduate of Riverdale High School of Port Byron, where he participated in sports, band, and student government. He is an alumnus of Black Hawk College and St. Ambrose University, and he holds master’s degrees from Denver Seminary and Spring Arbor University.
The Morthlands have two daughters. Eliza resides locally. Bethany, her husband Nick, and their son, Jude, live in Pennsylvania.
Rich is an Assistant Professor at Black Hawk College. He teaches Communication and is a member of the Illinois Federation of Teachers. Betsey, who holds her PhD in Global Epidemiology, is Executive Dean at Black Hawk. She previously taught Allied Health courses. Rich and Betsey have twice travelled to the Czech Republic, during their summer breaks, to teach English to young people.
In the Illinois House, Representative Morthland sponsored and passed HB 3500 – Public Act 097-0080. This law protects personal information, such as names and addresses of FOID cardholders. It exempted FOID information from FOIA inquiries. He also Sponsored HR89. This unanimously passed resolution launched an audit of the FOID program. It uncovered several ways in which FOID law was not being properly fulfilled. Rich served on the Veterans’ Affairs, Counties & Townships, Cities & Villages, Higher Education, Higher Education Appropriations, Adoption Reform, and Public Utilities Committees.
Rich was elected in 2008 to the Rock Island County Board, where he has been a leader for transparency and, in 2010, single-handedly led the Board to overturn massive pay raises that had previously been voted in for incoming elected officials. Voters returned Rich to the Board in 2016. He is a member of the Public Works and Facilities Committee and the Committee of The Whole.