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Rep Miller Walsh with Lake County
State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim
and Chairman of LCOI
The opioid epidemic is the most significant public health and public safety crisis facing Illinois, where opioid overdoses have killed nearly 11,000 people since 2008. In 2017 alone, nearly 2,000 people died of overdoses—almost twice the number of fatal car accidents.

As the opioid epidemic continues to have a grave impact, Illinois residents and local officials have looked into various protective measures to help prevent opioid deaths. Lake County has been at the forefront of these efforts through their Lake County Opioid Initiative (LCOI), which was formed specifically to address the rapidly increasing opiate problem in Lake County. Through this initiative several agencies and groups in the area have worked together to develop a task force and a prevention plan which has been implemented and used as a guideline for the entire State and nation.

Representative Helene Miller Walsh is a supporter of the LCOI and as a resident of Lake County is looking forward to extending her support for the opioid crisis through legislative initiatives in the General Assembly.

“The LCOI was formed under the direction of Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim along with Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran and Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper to develop, implement, evaluate and sustain a multi-strategy, county-wide effort to prevent Opioid abuse, addiction, overdose and death,” said Miller Walsh. “In just a few years LCOI has become the national leader in the fight against this epidemic working with the Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force as well as numerous social services. I commend everyone involved with this initiative and thank you for your efforts in Lake County where much success has been achieved.”

Illinois continues to implement measures aimed at combating the opioid crisis and reducing the number of deaths from opioid overdoses. Earlier this summer the State of Illinois was awarded $16 million in federal funding to continue its efforts. To give people the right tools they need to fight opioid addiction, a statewide helpline was created to provide immediate assistance to those impacted by opioid or substance addiction and is available 24/7. This is the only statewide, public resource for finding substance abuse treatment and recovery services in Illinois.

The Illinois helpline is a confidential outlet for individuals experiencing opioid use disorders, their families, and anyone affected by the disease. Helpline Specialists are trained in evidence-based approaches to help connect callers with treatment and recovery support services. To reach the helpline, call 1-833-2FINDHELP or visit helplineil.org. To learn more about the Lake County Opioid Initiative, go to opioidinitiative.org.

State Representative Helene Miller Walsh will be participating in Ela Township Day on September 21st.

This is the third annual Township Day. This year’s celebration is a cookout that will run from 5-7 pm at Knox Park in Lake Zurich. It will include free food, information booths from various local businesses, elected officials, and more. The event will be fun for the whole family, and will have touch-a-truck and children’s games available.

At the event, the Township will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a flat-screen TV. Funds generated from the raffle will be donated to a local charity, Joannie's closet, which helps serve under-resourced District 95 students and their families.

This is a great opportunity to meet your State Representative and to discuss questions and concerns related to State government. Representative Miller Walsh will have a table at the event, and encourages all constituents to stop by.
LIBERTYVILLE…State Representative Helene Miller Walsh (R-Mundelein) has signed on as a co-sponsor of HR766, opposing any potential mileage tax in Illinois.

The House Resolution opposing the per mile driving tax was filed at the beginning of legislative session this year. Miller Walsh expressed her opposition to such a tax after talks of mileage tax legislation increased over the last few weeks.

The Illinois General Assembly has a few proposals under consideration. One proposal imposes a fee of 1.5¢ per mile driven on public, non-tolled Illinois roads using GPS tracking technology. This technology would work though a smartphone app or a tracking device similar to the I-Pass (or EZ-Pass) which would monitor the location of each driver to calculate how many miles were driven in Illinois each month. Additional proposals include a fee of 1.5¢ per mile driven using monthly odometer readings instead of GPS tracking technology or imposing a Flat Rate Plan of an annual fee of $450.

Rep. Miller Walsh pledged her support to the resolution to help prevent any undue hardship on Illinois residents, especially those who drive longer distances for work and school.

“I do not support a tax on mileage driven by Illinois motorists,” said Miller Walsh. “Creating new taxes will not fix our fiscal problems, it only deepens the already large tax burden on our residents. There are also huge privacy concerns within these proposals; not only are these proposals financially unfair, but it’s an invasion of privacy that we cannot allow.”

In addition to HR766, Illinois residents can show support for House Republican efforts to stop the proposed mileage tax by signing onto the petition here.
The I-Cash program seeks to reunite Illinois residents with their unclaimed property. This program is an initiative of the Illinois Treasurer’s Office, who is the custodian of any unclaimed property in the state. Unclaimed property can be anything from lost bank accounts, insurance policy proceeds, or forgotten safe deposit boxes—all of which is surrendered to the state if it cannot be returned to its owners after five years. 

According to the Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, thousands of items are surrendered each year. Consequently, Frerichs recommends checking the I-Cash database every six months. There is no cost to checking your information in the I-Cash system, and it is important to ensure you don’t have any unclaimed property under your name—especially considering that the State Treasurer is holding 2.9 billion dollars in unclaimed funds for Illinois residents. In addition, over the past two years, the Treasurer’s office has returned $101,719,784.67 in cash to individuals.

The State holds these funds until they are claimed by their original owner or their heirs with the proper documentation. Over the last two years $2,319,608.44 has been returned to the rightful owners living in the 51st District. Out of this sum, the largest claim returned to a resident of the 51st District was $300,000.

While some may be weary of using the online database due to the recent surge in identity fraud and online scams, residents can rest assured this is a secure system and an official program in the State of Illinois created to help Illinoisans,” said Miller Walsh. The Representative tried the online I-Cash system out at her Senior Fair last month, and was surprised to find that she too had unclaimed property under her name. 

“I want to make residents aware that you could have money being held by the State and not even know it. It’s worth taking a few minutes to check out.” 

The Representative encourages all area residents to search the I-Cash database for unclaimed property. To find out if you have unclaimed property, and learn how to claim it click here. Should you have any questions about I-Cash, or if you need help navigating the online database, you can also contact Representative Miller Walsh’s District Office at (847) 984-2485.

MUNDELEIN…State Representative Helene Miller Walsh (R-Mundelein) formally rejected her legislative pension as well as her taxpayer funded healthcare benefits last week in one of her first acts serving as the State Representative for the 51st District.

In taking office, Rep. Miller Walsh is ready to work on viable solutions to fix the state’s fiscal crisis, namely, the underfunded pension system.

“Our pension system has been broken for far too long,” said Miller Walsh. “There is no reason part time employees should take a pension or healthcare from a system that is already broke and underfunded. Illinois State Representatives are here to serve the people of Illinois not the other way around. It is irresponsible to continue on this path, which is simply unsustainable.”

Illinois’ pension system has been named as one of the worst in the nation. Today, the General Assembly Retirement System (GARS) is only funded at 14.9 percent, the lowest of Illinois’ five state retirement systems.

“I am eager to represent my community in Springfield, and am not here to contribute to Illinois’ problems—I want to solve them. The fiscal condition of our state is a great burden and a big barrier to our success. Looking at these numbers and the mounting debt Illinois carries, it is a great motivator to get to work on solving these problems.”

Miller Walsh made her first trip to Springfield to file the necessary paperwork with GARS and the Comptroller’s office in person. Representative Miller Walsh’s decision to decline participation in the state’s pension system for legislators is final and irrevocable. She looks forward to returning to Springfield and the House of Representatives in November for fall veto session.






Rep. Miller Walsh is pictured with State Sen. Dan McConchie
State Representative Helene Miller Walsh hosted a senior fair this week with State Senator Dan McConchie. The fair brought together various state agencies, local businesses and health screenings to promote the health and wellness of seniors living in the community.

In addition to hearing testing, Walgreens Pharmacy was on site to administer free flu shots to attendees. Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs’ office was at the event to help residents learn about the iCash program and any unclaimed property in their names. Volunteer opportunities—like the 4H program through the University of Illinois Extension—were also advertised at the event, to motivate seniors to stay active in the community. Lake County Treasurer David Stolman was on hand to explain Property Tax bills, the Property Tax process and the tax distribution to illustrate where your tax dollars are allocated.

“So many people came together to make this event a success,” said Miller Walsh. “I enjoyed meeting local residents, and all the participating vendors that are driven to help seniors in our community lead healthy lives.”

This event was Miller Walsh’s first event serving as the State Representative of the 51st District. “This event was able to bring all the necessary, available resources right to our seniors—and I was happy to be able to help facilitate that,” said Miller Walsh.

The free event was open to the public, and drew a great group of area seniors to the Libertyville Sports Complex. Representative Miller Walsh hopes to continue hosting this opportunity for her District annually.


State Representative Helene Miller Walsh (R-Mundelein) was sworn into serve the 51st legislative district of Illinois on August 18th, 2018. 

Helene is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Leenie Productions, LLC, a multi-media production company. In addition to her business, Rep. Miller Walsh is involved in various philanthropic endeavors, and she has held leadership positions on several campaigns for Northwestern’s Prentice Women’s Hospital. Having experience working as a business leader while contributing to various philanthropies in the community, Miller Walsh brings a valued perspective and unique skill set to the General Assembly. 

Rep. Miller Walsh was appointed to serve on the following committees in the House of Representatives: 

  • Economic Opportunity
  • Elections & Campaign Finance
  • Human Services
  • Labor and Commerce
  • International Trade and Commerce
  • Unemployment Insurance Subcommittee

“My goal is to help increase innovation to help promote the best business environment and future focused environment to help Illinois succeed,” said Miller Walsh. “My experience in business and passion for public service makes these committees a great fit for me to really help make an impact in state government.”

Miller Walsh serves on the Board of Advisors to Project H.O.O.D., an organization dedicated to ending gang violence in the city of Chicago and developing economic opportunities. “I am excited to be involved in the Economic Opportunity committee, to put my experience to use at the state level,” said Miller Walsh. “There is much more that can be done in economic development in our state, and I am looking forward to working collaboratively with my colleagues to help get it done in the best way for Illinois.”

Illinois House committees will next meet when the Illinois General Assembly returns to Springfield for Fall Veto session on November 13th.

A lifelong Chicagoland resident, Helene resides in Mundelein with her husband, former Congressman Joe Walsh. Representative Miller Walsh’s district office will be at 1585 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Suite 7, in Libertyville. Her district office can be reached at 847-984-2485.