I am proud of many pieces of legislation we have been able to enact on behalf of District 64, such as the dissolution of certain redundant local government entities in the District, enhancing the restrictions on drivers who have repeatedly driven under the influence of alcohol, and the creation of the Human Trafficking Resource Center Notice Act. However, we have fallen miserably short on many of the issues most important to Illinois residents, including fundamental reforms in the way our State operates.
Many of you are unhappy with the irresponsible actions of the General Assembly, and rightfully so. The status quo continues in Springfield, where even simple reforms, such as term limits and fair redistricting, have not been successful. I am as frustrated as you are that the legislature has not taken action to make these fundamental changes. Since first taking office, I have been a strong advocate for these and other reforms: Pension, property tax, and spending reforms are all essential to changing the State’s trajectory and charting a new path to prosperity for the residents of Illinois.
In order to break Springfield of this pattern, a younger generation of leaders is needed in the General Assembly. For that reason, I have decided that I will not seek another term in the Illinois House of Representatives. As an avid supporter of term limits, I believe that without constitutionally-mandated limits, the responsibility is on individual lawmakers to know when it is time to pass the torch. New leaders bring different perspectives and fresh ideas to change the course of the State and I am optimistic about their success as Illinois enters into its 200th year.
I will vigorously use my remaining time to serve the residents of District 64 in the next spring session and fight the anti-taxpayer agenda being pushed in Springfield. Thank you again for your continued support and kindness. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.