Following the end of the regular Spring Session of the Illinois General Assembly on June 1st, State Representative Andrew Chesney began a series of visits with Northwest Illinois municipal officials on Tuesday with meetings with municipal officials in Stockton in Jo Daviess County and Lena in Stephenson County.
“It’s important to take time regularly to meet with local elected officials about issues they are hearing about from our shared constituents in order to represent those views in Springfield,” said Rep. Chesney. “The time these local officials take to talk with me is invaluable to ensuring we try to do everything we can to help them do their jobs well. Unfortunately, after Session’s like this one, we also hear about the challenges and mandates on our local governments, thanks to policies passed by the supermajority running the show in Springfield.”
Topics discussed with Lena and Stockton officials included TIF district issues, grants, local government revenue sharing, economic growth, infrastructure projects, complaints about FOID card processing times, and an exodus communities are experiencing in law enforcement officers following the passage of “punish the police” legislation in Springfield.
Rep. Chesney is scheduling meetings throughout the Summer with local officials and constituents who wish to discuss state issues and services.
“I believe we need to have the pulse of what is going on in our local communities to best represent those views in Springfield. I appreciate the responsibilities that accompany public service and work to make myself accessible to constituents, as well as other public servants to collaborate on issues impacting our taxpayers,” said Chesney.