As you may know, Sunday, February 12 is the day Illinoisans celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Today is a state holiday commemorating our 16th President. I want to encourage any of you that can to make plans to visit any (and all) of the historical sites in Springfield dedicated to Mr. Lincoln.
You can find more information on historical Abraham Lincoln sites in central Illinois by visiting the Land of Lincoln Section of Enjoy Illinois’ Website – a division of the Illinois Office of Tourism
This week the legislature returned to action to begin considering a large number of bills in Committee. As you may know, I was appointed last week to several House Committees that will consider legislation important to Southern Illinois. As a third-term State Representative, I was afforded the opportunity this Session to take a leadership role as Minority Spokesperson on the House Committee on Aging.
I will also be a standing member of these other Committees: Health Care Licenses, Higher Education, Judiciary-Criminal Law, and Tourism, Hospitality and Craft Industries.
I am also working to advance several legislative measures. During my first full-term, I was successful in being the chief sponsor of six bills to be signed into law. This session, I have introduced bills on the following subjects:
– Making state employee pay a continuing appropriation to ensure state employees are not used as pawns in political games over the budget
– Allowing volunteer fire fighters the opportunity to buy a set of tires for their vehicles once every three years using fire department funds. Any purchases would have to be approved by the fire chief.
– Allowing golf cart use in state parks on paved surfaces for travel to and from designated activities
– Changing the property tax process for disabled veterans to remove red tape and duplication of effort.
Edna Smith 100th Birthday Resolution
A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege and honor of presenting Ms. Edna Smith with a 100th birthday congratulatory resolution at a party held for her in Mt. Vernon. Edna has an amazing story.
After losing her husband shortly after they were married, Edna went to work for Sears Roebuck and Company in Chicago and served as executive assistant to Mr. Roebuck himself, working in the famous Sears Tower.
Thank you to Edna’s family for making me aware of her story and for providing me with the opportunity to make this special presentation to her.
If you know someone that is celebrating a special birthday, anniversary, or accomplishment, please contact my office to inquire about congratulatory resolutions