LOMBARD – More than 40 local residents were on hand as the Legislative Advisory Council, created by State Sen. Chris Nybo, State Rep. Peter Breen and State Rep. Patricia Bellock to work on issues being considered in Springfield, convened its first meeting June 17 at DeVry University Campus in Downers Grove.
“Each year, thousands of bills are filed in the General Assembly, but only a small percentage of those bills will make it through committees and into the House or Senate for actual consideration. There are good bills and there are troublesome bills to consider,” Rep. Breen said. “We need to know how these bills are viewed by local residents, and this community input is the Legislative Advisory Council’s most important resource.”
Members of the Legislative Advisory Council will work with Rep. Breen, Rep. Bellock and Sen. Nybo to develop new ideas and evaluate current proposals being considered in Springfield. Members must be at least 18 years of age and residents of the 24th Legislative District, which includes the 47th and 48th Representative Districts.
“The expertise available within our communities is an excellent resource, and the Council’s assistance with research, discussion and debate gives us invaluable insight as elected officials charged with serving the entire district,” Sen. Nybo said. “I look forward to working with dedicated residents to find solutions to the challenges facing our communities and our state, as well as to embrace the possibilities and opportunities that await us.”
For more information or to submit a membership application, call Rep. Breen at 630/403-8135 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org/969-0990 or e-mailing email@example.com.
“Feedback from the community is vitally important at every step of the legislative process,” Rep. Bellock said. “Many of the best public policy changes and government reforms achieved over the years were inspired from ideas suggested by constituents.”
The Legislative Advisory Council’s Committees and chairs include:
State Finance and Budget: James Bindon (Elmhurst) Co-Chair; David Olsen (Downers Grove) Co-Chair (Alt. Secretary); Tracy Ries (Elmhurst) Secretary
Business and Economic Expansion: Michael Cullinane (Elmhurst/Naperville) Co-Chair; Vincent Heaton (Wheaton) Co-Chair (Alt. Secretary); Catherine Galvin (Glen Ellyn) Secretary
Education: Mary Ann Kalis (Elmhurst) Chair; Jean Baldikoski (Elmhurst) Co-Chair (Alt Secretary); Tracy Ries (Elmhurst) Secretary
Environment and Energy: Greg Hart (Downers Grove Township) Chair; Joseph Urani (Cook County) Co-Chair/Secretary.
Senior Citizens and Veterans: Colleen Ceh (Downers Grove) Co-Chair; John Morrissey (Elmhurst) Co-Chair; Catherine Galvin (Glen Ellyn) Secretary
Human and Social Services: Alana McBride Piech (Lombard) Co-Chair; Lori Solyom (Lombard) Co-Chair/Reporting Secretary
Transportation: Alan Bennett (Lombard) Co-Chair; Walter Smith (Lombard) Co-Chair