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New General Assembly means new challenges and new opportunities

The convening of the 100th General Assembly January 11 brings with it new leadership and a renewed commitment to meeting current challenges and welcoming future opportunities awaiting Illinois, according to Senator Chris Nybo.

The 24th District State Senator took part in inaugural ceremonies January 11 in the Senate Chambers. He has served in the Senate since August 2014, and previously served a term in the House of Representatives.

“Our legislative inauguration symbolizes a new start. I hope the spirit of cooperation extends beyond today’s ceremonies and Illinois’ leaders move beyond the partisan impasse,” Senator Nybo said. “It is clear that Illinois is better served with bipartisan government and bipartisan solutions. We need a responsible approach and long-overdue reforms to a system that clearly is not working.”

With no meaningful reforms, Illinois is projected to have a $5.3 billion hole in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget and by June 30, the state could have $13.5 billion in unpaid bills. The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget has released its three-year fiscal projections mandated by state statute, and those numbers are daunting. The projections show that under “auto-pilot” budgets over the next three years, the state’s backlog of bills could reach $34 billion by June 30, 2020.

Senator Nybo said the lawmakers should support the kind of policies that encourage job creation and growth. Other legislative priorities should be property tax relief; education funding and reforms that prepare young people for careers; workers’ compensation and regulation reforms that encourage business growth and jobs; and reining in state spending.

The 24th Senate District includes all or parts of the communities of Clarendon Hills, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale, Lisle, Lombard, Oak Brook, Oak Brook Terrace, Western Springs, Westmont, Wheaton and Willowbrook in DuPage and Cook counties.

Senator Nybo’s office is located at 929 S. Main St., Suite 105B, Lombard IL 60542 (630-969-0990). His e-mail address is chris@chrisnybo.org and his Web site is at http://www.chrisnybo.org/.















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