FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — Serving on the Freeport City Council during the transition to a City Manager form of government, as well as serving as a member of the House Cities and Villages Committee for the past two years has prepared State Representative Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) well to take the reins in representing Republican members of the Committee as the next Minority Spokesperson of the House Cities and Villages Committee.
Chesney announced on Wednesday that he was appointed to the role for the 102nd General Assembly by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). “It is an honor to be chosen to serve in this role,” said Chesney. “Government closest to the people is usually most responsive to the people. I know, from personal experience, how many hours these local officials put in to serve their constituents and they deserve to be heard on issues that come before the Illinois House.”
“All too often, our city and village officials feel like their pleas fall on deaf ears in Springfield,” Chesney continued. “The actions taken by state government can either empower our local governments with tools to succeed or tie their hands with costly and onerous mandates. It is important that we understand the pressures on these local governments and listen to their concerns about unfunded mandates and bureaucratic red tape. A cooperative relationship is the only way our communities can succeed in such a terrible State-derailed jobs climate which plagues local government revenue streams.”
Additional committee assignments are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Northwest Illinois residents can learn more about this and other state issues at Rep. Chesney’s legislative website — repchesney.com.