Jefferson Invites Area Residents to Share Legislation Ideas

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- As the 2013 spring legislative session approaches, State Rep. Chuck Jefferson (D-Rockford) is inviting constituents to share ideas and suggestion for legislation.

"Civic engagement is crucial to moving our state in the right direction," Jefferson sad. "I encourage constituents to voice their opinions for how we can improve our Rockford community as well as the state of Illinois. I periodically work on citizen-led proposals thorough local committee meetings and my office doors are always open to those who would like to meet with me to submit ideas and explore solution to the many challenges facing our state."

Jefferson noted that his district office, located at 200 S. Wyman, Suite 304 in Rockford, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Jefferson's staff is available as liaisons between state departments and can pass along concerns and ideas for legislation. Residents may also request to meet with Rep. Jefferson personally by calling his office to schedule an appointment.

Illinois legislators will be sworn into office on January 9, 2013 and will then begin to represent newly redistricted territories. Jefferson pointed out that House District 67 will have many new residents and the looks forward to collaborating with them on ways to address the state's budget crisis and pass meaningful reforms that help local families.

"I believe it's important to have an open line of communication. Not every idea will become a law, but some can perhaps be addressed in other ways," Jefferson explained. "My legislative priorities es will continue to be creating jobs, making our neighborhoods safer and stronger, and fighting for our seniors and veterans. I encourage anyone who is interested to please let my office know so we can begin the discussion and explore possible legislation."

To submit your ideas for legislation please contact Rep. Jefferson's constituent service office by calling 815-987-7433.