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SPRINGFIELD (WIFR) -- Today at the University of Illinois Building in Springfield, Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) took the oath of office and is ready to serve in the 97th General Assembly as State Representative.
“I am humbled by the responsibility and the opportunity to serve the people of the 69th District as their State Representative,” said Sosnowski. “I have been privileged to represent the residents of northern Illinois as Alderman for the Cities of DeKalb and Rockford and I am eager to serve the residents of Boone, DeKalb and Winnebago Counties in Springfield.”
Representative Sosnowski says his top priority in Springfield is getting Illinois’ fiscal house in order. He says he supports the Workman’s Compensation and Medicaid Reform Committee’s efforts to help resolve the State’s budget problems and is staying mindful of the need to stimulate Illinois’ economy by encouraging businesses to locate and expand within the State.
“We need to enact meaningful budgetary reforms to bring us back on the right fiscal track,” said Sosnowski. “I believe government should run like a business. You don’t spend money you don’t have, and you don’t borrow money you can’t pay back. My Staff and I are already in the brainstorming process discussing ways to change Illinois bureaucratic structure to ensure our State is run like a business.”
Sosnowski is currently formulating ways to create jobs in Illinois and common sense solutions on how to curb State spending, and lower the unemployment rate in the Rock River Valley (the highest unemployment rate in the State). Representative Sosnowski is also looking into ways to bring State spending down to reasonable levels such as cutting unnecessary programs like eliminating the state air fleet and consolidating bureaucracy.
“Many of my proposals are still in the planning stages. I am hoping to introduce new legislation later this month or in early February but I am always looking for new ideas,” said Sosnowski.
Representative Sosnowski encourages anyone who is interested in proposing new laws for the State of Illinois to call his office any time to discuss ideas with him or his staff. They can be reached at (779) 770-4829.