ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Illinois State Senators and House members travel back to Springfield where the 101st general assembly will be sworn in.
"Our job is to try and work with them, find common ground and as area legislature, we work well together and we will continue to push for those things that are important to our area," said 35th District Illinois State Senator Dave Syverson.
The Democratic party has a supermajority in all areas of government. Locally, Maurice West II will fill the shoes of Litesa Wallace as the 67th District Representative.
"Now we can officially get to work and I am just excited about what services we can provide to the district," West said.
With Illinois switching gears to a Democratic Governor, there are many bills that could pass including the legalization of recreational marijuana.
"From my perspective, we are at somewhat of an advantage because 10 other states have passed the legalization of marijuana. That's a great opportunity to see how they've done. what they have done right what they've done wrong,” 34th District Illinois State Senator Steve Stadelman.
"Just wide open recreational marijuana use is going to create significant problems," Syverson said.
But many local leaders have their eyes on a gaming expansion bill, hoping to capitalize on revenue opportunities.
"What's really important to our area is getting our gaming bill passed. That is something I have worked on with three governors and now I think everything is in place," Syverson said.
"I still remain optimistic that any gaming expansion bill will include a casino for Rockford. We have talked about it for a number of years and I am hoping it can finally happen this spring," Stadelman said.
J.B. Pritzker will be sworn in as governor January 14th.