A press release from State Senator Karen McConnaughay:
Sen. McConnaughay looks forward to change with 100th General Assembly
SPRINGFIELD – The convening of the 100th General Assembly Jan. 11 brings with it a renewed commitment to meeting current challenges and welcoming future opportunities awaiting Illinois, said State Sen. Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles).
The 33rd District State Senator was sworn-in to office for the 100th General Assembly during the inaugural ceremonies Jan. 11 in the Senate chamber. McConnaughay has served in the Senate since January 2013, during which time she has been a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility and working in a bipartisan way to tackle the state’s challenges.
“Though Illinois continues to face difficult times, and many tough decisions must be made in the coming months, I am pleased by what I’ve seen in the recent weeks and days,” said McConnaughay.
“No matter the differences many of us face on a day-to-day basis, today we can all pause and take a moment to acknowledge the humbling privilege of serving in this body. The 100th General Assembly is a fresh start and I look forward to working with my colleagues to address our challenges, in order to make Illinois a state the citizens truly deserve.”
McConnaughay said Illinois’ leaders must move beyond partisan differences if the state is to come to a compromise on a long-term fiscal plan for the state.
Unless significant action is taken, by June it is projected Illinois could have a $5.3 billion hole in the Fiscal Year 2017 budget and as much as $13.5 billion in unpaid bills,” said McConnaughay. “It would be irresponsible to the utmost degree to allow this to happen. However, I sense that legislators from both sides of the aisle are willing to make sacrifices to reach a compromise for the people of Illinois. I remain optimistic that we will reach an agreement—that ties revenues, the budget and structural reforms together—and does what is right for the taxpayers and the state as a whole.”
The 33rd District includes all or parts of Batavia, Crystal Lake, Elgin, Geneva, St. Charles, Plato, Carpentersville, East Dundee, Gilberts, Huntley, Hampshire, Lake in the Hills, Pingree Grove, South Elgin, Algonquin, Lakewood, Sleepy Hollow, Wayne and West Dundee.