The Swearing In of State Rep. Kent Gaffney – The Official Press Release

Hyperstich now occupies the building from which the Marengo Republican was published.

One of the roles McHenry County Blog tries to play is allowing politicians to speak to readers the same way they used to when I started out in 1966.  Then, if one sent a press release to one of the many local papers (Harvard Herald, Richmond’s NuView News, the Marengo Republican, the Woodstock Sentinel, the Fox Lake Press, the Crystal Lake Herald, the Cary-Grove News, the Huntley Farmside, etc.), the odds were good that it would be typed up and printed in the next edition.

No more.

Not enough advertising revenue since Craig’s list took away much of the very lucrative classified ads.

Although I wrote a story about newly-named State Rep. Kent Gaffney based on the photos that were sent by Robin F. Pendergrast Photography, Inc., below you read the press release Gaffney wanted you to see:

McHenry County Judge Marty Zopp swears Kent Gaffney into the Illinois House of Representatives.

Rep. Gaffney Sworn In

Woodstock, IL… At the McHenry County Courthouse, during a special Independence Day ceremony, State Representative Kent Gaffney (R-Lake Barrington) was officially sworn in to serve the people of the 52nd District.

Gaffney was appointed to the position left vacant after the sudden death of State Representative Mark Beaubien.

“Today it is very exciting to begin an new challenge, and to use my experience working in the General Assembly to focus solely on serving the needs of the people and organizations of the 52nd District.

State. Rep. Kent Gaffney spoke to the gathering of supporters after he was sworn in.

“Although there are many issues to face each year, I believe it is imperative to ensure public safety and to work towards economic growth in this district and the state as a whole.”

Mark Beaubien served on House GOP Leadership as the caucus’s Budget Spokesperson.

Gaffney served as the House GOP’s Appropriations Director, working side by side with Beaubien for over a decade on many budget issues and negotiations.

Both Beaubien and Gaffney played key roles in passing the first responsible budget in Illinois since a Republican was serving as governor.

“It was truly remarkable, serving with Mark in his final days as a legislator,” said Gaffney.

“Mark and I worked diligently with our colleagues on the other side of the aisle in the House, and in historic fashion, we passed a budget that will spend $1 billion less than the state is estimated to receive in revenues for FY12. I hope we can continue to make progress in getting Illinois back on a path to prosperity for businesses and individuals.”

Beaubien died suddenly last month from a heart attack. After a successful fight with pneumonia, Beaubien finished out his last days of the spring session to work out the passage of the responsible budget, along with key legislation including his last bill to require all passengers in a vehicle to wear a safety belt. Governor Quinn signed Beaubien’s last bill into law late last month.

Gaffney will serve the remainder of Beaubien’s term which runs through January of 2013.

He lives in Lake Barrington with his wife, Elizabeth and two sons.

Gaffney served as the House GOP’s Appropriations Director for over a decade and is an expert in all Illinois budgetary matters.


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