RED BUD, ILL. – During these difficult financial times, state Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton, is cosponsoring legislation that would stop increases to salaries or mileage for elected officials in Illinois.
“In a time of a budget crisis, the last thing that elected officials should be concerned with is their pay,” Costello said. “It is my job and first priority as a representative to work for Southern Illinois and the hard-working families in the district, and this starts with passing a budget and providing the basic services that are valued and depended upon.”
House Bill 643 prevents any increase in compensation for the next fiscal year. Costello is cosponsoring this bill with the intentions of bringing sensibility and accountability to Illinois state government. The legislation will stop any cost of living increases for elected officials, both in the legislature and statewide office, along with stopping any increase in mileage or reimbursement paid to legislators.
“I was sent to Springfield to represent the people of Southern Illinois, and getting a budget that doesn’t leave them out is my main concern,” Costello said. “While we work towards a budget, our focus should remain on ways to support the middle-class and small businesses in Illinois. While social services and programs continue to struggle, along with families across our district, I remain committed to helping them and working for our region.”
State Rep. Jerry Costello II represents Illinois’ 116th district, which includes all or parts of St. Clair, Randolph, Monroe, and Perry Counties. His office can be reached by phone at 618-282-7284 or by email at email@example.com.