SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Fran Hurley, D-Chicago, will continue to prioritize the needs of first responders as the newly appointed chairperson of the House Police & First Responders Committee, stand up for the needs of local priorities on a key budget committee, and work to eliminate wasteful spending on a new committee aimed to consolidate and modernize local units of government.
“I represent many hardworking first responders throughout my district, and now more than ever, their voices and their concerns need to be heard in Springfield. It is a distinct honor to represent those who are on the frontlines every day to keep our families safe,” said Hurley. “I look forward for the opportunity to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to craft policies that better protect the police and fire fighters who protect us.”
As chair of Police & First Responders committee, and vice chair of the Fire & Emergency Services Committee, Hurley will oversee legislation regarding law enforcement and emergency personnel that is introduced in the General Assembly. At a time when first responders face even greater risks in the line of duty, Hurley will work to make the voices of those that protect Illinois families heard.
Hurley will also serve on the Appropriations: General Services Committee where she will push to analyze state spending line-by-line, reduce the cost of state government and make sure local priorities are protected in the process. As a member of the Business Incentives for Local Communities Committee, Hurley will help guide discussion on legislation that aims to incentivize businesses to do business in Illinois.
With an understanding of the expense and redundancy of multiple layers of government, Hurley has also joined the newly formed Government Consolidation & Modernization Committee, where she will work toward consolidation of duplicative units of government, making it cheaper and more efficient. Hurley will also serve as the vice chair of Special Needs Services Committee, and will be a member of the Transportation: Vehicles and Safety Committee.
“I am hopeful that my committee assignments this year will give me the full range to be an active voice for those in my district, and I look forward to the productive conversations that will be forthcoming,” said Hurley. “Between the budget and protecting all first responders and those with special needs, my committee assignments reflect my priorities, and am ready to get to work.”