BOLINGBROOK, Ill. – State Rep. John Connor, D-Lockport, joined local state Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, state Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, and state Rep. Natalie Manley for a town hall meeting at the Fountaindale Library in Bolingbrook Tuesday to discuss the new state budget and other legislative updates from Springfield.
“Having town hall meetings like this are important because it allows us to talk directly to residents about how their tax dollars are being spent and how laws are made in Springfield,” Connor said. “This meeting gave local legislators and me the opportunity to talk about the state budget and other matters we were working on in Springfield, as well as a chance to directly answer questions from our constituents.”
The four legislators took turns discussing legislation passed by the General Assembly this year, including the bipartisan budget agreement. Other topics of discussion included the Equal Rights Amendment, legislation to help survivors of abuse, education funding and measures to prevent income tax increases on the middle class. Questions asked by the audience covered issues such as property taxes, consolidating local government and environmental concerns.
“The town hall’s attendees and I share common ground a number of the issues discussed,” Connor said. “We have to make our state government more efficient and we need to look at ways to lower the burden on taxpayers. Illinois faces a number of challenges, and I value the feedback I receive from residents on ways we can address our state’s shortcomings.”
For more information on legislation in Springfield or upcoming events, please contact Connor’s constituent service office at 815-372-0085 or RepConnor@gmail.com.