SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Today, state Rep. Camille Y. Lilly, D-Chicago, was sworn in for another term during the 101st General Assembly’s inauguration ceremony and issued the following statement:
“I cannot thank the residents of the 78th District enough for giving me another chance to fight for them in Springfield. There is a lot of work left to do to make our state a better place for everyone, and I am confident that we will accomplish more with the new administration. I look forward to working together to create jobs in our community, improve our schools and ensure affordable healthcare for all.
“Fairer taxes for the middle class are a top priority for me this term. We need to reduce the tax burdens on our middle-class families by enacting real property tax relief and implementing a fair tax system that forces the wealthiest millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share.
“Our schools and students need more from the state, too. We need to continue building on strengthening our schools with greater state funding to give all students the best possible opportunities to succeed, while being less reliant on local property taxes.
“Health care remains another significant area that must be protected, including the health of our youth. Tobacco continues to diminish the health and well-being of our young people who should be encouraged to focus on school and extracurricular activities rather than developing deadly habits. I plan to continue my work with health advocates to pass legislation raising the legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21.
“As we look towards a new legislative session, I remain committed to the commonsense solutions our communities demand from Springfield.”
Lilly represents Chicago’s West Side, Oak Park, River Grove, Elmwood Park, Franklin Park and Melrose Park. Join her weekly newsletter to stay up to date with events and news from the 78th District.