SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – New state Rep. Denyse Stoneback, D-Skokie, issued the following statement after being sworn into her first term as state Representative in the 102nd General Assembly on Wednesday:
“Today is Inauguration Day for the 102nd General Assembly. What is normally a day filled with parties and celebrations will be decidedly more subdued, a reality many across our state know too well. This past year, we have seen some unprecedented challenges, but today the work begins to help meet those challenges. I am honored the citizens of the 16th District have elected me to be a part of that effort.
“Today, I will be casting my vote for Representative Emanuel “Chris” Welch as the next Speaker of the House. Rep. Welch has a history of being a champion on many issues important to my District, including fighting for an equitable education for all, providing healthcare to our most vulnerable citizens, and advocating for crucial gun safety legislation. I’m excited to see where his leadership will take the House Democratic Party.
“I want constituents to know that I am here and ready to serve them. Starting today, constituents can contact our district office via phone at 847-673-1131 or by email at email@example.com. The office will be located at 8707 Skokie Blvd, Suite 102 in Skokie IL, 60077, and information about in-person meetings will be forthcoming. Our district office is here to help you.
“I look forward to working for my district and putting forward a legislative agenda that will tackle issues such as preventing gun violence, reforming our campaign finance system, and improving access to affordable housing.
“I feel honored to have the opportunity to be my community’s voice in Springfield. I look forward to working with my colleagues to bring a fresh perspective and progressive values to create a brighter future for the state of Illinois.”