SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – After taking the oath of office for the 102nd General Assembly, state Rep. Kelly Burke, D-Oak Lawn, issued the following statement:
“First and foremost, I would like to thank the first responders, health care workers and essential employees who have continued to put their lives on the line to serve our families in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. More must be done to provide support to these brave men and women, as well as residents in our community who have been hit hardest by this health crisis.
“As we begin a new General Assembly, I remain committed to providing relief to those who need it most and continuing our work to get Illinois back on track toward a better future. In order to continue taking steps toward restoring our economy, we must secure additional resources for our local businesses and ensure assistance for displaced workers. We must also prioritize expanding access to affordable health care and passing a responsible budget that funds the resources our families need most, including senior services, education and domestic violence shelters.
“Tough decisions are ahead of us as we work to build back a stronger Illinois that puts middle-class families first. I look forward to working with my colleagues to take critical steps toward growth and recovery from the unprecedented challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.”