CHICAGO – State Rep. Michael Kelly, D-Chicago, is kicking off the 103rd General Assembly by announcing his appointment to several crucial House committees, where he will be among those leading the way on such fundamental topics as fiscal policy, state-local cooperation and oversight, vehicle safety, and supporting first responders.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to weigh in on these topics, which are really the ‘meat and potatoes’ type issues,” Kelly said. “Not everyone gets into government service with a clear idea of all the unglamorous parts that are nevertheless really important. But as a first responder and someone who’s been involved in my community for a long time, you can take it from me that these are the issues you need to have a grip on for the other, more visible stuff to work like it should.”
Kelly has been appointed to the Appropriations-General Services Committee, which is responsible for fiscal oversight as well as policy; and to the Cities & Villages Committee, which debates policy around rules and regulations for local government units, as well as to the Transportation: Vehicle Safety Committee. Kelly also has been tapped to serve as Vice Chair of the Police & Fire Committee, which is responsible for policies dealing with first responders. Kelly is also a firefighter in the Chicago Fire Department.
“If you want a strong foundation, you build on bedrock,” Kelly said. “A well-run state needs a solid policy foundation and I am looking forward to taking an active role in making sure that, when it comes to these important issues, Illinois has one.”
Kelly’s office is reachable at 773-736-0218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.