ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – Newly appointed state Rep. Nicolle Grasse, D-Arlington Heights, will prioritize public health and safeguarding women’s reproductive rights, increasing affordable and accessible healthcare, working for common sense gun reform, and expanding essential social services for Illinois’ most vulnerable neighborhoods in her new role as a state lawmaker.

As she sets forth her legislative priorities for this upcoming year, Grasse hopes to alleviate her community’s most pressing needs, including improving public schools, ensuring mental health services are accessible to all, and combatting the climate crisis.

“It is an honor to fill Senator Walker’s shoes in creating smart, compassionate policies for our neighbors near and far. This is an opportunity of a lifetime, and I pledge to push for equity and inclusion in our state’s policymaking so we can build a brighter future for the hardworking families and individuals that call this state home,” said Grasse. “I am eager to hit the ground running in this new position, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to create positive change across the board for all Illinoisans.”

Grasse was appointed June 5 to fill the House seat vacated by now-state Sen. Mark Walker, D-Arlington Heights.

“As an experienced hospice chaplain, I am bringing my dedication to supporting those in my community in this new role. I’m a strong proponent for meeting people where they are and finding workable solutions that benefit everyone,” said Grasse. “I look forward to collaborating with my neighbors over the next few months to see what transformative changes we can benefit from in our corner, and most importantly, gaining their trust that I am more than ready to carry our community’s voices down in Springfield.”