Meet John Doe: Local legislators should work with each other across party lines

August 19, 2014
Paul Gorski

Paul Gorski

By Paul Gorski

Our local state representatives and senators not only work to pass new legislation in Springfield, but they also sponsor important local activities; activities that may benefit a majority of residents. However, I sense a lack of teamwork to promote these activities.

Newly appointed State Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, is hosting a school uniform drive. Her office will be accepting new and gently used Rockford Public School District uniforms until Aug. 18. Read more at: http://rockrivertimes.com/2014/08/12/state-rep-litesa-wallace-hosts-school-uniform-drive/.

State Sen. Steve Stadelman, D-Rockford, recently coordinated a utility bill clinic that put residents in touch with advisers who would review utility bills to see where there maybe cost savings. The program was very popular; read more here: http://rockrivertimes.com/2014/08/11/area-residents-praise-steve-stadlemans-cub-utility-bill-clinic/.

State Rep. Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, recently held what the daily paper headlined as an “ice cream social,” but was, in fact, an event to reward participants in a summer reading program.

Last year, State Reps. Joe Sosnowski, R-Rockford, and John Cabello, R-Machesney Park, along with State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, teamed up to host a free Children’s Safety Expo at Aviators Stadium. Cabello said: “Keeping our children informed and safe is a big priority. …” Read the quote and an article describing the event at: http://rockrivertimes.com/2013/09/25/childrens-health-and-safety-expo-sept-28-at-aviators-stadium/.

My point is, why were these events apparently not coordinated with all our regional state legislative leaders? Maybe they were coordinated with the other legislators, but the news coverage did not indicate that. That does not seem to be the case.

Helping families get school uniforms, saving money on utility bills, participating in summer reading programs, and educating children about safety are not partisan issues and are all “priority” issues. I ask our local legislative leaders to put down their political banners and work together to promote these important activities. More residents will benefit from these events if our legislators work across party lines.

That type of teamwork just might transform Rockford.

Paul Gorski (paul@paulgorski.com) is a Cherry Valley Township resident who also authors the Tech-Friendly column seen in this newspaper.

Posted Aug. 19, 2014

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