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Metro East lawmakers share Republican plan to ‘Reimagine Illinois’

From left: David Friess, Red Bud; Charlie Meier, Okawville, and Amy Elik, Fosterburg. Each is a Republican state representative.

Three Metro East state representatives revealed a House Republican caucus’ platform “to end the culture of corruption, restore responsible fiscal leadership, grow jobs and opportunity and ensure public safety in Illinois.”

The four-point plan is called “Reimagine Illinois.”

Gathering Monday via Zoom were Charlie Meier, R-Okawville, Amy Elik, R-Fosterburg, and David Friess, R-Red Bud.

Friess said corruption has infested Springfield far too long.

“Illinois is a state brimming with opportunity if only we dare to reach for it,” Friess said. “To achieve this, we must first remove conflicts of interest in lobbying, starting with an outright ban of members being consultants on the side. However, members must also be allowed an up or down vote on their legislation versus former Speaker Madigan’s one-man rule. Finally, we must give power back to the people and allow citizens to introduce constitutional amendments. We must empower the people to have a role in their government.”

As a CPA, Elik said she understands the importance of responsible fiscal leadership and believes the state has been lacking it for many years. Elik emphasized the need for all budgets to balance.

“For decades the Democrat-controlled legislature approved some of the worst budgets in the nation with less than a few hours’ notice,” said Elik. “We can put a stop to this reckless spending by passing budgets that do not spend more than Illinois’ estimated revenue and provide the public with at least a 3-day notice before the legislature approves a state budget. All spending bills should have a process in place to allow the public more time to review and provide input as the current process is broken.”

Growing jobs and opportunities for families is a priority for Meier.

“Illinois has a lot of assets in terms of creating jobs across the state,” he said. “We need to eliminate countless regulations and red tape and allow job creators a chance to grow and the freedom to be flexible. If we enact common-sense economic policies introduced by our House Republican colleagues, Illinois can and will be the leader in job creation and job retention.”

The final component of the platform to Reimagine Illinois is improving public safety.

“In Chicago and across the river in St. Louis, crime is out of control, it is hurting families and economic growth,” Elik said. “We can ensure public safety in our state by creating a back the badge program to recruit and keep the best officer we can on the streets, eliminate the FOID for law-abiding gun owners, and study bail reform. The recent changes signed into law unfortunately will put criminals on the streets much faster, even without cash bail.”

The three representatives discussed the Illinois House Republican caucus platform following the formal announcement that took place at the Illinois Capitol on Wednesday, March 17. The House Republican caucus introduced dozens of pieces of legislation that it says can make Illinois a better place to live and work.

The plan outlines House Republicans’ priorities for the 102nd General Assembly and asks Illinoisans to ‘Reimagine’ their State government if certain public policy goals are met. The plan asks residents to “imagine an Illinois where corruption isn’t making headlines, lawmakers are held accountable, watch spending and stop piling up debt, among other things.

Meeting set for March 24

llinois State Representatives Amy Elik (R-Fosterburg), David Friess (R-Red Bud), Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) will host a Facebook Live town hall on Wednesday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m.

Metro East lawmakers are hosting the town hall so that constituents may learn more about the House Republican caucus’ new platform ‘ReImagine Illinois’ and answer questions concerning state government.

Constituents may also view the virtual Town Hall hosted by Representatives Elik, Friess, and Meier LIVE on YouTube at the following link here.

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