MURPHYSBORO, IL – The week was dominated by constituent meetings throughout the 58th Senate District, according to State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo).
On February 20, Senator Schimpf addressed the Illinois Grain and Feed Association at their annual meeting in St. Louis. Schimpf also toured Lighthouse Learning Center in Cahokia, and attended a University of Illinois Extension Office event honoring an employee celebrating 40 years of service.
Later in the week, Senator Schimpf attended the unveiling of an earthquake preparedness kiosk in Carbondale and he also met with two area mayors in Washington and Jefferson Counties.
In state news, senator lawmakers return to the Illinois State Capitol on February 28. Senator Schimpf stressed the importance of reaching a compromise to end the budget impasse soon. He hopes the Senate leadership will find common ground on a balanced package that includes significant reforms to make Illinois more attractive to job creators. Senator Schimpf also believes it is critical for the leadership of the Illinois House of Representatives engage in the budget negotiations, noting Illinois’ debt increases by $11 million each day Illinois is without a budget resolution.
Also this week, the state government’s largest public sector union, AFSCME, announced the results of a recent vote authorizing a future strike. The Administration and AFSCME have been deadlocked in contact negotiations for more than a year. Senator Schimpf said a strike would harm both AFSCME employees and the people of Illinois. He emphasized his continued hope that both sides will reach a compromise and that a strike can be averted.
Schimpf Mt. Vernon Town Hall 3/4
Senator Schimpf will host his second town hall of 2017 at Mt. Vernon’s “Muni-West” building on March 4. The event will run from 9-11 A.M. “Muni-West” is located at 200 Potomac in Mt. Vernon.
Constituents are invited--RSVPs are not required. Free coffee and donuts will be available to those in attendance.