MURPHYSBORO, IL - State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) renewed calls for Speaker of the Illinois House Michael Madigan, to get involved in the ongoing budget negotiations.
With the Governor's chief of staff now seeking active involvement in the negotiations, Speaker Madigan is the only Springfield statehouse leader who is has not engaged in the budget framework discussions.
In addition to his Springfield activities, Senator Schimpf also traveled to the regional meeting of the Kaskaskia River Watershed stakeholders on March 6th. The Kaskaskia River Watershed runs through the heart of the district, encompassing nearly all of Randolph County. The ongoing budget impasse has had a ripple effect on the river group, jeopardizing a number of federal projects that require matching capital funds from the state of Illinois.
To close out the week, the Senator had his first constituent meetings at his new office located at the World Shooting and Recreation Complex (WSRC) in Sparta. Schimpf's rationale for opening an office at the WSRC is two-fold. "First, the Shooting Complex is located in close proximity to the center of the 58th Senate District, giving Randolph and Perry County residents a convenient location to meet with me," Schimpf said. "Second, I want to send the message by locating my office here that the success of this facility is a priority for me; it is a potential economic engine for the entire region."
SCHIMPF HOSTS TOWNHALLS
Approximately twenty area residents turned out for Senator Schimpf's second monthly townhall meeting held at Mt. Vernon's "Muni-West" building on March 4. The Senator was pleased that six out of eight 58th Senate District counties had residents in attendance. Senator Schimpf believes that face to face interaction with the citizens of the 58th Senate District helps him do a better job of representing his constituents.
On March 8, Senator Schimpf hosted a teleforum. It was part of his constituent outreach plan and he was able to speak with more than 1,800 citizens. The forum took place over a phone line which gives the audience a talk radio show atmosphere. Senator Schimpf fielded questions on a wide variety of topics concerning the state budget, pensions, and a host of locally-centered issues.