SCHIMPF WEEK IN REVIEW APRIL 17 - 21
MURPHYSBORO, IL – As part of the two-week in-district work period, State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Waterloo) attended or held constituent outreach meetings in six of the eight 58th Senate District counties.
On April 12, Senator Schimpf toured Pinckneyville and Menard Correctional Centers which serve as major components of the state's criminal justice infrastructure by housing high-medium and maximum security offenders. The Department of Corrections is a major employer in the 58th District, and leads the state for the highest concentration of correctional officers and correctional employees in Illinois.
The two weeks also meant Senator Schimpf traveled to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale for a trio of events that included: a public forum by the Public Policy Institute, the Agriculture School farm policy panel, and a tour of the Autism Project programming.
Local leadership meetings were a focus of the Senator's time in-district, as he met with mayors and village presidents in Hecker, New Athens, Dupo, and Marissa.
Senator Schimpf's staff traveled throughout the district during the work period to attend meetings with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and work from the satellite office at the World Shooting & Recreation Complex at Sparta.
Small businesses have been of great concern to Senator Schimpf, as he hopes to make Illinois more competitive with surrounding states. As a result of this concern, the Senator toured Underwood Ammunition in rural Randolph County on April 19. The small business manufactures specialty ammunition for hunting, defense, and law enforcement purposes.
Businesses like Underwood Ammunition offer the greatest potential for growth in Illinois, as small business continues to represent the largest gains in employment.
On April 20, Senator Schimpf addressed the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce and toured Human Service Center in Red Bud, where he was able to meet the many special needs clients, who benefit from the facility.
Senators return to the State Capitol for the remaining final five plus weeks for the scheduled legislative session on April 25.