Legislative Advisory Council convenes first meeting
More than 40 residents attended the first meeting of the Legislative Advisory Council June 17 at the DeVry University Campus in Downers Grove.
The body was created by State Reps. Patricia Bellock and Peter Breen and State Sen. Chris Nybo.
“Feedback from the community is vitally important at every step of the legislative process,” Bellock said. “Many of the best public policy changes and government reforms achieved over the years were inspired from ideas suggested by constituents.”
Members of the Legislative Advisory Council will work with Bellock, Breen and Nybo to develop ideas and evaluate current proposals being considered in Springfield. Members must be at least 18 years of age and residents of the 24th Legislative District, which includes the 47th and 48th districts.
“Each year, thousands of bills are filed in the General Assembly, but only a small percentage of those bills will make it through committees and into the House or Senate for actual consideration," Breen said. "There are good bills and there are troublesome bills to consider."
Nybo said the expertise available within the communities is an excellent resource, and the council’s assistance with research, discussion and debate gives them insight as elected officials charged with serving the entire district.