With the end of scheduled veto session, many lawmakers are turning their attention to the new General Assembly and focusing on their priorities for the upcoming spring legislative session.
State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg) is reaffirming his commitment to economic development and representing the business community of Southern Illinois as he steps into his new role as a member of Governor-elect Pritzker's Job Creation and Economic Opportunity Committee.
Senator Fowler was appointed to the Committee on December 3, underscoring his continued dedication to finding ways to create jobs, grow opportunities and advocate for Illinois' businesses.
Senator Fowler issued the following statement after the announcement:
"It is a privilege to be a voice and advocate for economic development and growth throughout Southern Illinois, and I'm looking forward to bringing that perspective to the discussion as we transition under a new Administration," said Senator Fowler. "Party lines don't have to dictate progress and working together, collaboratively, can bring about change if everyone comes to the table with an open mind. Moving forward, my priority will continue to be representing the people of my district to the best of my abilities and being a vocal advocate for the hardworking businesses and job creators of this state, both in my new role on this transition team and on the Senate floor as we enter into the 101st General Assembly."
In other local news, Senator Fowler recently attended the annual Illinois Farm Bureau conference in Chicago. According to the Illinois Farm Bureau, approximately 1,500 farmers and their families, representing every county in Illinois, attended the event. Throughout the weekend, Senator Fowler had the chance to hear from and speak with experts and representatives from Illinois' largest industry.
Also happening throughout the week, Illinois had its Bicentennial celebration, marking the day Illinois becoming the 21st state in the Union. On Dec. 3, 2018, Illinois celebrated its 200th Birthday with more than 2,300 Illinois citizens coming together at the Bicentennial Birthday Party on Chicago’s Navy Pier.
More information, about the Illinois Bicentennial is available at https://illinois200.com/.
Senator Fowler also joined members of the community for the Village of Goreville's Christmas Open House. The event featured photos with Santa, benefiting the Goreville Volunteer Fire Department, and a Christmas Craft Market with local vendors.