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Feeling a little 'boxed in'

Published: Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 3:48 p.m. CDT

Every two years, the rules which govern the House are reviewed. Based on the desires of the party in power, those rules can either encourage transparency or strangle the process.

The new House Rules dramatically eroded the representative ability of individual House members and Illinois residents in two ways. First, the requirement that all filed legislation be reviewed was completely eliminated. Second, public notice requirements were diminished by half, from two hours to one. Put simply, any legislation not approved by the Speaker will never see the light of day and any bill, whether three or 300 pages in length, can be completely changed in the twinkling of an eye with no public input.

Local, state and

federal partnerships

The Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) is a federally-funded program that promotes alternative transportation options (including pedestrian and bike) and streetscape beautification. In the 50th District, Yorkville’s application netted nearly $500,000 for streetscape improvements along Illinois Route 47. Any taxing authority is eligible to apply for this competitive process which requires local matching funds and a three-year start time.

From the community

Along with thousands of emails, hundreds of letters arrive at my office. All are thoughtful, and many provide specific steps to bring balance to an issue of importance. Personal privacy is always respected. When an organization speaks for many, I occasionally share their message.

Here’s one from the Kendall County Farm Bureau Young Leaders. They agree a statewide concealed carry gun ban is unconstitutional, and offer criteria for new legislation. As always, I have forwarded their viewpoint to our legislative staff for analysis.

As you might expect, I also receive notes from organizations and constituents over the course of a year recommending far different resolutions. Each is equally important. To date, I have received far more communications supporting concealed carry than opposing it.

New Hatcher team

Every two years, a state representative has the opportunity to move from one office to another in Springfield, and with that move often comes staff changes. My new office address in the Stratton Building is 200-5N, and my legislative aid is Bridget Moffitt. The phone number remains the same – 217-782-1486. Please expect the same efficient and cordial response you’ve always received. Karen Wesson and Amity Richert continue to ably represent me in the district office here at home. Stop by and see us!

Kay Hatcher, R-Yorkville, is the state representative for the 50th Legislative District. She can be reached at her Yorkville office at 630-553-3223 or by email at info@kayhatcher.us. Follow frequent updates on Facebook by adding State Representative Kay Hatcher as a friend.Every two years, the rules which govern the House are reviewed. Based on the desires of the party in power, those rules can either encourage transparency or strangle the process.

The new House Rules dramatically eroded the representative ability of individual House members and Illinois residents in two ways. First, the requirement that all filed legislation be reviewed was completely eliminated. Second, public notice requirements were diminished by half, from two hours to one. Put simply, any legislation not approved by the Speaker will never see the light of day and any bill, whether three or 300 pages in length, can be completely changed in the twinkling of an eye with no public input.

Local, state and

federal partnerships

The Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) is a federally-funded program that promotes alternative transportation options (including pedestrian and bike) and streetscape beautification. In the 50th District, Yorkville’s application netted nearly $500,000 for streetscape improvements along Illinois Route 47. Any taxing authority is eligible to apply for this competitive process which requires local matching funds and a three-year start time.

From the community

Along with thousands of emails, hundreds of letters arrive at my office. All are thoughtful, and many provide specific steps to bring balance to an issue of importance. Personal privacy is always respected. When an organization speaks for many, I occasionally share their message.

Here’s one from the Kendall County Farm Bureau Young Leaders. They agree a statewide concealed carry gun ban is unconstitutional, and offer criteria for new legislation. As always, I have forwarded their viewpoint to our legislative staff for analysis.

As you might expect, I also receive notes from organizations and constituents over the course of a year recommending far different resolutions. Each is equally important. To date, I have received far more communications supporting concealed carry than opposing it.

New Hatcher team

Every two years, a state representative has the opportunity to move from one office to another in Springfield, and with that move often comes staff changes. My new office address in the Stratton Building is 200-5N, and my legislative aid is Bridget Moffitt. The phone number remains the same – 217-782-1486. Please expect the same efficient and cordial response you’ve always received. Karen Wesson and Amity Richert continue to ably represent me in the district office here at home. Stop by and see us!

Kay Hatcher, R-Yorkville, is the state representative for the 50th Legislative District. She can be reached at her Yorkville office at 630-553-3223 or by email at info@kayhatcher.us. Follow frequent updates on Facebook by adding State Representative Kay Hatcher as a friend.

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