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Illinois House Republicans argue lawmakers are “wasting time” in Springfield as session winds down

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill.- Illinois House Republicans said after another week in Springfield, lawmakers haven’t tackled any substantive issues dealing with ethics reform.

The House adjourned after less than 10 minutes of session Friday morning. Republicans said that lawmakers are just wasting time in Springfield.

Rep. Avery Bourne (R-Morrisonville) said people back home want lawmakers working on important issues at the Capitol. However, she stressed that most Republican bills remain stuck in committee and haven’t made it to the House floor.

Bourne emphasized the GOP introduced over 80 proposals as part of their reimagine Illinois plan.

“We’ve got four topics that we think are important to every Illinoisan,” said Bourne. “I’m not sure that a single one of those has been allowed a vote specifically on the House floor…We’re here to offer solutions. We’re here to work on the tough issues, and it seems like the majority party is not willing.”

Bourne stressed the need for ethics reform, as well as having conversations about redistricting.

“We need to focus on our veterans”

Rep. Dan Swanson (R-Woodhull) discussed the status of the LaSalle Veterans’ Home COVID-19 outbreak. He stressed lawmakers should’ve already scheduled hearings to talk about the 36 veterans that died at the facility.

“Our priorities are screwed up,” Swanson said. “We need to focus on our veterans. We’ve lost some great American heroes – some who potentially sacrificed their life on a battle field.”

While the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee will hold the first hearing to investigate the situation next Tuesday, Swanson feels lawmakers need to put in more effort.

“We need to move in the right direction and we’re not there with our care for our veterans,” said Swanson.

Rep. Dan Ugaste (R-St. Charles) said another issue facing the state is high property taxes and the cost of living in Illinois. He emphasized that Illinoisans continue to leave the state because they can’t afford the cost of living as well as the lack of opportunity for young kids.

Still, with only 18 days left of session, Republicans worry their proposals won’t pass out of the House.

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