Pritchard Approaches 100th General Assembly with Optimism

State Legislators were officially inaugurated as the 100th General Assembly for the State of Illinois on Wednesday in Springfield. Despite the lack of any leadership changes, Representative Bob Pritchard (R-Sycamore) says there was a mood of optimism that the gridlock which has plagued Illinois for the past two years might be broken.

“The House has 15 new Republican members, about a third of its caucus, and 7 new Democrats which adds a fresh perspective, enthusiasm and energy to the chamber,” Pritchard observed. “Members are fresh off the campaign trail and have heard from citizens that the legislature can’t continue to avoid a full-year budget and changes to keep and grow jobs.”

Pritchard said his main goals in the new legislative session that begins Thursday are to find bi-partisan agreement on a budget, to fund higher education and human services, and to gain control of state expenses. “It will be critical for citizens to continue pressuring their legislators for solutions and to not accept gridlock,” Pritchard said.

“It is an honor to continue serving DeKalb, Kane and Boone Counties in Springfield,” the legislator continued. “I am committed to working hard for communities not only in the 70th district but statewide and for policies that will make residents proud once again to live in Illinois.”

A group of about 20 friends joined the legislator for the ceremony, lunch and a personal tour of the capitol following the inauguration. Pritchard has served in the Illinois House of Representatives since 2003. He and his wife Mary live on the family farm he operates with his son.