State Senator Christine Radogno, recognized by her Republican peers for her steadfast leadership and dedication to the families of Illinois, has been sworn in for a fifth term as Senate Republican Leader. Radogno’s selection comes as legislators in both chambers celebrated the 100th General Assembly’s inaugural ceremonies at the State Capitol on Wednesday, January 11.
“I want to thank my Senate Republican colleagues for their continued support, trust, friendship and counsel,” said Radogno (R-Lemont). “The issues facing Illinois are daunting, but our caucus remains committed to ensuring we enact the necessary reforms that will help grow our economy and alleviate the property tax burden on homeowners. As we begin the 100th General Assembly, and with the addition of new members, Senate Republicans will remain a unified voice for the families of Illinois.”
Radogno began her term with a jumpstart. A comprehensive package of legislation was introduced in the Senate to produce a state budget coupled with the necessary revenue and structural reforms to grow jobs and give taxpayers a better value. “We need to re-balance government with the needs of those paying the bills,” Radogno said.
“With this fresh start, we have a tremendous opportunity to move Illinois past the fiscal impasse that has hovered over the Capitol for too long,” she said. “My hope is that it is a new day in Illinois,” she told her colleagues in accepting the leadership post.
Radogno also noted the change in the Senate rules of operation to limit legislative leaders’ terms of office. “I am introducing a constitutional amendment to enforce the change, but for today, this is a significant step to show we are serious. We want to restore the people’s faith in government with fundamental reforms,” Radogno said. The Constitutional Amendment, if approved, would apply the limit of five terms office to leaders in both the Senate and House of Representatives.
Radogno announced Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) will serve as Deputy Senate Republican Leader for the 100th General Assembly. “Sen. Brady has clearly demonstrated his leadership skills and knowledge of the issues facing us. I look forward to his continued counsel.”
Senator Brady said, “I’m honored that Leader Radogno has asked me to be the Senate Republicans’ Deputy Leader and to fill the responsibilities of that position. I’m looking forward to beginning the 100th General Assembly and continuing our work to move our great state forward for the citizens of Illinois.”
Radogno’s full leadership team will be announced in the coming weeks.
Since joining the Illinois Senate, Radogno has been a state budget expert leading the drive to stabilize the state’s fiscal position, while at the same time growing the state’s economy and restoring Illinoisans’ faith in state government. She has also been a leader in the worker’s compensation negotiations that led to the most significant reforms to the state’s system in decades. Continuing to build upon that success, she is advocating for additional workers’ comp reforms, as well as other structural reforms, that will help improve the state’s jobs climate while expanding Illinois’ economy both nationally and around the world.
Radogno represents the 41st District with communities in DuPage, Will and Cook Counties. You can also follow her on Facebook (facebook.com/Cradogno) for news and announcements.
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