The 86th District of Illinois

Congratulations to Channahon School District 17 students who won top honors in the Celebrating Lincoln Essay and Coloring Contest sponsored by State Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr.

Congratulations to Channahon School District 17 students who won top honors in the Celebrating Lincoln Essay and Coloring Contest sponsored by State Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr.

The House of Representatives 86th District is a diverse and vibrant community with world-class industry, business, transportation hubs, educational and health care institutions and, at our heart, farmland. Together, with our dedicated citizens, we work for family-supporting jobs, the best education systems and community services that meet the needs of all – children, senior citizens, persons with disabilities and veterans who so generously served our country.

The district encompasses the townships of Joliet, Jackson, Channahon, Lockport and Troy in Will County and the municipalities of Joliet, Rockdale, Crest Hill, Channahon and Elwood.

I am proud to serve and represent the people of Illinois – 86th District.

There are many issues facing our state and district, but here is where I stand on these much-talked-about issues:

  • Pension obligation has been mounting for decades and it has become an overwhelming burden. I will continue to work toward a solution that honors the plans that individuals rely upon, but that also relieves the burden on today’s workforce. Presently, no one has an answer, but we must find one that offers a fair solution, while allowing the state to buy down its debt.
  • I support a responsible budget with a realistic revenue plan. No legislator wants to vote for a tax increase, but sometimes the needs of our most vulnerable citizens—school children, people with disabilities, senior and many families in need—require this hard vote. And, sometimes our state needs to invest money in order to move forward to provide the bright future we all want for our communities. I are always looking for ways to maximize revenue while easing the burden on citizens, particularly that of property taxes.
  • Tons of emails come in regarding video gaming
  • Government streamlining – There is much discussion about duplication of government services. As a result, Lake and McHenry counties residents will be able to vote this fall to consolidate or eliminate units of government. Because each area is unique in the operations of its units of government, I support citizens being able to vote to make such changes. I am a firm supporter of local control.
  • Transportation infrastructure is of utmost importance to our area. I co-sponsored and fully support the “Lockbox Amendment” HJRCA 36 that protects transportation infrastructure funding so that Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) funds cannot be used for other purposes. Many roads and bridges throughout the state are in dire need of repair and expansion. This is an important measure to not only maintain but prepare for the future of our state by job support and creation with construction projects. Voters will be able to decide this measure in the fall and I urge all to support this very important measure.

86th District Pride

There are many points of pride in our Illinois – 86th District and I am proud to present certificates from the Illinois House of Representatives to the following to commemorate very special events:

  • To Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate who celebrated their Jubilees – Sr. Judith Kurry (80th year); Sr. Mary Jean Morris (60th year); Sr. Joanne Marusa (60th year); Sr. Patricia Skowronski (50th year); and Sr. Margaret Noser (50th year).
  • The Rev. Raymond Lescher on his retirement as pastor of Sacred Heart Church after 18 years of service and leadership.
  • Attorney Vincent Cornelius on being named the 140th president of the Illinois Bar Association.
  • Will County Sheriff’s Deputy James Reilly on being named Deputy of the Year.
  • Will County States Attorney James Glasgow, City of Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton and Elwood Police Chief Fred Hayes for being honored by the Illinois State Crime Commission.

I sponsored Resolutions in the House of Representatives that honored the following:

  • Rockdale School District on its 125th anniversary of providing quality education to students. I was proud to walk in the school’s parade.
  • Br. James Gaffney on his retirement as president of Lewis University, after 27 years of leadership in higher education. At my invitation, Br. James also gave the invocation before the House of Representatives on April 19.
  • Rialto Square Theatre on its 90th anniversary as the “jewel of Joliet.”
  • Welcome home the Regimental Colors of the 100th Illinois Infantry, comprised of soldiers from Will County, who fought under the flag in the Western Theater of the Civil War to preserve our nation. The flag is now on display at the Joliet Historical Museum in downtown Joliet.
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church in downtown Joliet on its 125th anniversary. The parish was founded in 1891 by Slovenian immigrants and continues to grow today.

Congratulations to all the citizens of our 86th District who go above and beyond to make our communities great!