32 new legislators are now part of a new Illinois House of Representatives.
In total, 118 Illinois lawmakers were inaugurated Wednesday in Springfield to the 101st General Assembly.
We spoke with two local legislators from Central Illinois. They both say that the budget and working on passing bipartisan legislature are their main priorities heading into the new term.
And with the last sentence of their oath, 118 representatives from the state of Illinois are now sworn in.
“There’s a lot of new faces and there’s some of us that have been here for a while and so I think it’s going to be a very nice blend,” said Dan Brady (R) 105th District.
House republicans and democrats say this new term also brings a new working relationship with governor elect, JB Pritzker.
“I think people want to see good governance,” said Mike Unes (R) 91st District. “I think people want to see results and hopefully we can accomplish that in this next general assembly.”
Central Illinois lawmakers from both sides of the isle say Central Illinoisans should remain positive as we head into 2019.
“Stay optimistic,” said Rep. Brady. “Stay positive. The challenges are many, but together we can solve those. We’re not going to do it all at one time. So be patient, but steadfast.”
By 74 votes to 44, Mike Madigan has been re-elected as house speaker.
“To the members of the house that voted for me, thank you very much for your vote,” said Mike Madigan (D), House Speaker. “For those of you who chose not to support my candidacy, let’s have people work with people. Let’s us work with other people.”
The 101st Illinois Senate was also inaugurated Wednesday.
We efforted multiple times to interview Democrat Jehan Gordon-Booth; however, we were unable to meet up with her and her team.
Once we receive a statement, we will be sure to update this story.