Verschoore Recaps Spring Legislative Session

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

SPRINGFIELD, Ill – State Rep. Pat Verschoore, D-Milan, concluded the Spring legislative session that included the first concealed carry legislation to pass the House, pay cuts for legislators, and a measure aimed at protecting senior citizens.

“It has been a very challenging spring session,” Verschoore said. “More difficult decisions are ahead, but I believe we’ve made progress in working to ensure that state government is working for us again.”

At a time when so many families are still struggling through a stagnant economy, Verschoore felt it was important for legislators to show that they are not immune to the state’s fiscal troubles. He supported House Bill 1441, which freezes salaries and reimbursements for members of the General Assembly and forces them to take 12 unpaid furlough days in the next fiscal year, amounting to a significant pay cut.

One of Verschoore’s legislative priorities this year was to bring concealed carry to Illinois. After working with members from across the state, Verschoore helped pass a measure to finally give law-abiding citizens the ability to protect themselves and their families. Verschoore believes this bill meets the federal court’s standards, protects sportsmen’s rights, and restores full 2nd Amendment rights to the residents of Illinois.

“I am honored that we passed a true concealed carry law that meets the court’s standards, protects sportsmen’s rights, and allows law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and their families,” Verschoore said. “It is important we show Illinoisans that they are worthy of the right to defend themselves like the residents of 49 other states.”

As Verschoore continues to look for ways to reform state government and cut costs, he also spent time working to protect our seniors and older populations. Verschoore sponsored House Bill 71, which will penalize those who help others fraudulently obtain medical benefits. This measure changes the law so that those who help or plan on helping others fraudulently obtain public medical benefits can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the amount of benefits involved.