NORTHLAKE, Ill. – State Rep. Kathleen Willis (D-Addison) was sworn into the 99th General Assembly Wednesday, beginning her second term as Representative of the 77th District.

“In November, the voters of Illinois spoke loud and clear about the need to change the direction our state is going,” Willis said. “I look forward to working with Governor Rauner on ways we can improve Illinois’ economy, provide meaningful property tax relief to struggling homeowners, and push for fiscal responsibility in state government.”

The rise in popularity of electronic cigarettes has raised concerns about the safety of these addictive products. Willis worked last year to pass legislation requiring alternative nicotine products, such as electronic cigarettes, to be sold only in the same restricted areas as regular tobacco products. She will follow up with these efforts by pushing for regulations of electronic cigarettes that mirror those of traditional tobacco products.

“We cannot ignore the scientific evidence showing the dangers of electronic cigarettes,” Willis said. “These products must be regulated in the same manner as traditional nicotine products, so both adults and children are not tricked into thinking these products are safe, when in reality they are just as addictive and harmful to your health.”

Willis understands both educators and parents are concerned about gangs impacting the safety of our neighborhoods and schools. To help curtail this danger, Willis will introduce legislation increasing the penalties for those attempting to recruit students into gangs.

“Those who target children to recruit them into a life of crime and violence must be taken off the streets and put behind bars,” Willis said. “Our children’s futures are too valuable to stand idle while they are preyed on by criminals.”

Along with advocating for her district when in Springfield, Willis will continue to reach out to area residents by hosting town halls and mobile office hours throughout the area, meeting with her community advisory committees, and walking door-to-door to discuss state and local issues. Constituents who have ideas for potential legislation are encouraged to contact her constituent service office or visit her online “Suggest-A-Bill” program at www.repwillis77.com.

“While meeting with residents at town halls and walking door-to-door, I have heard many good ideas for legislation to propose,” Willis said. “No matter how big or small the idea is, if it can make Illinois a better place in which to work and live, I want to hear it.”

For more information or to submit legislative ideas, please contact Willis’s constituent service office at (708) 562-6970.

Kathleen Willis is serving her second term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.

 

 

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