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Rep. Tom Weber optimistic as 101st General Assembly begins Rep. Tom Weber optimistic as 101st General Assembly begins

Rep. Tom Weber optimistic as 101st General Assembly begins

On his first business day in the Illinois Statehouse, newly-elected Rep. Tom Weber settled into his new office, a jar of homemade beef jerky on his desk, and smiled with a cautious sense of optimism. “I’m positive until there’s something not to be positive about,” the Lake Villa Republican said in an interview Tuesday, shortly before the House gaveled into session to begin the 101st General Assembly.

Lawmaker wants panel to help state agencies spend wisely Lawmaker wants panel to help state agencies spend wisely

Lawmaker wants panel to help state agencies spend wisely

A Woodstock representative wants a private-sector commission to examine the spending habits and management practices of state agencies. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have discussed increased revenue or decreased spending as a means to solve Illinois’ budget woes. But Republican Rep. Steve Reick is focusing on minimizing redundancies in what the state already allocates.

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