Happy New Year! 2023 was an incredible year, and I have you to thank for entrusting me with the role of being your State Representative. I look forward to another year of service for the people of District 74!
Key New Laws in 2024
January 1st, 2024, marked the effective date for a number of new laws in the state of Illinois. Here are some of the most important laws that may affect you.
December Local Business Highlight
For my December 2023 local business highlight, I chose to highlight Candlelight Inn Restaurant in Rock Falls because they have gone above and beyond in giving back to the Sauk Valley community. They support Youth Football and Cheerleading, provided free meals for veterans on Veterans Day, and contributed over $130,000 to Sauk Valley through the Candlelight Gives Back Program, among many other community contributions.
The first Candlelight Inn opened in June of 1967 under the ownership of Chuck Sisson, Lyman Prescott and Bob Prescott. In 2000, Bob’s son Matt Prescott took over the family business and has since expanded their operations by opening multiple new locations.
The things they do for our community are immeasurable. I have always been amazed at their generosity. It’s no secret things are tough for small businesses right now, and I commend Matt Prescott and the entire Candlelight team for their selfless dedication to our community.
The Candlelight Inn Restaurant in Rock Falls is located at 2200 First Avenue. They are open from 11 am to 9 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. For more information about the restaurant, visit their website at CandlelightInnRestaurant.com/RockFalls.
To nominate a local business in District 74 for a future highlight, click here.
Shabbona State Park Survey
In 1829, a Federal Treaty between the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and the United States Government allowed the Potawatomi Nation to maintain 1,280 acres of land in what is now DeKalb County. However, the agreement was never fulfilled, and the land was subsequently sold by the U.S. government in 1849. This land now holds part of the Shabbona Lake State Park.
Legislation has been proposed by another member of the Illinois House of Representatives, House Bill 4107, that would return this land by transferring the entirety of Shabbona Lake State Park, 1,550 acres of land and 318 acres of lake, back to the Potawatomi Nation. This land transfer would be done without disrupting or challenging the land of current homeowners.
In order to best serve my constituents, I am requesting feedback on this legislation from residents who live within a 15-mile radius of the Shabbona State Park. To complete this survey, please click here.
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Talk to you soon,
State Representative Bradley J. Fritts