Legislative Updates from Rep. Fritts

New Bills with Brad – House Bill 4535

This week, I want to highlight a bill that will help those who have served in the military. House Bill 4535 will remove registration and renewal fees for military special recognition plates. I strongly support our veterans and believe we should do as much as possible to assist them. Small fees and charges can add up over time and removing them is one small way to make life easier for those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

This bill was recently assigned to the Transportation: Vehicles & Safety Committee. I look forward to receiving bipartisan support on this bill to help support our veterans!

Emerging Women Leaders Event

Earlier this month, I welcomed Haley Brill and Sam Setchell to the Emerging Women Leaders Event in Springfield. The event consisted of a brunch, listening session, and informational seminars from other women in leadership roles. 

Both Haley and Sam have accomplished extraordinary things in their work that make our community a better place. Haley Brill is one of the owners of Midwestern Clothing Company – a small, local business located in Rochelle. Sam Setchell is the current CEO of the Mendota Chamber of Commerce. 

This event was a great way for Haley, Sam, and dozens of other women from across Illinois to network and learn more from other women who have succeeded in their roles as leaders. I look forward to seeing the future successes of the women who attended this incredible event.

Community Outreach

Congratulations to Sterling Fence Company on officially joining the Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce! It was an honor to attend this ribbon cutting and celebrate the continued success of your business!

Illinois House Minority Leader Tony McCombie and I had the opportunity to tour the Byron Nuclear Plant, courtesy of Constellation. Bringing safe, reliable, and affordable energy to Illinois is critical, and I appreciated the opportunity to learn more about this first-hand!

I had a great time at the Ogle County Farm Bureau Luncheon with Illinois House Minority Leader Tony McCombie and State Senator Andrew Chesney. Together we discussed ideas for pro-agriculture legislation, and how we can make Illinois more friendly to farmers!

A great visit to Jefferson Elementary in Sterling! Thank you to the incredible faculty and staff for welcoming me to your school.

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.

If You Are in Springfield

If you plan to visit Springfield in the coming months, please reach out! I am always available for my constituents and would be happy to meet with you during your visit. It is crucial that the government operates with transparency, and I encourage you to hold me, and my colleagues, accountable! 

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Talk to you soon,

State Representative Bradley J. Fritts