and Listen to Constituents During Second Legislative Session
[Press Release: May 30, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – During his second legislative session of his freshman term, state Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, worked to lower taxes, pass measures to cut lawmakers’ pay and better manage taxpayers’ money.
“Taxpayers are trying to tell their elected officials that we need relief, not higher taxes and I listened,” Yingling said. “The challenges I found when I took office are not ones that can be fixed in a few months, but I remained accessible and have been able to pass important measures to help get our state back on the right track and begin to bring fiscal integrity back to state government.”
At a time when so many families are still struggling through a stagnant economy, Yingling knows it is important for legislators be fiscally responsible and lead by example. He supported a state budget that reduces legislators’ salaries, including his own.
“For too long, career politicians have buried working families in higher taxes and debt, and rewarded themselves with more of our tax dollars,” Yingling said. “In difficult economic times, I believe legislators must lead by example and make their own pay check the first line item to cut.”
As chairperson for the newly created bi-partisan task force to study youth heroin use, Yingling and members have been meeting regularly to come up with recommendations to help address this growing problem. Heroin usage is growing rapidly in middle-class suburban schools because it is inexpensive and easily accessible.
“This task force is one component of a greater effort to reduce heroin usage and trafficking,” Yingling said. “If we don’t go after heroin use among teenagers and stop the problem before it starts, we will never solve the much broader drug problems plaguing our communities, crowding our prisons, and driving up the cost of healthcare and law enforcement.”
Yingling also supported legislation that will create jobs and help local businesses with road projects. The projects are expected to put thousands of people to work across Illinois, providing much-needed economic recovery at a time when the state needs it most. The initiative will also provide for long-awaited improvements to roads, bridges, and grants for municipalities, counties and township road districts throughout the state.
When the Legislature is not in session, Yingling focuses on being accessible by hosting and attending community meetings, visiting local businesses and walking door-to-door to discuss issues facing the state directly with constituents. Yingling holds monthly early-morning coffee shop stops across his district, giving constituents an opportunity to share their thoughts on state issues while getting their morning coffee. Yingling also convenes regular citizens’ advisory committees, allowing community members to offer feedback on a variety of issues including veterans’ issues, senior issues, economic development and education. Yingling will continue to use his time away from Springfield to make himself accessible to his constituents.
“My top priority as a legislator is to be accessible to the people I represent,” Yingling said. “I look forward to talking with constituents to get feedback and legislative ideas so that together we can improve state government.”
Yingling represents the 62nd District, which contains portions of Gages Lake, Grayslake, Hainesville, the Round Lake communities, Wauconda and Wildwood.