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Two southern Illinois GOP lawmakers to lead working groups on public safety and student literacy

State Capitol of Illinois in Springfield.
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State Capitol of Illinois in Springfield.

Illinois House Republicans Tuesday announced the formation of five Republican working groups to develop solutions on a broad range of legislative priorities for the 2023 spring session.

State Representative Patrick Windhorst of Metropolis has been tapped to lead the working group on public safety.

He says cooperation and transparency will guide his work.

“I’ve been at this podium many times in the previous years to call for changes to the recently passed Safe-T Act. In the time since it passed in January 2021, House democrats have passed four trailer bills aimed at fixing the flawed law. Governor Pritzker signed three of those trailer bills into law.”

Windhorst says passage of the Safe-T Act has made the job harder for law enforcement and the cash bail reform provision of the law will make Illinois' streets more dangerous.

Meanwhile, GOP Representative Dave Severin of Benton will help lead the effort to try to improve the education level of Illinois students.

He is leading the working group on student literacy.

“The group to bring our students back to reading levels, to math levels, to levels in science is going to be tough, let’s be realistic. It’s going to take a comprehensive approach, with the focus being on restoring our students to a place where their competitive with the rest of our country and the rest of the world.”

Severin says he's committed to bringing lawmakers together with state education officials and advocates dedicated to improving local schools and curriculum to get students back on the right track.

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