On Jan. 14, Leader Radogno spoke on the Senate floor during the inauguration of the 99th General Assembly.
An advocate for bipartisan fiscal reforms and responsible budgeting earned State Senator Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) a fourth term as Senate Republican Leader during the 99th General Assembly’s inaugural ceremonies at the State Capitol on January 14.
“It is truly an honor to represent the people of the 41st Senate District and be elected by my peers, who are leaders in their own right, to help lead our state forward. It is a challenging and unique time to serve as Leader as we have elected the first Republican Governor in 12 years, but I look forward to a new era of bipartisan policymaking,” said Sen. Radogno. “We, in the legislature must do our part to seize the opportunity this historic change has given us—working across party lines to advance policies that promote long-term economic growth and fiscal accountability in Illinois.”
Having served in the Illinois Senate since 1997, Sen. Radogno said she looks forward to continuing to work with her legislative colleagues on tackling some of the biggest issues facing lawmakers in the 99th General Assembly. She noted it will take a bipartisan effort to address the daunting challenges facing Illinois—including balancing the state budget and reducing state debt.
There is a new era of state politics that has been ushered in this year. No longer will one-party rule dominate the legislative platform. Under Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, it will be essential that both parties work together to develop bipartisan solutions to help restore Illinoisans’ faith in government,” said Radogno.
While Sen. Radogno recognizes there will be many challenges and tough decisions that lie ahead, she is optimistic that lawmakers will work together this year to address the growing economic crisis that Illinois faces.
“The poor management decisions and dire fiscal condition of this state has made Illinois the subject of criticism in our local media, but we have shown over the years that bipartisanship can work to overcome our state’s challenges,” Sen. Radogno said. “We, the members of the Senate, must work to bridge differences to find common ground in order to make this state a better place for all who call it home.”