So much of a Representative’s job takes place in-District. While what happens in Springfield gets the headlines, it’s the day-to-day constituent service that really tells constituents how seriously a Representative takes his job.
Anyone who’s contacted my office in Woodstock knows what outstanding constituent service looks like. We return phone calls, we respond to emails, we’re available for meetings with constituents and facilitate meetings to bring groups together to serve the people of McHenry County.
The problems that State government has had with the issuance of FOID cards and the failure of the Department of Employment Security (IDES) to process unemployment claims have been an embarrassment, but my office has been tireless in taking constituent calls and advocating for those who need help the most. When you call my office, you don’t fall through the cracks.
Mobile Office Hours
I know it’s not always easy for folks to make it to my office during regular hours, so I hold regular “mobile” office hours, where I’ll set up shop in towns around the district where constituents can stop by and discuss the issues that affect them.
Coffee and Conversation
These events have proven to be a good way for people to come together for wide-ranging conversations about topics of the day. It certainly helps me as I listen to constituents who may not agree on the issues bring divergent suggestions to solving the problems that confront us.
Community Service Events
I’ve held a regular cycle of community service events, from senior fairs and shred events to prescription drug drop-offs and food drives to help stock local food pantries. I’m committed to public service, and will continue to serve McHenry County in the future.
Supporting Community Organizations
I’ve been a proud sponsor of the Harvard/Marengo and Woodstock/Woodstock North Booster Club Challenges, have donated auction items to local charity events and am a supporter of the 4-H clubs of McHenry County through the purchase of animals at the McHenry County Fair 4-H auction, which have then been donated to local food pantries.