Rep. Butler: New General Assembly’s Challenges to be met with Hard Work, Optimism

State Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) today joined his 117 House colleagues taking the oath of office at the 100th General Assembly inaugural ceremony in Springfield. Rep. Butler stressed that this new General Assembly is an opportunity for legislators to refocus on the hard work ahead to pass a responsible budget and get Illinois’ economy back on firm financial ground.

“We’re starting out the new General Assembly with challenges that are unprecedented for our state. I don’t view today’s inauguration as a cause to celebrate, but there is cause to be hopeful,” Rep. Butler said. “The start of the new General Assembly is the start of a new opportunity to work together to pass a responsible, balanced budget and to tackle the issues families care most about: their jobs, their children’s education, their tax burden and what services they receive in return for their hard-earned tax dollars.”

Rep. Butler was appointed to the General Assembly in March, 2015, and was elected to his first full-term representing the 87th district in November, 2016. Butler is a direct descendant of Lewis Barker, who was elected to serve in Illinois’ first General Assembly in 1818, and who served in the first four General Assemblies.

“It’s a true privilege to be able to work on our shared challenges on behalf of my neighbors here in Central Illinois, and without question, the budget must be our first order of business,” Rep. Butler said. “As always, I encourage anyone who has input on an issue, a suggestion, or a problem we can help with to call or stop by my office in the Stratton building next to the Capitol.”