Miller ready to tackle hard issues in Springfield
Newly elected state Rep. Chris Miller (R-Oakland) takes his position seriously.
“I am grateful to have the opportunity to represent the people of the 110th District, but at the same time taking on this responsibility is a serious occasion because of all the challenges we face in Illinois,” Miller said in a news release after officially being sworn in on Monday. “I did not run for office to go to Springfield and attend parties and receptions. I ran because I saw the problems we face as a state and wanted to do something about it. It was a happy day for me and my family because we worked so hard to get here, but it was also a sober reminder to me of the important tasks that lie ahead.”
Miller vowed to make himself easily accessible to his constituents by hosting mobile office hours in all the counties he represents on days the legislature is not in session. He added that one of his first orders of business will be tackling the state’s lingering budget crisis.
“Illinois’s budget is a mess, but our budget problems disappear if we grow our economy,” he said. “Last year, we lost 45,000 residents who moved out of Illinois. That is unacceptable. How can we grow the economy if we continue to lose residents?”
Miller said he plans to counter all that by focusing on job creation and expansion across the state.
“If we implement better economic policies in Illinois, we can solve the budget problems facing our state," he said. "I will be a tireless advocate in Springfield for the reforms we need to get our economy moving again.”
The 110th House District includes all or part of Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Edgar and Lawrence counties.