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Plainfield Park District reform signed into law

Posted August 15, 2014 6:40 PM

PLAINFIELD – Legislation to increase accountability on the Plainfield Park District Board has been signed into law by the Governor today, announced State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego), the bill’s sponsor. Cross introduced House Bill 5593 this spring in response to widespread public concerns following a series of controversial actions taken by the current Board majority over the past 16 months.

Overwhelmingly approved by the General Assembly this spring, the new law adds two new members to the park district board, increasing it from five to seven members. Initially to be filled by appointment, the two new positions would be filled by the voters next year in the April 2015 consolidated election for a two-year term.

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Meeting the needs of our veterans

Posted August 12, 2014 9:46 AM

By Tom Cross
State Representative, 97th District

If you have a friend or loved one who has served in a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, you know how important veterans are to our families and within our community. If you are a veteran yourself, we thank you for your service in defense of our freedom. You deserve our profound respect and gratitude.

The State of Illinois offers a wide range of services to assist veterans on issues including employment, health care, housing, tax credits and more. I would like to give you a few examples of recent action we’ve taken in the state legislature on veterans’ issues. 

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Cross: Plainfield Park District reform needed now

Posted August 06, 2014 11:29 AM

PLAINFIELD – State Representative Tom Cross (R-Oswego) has sent a letter to Governor Pat Quinn urging him to immediately sign House Bill 5593 into law, legislation to increase accountability on the Plainfield Park District Board in response to widespread public concerns following a series of controversial actions taken by the current Board majority over the past 16 months.

The bipartisan bill was overwhelmingly approved by the General Assembly this spring before being sent to the Governor on June 20. Introduced and sponsored by Rep. Cross, HB 5593 was sponsored in the State Senate by Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Plainfield).

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