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      Central Illinois Lawmakers Sullivan, Tracy meet with Western Illinois Mayors, Municipal League Staff

      From left, Macomb Mayor Mick Wisslead, Representative Jil Tracy, Havana Mayor Dale Roberts, Quincy Director of Administrative Services Gary Sparks, Quincy Mayor John Spring, Senator John Sullivan, Joe Schatteman. Photo by Joe McCoy, IML.

      State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) and Representative Jil Tracy (R-Mt. Sterling) met with mayors, administrators and Illinois Municipal League officials last week in Rushville. The meeting, initiated by IML, was intended to foster communication and collaboration between the IML, local officials and state legislators.

      I appreciate IML TMs leadership in pulling this group together, said Senator Sullivan. There are always opportunities to improve communication among municipal and legislative parties, and I believe this meeting opened the door to better understanding the needs of our cities, towns and villages and the means to address them.

      Discussion centered around what the legislators need to know from municipalities, how that information can be shared effectively, and what plans legislators may have for the next two years that would be beneficial to municipalities.

      The group met in Rushville and in addition to Senator Sullivan and Representative Tracy, Quincy Mayor John Spring, Macomb Mayor Mick Wisslead, Rushville Mayor Scott Thompson, Havana Mayor Dale Roberts and Monmouth Mayor Rod Davies were present.

      Also attending were Monmouth Administrator Eric Hanson and Quincy Director of Administrative Services Gary Sparks, and on behalf of Representative Rich Myers TM Macomb office, Norrine Hammond. IML legislative staff included Brian Day, Joe Schatteman, Matt Davidson, and Joe McCoy.

      This was an opportunity for us to discuss recent and upcoming legislation and critical concerns we share for western Illinois, said Representative Tracy. I think we can move forward more productively at the local and state levels in a way that works well for all of us, and I am pleased the IML brought us together.

      The Illinois Municipal League will be holding similar meetings statewide with other groups of legislators and local officials in the coming weeks and months.