Rep. Windhorst to Lead House Republican Public Safety Working Group


SPRINGFIELD — House Republican Leader Tony McCombie (Savanna) was joined by several members of the House Republican caucus today in Springfield to unveil legislative priorities for the 103rd General Assembly. Leader McCombie announced the creation of five working groups to produce actionable solutions to some of Illinois’ most pressing issues. The five Republican working groups include the following:

  • Sustaining & Protecting At-Risk Kids: to protect children in the state’s care from abuse and neglect
  • Supporting Women and Families: to make Illinois a place where families can move and grow for generations
  • Reigniting Illinois’ Strong Economy: to improve Illinois’ business climate, while still protecting workers and using our strengths – geography, workforce, and resources – to bring job creators and opportunity home
  • Literacy Improves Future Endeavors: to address learning loss, improve reading literacy, and restore Illinois students to a place where they are competitive in today’s world
  • Improving Public Safety:  to make our neighborhoods safe again, protect law-abiding citizens, and respect law enforcement

The working groups are each chaired by House Republican members, which include State Representatives Tom Weber (Fox Lake), Jackie Haas (Kankakee), Dan Ugaste (Geneva), Dave Severin (Benton) and Patrick Windhorst (Metropolis). The working group chairs will spearhead the progress of these top issue areas with input from policy experts and residents across the state.

“Republicans are here to work and these groups reflect not only that commitment but also our governing priorities,” said Leader McCombie. “We are ready to be part of the solution on some of our state’s biggest challenges. These working groups represent a beginning step toward solving the problems impacting residents throughout Illinois.”

“I am grateful to receive the appointment from Leader McCombie to serve as the head of the House Republicans Public Safety Working Group,” Windhorst said. “The important work of improving public safety, increasing the ability of our police and law enforcement officials to effectively do their jobs, and restore a system of justice that punishes criminals and advocates for victims rights. I look forward to the important job that this working group has ahead of it and especially to leading those efforts.”

McCombie chose to unveil these priorities ahead of the Governor’s annual State of the State and Budget Address to outline issues House Republicans believe are most imperative to solve.