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Sen. Wilcox passes first bill, endures floor ritual

Local Government

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 2, 2019


State Sen. Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry) was hazed during the debate of his first bill last week, as most freshman lawmakers are when they introduce their first bills on the floor.

Wilcox is the sponsor of House Bill 3369 in the Senate. The bill amends the Sanitary District Act of 1936 to allow Lindenhurst to dissolve its sanitation district.

The bill allows for the board of trustees of the Village of Lindenhurst to terminate the Lindenhurst Sanitary District and make for the powers of the Lindenhurst Sanitary District to be exercised by the board of trustees of the village.

State Sen. Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry)

"The bill has received unanimous Yes votes in the House," Wilcox said on the Senate floor.

State Sen. Dave Syverson (R-Rockford) playfully teased Wilcox about the bill.

"Is this your key legislation as 'cleaning up the crap' pledge you had while running for the Senate," Syverson asked.

State Sen. Paul Schimpf (R-Murphysboro) commended Wilcox for his efforts and joked that there was a word Wilcox used that he, as a Marine, did not understand.

"You used a pretty big word for me, a Marine, to know, but I understand you Air Force guys are more sophisticated," Schimpf teased. "What does 'coterminous' mean?"

Wilcox joked that he had a map with crayon outlines to help explain the bill to his sister services, but that the term means 'relatively similar' in nature.

The bill passed with 51 Yes votes and zero No votes.

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