For the past four years, Darlene Senger has served Naperville as the state representative for the 96th District. However due to redistricting in Illinois every ten years, come January she will be serving as a representative for the 41st District.
“The district I’m in now I am very comfortable in its about ¾ Naperville and I was a city councilmen in Naperville for 6 and a half years before becoming state rep so I feel that now I am representing Naperville and Warrenville,” said Representative Senger.
In addition to reaching out to her new constituents, Senger will continue her pension reform plans in her new term.
“The big things with pensions are that we are trying to get them to the point that they are still there. To do this we need to make sure that the money coming in is equal to the money coming out, so there are a lot of ways to go about doing this what I am trying to do is think of a way to do that numerically, actually and politically” said Senger.
Michael Connelly served the past four years as a representative in the 48th District. Due to the redistricting Senger and Connelly would have been required to run against each other. However the announcement of John Millner’s retirement left an open seat in the state senate, Connelly stepped up to the challenge and is ready for his new role.
“There are only 59 senators you have a little bit more of a voice when youre only dealing with 58 others as opposed to 117,” said Connelly.
Connelly plans to make his voice heard amoung his new peers and has big plans in the state senate.
“A number of states have created economic development partnerships like Naperville Development Partnership and Choose DuPage I’d like to take that model and put it on a statewide basis,” Connelly said.
Despite their new roles in the house and senate Senger and Connelly will continue to work closely toward a better community.
“We will still be working possibly closer now then before, we will be passing legislation together either Connelly will come to us to pass it in the house or we will come to him to pass it in the senate so this is an even better situation,” said Senger.
Both Senger and Connelly ran unopposed this election.
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