I love being a state representative.  Everything I focus on whether it relates to taxes, education, budget or regulation – in the end – impacts people’s lives.

Then, there are the times when everything you are working on truly impacts specific people you know.  There is a face behind the legislation, a human being whose quality of life lies in the hands of bureaucrats and politicians. In these final few months of my holding office as state representative, I am working on about 12 different specific issues that need tenacious advocacy and a story must be told so that bureaucrats change how the state does business.

This is one of the first stories, as published in the July 30 online edition of the Chicago Tribune: