Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!  This week, for the first and only time this year, I will not be talking politics.  I think in 2016 we’ve had our fill.  And as I said in the Christmas column, don’t spend the Holidays arguing politics with family!

Christmas is without a doubt my favorite time of the year.  I’m not quite sure how to explain it exactly, but during the two weeks leading up to Christmas, everyone just appears to be happier, and it couldn’t come at a better time considering we are suffering through a cold spell in the dead of winter.

Being an elected State Legislator is an honor and a privilege.  That being said, the job is part-time, and many of us in the legislature have full time careers outside of our government capacity. However, some legislators consider this part-time job to be their full-time job.  So when Comptroller Munger started putting politicians’ pay at the back of the line, these full-time legislators bristled.

I’m going to start this column off on a positive note before we talk about some of the issues going on in Springfield.  How about those Forreston Cardinals?  State Champions again for the second time in three years.  I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to say that we have one of the best athletic conferences in the state here in Northwest Illinois.  We are proud of our student athletes, and we are especially proud that a local team has once again become state champions.  Congratulations to Forreston High School!