As I write this column, I am watching the news reports on Inauguration Day.  It’s almost surreal to think that today is the day when the greatest country in the world has its peaceful transition of power.  President Trump took the Oath of Office and with that begins day one of his term.  In my opinion, his record begins right now.  His life up until now was just that – his life, but now – he is our President.  Now he begins the Presidency, and with that we also must begin to hold him accountable just the same as we held President Obama accountable.

And while we may not take any issue acknowledging the fact that he is our President, some of us may vehemently oppose him.  Some of us are strong supporters.  Some of us are lukewarm to the new President.  But we all have an opinion one way or the other.

On Wednesday, January 11th, I had the honor of being sworn in to the 100th General Assembly. I couldn’t be more proud to represent Northwest Illinois in Springfield.  As your legislator, every decision I make is guided by one principal: “What can I do to make Illinois – and specifically Northwest Illinois – a better place to live, work and to raise a family?”  That was the guiding principal that former Representative Sacia carried before me, and that legacy was passed to him by former Representative Lawfer.
As many of you know – and as I mentioned in this column previously – Ron Lawfer retired from this earth and took his place on what I’m sure is a farm on the outskirts of heaven.  He had three passions: his family, farming, and Northwest Illinois.  He did so much for this region and for farming, and his legacy will live on for generations.  One of my proudest moments to date in the Illinois General Assembly was this past week when, with his family present, I had the privilege to recognize Ron Lawfer’s legacy with House Resolution 1558 in honor of the man who had such a big heart for our little corner of Illinois.
Happy New Year everybody!  Have you made any New Year’s resolutions yet?  We’ve all heard about the success rate of resolutions.  If we follow the law of averages then by February most of our resolutions are out the window and we wait until the next year to repeat the same cycle.