Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady and Senate President John Cullerton discussed Illinois' current and future challenges to a crowded room of more than 70 community leaders and agency executives on Sept. 11. The state's backlog of bills, the recent bipartisan school funding reform legislation, and the upcoming debate over the hospital assessment topped the list of key issues.
Once the formal remarks were completed, JUF leadership and members of the Jewish Caucus including State Sen. Julie Morrison, and State Reps. Laura Fine, Lou Lang and Sara Feigenholtz recognized State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, who is retiring after serving 14 years in the General Assembly.
Speaking on behalf of JUF, Government Affairs Committee Chair David Golder presented Nekritz with a tzedakah box as a token of the community's gratitude.
"Representative Nekritz has been a true leader in the General Assembly, and someone we have always been able to count on to seek solutions to the most challenging problems facing our state," he said.
In her closing remarks, Nekritz thanked her colleagues and members of the Jewish community for their support and this acknowledgement. "I have never had a tzedakah box before, and it means a great deal to me that my community has giving me this gift."