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Kane County building ‘two-way’ relationship with state lawmakers

GENEVA – Brian Pollock, co-chairman of the Kane County Legislative Committee, doesn’t want the county to have a “gimme” relationship with state lawmakers.

“I want it to be a two-way street,” he said.

In March, the committee organized a legislative breakfast, during which County Board members told legislators about the county’s position on three pieces of legislation.

Wednesday, the committee continued to build its relationship with state lawmakers by inviting State Rep. Mike Fortner, R-West Chicago, to its monthly meeting.

“We’re here to listen to you,” Pollock said.

Fortner provided background on bills he has been involved with and fielded questions and comments from board members about such topics as pensions, same-day registration and voting being made permanent and legislation regarding the courts.

Pollock asked Fortner for feedback on the county’s tactics – such as having a narrow focus and working with other counties – for lobbying members of the General Assembly.

“We get tons of email,” Fortner said.

His recommendations included the county provide regular updates to increase the chances he’s aware of issues the county cares about.

Pollock thanked Fortner for his time, adding he looks forward to having similar dialogues with other lawmakers as their schedules allow. He said the discussions are about finding common solutions – not partisan bickering or playing the blame game.

Of Wednesday’s meeting, Pollock said, “I didn’t hear politics being brought up at all.”

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