Winnowing The List Of Bills

Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard.

The deadline for moving bills out of committee and to the House floor for debate passed last week thus ending the future for many ideas this session.  There were nearly 3800 bills introduced in the House and most were sent to one of 46 House committees for debate.  Only a few hundred bills made it to the next stage on the road to becoming a law.

The committee chair has great discretion whether he or she will call a bill for a vote or just let the bill die without debate.  Legislators introduce bills they are interested in or at the request of a constituent so it’s disappointing when there isn’t an opportunity to even discuss the idea.

If you have been following a particular bill, visit the legislative website ( to find the current status of the bill.  Those that made it to the House floor “on second reading” will be debated during the next several weeks until the final deadline for House bill action on April 15.  Each chamber of the legislature then takes up bills that have passed out of the other body.  This component of our bicameral legislature slows the process down to give ideas a fuller hearing and further debate before changing our laws.

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Robert W. Pritchard (R-Hinckley) is the Illinois State Representative for the 70th district, serving the residents in portions of DeKalb, Boone, and Kane Counties. Bob has been serving in the Illinois House since 2003. Pritchard, affectionately known as Bob, has been serving in the Illinois House since 2003. Biography Bob was born February 2, 1945. He grew up on a farm outside Hinckley, Illinois where growing corn and soybeans instilled in him hard work and a sense of dedication. Bob and his family continue to their hard work by farming. He is married to his wife Mary, Associate Dean at Northern Illinois University, and has two grown sons, Matthew and Gregory. Education Bob majored in communications from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) earning both his bachelors and masters degree. Bob’s passion for farming and his education in communication gave him the unique opportunity to enjoy working in both fields. Professional Life Beginning as a Radio and TV broadcaster for a local area stations, Bob delivered the farming updates and local weather reports. Bob took advantage of his skills and has worked for universities as well as filled marketing, public relations, and community relation roles at DeKalb Genetics Corporation and Monsanto. Community Leader Before becoming a member of the Illinois House of Representatives Bob was an energetic and busy contributor to the communities of DeKalb County. Getting his hands dirty in all parts of local government, Bob served on the Hinckley-Big Rock Board of Education. Bob was never far from his roots in the farming community, and was elected to a leadership position for the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. He also served as chairman for the DeKalb County Board. Legislative History Bob has diligently worked for the betterment on a wide gamut of issues from early childhood and education, healthcare, conservation and the environment, job creation, and protecting the manufacturing industry. The values of hard work and dedication that were instilled in Bob from his years of farming are reflected in his mentality of representing his constituents.

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