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As a proud resident of Rockford and the 67th district, I strongly believe in the importance that WE come together to make our community thrive.  In 2013, I stepped out of my comfort zone and fear to advocate for my community.  During my time out in our community, and having the privilege to work in workforce development and career development, I was provided a keen awareness of what WE need.  

Below is a list of accomplishments that I'm most proud of!  My success as a State Rep, comes from me listening to you - thus, majority of my proud moments came from me following your ideas!  

 

That's what the power of WE truly means.

CONSTITUENTAL SERVICE

The most important resource that my office prioritizes is Constituental Service.  I have over 108,000 bosses, who are the residents of the 67th district - every one of you. No matter your party affiliation or whether or not you will ever vote for me - you call, we answer.  

 

Here are the numbers from January 2019 to July 2022:

  • Approximately 1,500 constituent issues solved, recommendations made, or resources provided.

  • Approximately 3,000 constituent advocacy calls and emails taken.

  • In 2019, approximately 1,000 constituents attended events either hosted directly by or in partnership with my office (This does not include events where you invited me to speak or I simply attend).

LEGISLASTION FILED & PASSED

Since January 2021, I've filed 52 bills and 15 resolutions, and I look forward to continuing the fight on these bills next term.  To view the bills and resolutions that I filed, click here.

Bills signed into law in 2021:

  1. HB24: Provides that sex education course material and instruction in grades 6 through 12 must include an age-appropriate discussion on sexting. 

  2. HB96: Adds light sensitivity as a result of a traumatic brain injury to the list of medical conditions for which a person is exempt from certain restrictions concerning window tinting. 

  3. HB3262: Provides that independent of any criminal prosecution or the result of a criminal prosecution, any person suffering injury as a result of a hate crime may bring a civil action for damages, injunction or other appropriate relief if the hate crime was caused by disorderly conduct committed by: (1) transmitting or causing to be transmitted in any manner to any peace officer, public officer or public employee a report to the effect that an offense will be committed, is being committed, or has been committed, knowing at the time of the transmission that there is no reasonable ground for believing that the offense will be committed, is being committed, or has been committed; (2) transmitting or causing to be transmitted in any manner a false report to any public safety agency without the reasonable grounds necessary to believe that transmitting the report is necessary for the safety and welfare of the public; or (3) calling the number "911" or transmitting or causing to be transmitted in any manner to a public safety agency for the purpose of making or transmitting a false alarm or complaint and reporting information when, at the time the call or transmission is made, the person knows there is no reasonable ground for making the call or transmission and further knows that the call or transmission could result in the emergency response of any public safety agency.

  4. SB87: Provides that no person shall drive or move any motor vehicle or equipment upon any highway with any lighting or combination of lighting with a smoked or tinted lens or cover. Effective January 1, 2020.

  5. SB1558: Amends the Video Gaming Act. Provides that the City of Rockford may not impose any fee for the operation of a video gaming terminal in excess of $250 per year. Effective January 1, 2020.

  6. SB1699: Amends the Freedom of Information Act. Prohibits, with exceptions, a law enforcement agency from publishing booking photographs on its social networking website (instead of its social media website). Provides that "social networking website" has the meaning provided in the Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act. Adds the same restrictions to the State Records Act. Effective immediately.

  7. SB1731: A school district may utilize the Illinois Mental Health First Aid training program, established under the Illinois Mental Health First Aid Training Act and administered by certified instructors trained by a national association recognized as an authority in behavioral health, to provide in-service training for our teachers so that they can effectively support on students in need of mental health resources. Effective January 1, 2020.

Bills that passed the House in 2020 but is still in the Senate: (before the COVID-19 shutdown)


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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

  • Workforce Development (AAR): $5.2 Million in ​grants for workforce development going to the Workforce Connection. This included new paid apprenticeships as part of a training program for AAR's Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul Facility.

  • Workforce Equity Initiative: Nearly $3 Million in ​grants awarded to Rock Valley College to serve our community helps to address disparities specifically by requiring that 60% of the participants have to be African American.

  • Back to Business Grants: Over $3 Million in ​Back to Business grants awarded to businesses within the 67th District.  These grants helped to support businesses and industries hardest hit by the pandemic.

  • Workforce Equity Initiative: $400,000 ​grant awarded to EDDR Foundation Rockford to expand the talent pipeline and boost diversity for the rapid expansion of well-paying jobs in the construction industry and building trades.

  • Summit of Hope: A community expo, bringing together local service providers to create a "one-stop" environment for nearly 400 parolees and probationers to obtain necessary assistance to move past barriers, which may prevent an individual from leading a successful life.

  • COVID Summer Youth Employment Grant: $500,000 grant awarded to the Rockford Park District to employ 100 at-risk youth over the summer.

  • Resume Services: My district office offers resume writing service free to constituents. 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Priority #1 as I strive to be accessible to constituents is to SHOW UP.  Doing this is the biggest way to support great causes that are happening in the 67th District.  That part is easy and fun. When you invite me, I will show up if my schedule allows - no matter who you are and what the topic is.  I've accepted invitations to groups that I know disagrees with my stance - but if you call, I show up.  

However, another way to show up and support is to give not just my time, but financial support.  Since January 2019 my political organization has contributed over $18,000 to community organizations, non profit organizations, drives and fundraisers within our community. My team raises money so that we can spend money within our community.  From providing funding for 501(c)3 applications, to helping those in need, Citizen for Maurice West II is for and by the citizens.  

Contribution List

BIPARTISANSHIP

Democrats have a super-majority in the House of Representatives. Naturally, seating is limited on the Democratic side of the aisle. My seat is deep on the Republican side of the aisle - ON PURPOSE. I chose to sit on that side to build relationships with Republican colleagues to work together on a united front for the State of Illinois. Politics is already polarizing - and I REFUSE to play part in that polarization. 

I've also boldly stood with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to call on Speaker Madigan and Governor Pritzker to call strong ethics reform bills where I am the lone Democrat co-sponsoring the bills.  If it's right, then it's right - no matter who is sponsoring the bill.  More importantly, I firmly believe that Illinois residents, the American people are becoming tired of their government officials fighting each other, and not working together for THEM.

ACCOUNTABILTY & TRANSPARENCY

Everything that was mentioned above can be confirmed through the numerous videos that I created to keep constituents informed with what I'm doing. 

  • Come with Me to Springfield: Video segments to allow constituents to know what I am doing while I'm in session in Springfield. This includes bills that I filed and what was taken care of each week.

  • Community Connections: During this pandemic I aired numerous segments that kept our community connected to positive moments of resilience and resources - rather than polarizing, confusing arguments about COVID-19 and how it affects Illinois.