As a proud resident of Rockford and the 67th district, I strongly believe that it is so important 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 given a keen awareness of what WE need.  

Below is a list of accomplishments that I'm most proud of on behalf of the residents of the 67th District!  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 August 2020:

  • Approximately 1,150 constituent issues solved, recommendations made, or resources provided.

  • Approximately 2,500 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 simply attend).

LEGISLASTION FILED & PASSED

As of July 2020, I've filed 41 bills and 11 resolutions, and I look forward to continuing the fight on these bills next term.  To view the bills that I filed, click here.

Bills signed into law by the Governor in 2019:

  1. HB2505: Makes technical changes to a definition in the Local Food, Farms and Jobs Act to benefit our local farmers.  Effective January 1, 2020.

  2. HB2822: Provides that the State Board of Education's school report cards must include the most current data on the percentage of students who participated in workplace learning experiences and whether a school offered its students career and technical education opportunities. Effective July 1, 2020.

  3. SB86: Improves the safety on Illinois roads by broadening the current prohibition on drivers from using wireless communication devices to read, write or send text messages while operating a motor vehicle to include viewing non-navigational video and imagery and the expanded uses of portable electronic devices that have emerged (ie: Netflix and driving).  Effective January 1, 2020.

  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)

  1. HB4007: Amends the School Code. Provides that sex education course material and instruction in grades 6 through 12 must include an age-appropriate discussion on sexting. Effective immediately.
     

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

  • Workforce Equity Initiative: $1.5 Million ​grant 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.

  • 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.

© 2020 by Citizens for Maurice West II.  

A copy of our report is filed (or will be) with the State Board of Elections as required.