Since I have no intention of making Illinois’ Second City jealous with my excessive doting on Elgin, it’s time to turn my attention back to the City of Lights. After all, my major newspaper kick start came in covering our southern Kane County neighbors.
To that end, in my ongoing effort to get back into the swing of things, last weekend I revisited some of the more recent Aurora news stories and spoke with some old friends. And one of the names that kept coming up in a positive light was former city councilman and current 84th District State Rep Stephanie Kifowit.
Because despite having to endure the kind of contentious campaign that might make some folks politically gun shy, Ms. Kifowit is making a point of putting herself out there. She certainly doesn’t seem to be content to simply sit around the state capitol drinking bourbon with Rich Miller.
Just this month, she’s hosted an informational community meeting with the Fox Valley Park District, a seminar to help senior citizen avoid identity theft at the Oswego Holiday Inn express, A spring cleaning recycling event at her Montgomery office, and a series of coffee shop stops to meet constituents.
Legislatively, the Oswego State Rep sponsored a bill to protect victims of domestic abuse by allowing GPS tracking of those charged with domestic violence or kidnapping related crimes. She also went to bat for disabled veterans by moving to provide them with property tax relief and her bill to ban “revenge porn” made it through the House.
That’s not too bad for a month’s work.
Given that she’s only been at the gig for a year, there something to be said for getting the basics right. I look forward to seeing where her political career might go.