Springfield, IL … In an effort to protect the rank of Colonel within the ranks of the Illinois National Guard, a piece of legislation, sponsored by State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago), passed out of the Senate by a unanimous vote. The measure, which advanced out of the House in April, seeks to eliminate a little known ‘Governor’s Regiment’ program which allows the Illinois Governor to bestow the honorary tile of Colonel on Illinois citizens.
The legislation would replace the program with a method of recognition to those who help advance the mission of the Illinois National Guard; however, without the title of Colonel.
Yesterday, State Representative Michael McAuliffe took the time to visit with 7th graders from John W. Garvy Elementary School, located on Chicago's northwest side. The students came to Springfield on their school's annual trip to their state capitol.
State Representative Michael McAuliffe & Representative Robert Martwick pose with Ridgewood High School students who acted as honorary pages for the session day.