WINTHROP HARBOR - Newly-appointed State Rep. Sheri Jesiel (R-Winthrop Harbor) sent out a taxpayer-funded mailing to the people of her 61st House District and her Democrat opponent is demanding that Jesiel reimburse $22,000 to the state.
Opponent Loren Karner refers to the mailing as promotional flyers and Rep. Jesiel - who stepped in this summer to finish out former State Rep. Joann Osmond's term - says the mailing was legit and in line with what other state representatives are sending their constituents..
“As a new representative, it’s my responsibility to maintain a high level of communication, and this type of outreach is an important component of that,” Jesiel told the Lake County News Sun. “The constituents of the 61st District need to know who their representative is and how to contact me, and that assistance and programs are available regardless of who is in office.”
The outreach is regularly carried out by members of the General Assembly, Jesiel said, and she's received nothing but positive feedback from the respondents.
"I will make it a priority to maintain an open line of communication with my constituents,” Jesiel said.
Karner didn't back away from her contention with the mailing, though. “She’s hypocritically using those flyers to promote herself as a ‘fiscal conservative’ before casting a single vote or bothering to sponsor one bill.”
The 61st District includes parts or all of Antioch, Gurnee, Lindenhurst, Old Mill Creek, Wadsworth, Winthrop Harbor, Beach Park and Zion.