State representative Robyn Gabel (D-Evanston) kicked off her campaign to be reelected state representative of the 18th District on Sept. 18 at the headquarters of the Democratic Party in Evanston.

“With Illinois in a severe fiscal crisis, there have been many tough choices in the last 16 months,” said Rep. Gabel. “But I believe that we have begun to make Illinois government more efficient, transparent and affordable and I am pleased with the progress we are making. But there is more to do. It has been an honor representing my neighbors in the 18th District and helping them with their concerns.”

Due to redistricting, the new 18th District now covers most of Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Kenilworth, Northfield and parts of Glencoe, Northbrook and Glenview.

Rep. Gabel was recently named to the Lake Michigan Offshore Wind Energy Advisory Council as well as a new General Assembly Advisory Committee on Medicaid. 

“I look forward to further work on the critically important issues of alternative energy sources and public health-care issues in Illinois,” Rep. Gabel said. “It is my hope that through our efforts we can encourage the development of offshore wind-energy projects in Illinois and continue to look for ways to responsibly reform Medicaid.”

 Rep. Gabel was the chief sponsor of House Bill 1588, creating a state council to help determine the best areas for offshore wind development on Lake Michigan and to recommend legislation on how to best accomplish wind energy goals in an environmentally conscious manner. The measure is part of her continued efforts to reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere caused by burning fossil fuels and to explore the potential for alternative sources of energy.

As part of Senate Joint Resolution 35, Rep. Gabel will also be joining the General Assembly’s Advisory Committee on Medicaid. The advisory committee is charged with studying public health care and making legislative and administrative recommendations on Medicaid reform, the development of new hospital and nursing home rate methodology and planning for any future Medicaid expansion.