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Illinois Rep. Robyn Gabel has been elected once again to represent Illinois on the Executive Committee of the binational Great Lakes Legislative Caucus in 2017 and 2018.

Through its mix of programming, advocacy and activities, the caucus provides a forum for the regional exchange of ideas and information on key Great Lakes issues. Its goals are to promote the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and to strengthen the role of state and provincial legislators in the Great Lakes policymaking process.

 The caucus has pushed for federal funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, an improved Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and an expedited timeline for a federal study recommending how to keep Asian carp from entering the lakes via the Chicago Area Waterway System.

Its members were also at the forefront of a region-wide push to ban plastic microbeads in personal care products; these microbeads have been found to be a major pollutant in the Great Lakes.

The committee is made up of a chair and vice chair as well as other legislators representing each of the eight states and two Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes basin.

“It is a privilege to work with legislators from across the Great Lakes region to protect these valuable resources. I am honored that my colleagues on the GLLC have selected me to serve on the Executive Committee,” said Rep. Gabel, who has been a member of the GLLC Executive Committee since 2013.