State Representative Jackie Haas (R-Kankakee) released the following statement in response to Governor JB Pritzker signing House Bill 3404 into law, a bill that Haas sponsored which would bring natural gas service to Pembroke Township—a community within her 79th Legislative District.

“Today’s bill signing is a huge win for the people of Pembroke who have been waiting decades for reliable, safe and effective utilities. Not only will this bill pave the way for that to become a reality, it was done in a bipartisan manner—across the federal, state and local levels, which I was proud to lead the charge on. It passed with majorities in each chamber and with the Governor signing it today, it cleared the final hurdle in its legislative journey.

The Pembroke community has been underserved in terms of utilities for far too long; with the changes that this bill creates, it will provide lasting effects for Pembroke, not only bringing them reliable service but also attracting businesses, jobs, and economic growth.

While I am proud to have achieved this milestone today, I look forward to seeing through the implementation of this bill and toward continued advocacy in the legislature to bring about necessary services to those most in need in my community here in the 79th District.”

HB3404 is now effective immediately.