Rep. Durkin Sworn in to Serve 98th General Assembly

COUNTRYSIDE—State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), was sworn in to serve his eighth term as an Illinois State Representative today.

"€œIt is a great honor to serve my community and we have a lot to work on this year," said Rep. Durkin. "€œI plan to focus on establishing meaningful reforms for the State to streamline Illinois government and stabilize the states budget."

Durkin served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1995 through 2002 until he became the Republican nominee for United States Senate. He returned to the General Assembly in 2005 when he was elected to represent the 82nd District.

“I have worked very hard over the last few years to not enact any legislation that will cost the state during these tough budgetary times and I will work to ensure that my proposed legislation this year will not cost the state a dime.”

He serves as an Assistant Minority Leader in the Illinois House and is a former Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney. He is a former Assistant Illinois Attorney General. He serves as senior counsel with Arnstein and Lehr LLP.

Durkin received his Bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and his law degree from John Marshall Law School. He is a resident of Western Springs where he lives with his wife and four children.