Appointment made for 88th District seat

Bill Hauter
Bill Hauter(Tazewell County GOP/Provided Photo)
Published: Dec. 22, 2022 at 1:05 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 22, 2022 at 1:25 PM CST
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TAZEWELL COUNTY (25 News Now) - The McLean and Tazewell County Republican Party Chairs have appointed Bill Hauter to serve the remainder of retired 88th District Representative Keith Sommer’s term during the lame duck session next month.

Sommer resigned earlier this month.

Hauter will be sworn-in as representative for the re-drawn 103rd District at the start of the new legislative session. Hauter was elected representative of the 103rd District in the November election, and his appointment gives him a head start on seniority and landing committee assignments.

Tazewell County Republican Chair Jim Rule said Hauter’s early start will also enable the new lawmaker to be involved in the debate and possible vote during the lame duck session on the Democratic-sponsored assault weapons ban. (HB5855)

The following is Rule’s prepared statement:

“It is critical we have someone seated in the 88th District for the Lame Duck session of the 102nd General Assembly. Since Representative-Elect Hauter will be sworn in and will take the seat of the newly drawn district at the start of the 103rd General Assembly, it just made sense to appoint him to the open seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Keith Sommer and for him to get an early start. There will be much to discuss including a potential vote on HB5855 and now the people of Tazewell and McLean Counties who live in the 88th Legislative District will have a strong voice. The committee thanks Rep. Keith Sommer for his years of incredible and tireless service to this district and to the state of Illinois and we have full confidence in Rep.-Elect Hauter’s ability to carry on that work.”