State Rep. Monique Davis, D-Chicago, has been absent from the House of Representatives for more than a month, but was in Springfield Wednesday for a veto-override effort.
According to state House journals, 79-year-old Davis has missed 41 legislative session days and attended just 29 since May 25, 2015. An employee in the Chicago Democrat’s office said Davis has trouble traveling to Springfield. She said she wasn’t aware of any major medical problems.
House Speaker Michael Madigan spokesman Steve Brown acknowledged that Davis has missed some time, but said she’ll be in Springfield when she’s needed for a key vote.
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Long-time political observer Kent Redfield said the unexplained absence of a public figure can be a touchy subject.
“How these situations are handled has an impact on public opinion in terms of what people believe about their elected representatives,” he said. “This issue is generally between you and your employer. In this case, the employer is the people that you’re representing.”
Davis is unopposed for re-election in November. She did not respond to a request for comment.