Republican Tim Butler is being sworn in today as the new state representative in the 87th district. That includes portions of Sangamon, Logan, Menard and Tazewell counties.
Butler, who lives in Springfield, says he understands it will be a contentious session regarding the state's budget. He admits he's still learning the issues. But he says he'll listen to all sides.
"I have friends on both sides of the aisle. I have conservative friends and liberal friends. I have friends in the governor's office. I am going to have an open door and an open mind," he said.