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Darren Bailey

Darren Bailey

109th District

“Our families’ priorities have always been Faith, Family, & Farming. When my wife and I wanted to ensure our son received a Christ-centered education we opened Full Armor Christian Academy. When we wanted to expand our farm, we looked first to the Lord and then to our family, bringing our two sons back home to help. Today, there is a political class that is ignoring our values and harming our families. A 32% tax hike, sanctuary state legislation and reckless state spending are in direct opposition to the values we hold. I’m running for office to stand for the betrayed taxpayers who are tired of seeing their values trampled on by career politicians.”

Darren Bailey will lead by example. Bailey is refusing to accept a legislative pension. He is opposed to tax hikes and as your Representative, he will fight for tax relief.

Darren Bailey is the owner of Bailey Family Farm. Bailey is a graduate of North Clay High School in Louisville and he received his A.A.S. in Agricultural Production from Lake Land College. Bailey attends Effingham Assemblies of God Church, and he has served 17 years on the North Clay Unit 25 Board of Education in Louisville and he has served as the President of the Board for 12 of those years.

He is a member of the Farm Bureau, Louisville Rotary Club, NRA, A.B.A.T.E., Illinois State Rifle Association, the Gideons International, Fellowship of Christian Farmers, National and State Corn Growers Association, National and State Soybean Association, Illinois Wheat association, and the Illinois Independent Business Federation. He and his wife Cindy Stortzum were married in 1986. They have four children and five grandchildren with two more on the way. Cindy is the Executive Director of Full Armor.

Mark Batinick

Mark Batinick

97th District

Representative Batinick earned a B.S. in business education from the University of Illinois in 1992. Acting on his entrepreneurial spirit, Mark pursued the American dream and started his own business. He has been self-employed ever since. Mark is currently a commercial real estate broker and owner of a home services company. The vast majority of his clients are small business owners. As a result, Mark has directly witnessed the negative effects of Illinois’ hostile taxation and regulation policies in recent years.

A recognized reformer and champion of individual liberty, State Representative Mark Batinick has spent his time in Springfield fighting to improve Illinois’ jobs climate and strengthen the quality of life for Illinois families.

This year, Representative Batinick was named the Floor Leader for the Republican Caucus. Throughout his tenure serving the 97th Legislative District, Rep. Batinick has been focused on providing property tax relief, making higher education more accessible and affordable for current and future students at Illinois’ public universities, reforming the state’s broken workers compensation laws, honoring Illinois military personnel killed in the line of duty, enacting constitutional changes to rescue Illinois’ pension systems from financial crisis, and implementing reforms to make state government less costly and more accountable to taxpayers.

Representative Batinick earned a B.S. in business education from the University of Illinois in 1992. Acting on his entrepreneurial spirit, Mark pursued the American dream and started his own business. He has been self-employed ever since. Mark is currently a commercial real estate broker and owner of a home services company. The vast majority of his clients are small business owners. As a result, Mark has directly witnessed the negative effects of Illinois’ hostile taxation and regulation policies in recent years.

As a small business owner and consultant, Mark understands how to save money and make organizations run more efficiently. As a citizen, he has exposed waste and inefficiencies of local government bodies. He worked to provide alternative solutions that are not only more cost-effective but also improve government services.

Representative Batinick is currently serving his third term in the Illinois General Assembly representing the 97th District, which includes portions of Oswego, Montgomery, Naperville, Plainfield, Bolingbrook, Joliet and Shorewood.

Representative Batinick and his wife, Ellen, reside in Plainfield with their five children. He is also an active volunteer and supporter of numerous civic and charitable organizations in our community. Mark regularly coaches youth soccer and has also coached basketball.

Tom Bennett

Tom Bennett

106th District

Tom has served as the Illinois State Representative for the 106th Representative District since 2015 and serves all or parts of Livingston, Iroquois, Woodford, Vermilion and Ford Counties. His district consists of approximately 108,000 people living in about 60 villages, towns and communities. The district has important manufacturing through such major corporations as Caterpillar and Dupont. There are over 30 K-12 and K-8 school districts in the 106th. People have access to five community colleges that are within 45 minutes. Both the University of Illinois and Illinois State University are just on the outskirts of the south and western parts of the district. Small business and agriculture are keys to our area’s growth and prosperity. A number of residents work at the Correctional Centers in Pontiac and Danville.

Tom was the fourth of five children raised on a small farm near Gibson City. His father fought in World War II in the Pacific and became a farmer after the war. His mother went to Illinois State University, and her first job was teaching in a one-room country school house. Mom and dad stressed that education was key to our future and all five children went to college.

Tom taught high school science in the Melvin-Sibley School District for seven years and then worked as a manager, computer software developer and trainer at State Farm Insurance in Bloomington for the next 30 years. Tom has a BS in Education, a BS in Applied Computer Science, an MBA, and a Doctorate of Business Administration. Tom and wife Kathy have two grown children and four grandchildren.

He values education, supports economic development and business growth, and supports the 2nd Amendment. He believes that we need to live within our means and provide the environment that will help each individual reach their goals and dreams.

Being an American is not easy. In many ways, our country has always struggled but it has also grown from these struggles. Americans have always had different views, agendas and goals on how things should be done. Despite these challenges, we have progressed through over 200 years to where we are today. We have reshaped our country and our economy a number of times to fit the needs of the time. We are continuing to change today. May God Bless America and God Bless Illinois!

Avery Bourne

Avery Bourne

95th District

Representative Avery Bourne (R-Raymond) was sworn into office on February 18, 2015 and elected on November 8, 2016 to represent the 95th District. Bourne grew up in rural Montgomery County where her family has farmed for generations.

Since taking office, Representative Bourne has spent a considerable amount of time at the Capitol working on issues that affect Central Illinois. Her priorities include a pro-growth economic agenda aimed at strengthening our communities as well as providing job training to create new opportunities for our manufacturing talent. In addition to advocating for job growth, Bourne continues to fight for common sense property tax relief, fair funding of schools, term limits, and “no budget, no pay” legislation for elected officials in Springfield.

Representative Bourne currently serves on the following committees in the Illinois House: Appropriations-Elementary & Secondary Education; Counties & Townships; International Trade & Commerce; Elementary and Secondary Education: School Curriculum Policies (Republican Spokesperson); Special Issues Subcommittee; Appropriations-Capital; Special Issues Subcommittee (Sub-Co-Chairperson).

In 2016, Bourne was appointed to the House Education Funding Task Force and the Illinois School Funding Reform Commission to work on a bipartisan statewide solution to funding disparities within the public education system. In 2017, Bourne was appointed to serve on the Legislative Research Unit, the chief general research agency for the Illinois General Assembly.

The 95th district includes Montgomery County as well as portions of Christian, Macoupin and Madison Counties; the district contains the cities of Taylorville, Litchfield, Hillsboro and Carlinville.

Dan Brady

Dan Brady

105th District

Prior to being elected State Representative, Dan was elected as McLean County Coroner in 1992 and re-elected in 1996. Dan received his BA from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, and his Associates Degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Dan and his wife Teri have two children, Danielle and Tom. They reside in Bloomington.

Dan is a partner and Funeral Director at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home in Bloomington.

Terri Bryant

Terri Bryant

115th District

Terri Bryant was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in November 2014, preceding the seat held by U.S. Congressman Mike Bost. Representative Bryant represents the 115th District which encompasses all or parts of the following counties: Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Union, and Washington. Including but not limited to the communities of Anna, Ashley, Carbondale, Cobden, De Soto, Du Quoin, Mt. Vernon, Murphysboro, Nashville, Pinckneyville, and Vergennes.

Representative Bryant’s commitment to public service began in 1994 at the Illinois Department of Corrections. She began her career at an entry level and rose to the rank of Public Service Administrator at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center and the DuQuoin Impact Incarceration Program. In addition to her normal duties over the Dietary Department, Bryant served as a member of the Illinois Department of Corrections Religious Practices Advisory Board, and as an internal as well as an external auditor. Bryant retired from the Department of Corrections in 2014 after 20 years of service.

Terri Bryant also has experience in the private sector first through farming with her husband (Rick) and then later as a successful small business owner when Terri along with Rick and her grandparents built the Bluebell Restaurant in Murphysboro. A successful restaurant frequented by many in the southern Illinois region.

Representative Bryant’s political experience includes serving as a Precinct Committee Woman since 2006. Vice President of the Jackson County Republican Women’s Club, and previously served as Second Vice Chair of the Jackson County Republican Central Committee. She was a delegate to the Illinois Republican Conventions in 2008 and again in 2012. At the 2008 Illinois Republican Convention Terri was selected as a Presidential Elector, and at the 2012 Convention she served on the committee to appoint at large delegates to the National Convention.

In 2009, Terri was accepted as a Fellow and then graduated from the Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series. She was appointed to the Board of Governors for that organization in 2010 and was elected President in 2011. She has been a leader in helping to develop better communications between coalitions and the Illinois Republican Party, serving first as the Chair of Woman’s Coalitions and then later as the Coordinator of Coalitions for the Illinois GOP.

Terri Bryant resides in Murphysboro with her husband Rick and have been married since 1981. They have one son Tyler and one daughter Tara and son-in law Clint Chamness. Terri and Rick are also the proud grandparents of two granddaughters.

As a small business owner and consultant, Mark understands how to save money and make organizations run more efficiently. As a citizen, he has exposed waste and inefficiencies of local government bodies. He worked to provide alternative solutions that are not only more cost-effective but also improve government services.

Representative Batinick is currently serving his third term in the Illinois General Assembly representing the 97th District, which includes portions of Oswego, Montgomery, Naperville, Plainfield, Bolingbrook, Joliet and Shorewood.

Representative Batinick and his wife, Ellen, reside in Plainfield with their five children. He is also an active volunteer and supporter of numerous civic and charitable organizations in our community. Mark regularly coaches youth soccer and has also coached basketball.

Tim Butler

Tim Butler

87th District

Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) joined the Illinois House of Representatives on March 3, 2015, replacing former Rep. Rich Brauer. Butler, a native of Peoria, is the fourth-great grandson of Lewis Barker, a State Senator from Pope County during the first four Illinois General Assemblies. Tim is the youngest of seven children and his parents owned a small manufacturing business.

Tim brings to the House more than 20 years of public service working for the people of Central Illinois. He has served as District Chief of Staff for both Congressman Rodney Davis and former Congressman Ray LaHood. He also served as the director of marketing for St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Butler began his professional career working on Capitol Hill for over three years.

Butler has been an active community volunteer for many years. He currently serves on the boards of directors for Downtown Springfield, Inc. and the Dirksen Congressional Center. He assists with the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association, is a graduate of the Peoria Chamber of Commerce’s Community Leadership School, and was in Peoria’s 1998 class of Forty Leaders Under 40.

For over a decade, Tim was involved with the Springfield Road Runners Club, serving as President and directing two of the largest races in Central Illinois: the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon and Abe’s Amble 10k. He is the 2007 recipient of the Rod Steele National Volunteer of the Year award from the Road Runners Club of America and is a 2011 inductee into the Springfield Road Runners Hall of Fame.

A 1990 graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, Butler has lived in Sangamon County since 1998 with his wife Wendy. He previously lived in Logan County for over three years and has family ties to Tazewell and Menard counties as well.

John Cabello

John Cabello

68th District

State Representative John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) was appointed to fill a vacancy in the 68th District and sworn into office in August of 2012. He was then elected to that seat in November of 2012. The 68th District includes all or parts of Rockford, Machesney Park, Roscoe, Loves Park, and Cherry Valley.

Originally from Texas, John and his family moved to Machesney Park when he was a young child. He is a graduate of Harlem High School in Machesney Park. He was also a member of the acclaimed Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.

John began serving his community after graduation from the police academy; by becoming a police officer for South Beloit. He later worked for the Rockford Police Department and in a short period of time he became a detective. John has served over 20 years as a police officer and is currently on the roster of the Rockford Police Department.

Since August of 2012 John has rapidly advanced in the leadership in the Illinois House. Some have called John one of the fastest rising stars in the Illinois Republican party in decades. In July of 2014 Leader Jim Durkin appointed John to the Board of Directors of the House Republican Organization (HRO) where he served through 2016. In July of 2015, John assumed the role of Chairman of the Board for the HRO. In 2016 he was asked to serve as a Co-Chair for the Illinois Trump for President Campaign.

Rep. Cabello currently serves on eight committees that include Appropriations-Public Safety (Republican Spokesperson), Judiciary – Criminal, Criminal Administration and Enforcement, Sex Offenses and Sex Offender Registration, Police & First Responders, Construction Industry & Code Enforcement, Tollway Oversight, and Transportation.

In addition John serves, and has served, on the board of two national Republican organizations, Future Majority Project (Current Board Member) and GO-PAC (Board Member in 2013). John previously was elected and served as a Harlem Township Trustee, a Winnebago County Board member for District 8. He resides in Machesney Park.

Dan Caulkins

Dan Caulkins

101st District

Dan was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 1965. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966.

In 1989, Dan founded a company to build and operate a 16-bed group home for developmentally disabled adults in Sullivan, Illinois. That effort became Patterson House and opened in 1991. For the next 2 years, Dan oversaw the day-to-day operations and continued to seek other opportunities for growth. In 1993, Patterson House successfully negotiated the purchase of 3 additional 16-bed homes.

Starting in 1994 as Chief Operating Officer, Dan was responsible for the day-to-day operations which included the welfare and the oversight of 64 residents, direct supervision of the nursing home administrator, and oversight of 60 plus employees.

In addition to serving on several boards and committees, Dan served on the Decatur City Council from 2005 to 2009 and as a Trustee at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois which ended in December 2018.

Andrew Chesney

Andrew Chesney

89th District

There is no more important place to me in the world than northwest Illinois. My family, my home, and my business have always been here. I want to make sure that the opportunities that I have been afforded in this part of Illinois are available for generations to come. Northwest Illinois deserves a strong and independent voice to represent us in Springfield. I hope the voters in the 89th District will entrust me to be that voice next November.

As an elected member of the Freeport City Council, I’ve been a strong advocate for more funding for public infrastructure, blight reduction, and law enforcement in Freeport. I’ve fought for streamlining and improving city services and changing city policies that promote healthy economic and community development and property improvements.

We’ve made great strides over the past two years in changing how Freeport’s government operates and it’s that same commitment to change, progress, and working together to solve problems that I want to take with me to Springfield.

In 2013 I was blessed to be married to my wife Kelly. Kelly and I live in Freeport with our two dogs Hector and Paley. And although Freeport is my home today, I was raised in Shannon, Illinois, and am proud graduate of Eastland High School. In 2004, I graduated cum laude from Arizona State University with a degree in Communication.

Currently, I am a division sales manager with Seaga Manufacturing—a worldwide vending machine manufacturer in Freeport. I am also the current chairman of the Stephenson County Republican Central Committee and past board member of RAMP (Regional Access Mobilization Project)—an organization that provides support services and advocacy for people with disabilities.

Over the next year, I look forward to meeting with residents across the 89th Illinois House District and discussing the issues that are important to us in northwest Illinois. I hope I have the opportunity to meet with you to hear your thoughts on how we can improve our local economy, better support our teachers and students in the classroom, and bring about much needed reform in our state government.

CD Davidsmeyer

C.D. Davidsmeyer

100th District

Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer was born and raised in Jacksonville, Illinois, where he attended Jacksonville High School. He received his BA in Political Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Following his graduation, Representative Davidsmeyer worked as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman John Shimkus in Washington, DC.

Representative Davidsmeyer returned to his hometown of Jacksonville in 2006 to become Operations Manager of IRC Inc., a subsidiary of Illinois Road Contractors, Inc. In 2009, he became Vice President of IRC where he continued his duties of Operations Manager adding all budget responsibilities and financial decisions of the company.

Representative Davidsmeyer joined the Jacksonville City Council in 2008. He served as the Chairman of the Public Protection Committee and most recently served as Chair of the Finance Committee. During that time he also served as an officer in the local Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and Library Board. He was appointed to the House of Representatives in December 2012, and sworn in for a full term in the 98th General Assembly in January 2013.

Representative Davidsmeyer and his wife Kristen along with their two boys reside in Jacksonville.

Tom Demmer

Tom Demmer

90th District

Tom Demmer is State Representative for the 90th District in the Illinois House of Representatives. The 90th District includes parts of DeKalb, LaSalle, Lee and Ogle Counties in north central Illinois. He is the Deputy House Republican Leader and serves on the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR). As a legislator, Tom serves on several healthcare and education committees and is a strong voice for transparency, reform, and fiscal responsibility.

Tom is also Director of Strategic Planning at KSB Hospital, a not-for-profit community hospital with locations in Lee and Ogle Counties. Tom is a member of the senior leadership team and works to set system strategy and meet organizational goals.

Tom graduated from the University of Dayton, and previously worked as a White House Intern in the Office of the Vice President of the United States. Prior to taking his seat in the General Assembly, Tom served on the Lee County Board.

Tom is a 2016 Henry W. Toll Fellow with the Council of State Governments. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home Preservation Foundation. He is a member of St. Anne Parish, the Dixon Rotary Club, the Knights of Columbus, and is a volunteer teacher with Junior Achievement. Tom and his wife Rebecca live in Dixon, and together they are raising their family.

Jim Durkin

Jim Durkin

82nd District

With a focus on protecting and strengthening families and communities, Jim Durkin has spent his life working for the citizens of Illinois. Jim was born on January 28, 1961, into a large Chicago family of eight boys. Raised in the western suburb of Westchester, Jim and all seven of his brothers graduated from Fenwick High School. He attended Illinois State University and earned a degree in Criminal Justice, and completed his formal education by receiving his Juris Doctor from the John Marshall Law School.

Following his graduation from law school, Jim served as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General. Jim continued his public service as an assistant Cook County state’s attorney. While working as an assistant state’s attorney, Jim served in the felony trial and narcotics bureaus. Jim currently practices law in the City of Chicago.

Jim served as the ranking Republican on the Illinois House of Representatives Special Investigation Committee for the impeachment of Governor Blagojevich in 2008, and in 2012 served as the House Manager for the removal of a sitting member of the Illinois House of Representatives. In August of 2013, Jim was unanimously selected by his Republican colleagues to fill the vacancy of House Republican Leader and was officially inaugurated by the full House of Representatives on October 22, 2013.

During the 100th General Assembly, Jim worked tirelessly with members on both sides of the aisle to successfully negotiate a new education funding formula for our state. Now the law of the land, Senate Bill 1947 ensures that all students across Illinois receive adequate and equitable school funding regardless of where they live or income status. Jim was also the chief sponsor of Senate Bill 1722 which now gives judges the ability to crack down on repeat gun offenders by giving harsher penalties. This measure will reduce gun violence plaguing communities across our state.

Jim’s dedication to the people of Illinois has earned him several honors. Throughout his career, he has been bestowed several awards and recognitions such as Legislator of the Year (Builders Association, 2016), Friend of Agriculture (Illinois Farm Bureau, 2016), Outstanding Legislator of the Year (Illinois Association of Park Districts 2015 and MS Society of Greater Illinois 2014), Family Legacy Award (Illinois Crime Commission 2014) and several more throughout the last two decades.

In 2000 and 2008, Jim was State Chairman for U.S. Senator John McCain’s presidential campaigns and served as Chairman for the Illinois Delegation at the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis. Jim currently serves on the John Marshall Law School Board of Trustee’s, Misericordia Board of Advisors, Giant Steps of Illinois Board of Directors and JDRF Illinois Board of Directors.

Jim currently resides in Western Springs with his wife and family.

Randy Frese

Randy Frese

94th District

Randy Frese proudly serves as the State Representative of the 94th District. His reputation for integrity, professionalism, and service are the foundation of his success. Randy has demonstrated these values in his roles as a husband, father, small businessman, elected official, and civic leader.

Randy was raised on his family’s farm in rural Illinois and earned his Bachelor of Sciences in Applied Sciences/Agriculture at Western Illinois University. After graduating from WIU, Randy learned about business traveling West Central Illinois. Based out of Macomb, he was first a sales and service representative for White Farm Equipment, and then he worked as an industrial minerals salesman. He soon returned to Adams County and began developing a series of entrepreneurial small businesses. Throughout his years as a small business owner Randy employed hundreds of individuals in the western Illinois region. He knows what it is to make the hard decisions of a small business owner, he knows how to maintain a budget and follow a plan, and he is able to relate and work with those who bring small business opportunities to western Illinois.

Randy has been married to his high school sweetheart, Ronda, for 31 years. Randy and Ronda have raised three daughters – Laura, Jana, and Sara – not far from where they both grew up. The Frese’s have continued their family traditions of service to the community through involvement with professional, religious, service, political, and social organizations. They are members of the Adams County Farm Bureau, St. Thomas Catholic Church at Camp Point, and the Quincy Exchange Club. Randy has proudly served on the Board of Directors for the Adams County Fair, as well as the Quincy Catholic Charities Board. The Frese family is proud of their community involvement.

As an elected leader, Randy established a strong record of efficient and effective public service in eight years as the Adams County Circuit Clerk. He has streamlined operations, repaired flawed administrative practices, expanded the use of technology to make information more readily available and usable, held the line on budget growth, and maintained a constituent-centered service model. Randy made it his priority to properly utilize his budget in the most effective way possible, while constantly increasing constituent service standards.

Amy Grant

Amy Grant

42nd District

Amy, and her husband Jim Grant are 20 year residents of Wheaton who have raised 2 children there. Having volunteered in school, church and community activities for many years, Amy brought her experience to the DuPage County Board, serving two terms championing fiscal responsibility, transparency, reliable public services and good government. That experience makes her ready Day 1 to serve the 42nd District in the General Assembly of Illinois. She knows what good government looks like and what it takes to achieve.
Brad Halbrook

Brad Halbrook

102nd District

Brad Halbrook is a small business owner, farmer, and family man. From 2012 until 2015 he served as State Representative in the 110th District. He is now serving in the 102nd District.

Brad is fiscal and social conservative. In 2012, he became just the 9th State Legislator to turn down the underfunded and overly generous General Assembly Retirement System pension. He helped start the trend that now has 33 current legislators outside the system. Brad has also been a champion of governmental transparency at both the state and local levels.

Brad will continue to advocate for government reforms, reduced taxes, and job creation legislation.

Brad and his wife Linda live in Shelbyville. They have two children. They own and operate a small farming operation.

Norine Hammond

Norine Hammond

93rd District

Representative Hammond was born in Berwyn, IL and attended Western Illinois University, in Macomb. Representative Hammond serves as Assistant Minority Leader. She is one of 4 House members serving on the Legislative Ethics Commission. She serves as Republican Spokesperson on Consumer Protection and Higher Education Committees. Her other committee assignments include; Appropriations-Higher Education; Community College Access; Elementary & Secondary School Curriculum and Policies; Human Services; Insurance and Transportation Roads & Bridges.

In addition, she has served as Emmet Township Trustee 2002 – 2006, Township Supervisor 2006-2014 and the Macomb Planning Commission. She is married to her husband, Leonard and they have a daughter, Trish.

Jeff Keicher

Jeff Keicher

70th District

Jeff Keicher is a proud father of three, a husband and a small business owner. He has been a resident of the DeKalb and Kane County area for his entire life and his family has been in this area since they arrived in the United States in the early 1900’s.

Jeff graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1996 with a degree in political science. Working through the CPCU Institutes Jeff attained his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 2000. He has also studied with the American College of Financial Services and attained the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) & Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) insurance designations in 2001.

He began his career with State Farm in a Sycamore State Farm Agency as a staff person. Upon graduation from NIU, Jeff worked in various positions in operations including the claims department. Jeff transitioned to the agency side of the business and opened his own State Farm Insurance Agency in Sycamore in 2006.

Today, Jeff runs a very successful insurance agency and feels strongly that his blessings in his community need to be paid back. He spends a good deal of time volunteering in the community in multiple capacities and on behalf of his industry with various groups. In addition to multiple boards and commissions, Jeff he has held executive board positions with the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, the Sycamore Public Library, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) of Illinois and the Sycamore Rotary Club. He has also spent many years serving on boards for the DeKalb Chapter of the American Red Cross, NAIFA Fox Valley and the Kishwaukee YMCA.

Jeff is motivated to represent the citizens of the 70th House District in the Illinois General Assembly. He has built his community relationships based on trust and personal commitment and seeks to carry that solid reputation for thoughtful consideration to Springfield. He leads in many organizations with a strong understanding of the value of dialog and seeking first to understand. Jeff feels strongly that the citizens of the 70th District need representation from an engaged business owner dedicated to doing the right thing, not looking for employment as a legislator.

Michael Marron

Michael Marron

104th District

I was born a farmer. And when you’re born on a farm, working hard and helping out isn’t optional. (Not if you want to eat and sleep under a roof that is) You’re expected to pull your weight, and challenged daily to achieve even more. You learn early on the values of working hard and working smart. Time is as an important a commodity as grain and livestock. And when something needs fixing, you fix it before it becomes a bigger problem.

Agriculture has always been a passion of mine for obvious reasons. Illinois number one industry is agriculture. I was fortunate enough to serve on the Illinois Soy Bean Board, rising to the level of Vice Chairman. My experience in Agriculture and representing farmers on the Commodity Boards give me the knowledge of what we need to do to leverage the power of Illinois number one industry. My most treasured events were the extensive travels to foreign markets for our corn and soybeans. I traveled to China, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Ghana, and Haiti. I saw how the world works and I met many wonderful people, some who have become friends. Besides traveling, we have hosted many countries farming leaders to our farms to see the operations of Illinois agriculture. Through all of these encounters, I learned what we need to do to make the Illinois farmer competitive in feeding the world. We will need to energize Illinois agriculture if we are to grow out of the current mess. The world population is growing by leaps and bounds, and we need to position ourselves now.

My experience in advocating led to a natural interest in governing as a public servant. As county board chairman I manage a complex entity consisting of twenty-four departments, roughly four hundred employees, and a forty million dollar budget. During my time in the chair, we have invested in our property and infrastructure, getting our buildings back in a safe condition for our employees and guests and sending a strong message that Vermilion County takes care of its assets. I have also worked hard to obtain the old Federal Courthouse for use as the Vermilion County offices. The County Annex building will soon become uninhabitable because it’s conjoined to the vacated Bresee Tower. Obtaining the Federal Building will allow us to relocate to a safe, well maintained building that anchors the north downtown area at a minimal cost to the taxpayer. The move also allows us to consolidate departments and offices under one roof to further save taxpayer money. Another investment we have made is to get the County to the forefront of technology. The world is advancing quickly with technology, and we must ensure that our government is safe and keeping up properly for future generations. I believe in transparency and implemented the system that shows visitors exactly where their tax money is going. Finally, I have taken great pride in making sure that the County is operating with increased efficiency. I have worked closely with all departments to find savings. The evidence of this is that General Fund expenditures have decreased every year from the previous year for the first two years of my administration. We are also on track to be below the Mendoza Line again for the budget year which ends in December. It has been a team effort by everyone who works for Vermilion County, and I’m glad to be a part of it.

Finally, I have had success in getting a strong consensus on a partisan board. During my tenure, I have been successful working through differences I’ve had with other board members and members of the other party. We have always been able to agree on what will be best for the County, and I have worked hard in cultivating our ideas for the future. My goal is to represent and advocate for the 104th District to bring growth and investment, and to ensure that the State of Illinois lives within its means. Time is a commodity, and it’s running short for the state to clean up its act. I am ready for the challenge and excited for this opportunity.

Deanne Mazzochi

Deanne Mazzochi

47th District

I was born and raised in Villa Park, graduating from Willowbrook High School. I received my undergraduate degree in Political Science and Chemistry (Biology minor), from Boston University. My law degree (with honors) is from the George Washington University. I have always been passionate about science, and am thrilled to use that knowledge in my private sector work.

I moved to Elmhurst to raise my family. My husband’s business is local in Elmhurst; and my children attend Elmhurst public schools. I’ve built a successful private-sector business defending people, including against aggressive, well-funded opponents.

Michael McAuliffe

Michael McAuliffe

20th District

Michael is a lifelong resident of the 20th legislative district and is serving in his tenth term. As a full-time legislator, he is the spokesperson on both the Healthcare Licenses and Veterans Affairs Committees. Additionally, Michael is a member of Appropriations on Public Safety, Healthcare Availability Access, Museums & Cultural Enhancement, Public Utilities, and the Tourism & Conventions House Committees.

He was chosen by Secretary of State Jesse White to serve on the prestigious Traffic Safety Advisory Committee. Michael has led the charge to pass legislation to support public safety, military and veterans, education and economic development.

Michael has been honored by numerous organizations for his unwavering commitment and service to his constituents including the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, Illinois Crime Commission, New Horizon School for the Developmentally Disabled, Illinois Committee of Blind Vendors, Illinois Athletic Trainers Association and Illinois Park Districts.

McAuliffe graduated from Holy Cross High School and attended Triton College. He lives in the 41st ward in the City of Chicago where he serves as the Republican Committeeman. Michael is married and the proud father of two young children.

Tony McCombie

Tony McCombie

71st District

As the Mayor of Savanna, Illinois Tony McCombie has a proven, nonpartisan record of finding ways to work together to improve efficiencies and solve problems that have promoted growth and morale throughout Savanna and Carroll County. Tony is running for state representative to work for all of the district and to end the culture of corruption and complacency in Springfield. She understands the need to work in a bipartisan way to develop and deliver common sense reform to Illinois.

Her diversified experience has molded her into a qualified candidate that understand the importance of a business friendly climate, economic growth and regionalism.
Tony also actively works in the real estate industry, where she started from square one and has built growth through hard work, creativity, and communication. She is a high-energy public servant, a real estate broker with Mel Foster Company and the owner of Blue Appraisals, LLC, a real estate appraisal company that serves Illinois and Iowa. Her diversified experience has molded her into a qualified candidate that understand the importance of a business friendly climate, economic growth and regionalism.

She has been married to Curt, a volunteer fireman and lab technician at DuPont in Thomson, IL for ten years. She is part of a close-knit and active family and her personal time revolves around them and outdoor recreational activities.

We are living in a time, where government is incapable of working together for us, our children and our most vulnerable. Tony McCombie is not a career politician, but a real person who has a proven record of working successfully with others to get the job done.

Margo McDermed

Margo McDermed

37th District

Family: I first moved to Mokena in 1978 with my husband Edward and have lived here ever since. We raised our two children here, where they attended Mokena public schools, Lincoln-Way high school and played Mokena Park District soccer. I founded Mokena Educational Foundation with other concerned parents and served as one of its first presidents. My husband and I were active in Boy Scouts and Lincoln Way Marching Knights, community theatre and Madrigals. Now my daughter Andrea and son Steve are adults, work in their chosen professions, and are both married. Best of all they each have a daughter so my husband and I are proud grandparents of Maya and Hazel.

Professional: After law school I spent 30 years in a professional environment where hard work and strong leadership were essential – the law department for one of the largest corporations in the world, Amoco, later BP. One of my main jobs was to train my client groups in legal compliance with antitrust law and international law. None of the people I trained ever broke the law or went to jail! I negotiated with foreign governments for the rights to explore and produce oil in their countries. I worked with buying and selling service station sites and with the franchisees who ran the sites for Amoco. I negotiated contracts for buying and selling gasoline and other petroleum products with corporations and governments throughout the US and abroad. I managed a team of 31 other legal professionals and was responsible for a budget exceeding $50 million a year.

The most rewarding part of my job as a lawyer was taking a client’s dream and making it real, whether by writing contracts, negotiating with the other side, litigating or working the deal to make sure it complied with the law. This same model – taking a vision and making it real – is what I try to do as a member of the Illinois House for all of us who live here in the 37th District. The challenge of turning Illinois back to a state where residents can find great jobs and raise their families with good education and a promising future is now my goal.

Township Office: As my children grew and left home I had even more time to work in the community and I was elected the Frankfort Township Board, later running for election to the office of Township Clerk. As Township Clerk I introduced early voting in the township for all our registered voters and for the voters in Green Garden Township as well. I managed to organize and move more than 125 years of township records using volunteers at no expense to taxpayers. No clerk before had ever done anything other than stuff records in boxes in the attic of the former township building.

County Board: In 2012 I was elected to Will County Board representing Mokena and New Lenox and left the County Board in 2014 when I was elected to the Illinois General Assembly.

Personal: For more than 3 decades I have been a member of Grace Church in New Lenox where I have served as president of the lay governing board and led outreach work. I led our team of volunteers on 2 work trips to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and we travelled to Iowa after the floods there to gut houses as well.

Edward and I have enjoyed backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking all over the US, as well as Europe and New Zealand. We recently added scuba diving to our activities. I’m also an avid scrapbooker and quilter, and even have some prizewinning quilts to my name.

I grew up in LaGrange, IL and graduated from DePaul University College of Law with highest honors.

David McSweeney

David McSweeney

52nd District

David was born in Park Ridge, Illinois and attended Barrington High School (Lake County, Illinois). He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Duke University in 1987 and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Fuqua School of Business in 1988. He currently works as an investment specialist. He was first elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012.

As a legislator, David has advocated for property tax relief. He has voted more than 20 times in the last couple of years to lower property taxes. He has also opposed all tax increases and led the charge to defeat the progressive income tax in 2013. He also has been fighting hard for term limits.

David met his wife, Margaret, in New York City. As newlyweds in New York City, David and Margaret tutored at risk students in Harlem. The couple moved to Illinois, and started their family. David and Margaret are the proud parents of two daughters. David and his family are members of the Lutheran Church of the Atonement.

Charlie Meier

Charles Meier

108th District

Charlie E. Meier serves as the State Representative in the 108th House District. Before he was elected State Rep., Charlie served six years on the Washington County Board, and was assigned to the Legislative, Sheriff, Highway, Assessment, and Animal Control Committees.

During his time on the Washington County Board, Charlie was involved with negotiating for Prairie State Energy to build their coal mine and power plant in the SE corner of the county. Prairie State Energy is the largest business in Mid America. It brought in 3500 temporary construction jobs and 500 permanent jobs. This facility and other business expansion of the enterprise zone has given Charlie Meier a unique understanding of the energy and manufacturing industries in Illinois.

Charlie is a lifelong resident of Washington County, residing on his family’s Centennial Farm. In 2009 Charlie was awarded the State of Illinois Conservation Farm Family of the Year, which recognizes leaders in land conservation that uphold the responsibility to restore its natural productive beauty for future generations. He is currently working on his second development with villas and single family residences.

He is also a Board member of Southwestern Illinois RC&D, Inc., serving the counties of Madison, St. Clair, Clinton, Washington, Bond, Monroe, and Randolph. Southwestern Illinois RC&D, Inc. is an independent, non-profit, non partisan, incorporated organization. Its primary purpose is the conservation, development and proper use of the resources which will result in increased job opportunities, economic stability, and provide for a quality environment in the area. This has helped Charlie in understanding the business aspect of dealing with F.E.M.A., E.P.A. and zoning regulations in Illinois.

Charlie is also a member of B.C.M.W. serving Bond, Clinton, Marion, and Washington counties with Social Services, including Head Start, senior meals, weatherization, handicap rehab, and LIHEAP.

Charlie has been a member of the Addieville Area Jaycees since 1979 and served on the state board twice. He was honored with his Jaycee senatorship and served on the Illinois Jaycee Senate Board in 2009. In 1988 Charlie was recognized as one of the 10 outstanding young people in the state of Illinois.

Charlie has been a 4-H leader for 27 years. Charlie has been a Charter Member of the Heritage House and Museum in Okawville since 1982 helping it grow into 3 properties, one of which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Charlie has been an instrumental player in restarting the local AG and FFA program at Okawville High School. Charlie has been a Chamber member since 1992 and presently serves on the tourism tax committee. Charlie is former chairman and board member of the Washington County Senior Services and served on the Executive board on Building Excellence for the Okawville School District. He is a life member of St. Peters U.C.C. Church and has served on numerous committees there including Sunday school teacher.

Chris Miller

Chris Miller

110th District

Chris Miller lives in Oakland, Illinois, where he was born and raised. After graduating from Oakland High School, Chris attended Eureka College and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in education. Later, Chris attended Lakeland College and received an Associate’s Degree in agriculture. He is a third generation farmer and raises Angus cattle. Chris and his wife, Mary, have been married for thirty-seven years. They have seven children and fourteen grandchildren.
Tom Morrison

Thomas Morrison

54th District

Tom “Tax Fighter” Morrison, the son of a printer and the third of four brothers, is a lifelong resident of the north and northwest suburbs. His parents helped found Christian Liberty Academy of Arlington Heights in 1969.

Tom inherited a strong work ethic from his parents, starting work at an early age. Tom fondly remembers being a lifeguard at the age of sixteen and getting an early start in radio, like his role model President Ronald Reagan.

With support from awards, scholarships and off-campus work, Tom earned a degree in History from Hillsdale College.

After college, Tom pursued a dynamic career. He interned at WGN-AM radio in Chicago and later accepted a position as a radio news reporter and anchor in Dubuque, Iowa. Eager to return to Chicago, he came home to teach fifth grade for six years at Christian Liberty Academy. Subsequently, Tom partnered with his brother to purchase two northwest suburban SERVPRO franchises, a company that specializes in disaster cleanup and restoration. Through persistent hands-on work and excellent customer service, their business grew substantially. For sales and on-the-job performance, Tom earned SERVPRO’s 2009 Director’s Gold and 2010 Director’s Platinum Awards.

Tom and his wife Bethany live with their four children in Palatine.

Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy

99th District

Mike Murphy recently sold his restaurant, Charlie Parker’s Diner, and is now ready to serve the public once again! Instead of serving up giant pancakes, he wants to serve the people of the 99th District in the Illinois General Assembly.

Mike has a history of community service; he served on both the school board and village board while living in Divernon. He recently served for six years on the Sangamon County Citizens Efficiency Commission and served as both vice chairman and chairman of the commission. Lastly, Mike served the community as a youth sports coach and was president of the Divernon Sports Boosters for more than 10 years.

Mike was born in Springfield, Illinois. His family moved to Divernon when he was three. Mike attended elementary and high school in Divernon where he participated in many sports and activities. After graduating from high school, Mike joined the US Army and served three years, including one year of service in South Korea. Mike served one year in the National Guard after his honorable discharge in 1976.

Mike attended Eastern Illinois University from 1976-1979 and married his wife Cindy in 1978 while attending college. Mike was active in the EIU College Republicans and served as vice president of the Illinois College Republicans. Mike was a precinct committeeman in Charleston and worked on several campaigns including Jim Edgar’s run for state representative in 1976. Mike became good friends with Illinois Senator Max Coffey, and he and Max opened a restaurant together in 1979.

Mike returned to the Springfield area in 1983 and has lived here since. Mike and his wife have two children. Their son Bobby and his wife Christina have three boys and live in Springfield, where Bobby is a Springfield firefighter. Their daughter Megan and her husband Jody have a twin boy and girl. Megan and Jody live in the Dallas, Texas area where Megan is a key account manager for Red Bull. Mike and Cindy have been married for 39 years; Cindy is in her last year of teaching for the Auburn School District.

Mike wants to bring his business background, his strong commitment to the farming community and his understanding of the importance of education to the General Assembly. He plans on using common sense thinking to tackle the problems we are facing in Illinois. Mike has experienced firsthand how the state of Illinois has gone from a leader of the country to now being ranked in the bottom of many vital categories. Mike is ready to not only serve the people but is ready to make the tough decisions needed to turn the tide for Illinois.

Lindsay Parkhurst

Lindsay Parkhurst

79th District

Lindsay Parkhurst is the State Representative for the 79th House District in Illinois serving residents in Kankakee, Will, and Grundy Counties. She dedicated her life to serving others as a mom, wife, daughter, aunt, and practicing attorney.

Lindsay attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School and Eastridge High School. Lindsay obtained her bachelor’s degree in Honors English from the University of Illinois. She received a Law Degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and a Master of Laws in Health Law from DePaul University College of Law.

For 29 years, Lindsay is a results-driven defense and general practice attorney with experience in litigation and trial practice. In 2000, Lindsay opened her own general practice law office in Kankakee and is its sole practitioner. As a small business owner, Lindsay understands the challenges of running a business, providing quality customer service, and most importantly, making ends meet.

From 2005 to 2014, Lindsay served as a Kankakee County Assistant Public Defender for juvenile and abuse & neglect cases. Lindsay received the Volunteer Attorney of the Year Award by Prairie State Legal Services in 2015 for her pro bono legal work in the community.

She served as president of the Kankakee Society of Women in Law, Social Chair of the Kankakee County Bar Association and serves as Vice Chair of the Two Rivers Area Credit Union, Board Member and grants committee member of the Community Foundation, and Co-chair of the Prairie State Legal Services Fundraising Committee in their Kankakee office. Lindsay also volunteered her time at Aquinas Catholic Academy, Bishop McNamara Catholic High School, and Kankakee Community College for its Lex Paralegal Society.

Lindsay credits her inspiration, passion, and work ethic to her late parents, Betty Lindsay and Donald Parkhurst. Her mother was a surgical nurse at the University of Illinois. Her father was a physician in the United States Air Force and later Chief of Radiology at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. They taught Lindsay the values of working hard, receiving an education, providing for a family, serving others, and giving back to the community. Lindsay cared for her father and knows firsthand the day-to-day tasks of caring for seniors and making sure they have a safe and comfortable retirement.

Lindsay's roots run deep in her community. Lindsay met her husband Marc in Kankakee where they live and are raising their daughter Lucy. Lindsay and Marc share a passion for family, food, and friendships. They continue the family tradition of being committed to community volunteering and philanthropy and promoting community growth. When not working as a state representative, Lindsay can be found spending time around the district with her family and practicing law with a focus on giving a voice to the voiceless, fighting for those in need, and making sure everyone gets a fair shake.

Lindsay is not a politician and has no plans to become one. An advocate for term limits, Lindsay will limit herself to six years in Springfield. Lindsay believes, first and foremost, state government should live within its means.

As State Representative, Lindsay dedicated herself to fighting against corruption and for term limits, good government reforms, growing the economy, fighting the tax burden, and fostering thriving schools – she is committed to a better, stronger Illinois.

Steve Reick

Steven Reick

63rd District

My story is simple. I was born and raised in Illinois, and I’m old enough to remember many things. I remember when Illinois didn’t have a state income tax, yet was able to pay its bills. I grew up in a time when getting an education meant that a kid learned how to read and solve math problems from teachers who weren’t being told how to teach by lobbying groups in Washington, and when a person went to the doctor, he got a bill and paid with cash. I remember when a college student could come home in the summer and get a factory job that paid enough to cover most of the next year’s tuition.

Neither of my parents graduated from high school. Yet together they instilled in me the expectation that I’d go further, and as a result I was the first person from my entire family to attend college. I graduated from the University of Illinois in 1975 with a degree in Accounting, and then went on to get a law degree and a Masters Degree in Taxation from the University of Georgia. Those accomplishments were not mine alone, I know the sacrifices they made to allow me to reach for my dream. I’m forever in their debt.

The fact that I have the benefit of the memory of when times were simpler gives me perspective, and offers me the hope that what was the greatness of this state can be restored. We may surround ourselves with complexities, but human nature doesn’t change. We still want what we’ve always wanted, a better life for ourselves and a brighter future for our children.

I set up my tax practice in 1982 and got on with living my life. In the past 34 years, I’ve seen a lot. I’ve argued before appellate courts and once reached the doorstep of the U.S. Supreme Court. Heady stuff, but my greatest satisfaction comes from helping those who find themselves wrestling with Federal and state bureaucracies, afraid that they’ll lose all they have to a power that they cannot resist.

I’ve also had disappointments, as we all do. There have been bumps in my road, but I think they’ve made me better able to understand and advocate for those who don’t have all the advantages, who worry if their next paycheck may be their last. Americans, more than any other nationality, are known less for who they are than for what they do. The loss of one’s job or business cuts at one’s identity; the fears that ordinary families face in our current economic times strike to their very souls.

HRO-56Standing by me through this journey has been my wife, Deb. For 35 years we’ve seen the ups and downs, raised 3 kids and seen the arrival of 4 grandchildren. Upon moving to Woodstock in 1983, I practiced law and Deb opened a travel agency which served Woodstock and McHenry County for over 12 years. In the meantime, we became involved in our community, joining Rotary and coaching youth soccer. We’re moving on to this phase of our lives as we’ve done with all the others, together and with a sense of adventure.

As you can see, I’ve been given many blessings. Now it’s time to give back. I’m running for office with the hope that what I do there can in some small way make it easier for some kid now watching his parents struggle to give him something they never had have a fighting chance of realizing his dream.

Dave Severin

Dave Severin

117th District

Dave Severin was raised right here in the 117th district, living his whole life in Benton. He and his wife of 38 years, Penny, have lived in the same small ranch house on Mitchell St., for the last three decades where they raised their son. Dave and Penny, who is a school teacher, have two grandchildren and are members of Whittington Church.

A graduate of Benton High School and student of social work at John A. Logan Community College, Dave went on to work for his parents’ nursing home business, caring for patients’ needs and organizing their activities. After 20+ years in operation his parents sold the nursing home, and after much prayer and consideration, Dave decided to start his own business.

In a little more than 20 years, he took his small business from operating out of his garage, to a storefront on the Benton town square, to their current facility built in 2004. Dave proudly employs 12 hardworking Southern Illinoisans and does business all over Southern Illinois as a custom embroidery and promotional products manufacturer.

It’s time to stand up and say enough is enough. Dave is standing – and ready to fight.
Community service is a part of Dave’s life. He is a member of his local Lion’s Club, ran Special Olympics in Southern Illinois for 10 years, spent time as a Youth Pastor at his church, sits on the board of a not-for-profit that helps the developmentally disabled, and is President of the Benton Elementary School Board.

Dave’s parents started with nothing – gleaning cornfields and picking strawberries to put food on the table before building the nursing home. Dave started his small business in the back of his garage. He and his family are proof the American Dream is possible right here in Southern Illinois.

Dave is running for state representative because he believes the American Dream is slipping away from the next generation of Southern Illinoisans. He knows career politicians, Springfield insiders, and the Chicago Political Machine won’t come rescue us. It’s time to stand up and say enough is enough. Dave is standing – and ready to fight.

Allen Skillicorn

Allen Skillicorn

66th District

Allen Skillicorn has deep roots in the Fox River Valley. Heather and Allen live in East Dundee with their 7 year Doberman, adopted from a local rescue. His grandfather worked as a janitor at Crystal Lake South High School. Allen’s mother, April, was a special education teacher in School District 300 and later served pre-school children as director of the Crystal Lake Head Start program.

As a trustee for the Village of East Dundee, Allen worked to keep the property tax levy frozen since he was first elected in 2011. This work combined with local economic growth, has dramatically dropped village property taxes per home.

As a candidate for State Representative, Allen is endorsed by Tax Accountability. Tax Accountability is the Political Action arm of Taxpayers United of America.

Despite a challenging economic climate, East Dundee’s downtown has attracted $14 million in private/public investment. With Allen’s help, East Dundee has lowered taxes, increased services, and reinvested in infrastructure.

Skillicorn has also emphasized greater government accountability. He led the way in getting important records and financial information posted regularly on East Dundee’s village website.

Allen’s success in East Dundee has lead to endorsements from the Technology & Manufacturing Association and National Federation of Independent Business.

Skillicorn currently serves as Vice-Chair for the Kane County Republican Party. A former congressional candidate, Marine Colonel Larry Kaifesh, said Allen has “a unique ability to bring people together.” As a party leader, he’s helped countless republican campaigns and defeated many tax hike referendums.

Keith Sommer

Keith Sommer

88th District

Keith P. Sommer has served as a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives since 1999. Since 2012, he has represented the 88th Legislative District, which includes much of Tazewell and McLean Counties.

Keith currently serves on the House committees for Adoption Reform, Business Occupational Licenses, Economic Development, Insurance, and International Trade and Commerce.

Prior to serving in the Illinois General Assembly, Keith served on the Tazewell County Board (1994-1998) and the Morton Village Board (1977-1986). He also served as Tazewell County Recorder, and as a member and chairman of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. He graduated from the University of Virginia, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Government.

Keith lives in Morton with his wife Deb and their two daughters.

Joe Sosnowski

Joe Sosnowski

69th District

Representative Joe Sosnowski grew up in Carol Stream, Illinois where his father worked as a carpenter and his mother raised four children. Joe attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, and after graduation, Joe was elected as a City of DeKalb Alderman. While in DeKalb, Joe worked as a property manager for student apartments.

Joe’s wife Roxanne was born in Belvidere, Illinois and attended local schools graduating from Northern Illinois University College of Law in May 2004. Roxanne’s family continues to reside in the Boone/Winnebago County area.

Joe and Roxanne moved to Rockford in 2004 and quickly became involved in local issues. Joe ran for City of Rockford First Ward Alderman and was elected in the spring of 2005 and re-elected in 2009. In 2010, he successfully ran for State Representative in the 69th Legislative District.

He currently serves on the following House committees: Transportation Regulation, Roads and Bridges; Appropriations — Elementary and Secondary Education; Cities and Villages; and Aging.

He holds a State of Illinois Real Estate License and is currently the Director of Institutional Advancement at Rockford Christian Schools in Rockford, Illinois. (Go Royals!)

Joe is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, on the regional board of Children’s Home and Aid, and a member of Next Rockford (young professionals organization). Additionally, he was the recipient of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s 2008 “40 Under 40” Award, which recognizes young regional leaders.

Roxanne is an attorney with Barrick Switzer Long Balsley and Van Evera, a Rockford firm.

Joe and Roxanne have two wonderful little boys (Aidan and Roman) and a baby girl (Ellie).

Ryan Spain

Ryan Spain

73rd District

Ryan Spain has served as State Representative of the 73rd District since January 2017.

A lifelong Peorian, Spain attended District 150 schools and is a Richwoods High School alumnus. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a double degree in political science and speech communication and Bronze Tablet Honors. Spain also holds an MBA from Bradley University.

In April 2007, Spain was elected to the City Council as the youngest at-large member in Peoria history, a seat he held until Fall of 2016. He is currently employed at OSF Healthcare System as the Vice President of Economic Development. Spain and his wife Ashley have two young daughters- Vivienne & Eleanor.

Since serving in the Illinois House, Spain sponsored landmark legislation allowing volunteer work at Illinois State Parks and Trails as well as working closely on issues related to mental health, hospital and healthcare transformation. On a more local level, Spain has always enjoyed spearheading initiatives to bring jobs and economic growth to our region. He was proud to serve as the driving force in Peoria’s Warehouse District, which has become a mixed-use district that is bringing both businesses and residents back to the core of the City. In his professional life, as a healthcare manager, he has seen firsthand how government decisions are affecting the private sector and how lessons learned by the private sector can be applied to challenges in government. We all agree our State needs to take a new direction and Ryan Spain welcomes the opportunity to build a better Illinois.

Representative Spain has received high marks for his voting record from the Illinois Farm Bureau, Tooling & Manufacturing Association, and Illinois Health Care Association. He was recently named a Friend of Agriculture by the Illinois Farm Bureau and was awarded the 2018 Leadership Award for improving telehealth policy from the Illinois Telehealth Initiative.

Spain’s service to his community has not gone without recognition as he was honored as an inductee into 40 Leader Under Forty by InterBusiness Issues Magazine in 2007, was nominated and served as an Edgar Fellow in 2014, was Co-Chair of the 2013 All-America City effort by Peoria, is a Co-Founder and Board member of Peoria Downtown Development Corporation served as Chairman of the Peoria City/County Shared Services Committee and served on the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Peoria’s Advisory Board.

Dan Swanson

Daniel Swanson

74th District

Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Daniel M. Swanson was born on July 30, 1959, in Woodhull, IL. He graduated from Al Wood Community Schools in May 1977, Black Hawk East in June 1986 and Western Illinois University in August 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Board of Governors.

He enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard on August 11, 1977 as a 63B Generator and Wheel Vehicle Mechanic. He was selected on March 1, 1980 to serve on an active duty tour with the Illinois Army National Guard. He attended Officer Candidate School at the Illinois Military Academy and commissioned a Second Lieutenant on June 14, 1986. He retired January 31, 2001 after 20 years Active Duty and over 3 years as a Traditional Guardsman.

After watching the soldiers he trained through his military career go to war, he volunteered and was recalled to active duty on July 1, 2007, to serve with the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq; Coalition Army Advisory Training Team, Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned as Deputy Director, Iraqi Army Force Generation. He coordinated and synchronized the recruiting, training, equipping and basing Iraqi Army units with Coalition and Iraqi Leadership. He completed his tour June 25, 2008 and returned to retirement July 14, 2008. Dan earned the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge.

On April 3, 2010, he was recalled to Active Duty to serve with the Army Sustainment Command, Rock Island Arsenal and assigned as Chief, Logistics Synchronization and Integration Cell for the Lead Materiel Integrator Mission. He led a team of soldiers and civilians, which transitioned the mission to equip the Army from the Pentagon to Army Sustainment Command at cost savings and jobs. He returned to retirement April 2, 2013

He served as Superintendent, Henry County Veterans Assistance Commission providing financial aid and transportation services to Iowa City, Iowa Veterans Hospital for Henry County Veterans. He also provided financial assistance to veterans to pay utility, rent and purchase food.

Dan was sworn in on January 11, 2017 to proudly serve as Illinois State Representative, 74th District in the 100th General Assembly.

Dan served over 17 years on the AlWood (Alpha and Woodhull) Board of Education and served two years on the Henry County Board, but was required to resign when called back to Active Duty.

He is involved with the 6th generation Swanson family farm where he works with his dad, Ron; brother, Steve; son Matthew and nephew Josh near Andover, Illinois. They raise corn, beans, oats, wheat, hay crops and a cow/calf operation, cattle feedlots and hogs.

Dan is married to the former Tammy Snider of Kewanee. Dan and Tammy live near Alpha, Illinois and attend Alpha Baptist Church. They have two married sons; Mark is employed by Wyffels Seed and Abbi is employed by Helzburg Diamonds. They live in Marion, Iowa. Matthew is employed by Barman Seed and Sarah teaches Pre-K special needs children. Matt and Sarah have a daughter, Sadie Marie. They live near Andover, Illinois.

Dan Ugaste

Dan Ugaste

65th District

Long before Dan Ugaste decided to get involved in Republican Party politics, Dan was involved in his community as a coach, as a volunteer firefighter and community volunteer. Dan is the kind person Ronald Reagan would describe as a “compassionate conservative”.

An attorney by trade, and business owner himself, Dan works every day to protect the rights of business owners in the court system and against a system of regulations and red tape that hamper their efforts to create a good product, deliver a valuable service, and provide a comfortable life for their families. As committed fiscal conservative, Dan will use his experience in law and business to help get Illinois back on the right track. As a committed cultural conservative, Dan will represent our shared values in the General Assembly while protecting our basic freedoms.

Not one to just “walk the walk” when it comes to pitching in, Dan Ugaste is dedicated to making his community and this State better through volunteerism. As a coach, volunteer in the community, and even as a former volunteer fire fighter, Dan Ugaste puts in the time needed to make life better for his family and his neighbors. He also spent numerous volunteer hours during the last few years assisting his fellow Republicans in Springfield trying to effectuate reforms for business.

Dan and his wife Denise are the proud parents of three married daughters and have 3 grandchildren. Dan regularly attends church at the United Methodist Church in Geneva.

Mike Unes

Michael Unes

91st District

Mike Unes is serving his third term as State Representative of the 91st District. Mike was first elected in 2010, beating out a 16-year incumbent as a Republican serving in a majority Democrat district. Prior to his service in the Illinois House, Mike served as an East Peoria City Commissioner for three years, where he served as the Accounts and Finance Commissioner as well as Mayor Pro-Tem for the Council.

Rep. Unes currently serves on the following committees in the Illinois House: Human Services- Appropriations; Cities & Villages; Economic Development; Insurance; International Trade & Commerce; Transportation: Vehicles & Safety; Small Business Empowerment & Workforce Development; and Elementary and Secondary Education.

Mike has been a very active leader in Central Illinois for many years. He has served as President of the East Peoria Rotary, Board member for the Young Professionals of Greater Peoria, Steering Committee Member of the Tazewell County Resource Center, Vice Chairman of the East Peoria Mass Transit District Board, Treasurer of the Itoo Society, and Ambassador for the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, Unes started a literacy campaign, together with the Rotary Club, for the Tazewell-Woodford County Head Start program. This campaign provided an educational interaction between low-income children and business leaders of East Peoria.

Unes’ service to the community has not gone without recognition. He was recently named 2013 Consumer Protection Legislator of the Year by the Illinois Insurance Association for his work on landmark copper theft legislation. He was named 2012 Public Official of the Year by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and 2012 Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce. He was named Outstanding Freshman Legislator by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce in 2012, as well as 2012 Legislator of the Year by the Illinois Association of Electric Cooperatives. Unes was also selected as one of the “40 Leaders Under Forty” by Peoria’s Inter Business Issues in 2007.

In his professional life, Unes has worn many different hats in the ten years he worked for Heinold-Banwart, the largest privately-held accounting firm in Central Illinois. As the firm’s Director of Recruitment and Network Administrator, Unes was responsible for every facet of the firm’s hiring process. In addition to these duties, Unes handled the firm’s scheduling and marketing, and managed its Information Technology needs. Prior to working at Heinold-Banwart, Mike served in a Management position for Kroger, Inc.

Unes is a life-long resident of Central Illinois, as well as a 1996 graduate of Bradley University. Although Mike enjoys serving his community and keeping active with community service activities, he is most proud of his family. Mike and his wife Natalie were married in 1998 and have four children – Meghan, Nathan, Michelle, and Nicholas. In his free time, Mike enjoys playing and coaching sports, following baseball, reading and spending quality time with his family.

Tom Weber

Tom Weber

64th District

Tom is 51 years old and has 6 sisters and 2 brothers. He grew up on his family’s farm in Lake Villa. The Weber Duck Farm was known around the country as one of the leading suppliers of Pekin Ducks. The farm closed in 1989 and is now part of the Lake County Forest Preserve and is known as the Duck Farm Forest Preserve and Dog Park.

Tom graduated from St. Johns Military Academy where he achieved the highest rank of Company Commander, was elected as Class president and received many awards including becoming an Eagle Boy Scout. During his summers he worked as a counselor at Makajawan Boy Scout Reservation, as head counselor for English as a Second Language camp and attended an Advanced Leadership Training Seminar at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

After high school Tom went back to work on his family farm and worked as a carpenter and electrician. He decided to start a family and married his wife Becki in 1989. They have been married for 29 years and have two children 26 and 28 years old. Tom and his wife Becki still live in his family’s original farm house today. They are members of Grace Community Bible Church.

Tom started his construction company in 1996. In 2006 he opened a home inspection service which he closed due to lack of home sales during the recession. As a small business owner and employer, Tom understands the difficult times that many small businesses go through. Tom’s construction company has been providing services for residents of Lake and McHenry County for over 20 years.

Tom became disillusioned with government and believes that at some point, a person must stop complaining and do something about the problems he or she sees. Tom decided to act and won his election to the Lake County Board and Forest Preserve Board in 2012 and became the voice of his county board district. He believes that Illinois is worth fighting for and decided to run for State Representative. Tom is determined to be active in every area of the district and you can always find him attending or volunteering at local events of the communities he serves. Join him as he now looks towards our state capitol and bringing positive changes to all of Illinois.

Grant Wehrli

Grant Wehrli

41st District

State Representative Grant Wehrli is a lifelong resident of Naperville. He attended the Florida Institute of Technology and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he studied Aviation Management and Aviation Flight. He holds a commercial pilot's license. Prior to his election to the Illinois General Assembly, Representative Wehrli served as a Councilman for the City of Naperville from 2005-2014. After serving in the Illinois House for 3 ½ years, in October of 2018 he was elevated to the role of Assistant Minority Leader. Grant and his wife Sharon have two sons.
David Welter

David Welter

75th District

David Welter was sworn in as State Representative of Illinois’ 75th District on July 15, 2016. Prior to his appointment to the Illinois General Assembly, Representative Welter served as Chairman of the Grundy County Board where he was first elected in 2010.

At the time of his appointment David served as Human Resources & Procurement Manager for a local trucking and construction equipment company in addition to his role as Board Chairman. He will now bring his valuable private sector experience and knowledge of local government to the Illinois General Assembly.

Representative Welter and his wife, Ashley, reside in Morris with their two young children.

Keith Wheeler

Keith Wheeler

50th District

My name is Keith Wheeler and I’m running for office to represent my neighbors in the Illinois’ 50th Representative District. I am a sixth-generation resident of Kendall County and I live in Oswego with my wife, Lisa, my two stepsons, Matthew and Chad and my daughter, Ava. I grew up in Oswego, graduated from Oswego High School and am a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For the last 25 years, I have been a successful small business owner with offices in Oswego and Chicago. I have served our communities as the chairman of the National Federation of Independent Business Fox Valley Area Action Council for small business as well as the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kendall County Food Pantry from 2008 to 2014.

More recently, I served as Board Chairman for the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce and still serve as the NFIB Illinois Leadership Council Chairman. I am very proud to have served in both of these positions as we must work hard to improve the jobs and business climate in Illinois.

Local Republicans may be familiar with my terms as chairman of the Kendall County Republican Candidate Support Committee and more recently as the chairman of the Kendall County Republican Central Committee during which I worked hard to get Republicans elected to office and build party unity.

In addition, I served as the treasurer of the Oswego Bears Youth Football and Cheer Pop Warner program.

For the record, I am a pro-constitution, fiscal conservative who believes that the role of government has become too expensive and too intrusive and that our government has given our children too much debt.

Blaine Wilhour

Blaine Wilhour

107th District

Blaine Wilhour was raised on a family farm in rural Altamont, the fourth of six children. Growing up, he learned the value of hard work while helping tend to his families small hog operation each morning before school. He is a graduate of St. Elmo High School, and proudly served in the Army National Guard as an Intelligence Analyst. In more recent years, Blaine was a member of the Fayette County Board.

In 2006, he married his wife, Amber, and together they have 3 highly energetic boys: Nolan, Jonah, and Raylan. Blaine believes that raising his boys as a Christian example is the most important duty in his life. Blaine partners with his dad and brothers on their family farm, and is one of 2 managing partners with Longhorn Buildings, LLC, their family owned construction business.

Patrick Windhorst

Patrick Windhorst

118th District

Southern Illinois is where Patrick was raised and where he has spent almost his entire life. He attended Massac County High School before going to Shawnee Community College, got his undergrad degree at the University of Illinois and graduated law school at SIU. Patrick’s mother is a homemaker and Bible class teacher. His father is a retired educator and principal in Massac County Schools and also worked as an ironworker and served in the Army Reserves.

Patrick and his wife Holly live in a small house two blocks from the courthouse in Metropolis with their two young children, Lucy and Leo. Patrick serves as a Deacon in his local church, and is an active Rotary Club member, while Holly is the volunteer Executive Director of the Massac County Drug Awareness Coalition.

Patrick currently has the honor of serving as Massac County State’s Attorney – fighting to protect our communities by putting violent criminals and drug pushers behind bars. He loves his job in Massac County but understands that to take Southern Illinois in a better direction, we must change the policies coming out of Springfield – and the politicians who make them.

His young children are the reason Patrick is stepping up to run for state representative. He wants them to be able to create a bright future for themselves right here in Southern Illinois. He wants the same future for your children and grandchildren.

The stakes of the next election are high and Patrick knows that it will take a tested, conservative outsider, ready to lead the fight against career politicians and the political machine if we are going to make that bright future our reality.

Patrick is that tested conservative. Join him in the fight.