Author Archives: Steve Reick

Please Donate

I look at campaign contributions as an affirmation that you agree with what I’m trying to accomplish in Springfield, that I’m giving you voice in the process. Your kind contribution will help me continue giving you that voice. Thank you.

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Why I’m Not Taking a Pension

Last week I told you that I have elected to opt out of the General Assembly Retirement System (GARS), and thus will not be eligible for the legislative pension. There are a number of reasons why, and I’d like to … Continue reading

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Opting Out of the Legislative Pension

Early on in the campaign, I said that, if elected, I would not take a legislative pension.

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Moving From Campaigning to Representing

I’ve waited to discuss the outcome of the election, not because I didn’t feel that I owed you a comment, but to allow it to sink in. The days since November 8 have been a whirlwind, but now the dust … Continue reading

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Creative Destruction in Education

People I’m talking to during the campaign tell me that property taxes are the top issue they want to see fixed in McHenry County. They all understand that the real driver of high property taxes is the cost of education. … Continue reading

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