Reick recognizes opportunity as Franks exits district race
Observing a shift in the statewide political panorama, Steve Reick — Republican candidate for Illinois House representative from District 63 — recently acknowledged that would-be opponent Jack Franks’ bypassing the race opens up new possibilities for victory.
Democrat Franks, originally considering pursuing the seat for which Reick is running, has instead opted to campaign for the office of McHenry County board chairman.
“After weeks of speculation, it’s official,” Reick said, as he offered sincere best wishes to his colleague.
Claiming that it was never about running “against” Franks, Reick instead emphasized their common goals in a broad gesture of solidarity as he itemized the bullet points of his platform — things that will simply “make Illinois and McHenry County a better place to live, open a business and raise a family.”
Lowering property taxes, changing the way education is funded, pension reform and regulatory relief top Reick’s to-do list. Pointing out that Illinois businesses are overly burdened by unrealistic costs, he promised to help carry through reforms.
“It’s time to get serious about the future of this state and McHenry County,” Reick said. “I pledge to the people of the 63rd District that I’m committed to representing you and no other, and that I’ll carry on the tradition of having a strong, independent voice for you in Springfield.”
Reick earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Illinois, as well as both a master's degree in taxation and his J.D. from the University of Georgia. He has been practicing law since 1980 with an emphasis on tax and real estate representation, running his own firm.