McHenry County Board member Barb Wheeler has announced her candidacy for State Representative in the new 64th District.
Two years ago Wheeler had her ambition to become head of the McHenry County Board thwarted when she lost to incumbent Ken Koehler.
Koehler stripped her of her chairmanship of the committee that handled land use matters.
Shortly thereafter she led the successful effort to stop slot machines in rural bars and restaurants in McHenry County, an issue that might be re-visited now that the Illinois Supreme Court has upheld the law that authorized them.
Wheeler’s bother Al Salvi served in the Illinois House of Representative in Lake County from 1992 though 1996, when he unsuccessfully challenger Democrat Dick Durbin for the U.S. Senate. Her bother Mike ran for State Representative in southeastern Lake County. (I saw a man tearing down one of his 4 by 8 signs in Route 14 near Barrington in a driving rainstorm the weekend before the election.) Crystal Lake brother Tom ran against Jack Franks in 2000 coming within a percentage point of beating the Democrat.
The new district is split almost 50-50 between McHenry and Lake Counties.
Wheeler has lived in Fox Lake, which is in the new district and taught
school in Wauconda, which is also in Lake County.
She served in the Peace Corps.