Last night at the McHenry VFW, McHenry County Board member Craig Wilcox was sworn in as a State Senator.
He replaced Pam Althoff, who resigned early and is running for the McHenry County Board.
Although, who thought she had a Democratic Party opponent when she made the decision to step down, did not want her opponent to claim that her legislative position would influence voters to support her.
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The following press release from McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Diane Evertsen explains how Wilcox got the appointment:
The McHenry and Lake County Republican Central Committees are pleased to announce, effective October 1, 2018, the appointment of Craig Wilcox, Colonel, USAF (retired) to fill the unexpired Senate term of Senator Pamela Althoff in the 32nd Legislative District. Althoff has chosen to step down from the seat as of September 30, 2018.
Wilcox is currently running as the Republican nominee for the 32nd Legislative District Senate seat in the November General election.
The 32nd Legislative District encompasses portions of both McHenry and Lake Counties which allowed both the McHenry County Chairman, Diane Evertsen, and the Lake County Chairman, Mark Shaw, to confer relative to the selection as set forth by Illinois State Statute.
Lake County Republican Chairman Mark Shaw, who also serves as Illinois State Republican Co-Chairman, noted that,
“Colonel Wilcox’s many years of leadership in the U.S. Military and on the McHenry County Board, make him imminently qualified to ‘hit the ground running’ in his representation of residents from the 32nd Legislative District in Springfield”.