A press release announcing State Senator Pam Althoff is running for re-election:
Off and running: Althoff seeks reelection to IL Senate
McHENRY, Ill. – It’s official: State Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) will seek reelection as State Senator from Illinois’ 32nd District in 2012.
“We still have a great deal of work to do in putting Illinois on the right track,” Althoff said.
Dressed in blue State Senator Pam Althoff chats at Wednesday's Republican Play day with three other female McHenry County elected officials: Nunda Township Trustee Joni Smith,.Coroner Marlene Lantz and County Board member Anna May Miller.
“Today, voters are incredibly upset with the direction the state’s current leadership is taking us, and I share those frustrations. Working with the people of the 32nd District, I would like to continue my efforts to restore fiscal discipline to state government and bring high quality jobs and businesses back to Illinois.”
Althoff has represented the 32nd District since 2003 – a district that currently encompasses most of McHenry County.
Under the Democratic redistricting map approved by Gov. Quinn, the 32nd District shifts, covering the northern part of McHenry County into northwestern Lake County, including parts of Antioch, Lake Villa, Grant and Wauconda Townships.
The State Senate map Illinois Democrats imposed upon the McHenry-Lake County area. Democrat Jack Franks is the State Rep. in the 63rd District. The 64th District is empty. Some think that Franks got current 64th District Republican State Rep. Mike Tryon mapped out of the64th District so Franks would be the heir-apparent for State Senator should incumbent Pam Althoff retite.
“I have worked closely with the residents and lawmakers of Lake County over the years, through my work with the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership and other issues of local importance,” Althoff said.
“From day one, the people and communities of northwestern Lake County will have a state senator who knows the challenges they face and will be a strong advocate in representing their priorities in Springfield.”
If reelected by the voters of the 32nd District, Althoff says job creation and restoring fiscal responsibility to state government will be her two top priorities.
“There’s no reason Illinois should lag the rest of the country in job growth and economic development – we have some of the best trained and highly motivated workers in the entire world,” Althoff said.
“Our economy isn’t suffering because of them, it’s suffering because state government has unleashed harmful policies that have driven away businesses and the jobs they provide – such as the decision by Catalyst Inc. in my district to move to Wisconsin. We need to make state government a friend to the small business community, not a foe – by doing that we will attract new jobs and generate crucial new state revenues in the process.”
Althoff, who serves as one of the Senate Republicans’ leading budget experts, says reining in government spending must also be a top priority.
“For too long, Illinois government has refused to live within its means, and the record debt and deficits we see today is the result of that,” Althoff said. “As senator, I have a strong record as a fiscal hawk who has opposed the reckless budgets that brought us here – budgets that spent money on programs we couldn’t afford, doubled the state debt and skimmed from the pension system. Now more than ever, Illinois needs lawmakers who will ‘just say no’ to these harmful policies and bring us back from the brink of bankruptcy.”
Sen. Althoff was appointed to Illinois Senate Republican leadership – serving as the Caucus Whip. In addition she serves as Republican Spokesperson on the Appropriations II Committee, and as a member of the Human Services, Labor, Local Government and Licensed Activities Committees, as well as being a member of the National Conference of State Legislature’s Executive Board.