Tazewell County Treasurer Announces Offer for Illinois House | State and Region

Tazewell County Treasurer Mary Burress is the latest Republican to announce a bid in Illinois’ new 87th District, setting up a Republican lead challenge for the open seat.

Burress joins Dr. Bill Hauter, a physician and Tazewell County Board member from Morton, in the race to represent parts of DeWitt, Logan, Macon, McLean, Sangamon, Tazewell and Woodford counties.

“I have worked with elected officials on both sides of the aisle at the county and municipal levels to hold government accountable to its citizens,” Burress said in a press release. “My good judgment will result in the General Assembly.”

Burress touted his “fiscal responsibility” in his campaign ad. Tazewell County has balanced its budget every year of her three terms as treasurer, she said. She vowed to reject any pay raises and the state legislator’s pension plan.

Burress said she also plans to support law enforcement and increase transparency in education policy if elected.

“For too long politicians in Illinois have used budget gimmicks and bad accounting to get by,” she said. “Our state just doesn’t work.”

The home race will not be Burress’s first bid for the Illinois General Assembly. She first ran in Illinois State Senate District 46, winning the Republican nomination but ultimately losing to incumbent David Koehler, D-Peoria, in the general election.

The new 87th House District covers much of the area currently represented by State Representative Keith Sommer, R-Morton. Sommer represents the 88th District, which includes many rural areas between Peoria and Bloomington-Normal.

The Illinois primary elections are scheduled for June 28 and the general election for November 8.

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