State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) has hit the ground running with regard to a significant traffic safety issue in the 63rd District.

The intersection of IL Routes 47 and 176 is located in Woodstock and is the site of many traffic accidents that have resulted in serious injuries and fatalities. “This is a priority issue for me,” said Reick, a long-time resident of the City of Woodstock. “The intersection has been flagged by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) as being in the top five percent of dangerous intersections in the state, and with an estimated 40,000 vehicle trips per day through there, I will ensure this project remains on the front burner.”

Since taking office, Reick has already met multiple times with officials from Woodstock, the Village of Lakewood and with Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) to ensure the project continues to move forward. “I am pleased to know that both villages and my Senator share my stance on the importance of this project,” Reick said. “It is also listed as a priority for the McHenry County Council of Governments. Together we are all working hard to secure funding and keep the project on track.”

The project comprises the realignment of Pleasant Valley Road, currently located approximately 500 feet north of the intersection, with the southern leg of IL Route 176 to create a signalized four way intersection to replace the dangerous “T intersection” that exists today.

You can view an informational brochure about the project here.

Following Governor Bruce Rauner's State of the State Address Wednesday in Springfield, State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) said he was in full agreement with Rauner's statement that "We are failing to be compassionate because we are failing to be competitive." Watch Rep. Reick's full interview here.
Today in Springfield, Governor Bruce Rauner presented his third annual State of the State Address before a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly. Following the Governor’s 35-minute speech, State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) issued the following statement:

“The Governor struck a tone of optimism and opportunity in today’s State of the State Address. While there is no denying that the lack of a budget is the biggest challenge we face right now, I hope all legislators can respond to his positive words about renewed bipartisanship, and we can once and for all work together to end the impasse.”

“The phrase that stood out to me was that we are failing to be compassionate because we are failing to be competitive. Until we fix the problems that can only be fixed within this chamber, by looking beyond the next election, Illinois will never rise to its rightful place as the economic engine of the Midwest.”

“While the budget impasse monopolizes political discussions right now, Governor Rauner pointed to some legitimate accomplishments that have occurred during the last two years. Progress that has been made in the areas of education funding, ethics reform, government efficiency and job creation stand as proof that positive change is possible. As legislators, we need to build on those accomplishments.”
Today in Springfield the House Democrats used their majority status to push through a set of egregious House Rules that stifle democracy and silence the voices of Republican lawmakers on important issues.

After a vigorous hour-long debate that was heated at times, rules that will govern the movement of legislation for the 100th General Assembly were approved in a 63-53 vote. All but two Democrats in attendance voted in favor of rules that increase House Speaker Mike Madigan’s power over the entire General Assembly.

State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock), voted against the proposed rules. “I’ve heard stories about the heavy hand of Mike Madigan and how he manipulates the rules to increase his power, but today’s action showed a breathtaking example of overreach,” said Reick, a freshman lawmaker from McHenry County. “Good ideas that benefit real people will be buried because of Mike Madigan’s singular authority over what bills get heard and what pieces of legislation will die a slow death in his all-powerful Rules Committee.”

Reick continued, “Individual Democrat members have said publicly that the rules need to change, and today we had an opportunity to return representative democracy to the people by rejecting Speaker Madigan’s Rules. Unfortunately, at the end of the debate, much like they did with the House Speaker vote at Inauguration two weeks ago, House Democrats fell in line and did what they were told to do.”

Under the rules approved on Tuesday, Madigan will retain a 3/5 majority on his House Rules Committee. Consisting of his most loyal stalwarts, no bill will be assigned for a hearing before a substantive committee without a majority vote of the Rules Committee. “Speaker Madigan’s most loyal supporters serve as the gatekeepers of the Rules Committee and all legislation,” said Reick. “These loyalists determine which bills advance through the process and which ones never see the light of day.”

The element Reick said he found to be the most egregious is a stipulation that rulings of the Speaker related to the discharge of bills cannot be appealed or challenged. “Even if lawmakers follow the rules to the letter for the discharging of a bill, the Speaker can, and has on many occasions, ruled a motion to be ‘out of order’ and his ruling is final. This unrestricted power is a slap in the face of representative democracy and it undermines our ability as legislators to bring forward legislation that benefits our constituents.”

State Representatives and Senators will convene in joint session on the House Floor Wednesday at noon for the annual State of the State Address.
Prior to entering the Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois-Springfield for inauguration on Wednesday, Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) gave a radio interview during which he outlined his hopes and goals for the 100th General Assembly. You can listen to that interview here.
As one of his first official acts as a lawmaker in the Illinois General Assembly, State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) has rejected his legislative pension.

Paperwork was submitted recently to the General Assembly Retirement System (GARS) stating the new legislator’s wishes to decline participation in the system. “The pension system in Illinois is unsustainable, and I believe that as a legislator I should lead by example to show my commitment to solving the pension crisis,” said Reick. “It is an area of reform that will be a priority for me as I begin my tenure in the House of Representatives.”

Illinois’ underfunded pension system has been identified as the worst in the nation, which has led to repeated downgrades in the state’s credit rating. Today the state’s credit rating is barely above junk-bond status. “The pension obligation is crowding out other essential areas of the budget to a point where critical service areas are not receiving the levels of funding they need,” Reick said. “Finding a fair and Constitutionally-sound solution to the pension crisis is imperative if we are to turn Illinois’ finances around. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and with stakeholders to find the right solution. The future of Illinois depends on it.”


Residents who would like to express their opinions or concerns on this or other areas of policy are encouraged to email Representative Reick through the contact form available at www.RepStevenReick.com
Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) joined 50 other Republicans on Wednesday as the historic 100th Illinois General Assembly was sworn into office in an a ceremony held at the University of Illinois’ Springfield campus. Reick was elected in November to a seat that had been held since 1999 by a Democrat.

While Reick intends to work in a bipartisan fashion in Springfield, he did highlight the fact that his first vote as a lawmaker was against the re-election of Mike Madigan as Speaker of the House. “I am bringing a new style of leadership to Springfield for the people of Illinois’ 63rd House District,” said Reick. “As evidenced through my first vote, I will not support the failed leadership that has brought Illinois to the brink of insolvency.”
Reick is part of a newer House Republican Caucus, where more than half of the 51 members have served less than three years. He is one of 12 members who participated in their first inauguration ceremony today, while an additional 16 Republican Representatives were taking their oath for only the second time. “There are 28 House Republicans who weren’t in office prior to the election of our current Governor,” said Reick. “We will bring a fresh perspective to the table as we work together to move the needle toward lower property taxes, less government regulation and more opportunity for the people of the 63rd District and for the State of Illinois.”

As the first person in his family to attend college, Reick graduated from the University of Illinois in 1975 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy, followed by a Juris Doctor and Master’s Degree in Accountancy and Taxation from the University of Georgia in 1980. In 1982, he and his wife moved their family to Woodstock, where he established a law practice focusing on taxation and real estate matters. He continues his practice to this day. 

Reick is finalizing a comprehensive 2017 legislative agenda. You can follow his legislation at www.ilga.gov, and by clicking on the House Members link and on Reick’s name. Reick’s local district office will open on Thursday at 1072 Lake Avenue in Woodstock.