State Representative Steve Reick has signed on as a leading Chief-Co-Sponsor of legislation that would take the General Assembly map-drawing process out of the hands of politicians and allow the people of Illinois to submit map proposals for consideration by an independent redistricting commission.

“There is overwhelming bipartisan support for fair maps,” said Reick. “A recent Paul Simon Institute poll indicates that 72% percent of Illinois’ citizens believe gerrymandered maps are wrong because they allow partisan politicians to draw maps that favor members of their own political party and all but guarantee continued control. HJRCA 46 takes politics out of the process and improves the integrity of our elections. Most importantly, this legislation takes into account previous fair maps proposals that have been deemed unconstitutional by the courts and addresses those points in a manner that should withstand a court challenge.”

The constitutional amendment seeks to amend the Legislature Article of the Illinois Constitution by replacing the current method for redrawing Senate and House districts with the creation of an independent redistricting commission. The commission, appointed equally by the four legislative leaders from the Republican and Democrat caucuses, would score maps submitted for consideration using a detailed rubric.

“HJRCA 46 would direct the redistricting commission members to provide the public with necessary data and tools with which to create map proposals,” Reick said. “The maps would be scored using a multi-faceted rubric and the three top-ranked map proposals would be brought to the House and Senate, where a three-fifths vote would be required for passage of one of the three maps. In the event an agreement is not reached, the Secretary of State would certify the best-ranked redistricting map proposal and it would become law. This legislation ensures a transparent, objective and fair process that allows the citizens of Illinois and an independent commission to drive the process; not politicians looking to protect their seats in the General Assembly.”

If approved, the Constitutional Amendment would apply to redistricting beginning in 2021 for the election that is held in 2022.

In addition to HJRCA 46, Reick joined all members of the House Republican Caucus on Wednesday in filing HR 995, which expresses support for independent redistricting reform and advocates for a non-partisan map-making process by the upcoming redistricting cycle.
On Wednesday, members of the House of Representatives approved HB 4237, which proposes to offer taxpayers an opportunity to receive a tax incentive in exchange for making a charitable contribution toward public education in Illinois. The sponsor called his bill an Illinois workaround for recent changes to federal tax law which limit tax deductions, but State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock), a tax attorney for 35 years, spoke against the bill, claiming it would not withstand IRS muster. Click the image above to watch Reick's floor debate.
State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) joined House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) and other House Republicans on Tuesday to announce the filing of HR 975, a measure that states opposition to a proposed progressive income tax on Illinois residents.

“The General Assembly cannot continue spending money frivolously and expect Illinois taxpayers to pick up the tab with more tax increases like this progressive income tax proposal from the Democrat Party,” said Durkin. “It is our constitutional duty to protect our constituents, and we will remain firm as a caucus on blocking any progressive tax measures.”

According to Reick, there are currently two progressive income tax proposals pending in the Senate and one proposal pending in the House. “In the 63rd District we are in the unenviable position of sharing our northern border with the State of Wisconsin, said Reick. “We have a better view than most of people fleeing our state.”

Reick pointed to a recent WalletHub study that indicated that Illinois already has the highest effective state and local tax burden in the nation, and said a progressive income tax is not the solution to Illinois’ financial problems. “The one thing Illinois actually does right is its flat income tax system,” Reick said. “Making taxes become a tool rather than a bludgeon to the taxpayers of this state will bring people back, create jobs and make us all better off.”

Click here to watch the press conference.

Members of the Illinois House of Representatives recognized the 100th anniversary of the McHenry County Home and Community Education (HCE) organization on Monday with the passage of an honorary House Resolution sponsored by State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock).

McHenry County formed its first homemakers group in April of 1918 with a purpose of providing ongoing research-based educational programs to the communities in the county. The official name of the organization changed many times over the last 100 years, but the group has always been fondly known simply as the “McHenry County Homemakers.”

Upon its establishment in McHenry County, 300 women came together and viewed the organization as an important source for knowledge in important areas such as how to be a better homemaker, raise the quality of their lives and the lives of their families, and contribute to the community. In 1924 the group assumed responsibility for organizing 4-H Clubs and was involved in the effort to have every farm and small town in McHenry County enjoy safe running water systems in their homes. The Homemakers were also active in the push to have each McHenry County farm have electricity in both the home and the barn.

Click here to read the resolution.