McHenry County’s newest Senator Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry) is partnering with State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) for a joint mobile office hours event on Wednesday, December 5 at the Harvard-Diggins Library, 900 E. McKinley Street, Harvard.

The Senator and Representative will have a table set up at the library from 10:00 AM until noon. Visitors will be able to talk one-on-one with their elected officials and will also be able to receive assistance with their dealings with state agencies.

“This is a great opportunity for constituents to come and express their concerns with us directly, and it’s very beneficial to me as I do my best to represent their views down in Springfield,” said Sen. Wilcox. “As a new senator, these events are so important in order to truly understand the issues impacting families in our district.”

“My 63rd District and Senator Wilcox’ 32nd District include portions of more than two dozen different municipalities, so we very aware that our District s are not near the homes of many of our constituents,” said Reick. “By holding office hours in other communities, the people we represent in Springfield can come and share their concerns and ideas at a location that is convenient for them.”

No appointment is needed for mobile office hours events. Future mobile office hours dates and locations will be posted on the web sites for Senator Wilcox and Representative Reick.
Despite vehement objections by the only member of the Illinois House whose entire constituency resides within the boundaries of McHenry County (Rep. Steve Reick of Woodstock), members of the House of Representatives approved legislation on Thursday that would provide almost no due process for the elimination of township government in the County’s 17 townships. The provisions of HB 4637 apply only to McHenry County.

“It is truly unfortunate that this issue was allowed to deteriorate into a political issue rather than a policy issue,” said Reick. “The sponsors of this bill has taken one example of bad township government, and used it as a political stunt.”

If signed by the Governor, officials in McHenry County Townships, by gathering a very small number of citizen signatures, could put a binding question on the ballot that asks voters if their township government should be eliminated and its responsibilities transferred to the County. The legislation did not address what would happen to important general assistance programs upon which many lower income township residents rely. Twenty-one of the McHenry County Board’s 24 members are on record as being opposed to the bill, claiming the County is not in a position to assume township duties.

“The sponsors of this bill are taking advantage of political upheaval in one township in Illinois to bring this upon one entire county in Illinois,” Reick said. “If this bill is so good, why was it not written to apply statewide? If the townships are so burdensome upon the taxpayers of McHenry County, they’re certainly just as burdensome to the taxpayers of every other county in this state. I suspect the lead sponsor knew he could not garner the support he needed if he asked his colleagues to place these new rules upon their own constituencies.”

Reick said he will be speaking to Governor Rauner about the legislation and will remind him of the near-unanimous opposition to the bill by members of the McHenry County Board.

Click here to view Reick’s floor comments.
Despite vehement objections by the only member of the Illinois House whose entire constituency resides within the boundaries of McHenry County (Rep. Steve Reick of Woodstock), members of the House of Representatives approved legislation on Thursday that would provide almost no due process for the elimination of township government in the County’s 17 townships. The provisions of HB 4637 apply only to McHenry County.

“It is truly unfortunate that this issue was allowed to deteriorate into a political issue rather than a policy issue,” said Reick. “The sponsors of this bill has taken one example of bad township government, and used it as a political stunt.”

Click on the video link below to view Rep. Reick's full floor comments.


State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) is continuing his mobile office hours tour next week with an event planned for Monday, November 19 at the McHenry Public Library.

From 10:00 AM until noon on Monday, residents from the 63rd Legislative House District are invited to meet with Reick at the library, located at 809 Front Street in McHenry. “I enjoy these outreach events because they provide me with an excellent opportunity to connect with the people I represent in Springfield,” said Reick. “By talking with constituents and learning about the state issues that are important to them, I am able to bring their priorities to Springfield by serving as their voice.”

No appointment is needed, and in addition to Reick staffing the event, a member of his staff will be available to assist constituents with state issues. “I look forward to talking one-on-one with people as I bring my office to them in their own community,” said Reick.

Future mobile office hours dates and locations will be posted on Reick’s web site at www.repstevenreick.com.
State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) earned high praise on Monday from the Illinois Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) for his support of manufacturing in Illinois. Reick’s recognition was based on votes he took in 2018 that affect the manufacturing industry and the overall Illinois economy.

“The outmigration of manufacturing jobs in Illinois is having a negative impact on the state’s economy and employment numbers,” said Reick. “As lawmakers we have a responsibility to ease the regulations that are driving these job creators out of the state.”

This year legislators were scored on their votes on 10 pieces of legislation that affected the manufacturing sector, and those earning a score of 70 or higher were recognized. Only 39 members of the House of Representatives earned recognition this year.

TMA President Steven Rauschenberger applauded Reick for being a champion for the manufacturing industry and said, “The Technology & Manufacturing Association appreciates Representative Reick's open mind and open door to issues that affect jobs and employment opportunity in his district. His even handed approach helps make Illinois better."

The Technology and Manufacturing Association assists Illinois’ $100 billion manufacturing sector through advice, education, and other programs and also advocates for legislation to help the industry succeed in Illinois. Close to 20,000 manufacturing firms provide over half a million jobs statewide in Illinois. Click here to view a list of the legislation included on the scorecard and a full ranking of every Illinois State Representative and Senator.