Wheaton Councilwoman Jeanne Ives has her eye on Springfield.
Ives, who won her seat on the city council in April, will formally announce her candidacy for House District 42 Republican primary on Monday. In a released statement, Ives said she decided to run after encouragement from Republican colleagues and a “change in the Republican field.”
Ives said if she wins the primary and general election she will head to Springfield with two-years experience as a public servant under her belt.
“Fortunately, in that time I will have influenced infrastructure spending, the Courthouse Square project, development at Hubble, the downtown SSA, union contracts, and more,” Ives said in her statement. “One thing I will do is protect municipalities' state share of various taxes in order to keep local property taxes down.”
Earlier this year city leaders from around the state, including Wheaton, fought to protect the municipal share of state income taxes, which are factored into city budgets. Some state leaders considered withholding those taxes set aside for the municipalities to use for state needs. Mayors and city managers from across DuPage County and the rest of Illinois are concerned state leaders will continue to eye the municipal share during tight budget years.
District 42 was reshaped in the decennial redistricting process. The district is currently represented by Rep. Sandy Pihos, a Glen Ellyn Republican, but she was drawn out of the district. Rep. Michael Connelly, a Naperville Republican, who represents the 48th District, was drawn into the 42nd, but he is planning to run for the Illinois Senate.
In the March primary Ives so far will face Laura Pollastrini of Carol Stream who announced her intent earlier this week.
Ives, a Milton Republican Township Precinct Committee Woman, who campaigned for city council as an advocate for government transparency, said she will develop “concise policy statements on important topics” for voters to review.