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Councilwoman Ives Eyes Run at State House

Wheaton Councilwoman will formally announce her candidacy Monday.

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.

Marie P September 18, 2011 at 03:50 PM
I'm disgusted by the spin...... "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." She was just elected, only four months ago, to the Wheaton City Council! What about the commitment she made to the residents of Wheaton who elected her? Are our issues no longer important to her? Ives is just another politician putting her ego and ambition ahead of the interests of the people who elected her. She will fit in perfectly in Springfield if we are stupid enough to send her there.
Dick Seloover September 18, 2011 at 09:57 PM
Why would she wait 2 years. She only wanted to use the City Council position to further her political career. What's next...the White House?
Jim McMahon September 19, 2011 at 08:01 AM
Obama was a Illinois state senator when he gave his speech at the 2004 DNC.....4 years later he was elected President, If America is willing to elect someone who never governed anything, then Ives can run for this seat. Besides Ives has been working on behalf of tax payers long before she took office. After losing by less than 100 votes in her first run for city council, she continued to be a strong voice in the community and spoke at many council meetings and debate the issues that residents care about. The SSA, WGT, TIF abuses ect. Ives in my opinion has been serving the people of Wheaton longer than most people realize. She is very independent in her thinking and fellow "stuffy ass" republicans view her as a force to be reckoned with. As a Mother of five children she is setting an example for women regardless of party affiliation, they can succeed and make a difference.
Mickey Flynn September 19, 2011 at 02:56 PM
@ Jim McMahon. As a Republican, what does "stuffy ass" mean? Ms. Ives is a Republican Precinct Committeeman. Doesn't that make her part of the establishment? Also, I find it laughable that someone would list her qualifications for office as: "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." So her qualifications are that she will have two years experience in November of 2012? I think her two years experience will start in April of 2013. As for the rest of your comments Jim, Obama was a "community organizer" just like Jeanne.
Jim McMahon September 19, 2011 at 03:18 PM
My guess is Ives feels that her beliefs line up more with the Republican party. In Chicago its difficult to find democrats that will think different and be a voice for someone other than Mike Madigan. As far as the "stuffy" comment, do I really need to explain that....D'oh!
Daniel M. Vallo September 20, 2011 at 12:39 PM
As stated Ms. Ives ran for Wheaton city council to make a change. Now that she is ON the council I believe that she has an ethical and moral obligation to see it through for all the people who voted for her. Political ambition is wonderful but more importantly the keeping of promises to be elected is her obligation. Snake oil charm is prevalent with politicos. If she breaks this promise why won't she break others that get her to Springfiled??? Any comments?
Jim McMahon September 20, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Yawn.
Tom Mouhelis November 22, 2011 at 03:58 PM
good
Cath Anders March 08, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Nicely said Daniel

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