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Keicher to seek second term

Sycamore Republican will run for reelection in 2020

State Rep. Jeff Keicher, R-Sycamore, announced Sept. 10 that he will seek a second term to represent Illinois’ 70th District in Springfield.

In a news release, Keicher said that he wanted to run in 2018 because of the “chaos coming from the State Capitol and its impact on businesses and families in Illinois.”

“I have been moved by the outpouring of support and encouragement from residents of the 70th District during my first term,” Keicher said in the release. “The voters put their faith in me last November to continue to do the right thing and to begin to lay groundwork to allow our economy to thrive. While we aren’t finished yet, voters seem enthusiastic so far at the progress we’ve made.”

Keicher noted that Illinois’ potential was reinforced by a package of economic reforms he was able to help pass in the House of Representatives, as well as protections he helped pass for women, students, farmers and job creators, the release said.

“I take humble pride in knowing I’m in Springfield representing an amazing population back home,” Keicher said. “I’m proud that I was able to sponsor bipartisan bills that expand mammogram availability for greater health care protection for women, protect small-business owners and help expand protection for taxpayers. In addition, I helped to restore funds coming back to NIU and improve state funding for local schools. I joined my peers and was successful in stopping the governor’s initial pension proposal of underfunding and kicking the can. I heard loud and clear that fixing pensions is a priority, and we made that known.

“I’m running again because there’s more to fix. We need common-sense solutions that will solve problems. We need reforms that will attract job creators who want to invest in Illinois and grow jobs so that our children have a future in Illinois. We can’t continue to chase job creators away with excessive taxation and regulation. And we need to continue to develop our world-class education system so that every child has a chance to succeed.”

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