Capitol Fax.com - Your Illinois News Radar » *** UPDATED x4 *** Rep. Mark Beaubien
SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
*** UPDATED x4 *** Rep. Mark Beaubien

Sunday, Jun 5, 2011

* I’ve been waiting for an official statement since the afternoon, but I’ll go ahead and post it now. This is a major loss for Illinois

State Rep. Mark Beaubien Jr., a moderate Republican who represented the Barrington area in Springfield since 1996, died Sunday, fellow state lawmakers and local GOP leaders confirmed.

Beaubien, 68, of Barrington Hills, collapsed Sunday afternoon while attending a House Republican fundraiser at Arlington Park racetrack. Efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. […]

Colleagues in the state House said Beaubien had been battling a severe case of pneumonia in recent weeks that had kept him out of the State Capitol for most of the just ended legislative session. However, he appeared in Springfield late last month for the final days of the term.

Beaubien is survived by his wife, Dee, two children and three grandchildren, according to his state House biography.

*** UPDATE 1 *** From the House Republicans…

Rep. Mark Beaubien’s family asked me to send this out to you tonight on their behalf.

“State Representative Mark Beaubien died suddenly late this afternoon. He was at a House Republican event with family, friends and colleagues. Arrangements are pending. We will miss him dearly.”

-Rep. Beaubien’s family

The Beaubien family is asking for privacy during this very difficult time.

House Republican Leader Tom Cross:

“I am deeply saddened by the death of my close friend and colleague, Rep. Mark Beaubien. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Dee, his children, grandchildren and many friends around the state. He is loved around the capitol for his brilliance, attention to detail, and ability to work with all legislators on very important issues facing our state. I will miss Mark deeply.”

*** UPDATE 2 *** From Gov. Pat Quinn…

“Mark Beaubien dedicated his life to service and making his community a better place. As a state representative, he served the people of the 52nd District with integrity and fortitude, and his sudden passing is a tremendous loss.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Mark’s wife Dee and their two sons on this sad day.”

*** UPDATE 3 *** Tribune

He had hailed the passage of the House-driven spending plan by both majority Democrats and his fellow Republicans, calling it a “balanced budget that was built around conservative principles.”

Beaubien voted against the 67 percent increase in the state income tax rate that Democrats backed in January. But while Democrats have focused on the notion that most of the tax would expire in four years, Beaubien said in recent weeks he doubted the full tax hike would ever go away.

A former Lake County Board member, Beaubien, an attorney, formerly was a top official at the Suburban Bank of Barrington.

Beaubien is the descendant of an early pioneer named Mark Beaubien, in whose Sauganash Hotel the town of Chicago was incorporated in 1833.

*** UPDATE 4 *** Sun-Times

Beaubien was the great, great, great grandson of Mark Beaubien, who came to what is now Chicago in 1826 and opened the region’s first tavern, the Sauganash. When the city’s residents decided to incorporate in 1833, they voted to do so at the Sauganash, which was near the modern-day intersection of Lake and Wacker.

Profiled by the Chicago Sun-Times in 2004 as a living link to Chicago’s earliest days, Beaubien was humble about his family history when asked if it made him proud.

“Proud? No, not proud, really. It’s a little historically interesting, that’s all,” he said. “Every generation has to live and survive on its own. I don’t like guys who go around saying, ‘I’m a Rockefeller, I’m a Kennedy.’ “

For many years, Beaubien was the House Republican point person on budget matters, which was a perfect fit given his experience as a former banker. He was a fiscal conservative, voting with fellow Republicans against Quinn’s 67-percent income tax hike in January.

But his social views were far more moderate, sometimes putting him at loggerheads with the conservative flank of the GOP.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

No Comments

Be the first to comment.

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Question of the day
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today's edition, fundraiser calendar and a campaign roundup
* Oops!
* The governor's tears
* Republicans getting clobbered in the money race
* Rauner sticks up for... the media?
* Pence: "We also cut the heart out of Obamacare"
* Mendoza for mayor petitions circulated
* Judges turn on one of their own
* Priorities are out of whack
* "If Caldwell had been prosecuted when he first appeared on the ATF’s radar, Paul Bauer might be alive today"
* Raoul talks about being a cancer survivor in new TV ad
* *** UPDATED x1 *** Oppo dump!
* Rate Sam McCann's new TV ad
* Wordslinger's comment would be a good place to start for Pritzker
* Rauner has to explain immigration stance at photo op
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* *** LIVE COVERAGE ***
* Daily Herald endorses Pritzker
* Yesterday's stories

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Loading


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress




Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller