* From Rep. Elaine Nekritz…
I just sent this to the committeemen in my district.
Mr. Matt Flamm
Democratic Committeeman, Palatine Township
Mr. Michael Kreloff
Democratic Committeeman, Northfield Township
Mr. Terry Link
Democratic County Chair, Lake County
Mr. Mark Walker
Democratic Committeeman, Wheeling Township
It has been an honor to serve as State Representative from the 57th District since 2003. I have worked diligently from the day I was elected to represent the good people of this district and this state with humility and passion. But after careful thought, it is time for me to step back and create an opportunity for a new leader who can take on our state’s tremendous problems with the same mindset.
I am writing to inform you that I will not be seeking reelection to the position in the 2018 election cycle and intend to leave at the appropriate time before the end of my term. I know how important it is for this seat to continue to be represented by someone who shares our core goals and values, so I wanted to make sure you and the other members of our local Democratic Party had ample time to find the right person who will best represent our area.
Thank you again for your support in my elections and service in Springfield, and your good work for our district. I trust you will find the right candidate who will help move our state forward.
Man, that’s a huge loss for the House and for the state. Elaine is a quality legislator and highly respected. But she’s been supremely frustrated with this impasse and I don’t blame her for moving on.
I think there will be more of these, by the way. Lots more, particularly if nothing is done by the end of June.