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Breen says he’s running again

Friday, Sep 27, 2019 - Posted by Rich Miller

* From former Rep. Peter Breen’s Facebook page

Today, Peter Breen, two-term Illinois State Representative (R-Lombard) and former GOP Floor Leader, announced that he is going back to Springfield. Breen, a champion of taxpayer rights, is returning to the legislative arena to fight the 21 excessive tax and fee hikes that Chicago Democrats have heaped upon Illinois residents this year.

“The General Assembly demands more and more money from Illinois families, with no end in sight,” Breen pointed out. “There’s never any talk of restraining spending, truly balancing budgets, or dealing with our mounting debt. The only concern voiced by Springfield politicians is how much more of your hard earned money they can take from you.”

“I’m going back to Springfield to put a stop to this madness and end the exodus of people and businesses from our state. Illinois government is out of touch and costs its residents way too much,” he added. “I will fight the politicians who keep hiking your taxes while refusing to rein in spending.”

This election presents a clear choice. As a State Representative, Breen led the fight against Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan and his spending and tax hikes, while Breen’s opponent, Terra Costa Howard (D-Glen Ellyn), has repeatedly backed them. Costa Howard’s first act as a state representative was to break her campaign promise to be independent of Mike Madigan: immediately after taking the oath of office, she gave the 48th District’s vote to Madigan, making him Speaker of the House. She then proceeded to do his bidding, voting for his graduated income tax hike, which she had previously promised to oppose, and his plan to spend tens of billions of dollars, over budget, on capital projects – spending paid for by over $250 in new gas and vehicle taxes on every Illinois household.

After thousands of District 48 residents reached out to Costa Howard asking her to oppose radical late-term abortion legislation, she ignored them. Instead, Costa Howard championed the most liberal abortion policies in the nation, including abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy and the removal of Illinois’ parental notice requirement prior to performing an abortion on a minor child.

Breen notes that Costa Howard’s record is “out of step with the families of the 48th District.” He continued, “My opponent has been dishonest with the people of our district. She promised to be ‘independent’ of Mike Madigan and a ‘moderate,’ but instead, she’s ramming through an aggressive liberal agenda, repeatedly hiking taxes and spending, while ignoring the sincere moral beliefs of our neighbors and friends. She can’t and won’t stand up to the corrupt Democrat machine that’s destroying Illinois.”

Breen and his wife, Margie, are the proud parents by adoption of Matthew, age 3, and James, age 1. Those young children are the primary reason for Breen’s recent founding of, an effort to put a “Fair Maps” constitutional amendment on the 2020 Illinois ballot, and his own return to elected office.

“Our families, especially young families, deserve effective and efficient government – one that provides necessary services and respects their needs,” stated Breen. “But now, many of our children face a future where they will have to move to other states in order to find opportunities to hold decent jobs, own homes, and raise families. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We can turn Illinois around by adopting Fair Maps, to put a stop to gerrymandering and break the hold of Madigan and his cronies on our state government,” he declared.

Breen served as an Illinois State Representative from 2015 to 2019, and as Floor Leader from 2017 to 2019. Recognized as a defender of families and community businesses, Breen passed 32 bills into law, more than any other two-term representative. His legislation saved millions of dollars for Illinois’ small businesses and non-profit organizations, protected seniors from estate-raiding scams, and halted pension spiking in local government.

From 2011 to 2014, Breen served on the Lombard Village Board, and he served as Acting President of Lombard after the untimely death of its long-time Village President, Bill Mueller. In those roles, he cut half a million dollars in excess spending, eliminated the village vehicle tax and sticker, froze property taxes for the first time in 20 years, and led efforts to revitalize downtown Lombard.

In 2018, during the national “blue wave,” Breen lost a tight reelection. In that contest, Costa Howard accepted over $2 million in campaign cash from Madigan, while misleadingly promising voters that she would be independent of him.

Breen is nationally known for his work as a constitutional attorney with the Thomas More Society, where he focuses on First Amendment issues. An Eagle Scout, he holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt and a law degree from Notre Dame.

Breen lost to Costa Howard last year by seven points, 53.5 to 46.5. Donald Trump lost that district in 2016 by 17 points. And he’ll likely be on the ballot again next year.


  1. - King Louis XVI - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 12:21 pm:

    MJM doing the “happy dance” today.

  2. - Downers Grover - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 12:24 pm:

    I hope David Olsen is next to announce in the 81st. It would be fun to see him get crushed again.

  3. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 12:25 pm:

    Breen is a phony. When it mattered most, Mr. Breen, let’s revisit;

    First, Mr. Breen was on board with recognizing the ills of Raunerism.

    ===In the face of overwhelming evidence of Rauner’s inability to competently administer the Illinois government, inability to stand up to Mike Madigan effectively, and inability to keep his word and his commitments, I can no longer support him.===


    ===Gov. Rauner is our party’s nominee, and I support him 100%.===

    Mr. Breen stands for very little except what appears to be politically expedient for Mr. Breen.

    Mr. Breen running with his past and Rauner and POTUS…

    Mr. Breen has no place to think he can speak to being honest to his own beliefs.

  4. - Excitable Boy - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 12:25 pm:

    Last ditch effort for Proft to get some $ from Sugar Daddy Dick?

    I look forward to Breen whining that his opponent said mean things about him when he loses.

  5. - lakeside - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 12:32 pm:

    ==announced that he is going back to Springfield==

    I’d say your cart’s a little before the horse, my dude.

  6. - Fala Roosevelt - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 12:33 pm:

    “MJM doing the “happy dance” today.

    The ILGOP dumpster fire has been burning since 2018 cycle. I think MJM hasn’t stopped dancing since.

    Mr. “Uline” can’t be too happy with his ROI and it’s rumored Mrs. is the driving force behind him… We shall see what they do with their money.

  7. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 12:38 pm:

    ===I’d say your cart’s a little before the horse, my dude.===

    If you think it, you can *be* it.

    “Those 7 points are a mere mole hill…”

  8. - lakeside - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 12:47 pm:

    In fairness, I guess he just said he’s going back to Springfield. He didn’t say what he’d be doing there.

    That option is… available to us all.

  9. - BreensBack - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 1:04 pm:


    “In fairness, I guess he just said he’s going back to Springfield. He didn’t say what he’d be doing there.”"

    “Mr. Breen I understand that you are a taxpayer but that does not mean you can sit in Rep Costa Howard’s floor desk and vote on bills. Please leave before I call security”

  10. - so.... - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 1:07 pm:

    Did Breen get another free trial of nationbuilder?

  11. - Lucky Pierre - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 1:19 pm:

    Speaking of “dumpster fires” how many GOP offices have been raided by the Feds?

  12. - Grandson of Man - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 1:37 pm:

    Costa Howard is incredibly brave for taking the tough graduated income tax CA and legal marijuana votes. She should get and deserves all the campaign help she needs.

  13. - lakeside - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 1:38 pm:


    “Here I am, back in Springfield.”
    “Sir, this is a Wendy’s.”

  14. - Not a Superstar - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 1:39 pm:

    == how many GOP offices have been raided by the Feds? ==

    Not to make light of political corruption, but I am trying to make sense of bribing members of the minority party.

  15. - Iggy - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 2:14 pm:

    =MJM doing the “happy dance” today=

    Why, this means he will have to spend in this district?

  16. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 2:19 pm:

    ===Why, this means he will have to spend in this district?===

    Polling will dictate that.

    Breen losing by a whopping 7 points in this era of POTUS, we’ll have to wait and see.

    Tough… having to watch 74 seats not 44 seats.

  17. - Bertrum Cates - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 2:23 pm:

    “Career politician Peter Breen…”

  18. - Matt - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 2:35 pm:

    Not only career politician Peter, but his FB page after he lost blamed everyone else for his loss and continued to attack Howard

  19. - Soccermom - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 3:10 pm:

    That’s it. It’s over. He is unbeatable.

  20. - Excitable Boy - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 3:26 pm:

    - GOP offices have been raided by the Feds? -

    Hey Lucky, I got your buddy Nick Sauer on the phone, he says he has your moral superiority and he just flushed it down the toilet.

  21. - Real - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 3:43 pm:

    Breen will lose again.

  22. - Annonin' - Friday, Sep 27, 19 @ 4:00 pm:

    Mr/Ms Not a Superstar
    Speakin of questions you might want to opine on the GOPies’ sexual misconduct of policy which includes finding the offender a six figure job.
    I believe your handbook calls it the Paws Plan. oek

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