ST. CHARLES – One of the region's newest state legislators has indicated she will seek another term in Springfield.
State Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles, announced Tuesday that she will place her name on the ballot in 2014 to secure four more years in office.
McConnaughay, a former Kane County Board chairman, was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 2012 to represent the newly created 33rd State Senate District. That district extends from the Tri-Cities on the south, through much of central and western Kane County, as well as portions of southern McHenry County.
A lottery conducted last November determined that McConnaughay would be among one-third of Illinois state senators designated to serve a two-year term. That lottery, which is conducted every 10 years to accommodate legislative redistricting, slated McConnaughay – or any other person who would have occupied the 33rd District Senate seat – to then serve two four-year terms following the 2014 and 2018 elections.
State Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, who represents the 42nd State Senate District, which includes North Aurora, also was selected by the lottery to serve a two-year term, with elections following in 2014 and 2018. Holmes has launched her reelection campaign, as well.
State Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, and state Sen. Mike Noland, D-Elgin, were among a third of Illinois state senators selected to serve two four-year terms, followed by a two-year term. Those seats will next be on the ballot in 2016.
In the prepared statements accompanying her announcement, McConnaughay said she was seeking reelection because she believes nine months in office has only allowed her to begin helping to reform Illinois state government.
She noted that her work in Springfield "has sometimes been frustrating."
"Illinois' problems have been years in the making," McConnaughay said in the statement. "And while we won't solve things overnight, I am committed to seeing Illinois return to its place as the leader in economic growth and common-sense Midwestern values."
She specifically said she wished to continue work on furthering reforms of the state's pension system, education funding formula, regional transit agencies and transportation programs, while also boosting "greater transparency in government."