On Friday, newly elected Illinois State Rep. Steve Andersson, R-Geneva, was sworn in to serve the Illinois' 65th District as State Rep. Tim Schmitz, R-Batavia, stepped down from his post a week ahead of schedule.
The district includes parts of Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, Pingree Grove, Plato Center, Elgin, South Elgin, Hampshire and Huntley. Schmitz did not run for re-election in the fall.
“I am ready to get to work to put Illinois back on the path towards fiscal responsibility," Andersson stated in a news release. "This means enacting a balanced budget and creating a pro-growth economic agenda to attract, create, and retain quality new jobs for our residents. I’m honored to represent our great communities, and I plan to continue the long tradition of fiscal responsibility as demonstrated by Tim Schmitz."
In one of his first actions upon taking office Friday, Andersson indicated he has declined state pension benefits provided to members of the Illinois General Assembly.
“Illinois has a seriously underfunded pension system that is draining resources from our state’s most vital services," Andersson said. “I want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. We need a balanced, common-sense approach to problem solving in Springfield that protects taxpayers, ends wasteful spending, and restores accountability to a state government that has lost its way. I will protect and defend every tax dollar to ensure that it is wisely spent as an investment in our future.”
Schmitz had served in the Illinois General Assembly for 16 years.
“I am grateful for the honor and privilege to have served our community," Schmitz stated in the release. "Words cannot begin to express my appreciation for the people who have helped me over the years. I especially want to express my thanks to my wife and family, whose support has been invaluable to me. I will miss the challenges of the General Assembly, but I am looking forward to beginning a new chapter of my professional life.”