Local Election

Tryon to test change

CRYSTAL LAKE – State Rep. Mike Tryon will run for another term in the House in the new district his home will be in because of the new state legislative map.

Tryon, R-Crystal Lake, announced Wednesday that he intends to run for the new 66th District under the 2012 redistricting maps approved by House and Senate Democrats and signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn.

The new district covers southwestern Crystal Lake and parts of Lakewood, Algonquin, Huntley and Lake in the Hills in McHenry County. It also extends into northeastern Kane County to include parts of Carpentersville, East and West Dundee, Sleepy Hollow, Gilberts and Elgin.

Tryon said in a news release that the new 66th District would allow him to keep between 65 percent and 70 percent of his present constituents.

The 64th District he has represented since 2005 lies entirely in McHenry County and covers most of its heavily-populated southeast corner.

“While I am disappointed to be losing most of Crystal Lake, the Sun City portion of Huntley, the older section of Lakewood and a few other parts of my current district, I look forward to working hard on new issues with my new constituents in Kane County,” Tryon said.

The General Assembly must redraw the boundaries of its 59 Senate and 118 House districts after each decennial U.S. Census to ensure that they represent the same number of people. Illinois law requires state legislators to live in the districts they represent. All seats will be up for election next year.

The remap, overtly drawn to maintain the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, split McHenry County among five House districts, rather than its present three. The City of Crystal Lake that Tryon has represented will be split among three members of the House.

Tryon said upon the House map’s release last month that the 66th District looked “very favorable” for a Republican, but he criticized what he called the “slice-and-dice” of county municipalities.

He also said upon the release of the new maps that he would consider running for the new Senate seat, an idea laid to rest with his Wednesday announcement.

“I believe that through the relationships I have built and the knowledge I have gained since becoming a legislator, I will best be able to serve residents of McHenry and Kane counties by remaining in the House of Representatives,” Tryon said.

The 64th District will move north, stretching from Crystal Lake along the Fox River and Chain O’ Lakes to the Wisconsin state line. The 63rd District, represented by Democratic Rep. Jack Franks, D-Marengo, changes the least under the new maps, except for losing Spring Grove to the relocated 64th.

Franks said he would not come to a decision regarding 2012 until about Labor Day – his options include a potential run for the new 14th Congressional District. Quinn has yet to sign the new Congressional remap, which is almost sure to face a legal challenge by Republicans.

The rest of McHenry County’s southeast corner will be in the 52nd District, which was represented by Republican Mark Beaubien until his death June 5. Republican officials are expected in the next several weeks to appoint a replacement to fill out the remainder of his term.

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