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Reick defeats Lichte in Illinois House District 63 race

Steve Reick
Steve Reick

Steven Reick has defeated opponent Jeffery Lichte and will take on long-serving Democratic incumbent Jack Franks in November for the second time.

As of Wednesday morning, the clerk's office was still counting mail-in and late provisional ballots. Reick received 8,511 votes, while Lichte received 5,903, according to unofficial results.

McHenry County polls were ordered to stay open until 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after the county experienced voting issues earlier that day.

State Rep. Franks has represented the 63rd District since 1999. The district covers western and northern McHenry County and includes all or parts of Harvard, Hebron, Marengo, Woodstock, Wonder Lake, McHenry and Johnsburg. Franks defeated Reick in 2014, and ran unopposed in this year's primary.

Because of Lichte's relatively quiet campaign, Reick focused his efforts on Franks. Reick has pointed to Franks' willingness to elect House Speaker Michael Madigan into leadership and continue to support his decisions.

According to a Northwest Herald questionnaire, Reick's priorities include lessening high property taxes by mandating state education funding levels, according to the questionnaire.

Despite running unopposed in the primary, Franks received nearly $12,000 in reported contributions at the end of February.

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