Republican Steve Reick won election to a 63rd House District seat that had been in Democratic hands for almost two decades, according to unofficial results.
Reick, a tax attorney from Woodstock, defeated Democratic opponent John Bartman with 56.7 percent of the vote to 43.3 percent.
The seat became a winnable one for the GOP after Democratic state Rep. Jack Franks, who was first elected in 1998, withdrew to run for McHenry County Board chairman instead.
Bartman, a farmer from Marengo, was chosen by the Democratic Party to run in Franks’ place.
Reick, who unsuccessfully ran against Franks in 2014, said Tuesday evening that “a new day is dawning in Illinois,” given that early returns indicated that Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan would lose his House supermajority.
Reick said he looks forward to going to Springfield and supporting Gov. Bruce Rauner’s reform initiatives.
“Michael Madigan is going to have to come to the table and negotiate rather than lord over the Legislature as a person who can override anything that the governor vetoes,” Reick said.
The 63rd District covers western and northern McHenry County and includes all or parts of Harvard, Hebron, Marengo, Union, Woodstock, Johnsburg, McCullom Lake, McHenry, Wonder Lake, Ringwood and Richmond.