In the 64th District, Tom Weber, R-Lake Villa, and Trisha Zubert, D-Volo, are looking to fill the seat of State Rep. Barbara Wheeler, who announced in July 2017 she would not be seeking re-election to the Illinois House.
Weber, a small business owner and Lake County Board member, says if he is elected he will fight to have the state fund 50 percent of education costs to help lower the property tax burden on residents in Lake and McHenry counties. The 51-year-old also supports consolidating smaller governments when appropriate, and doesn’t support a progressive tax because it could result in everyone paying more. Weber recognizes there needs to be a multi-pronged approach to fix what he called the state’s “out of control” spending. Zubert, a former school board member and president at St. Mary of the Annunciation and an ultra marathon runner, says she doesn’t support the 32 percent income tax hike that took effect in 2017, and the state needs outside fiscal experts to figure out where the decimal point should go. The 38-year-old said she supports legalizing recreational marijuana and a progressive tax. We endorse Weber.