McHenry County Board member announces run for Illinois State Senate District 32

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McHenry County Board Member Craig Wilcox announced on Monday he is running for Senate District 32.
H. Rick Bamman - McHenry County Board Member Craig Wilcox announced on Monday he is running for Senate District 32.

McHENRY – Republican McHenry County Board member Craig Wilcox announced Monday that he is running for Illinois State Senate District 32.

The retired air force colonel and McHenry County Board member looks to replace state Sen. Pam Althoff, R-McHenry.

Wilcox, who lives in McHenry, served 24 years in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a colonel before moving on to earn his MBA, one of three master’s degrees he holds, according to his website,

One of the biggest problems Wilcox said he’d like to tackle is government overspending and politicians not serving local families. Springfield passed a 32 percent income tax hike in July, and Wilcox said this will result in families seeing a $486 increase in Harvard, $1,236 in north Crystal Lake and $654 in Marengo.

He also said it is unfair that Lake and McHenry county residents pay the highest in property taxes in the nation, with Woodstock charging a 4.6 percent rate in comparison with Wisconsin’s average rate of 1.96 percent.

“That hypothetically means a property tax bill of $9,200 compared to $3,920 if the home was located less than 15 miles north,” the news release states.

Wilcox lives in a McHenry home with an assessed value of about $400,000, but paid no 2016 property taxes, He was granted a disabled veterans’ standard homestead exemption. Veterans who have a 70 percent or more service-connected disability are exempt from property tax, according state law.

Wilcox could not be reached Monday for comment on his announcement.

The fiscal conservative said in his announcement that he worries families are fleeing Illinois and the state government needs reform.

“For 24 years, I made tough decisions while serving our nation and will bring that commitment to our state capital,” Wilcox said in his announcement. “The Air Force taught me to live by core values: integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. Values I intend to take to Springfield.”

Wilcox speaks at multiple veterans events in McHenry, helps coordinate the Chamber veterans breakfasts and volunteers as a librarian at St. John the Baptist Catholic School while serving on the Education Commission, according to his website.

The 32nd District represents parts of Crystal Lake, Woodstock, McHenry, Round Lake Beach, Lake Villa and Antioch. 

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