Wood River Township Supervisor Mike Babcock has announced that he plans to challenge state Rep. Dan Beiser in the fall election.
Babcock is a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for state senator in 2012 against incumbent Sen. Bill Haine.
Beiser, a Democrat, has served in the House since 2004. He represents Illinois House District 111.
Babcock said Beiser doesn’t answer to his constituents, and instead answers to Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan.
“The Dan Beiser/Mike Madigan agenda has been a failure. Their agenda has left the state bankrupt, with out-of-control property taxes, a crumbling educational system, and has forced nearly 1 million Illinois citizens to flee our state in the last few years seeking employment,” Babcock said. “If Dan Beiser won’t stand up to Mike Madigan, I will.”
Babcock said employers such as Granite City Steel, Dynegy and the American Steel Foundry are examples of local companies that have announced huge layoffs or complete shutdowns in the past few months.
“Why do companies continue choosing to close Illinois plants when they continue to operate in other states?” Babcock said. “Illinois now has the highest unemployment rate in the nation. Our legislature has to make changes that make our area more attractive to job creators and bring jobs back to our state.”