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Wheeling childhood shaped Vernon Hills mom's public service career

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  • Seen here after winning the 2002 race for the 59th District, then-state Rep. Kathy Ryg of Vernon Hills was re-elected twice.

       Seen here after winning the 2002 race for the 59th District, then-state Rep. Kathy Ryg of Vernon Hills was re-elected twice.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Former Wheeling Village President Sheila Schultz taught the value of community service to her daughter, Kathy Ryg, who is seen here with her mom during a 2006 family trip to Ireland.

      Former Wheeling Village President Sheila Schultz taught the value of community service to her daughter, Kathy Ryg, who is seen here with her mom during a 2006 family trip to Ireland.
    Courtesy of Kathy Ryg

  • Working with the Lake County After School Coalition to set up programs for kids has been one of community projects championed by Kathy Ryg when she was a state representative from Vernon Hills.

      Working with the Lake County After School Coalition to set up programs for kids has been one of community projects championed by Kathy Ryg when she was a state representative from Vernon Hills.
    Courtesy of Kathy Ryg

  • Having built a professional and political career on her work with families and children, Kathy Ryg dedicates a Buffalo Grove Park District field in 2007 featuring games for children with developmental disabilities. She was a state representative at the time.

      Having built a professional and political career on her work with families and children, Kathy Ryg dedicates a Buffalo Grove Park District field in 2007 featuring games for children with developmental disabilities. She was a state representative at the time.
    Courtesy of Kathy Ryg

  • Leaving a family agency to spend time with her family will give former state Rep. Kathy Ryg, right of the post during this vacation in Germany, more time to spend with her husband, Tom, their children and their children's families.

      Leaving a family agency to spend time with her family will give former state Rep. Kathy Ryg, right of the post during this vacation in Germany, more time to spend with her husband, Tom, their children and their children's families.
    Courtesy of Kathy Ryg

  • Kathy Ryg

      Kathy Ryg

  • After hearing about the plight of teenager Ally Bain, state Rep. Kathy Ryg of Vernon Hills sponsored "Ally's Law" in 2005, making Illinois the first state to guarantee bathroom access to people with medical needs.

      After hearing about the plight of teenager Ally Bain, state Rep. Kathy Ryg of Vernon Hills sponsored "Ally's Law" in 2005, making Illinois the first state to guarantee bathroom access to people with medical needs.
    Courtesy of Ally Bain

  • Video: Rep. Kathy Ryg on libraries

  • Video: Ryg on importance of advocacy

 
 

Having grown up in wheeling family where public service and political involvement were a given, kathy ryg is leaving a job as president of the voices for illinois children agency after a career that saw her serve on the local, county and state levels.

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