Grayslake Republican Bob Bednar on Wednesday announced plans to run for 62nd District Representative, a seat currently occupied by Democrat Sam Yingling.
Bednar served as a Lake Bluff Park District commissioner from 2003 to 2005. He ran for Lake County Recorder of Deeds in 2012 but lost to Mary Ellen Vanderventer, a Democrat. Most recently, Bednar made an unsuccessful primary run against 51st House Rep. Ed Sullivan Jr. for that seat.
"I am an average working person in Illinois. My opponent is part of the Madigan machine that is driving Illinois further into debt," Bednar said in an email Wednesday evening. "He's part of the problem. I'm going to be part of the solution. I am pro-jobs and pro-family. I don't think legislators should receive pensions because serving in the state legislature in an honor. It's about serving one's community."
Atop Bednar's agenda is tackling unemployment by supporting personal and corporate tax reform.
"I want to fix Illinois by helping to create more taxpayers instead of just increasing taxes on everyone," he said.
A campaign kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Brae Loch Golf Club, 3360 N. Route 45, Grayslake. Bednar will meet with the public and detail his plans for office, according to a news release.