Henricks announces run for representative

Cerro Gordo's school board president announced Thursday he would run for representative of Illinois' 101st District.

Todd Henricks, a five-term school board member, will vie for the seat currently held by Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth), who has opted not to run again in 2018. Henricks, 61, will run in the Republican primary.

Henricks is also the owner of Chapman Henricks Insurance Agency in Cerro Gordo, and said the lack of school funding helped push him into the state election.

“It has a lot to do with it because of school funding and the issues that are going on right now in Springfield,” he said, adding his feeling that “right now we have to compromise to get it (school funding) fixed. Otherwise for many districts in the state they will not have enough money to finish the year.”

His campaign theme of “Take it To the House” takes off on his 30 years as a volunteer defensive coach for the Cerro Gordo High School football team.

“Right now I feel like the State of Illinois has fumbled the ball repeatedly and the residents of the 101st district have suffered. I feel I am the person that can recover that fumble for the people of the 101st District and take it to the house and score for the residents of the district,” Henricks told those who gathered for his campaign announcement in the all-purpose room of Cerro Gordo Elementary School.

Henricks was born in Urbana, graduated from Cerro Gordo High School in 1974 and earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He is a past president of two state insurance industry associations, a 40-year member of the Sons of the American Legion, retired active duty volunteer firefighter and past president and board member of the Piatt County Museum.

He is married to Jane White Henricks and they have two children, a daughter attending Illinois State University and a son at the University of Illinois in Champaign.

Joe Alexander of Clinton is also mulling a run for the statehouse seat. Currently an employee in the Trump administration in Washington, D.C., Alexander said he would decide whether to run by around Labor Day.




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