FREEPORT – Stephenson County Board Member Steve Fricke announced his candidacy for the Illinois General Assembly in the 89th District recently. The sixty-year-old Republican from rural Freeport aims to replace current State Representative, Brian Stewart, who has announced his candidacy for the 2018 Illinois State Senate seat.
“My Passion for Northwest Illinois lies in its people and its history,” says Fricke. “My friends and family all live and work here; and I want to ensure that we build a district that my grandchildren will be proud to call home and return to as adults. Our local city and rural communities are staged with inspired leaders who have already made tremendous strides. We need to continue to provide new opportunities as well as the tools and support to move into the future.”
Fricke has been a member of the Stephenson County board since 2015. He is currently chairman of the Public Property and Safety Committee, while serving on the Finance and Public Works as well as, Farmland Assessment Committees.
“The 89th district covers a wide range of varied sets of communities each with their own set of unique needs. We need to embrace the industry that is already here and not re-invent the wheel. Our area leaders need support to continue bringing opportunities for job expansion and growth through manufacturing as well as value added agriculture businesses. Infrastructure needs to be addressed, and our education systems need to be made a priority for future generations.”
“My goal is to be the vehicle to help the residents of the 89th district here at home as well as in Springfield.”
Born in Freeport and raised in German Valley, Illinois, Fricke is a 1975 graduate of Forreston High School, a 1977 Highland Community College graduate, and a 1980 graduate of Southern Illinois University. He is a thirdgeneration farmer, licensed realtor, and retired Freeport High School teacher. Fricke is the current Stephenson County Farm Bureau President and serves on the Stephenson County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Steve and his wife Kim have two daughters and four grandchildren. Kim is also a retired Freeport High School teacher, and the couple lives on the Fricke’s family farm south of Freeport.
Portions of Carroll, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago Counties make up the 89th Illinois House District. ### |