McHENRY, IL - Retired Air Force Colonel and current McHenry County Board Member Craig Wilcox announces his intent to run for Senate District 32, to replace Senator Pam Althoff. Colonel Wilcox has demonstrated the leadership and values that he will take to Springfield, that he utilized throughout his military career and while fighting for taxpayers on the County Board.
“For 24 years I made tough decisions while serving our nation and will bring that commitment to our state capital. The Air Force taught me to live by core values: integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. Values I intend to take to Springfield,” said Colonel Wilcox. “I ask for your support and hope you will put trust and have faith in my leadership and conservative reform policy agenda.”
For decades, the policies coming out of Springfield have not reflected our values. Government has overspent and under delivered. We see politicians serving themselves, instead of our families. Insiders receive special deals while our taxes skyrocket.
Just last month, the Springfield ruling class passed a 32% income tax hike that will impose a significant per-family increase in our communities: Harvard ($486), Marengo ($654), Crystal Lake (North) / Prairie Grove ($1,236), Spring Grove ($852), Woodstock/Bull Valley ($685), McHenry / Johnsburg / McCullom Lake ($674), Lake Villa ($912), Fox Lake ($574), Richmond ($723), Hebron ($712), Wonder Lake ($557).
On top of this, homeowners in Lake and McHenry Counties pay the highest property taxes in the nation, driving families out of our communities and destroying our home values. In Lake Villa, the effective property tax rate is 4.33%, in Fox Lake it is 3.79%. In McHenry County homeowners in Harvard pay an effective property tax rate of 4.26%, in the City of McHenry it is 4.21%, Crystal Lake 4.13%, Lakemoor 4.03%, Marengo homeowners are paying at least 3.96%, and in Hebron it is 3.39%.
Woodstock’s 4.6% effective property tax rate is over two times higher than Wisconsin’s average rate of 1.96%. That hypothetically means a property tax bill of $9,200 compared to $3,920 if the home was located less than 15 miles north.
“Families are fleeing Illinois because those in charge have failed to pass policies that reflect our values. I vow to bring bold solutions, strong ethics and a unifying presence to Springfield. Illinois needs lower taxes, less regulation, and leaders committed to passing desperately needed reforms,” Wilcox said. “My goal has always been to bring my integrity, leadership experience, and success in the military to serve the pressing needs of our communities. State government needs reform and implementing the values of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do would be a good place to start.”
About Colonel Craig Wilcox
Craig retired from the US Air Force after 24 years of faithful service and chose McHenry, Illinois as his new home, joining Janice Ricci and kids, Joey, Alissa & Briana. He quickly became a leader in the local community, speaking at multiple Veterans events, helping to coordinate the Chamber Veterans Breakfasts, volunteering as a librarian at St John the Baptist Catholic School while also serving on the Education Commission.
Craig, Janice, and Joey raised funds and chaperoned an Honor Flight trip, taking World War II and Korean War Veterans to visit their memorials in Washington D.C. Craig is an affiliate member of Heartland REALTOR® Organization and supports Janice in her career as a full-time Realtor. Now more than ever we need a strong advocate like Craig Wilcox in Springfield.