Highlighting her first-year record of results and re-dedicating her lifelong passion for community service, Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) will seek election to the newly redrawn 38th District seat in 2012. The 38th District serves the people of Grundy, LaSalle, Bureau, Putnam, Will and Kendall counties.
Rezin has been a leading voice to restore fiscal sanity to Illinois and make state government live within its means. She opposed the Quinn budget because it overspent, over-borrowed and over-taxed. Rezin has sponsored legislation to roll back the Quinn tax hike, reduce elected officials pay, eliminate the costly and much-abused General Assembly scholarships, and sell the State’s fleet of luxury aircraft.
Rezin has been recognized as an outspoken advocate for Illinois’ leading job creators — the men and women of small business — through her efforts to advance pro-growth state economic policies and her steadfast opposition to excessive regulation, litigation and taxation on Illinois’ employers.
Rezin also serves as the ranking Republican on the Senate's Environment committee, giving her the ability to oversee legislation affecting drinking water safety, as well as most environmental and agricultural regulations.
Rezin is also a member of the Energy, Appropriations II, Agriculture and Conservation and Commerce Committees. Rezin was recently appointed to the Veterans Advisory Council. The council has the authority to advise the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and study issues and concerns affecting Illinois veterans.
“I’m looking forward to being able to work on legislation that advances energy production at home,” Rezin said, “and to continue advocating for the people, businesses, and industries of the 38th District. I will continue to work with business and labor to encourage job growth.”
The 38th District is home to three nuclear power plants, miles of windmills, hydro-power plants, ethanol and biodiesel plants, and two oil refineries.
Rezin continues to be an active volunteer as a wish granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois for the past 22 years and was recently recognized in Chicago and presented with the “Leaders In Joy” award. Additionally, she served on the Morris Hospital Foundation Board, Community Foundation Board and was a member of the Board of Directors for We Care. Rezin has also been a volleyball coach for 12 years.
“Volunteering has played a major role in my life and has allowed me to view, firsthand, the issues many of our citizens are facing,” Rezin said. “In order to get back to basics and get state spending under control, we need to instill true fiscal discipline and eliminate the waste and fraud in our state programs. This will allow the state to work better by paying its bills in a timely manner without having to continually borrow more money or raise taxes.”
Rezin was inducted into the 2009 Illinois Lincoln Series, where she was honored for her philanthropic work and dedication to bettering her community. The Illinois Lincoln Series of Excellence in Public Service empowers, educates and amplifies the voices of women of leadership in government, business and civic organizations.
In November 2010, Rezin was elected to the Illinois House in the 75th District. Rezin was then appointed to the Illinois State Senate in December after a rigorous selection process to fill the vacant seat of retired Senator Gary Dahl.
Rezin grew up in Geneseo, Ill., and is a graduate of Augustana College, where she earned a degree in International Business and Political Science with a minor in Hispanic Studies.
After working in Chicago as a marketing manager, Sue and her husband, Keith, moved to Morris, where they are raising their four children.
For the past 16 years, Rezin has been the co-owner and manager of her family’s real estate company. Rezin and her family are members of Immaculate Conception Church in Morris.