KANKAKEE – Bourbonnais police officer and former Kankakee County board member Glenn Nixon announced his candidacy for 79th District state representative Thursday on the front steps of the Kankakee County Courthouse.
Joined by supporters, friends and elected officials, Nixon is running on fueling the recovery of Illinois with a strong focus on jobs.
“One-party rule in Springfield has left our state at or near the bottom in every major category,” Nixon said. “Unlike what you are seeing in Illinois government these days, I am talking about public service, not self-service.”
Nixon, a Republican who will seek the party’s nomination in the 2014 primary election, was introduced by newly selected House GOP Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs).
Recently, Durkin was selected to replace state Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego) who is making a run for state treasurer.
“I love this community and I want to take an active role in making this the absolute best place for all of us, for all of our families,” Nixon said.
“Smarter government is one that doesn’t reach further in your wallet when they need more money. We can be smarter on our spending decisions.”
Nixon highlighted the poor funding decisions that are affecting our children.
Year after year, he said, school districts have to balance their budgets, never knowing exactly how, when or if the state will honor its promise to fund programs, particularly in the areas of special needs and transportation cost.
For the past 15 years, Nixon has served the community as a street-level police officer, and in that time has served on a drug interdiction task force, as a patrol officer and as senior patrol supervisor. He established a school resource officer position for a five-school district; has dozens of state and national certifications; has taught at local, university and national levels; and is recognized as a published law enforcement trainer.
He has an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Kankakee Community College and a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice administration.
Nixon has been married to his wife, Lynn, for nearly 21 years.
He has three step-children, two of whom are in public service, as a firefighter and as a medical social worker.
This will be Nixon’s second run for the house seat occupied by Democrat Kate Cloonen.
The 79th District includes all or portions of Aroma Park, Beecher, Bonfield, Bourbonnais, Braceville, Bradley, Buckingham, Cabery, Chebanse, Coal City, Diamond, Essex, East Brooklyn, Gardner, Herscher, Hopkins Park, Irwin, Kankakee, Limestone, Momence, Peotone, Reddick, South Wilmington, St. Anne, SunRiver Terrace and Union Hill.