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McConnaughay to step down next Monday



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WEST DUNDEE – Illinois Senator Karen McConnaughay (R-West Dundee) says next Monday will be her last day serving the 33rd Senate District after being first elected in 2012. Her words as posted on Facebook Friday afternoon: 

The day that every public servant faces has come.

Monday, September 3rd will be my last day as your State Senator in the 33rd District, and I want to take this opportunity to let you know what a true honor it has been to represent you in Springfield.

It was always my desire to do my part to make our communities better now and for future generations. I have been fortunate to work on a wide array of issues such as criminal justice reform, government reform, education, transportation, energy, economic opportunity and many more. This past year I was proud to have worked on legislation that now brings a higher level of transparency and accountability to the legislative ethics process in the general assembly.

Also, six years ago I came to understand human trafficking and what a heinous problem it is in Illinois and I am proud of the human trafficking task force that I co-chaired to create recommendations on combating human slavery. It is my hope the General Assembly will use that road map to create meaningful legislation to end this epidemic.

I leave frustrated and disappointed that the partisan politics in government today prevented us from doing more to protect families and provide accountable government.

I offer my sincere thanks for working with me on issues and the healthy dialog we shared. It is the people we meet, the views and values that are shared and the friendships that are made that have made this journey a cherished part of my life. I will forever be in awe by the courage and determination that I have witnessed as your public servant.

It has been an honor to serve you!

McHenry County Blog reports that in July, former St. Charles mayor Don DeWitte was picked by GOP committeemen for the district to complete McConnaughay's term.


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  1. Good riddance.
    As County Board Chair, she was a curse to Kane County government.
    Supporting her for the Illinois Senate was one way of getting rid of her.
    But what followed her as Kane County Board Chair is EVEN WORSE!

  2. She just needed to add, now I shall go suck of the taxpayers like the leech I am with my rich pension and healthcare benefits.
    Speaking of slavery, each of the children born in Illinois are born into a form of slavery, as they are bound by the chains of debt to pay for the pension and healthcare benefits of people like McConnaughay. If McConnaughay was worried about slavery, which essentially is the forced coercion of your labor she should refuse to take her retirement benefits.