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State Rep. Bob Pritchard not seeking re-election

SYCAMORE – After 15 years of serving the Illinois House of Representatives’ 70th District, Rep. Bob Pritchard, R-Hinckley, said he has reached a point in his career where someone else should take up his mantle.

Pritchard will make a public announcement Tuesday that he will carry out the rest of his current term, which ends in January 2019, but will not seek re-election.

“I have a deep feeling there ought to be a limit to some people serving in public office,” Pritchard said.

He elaborated in a news release that some of the challenges facing the state are a result of representatives serving too long, being unwilling to compromise on difficult issues, and losing the perspective of the impact government has on private citizens and businesses.

“I think we have a better system of government when more citizens take time from their careers to run for public office, and experience the challenges of making public policy for their communities or for a state as diverse as Illinois,” Pritchard said in the release.

Although Pritchard has fought for a number of issues, including human services, health care, veterans issues and government operations, he said a capstone in his career would be the passage of a bill to overhaul the state’s outdated school funding formula.

Such legislation, Senate Bill 1, has passed both chambers, but Gov. Bruce Rauner has vowed to veto it.

Pritchard has served on numerous House committees and is currently the Republican spokesman on several committees, including education and state government administration, and he is co-chairman of the General Assembly Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability.

“I have appreciated the opportunity to represent the 70th District,” Pritchard said. “The people of our area are certainly wonderful people, and I enjoyed the opportunity to get around the various communities for good public policy.”

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