Geneva attorney announces run for state House seat
By Steve Lord firstname.lastname@example.org October 10, 2013 3:18PM
Updated: November 12, 2013 6:26AM
GENEVA — Geneva attorney Steve Andersson announced his candidacy Thursday for the 65th State House District GOP nomination by stating a basic vision.
“It’s simply about being reasonable,” he said. “This is not about partisan bickering, or about espousing extreme political views …”
Andersson, a long-time private attorney specializing in municipal law, said he is running on making Illinois more business friendly, limiting pension increases and enacting term limits.
He also said running a small business with four partners has taught him the importance of having a “sound fiscal base.”
“Each day in that business, we know the responsibility of being fiscally sound,” Andersson said. “I certainly know kicking obligations down the road is not a good practice.”
Andersson is a member of the Geneva Library District Board, and he pointed out that this past year, the board lowered its tax levy — the amount of tax money a governmental body asks for — by $200,000.
Between being on the library board and representing smaller municipalities, Andersson said he has long been a supporter of local control, and would fight for that in Springfield.
“Not every community is the same; communities should be able to govern themselves,” Andersson said. “Sometimes I think the best thing the legislature can do in Springfield is to do nothing.”
One of those municipalities he represents as city attorney, Montgomery, showed up in force to support Andersson Thursday. Former Montgomery Village President Marilyn Michelini stood next to him during the announcement, as did current Village President Matt Brolley, who introduced Andersson.
“We all know Steve’s the man for the job,” Brolley said.
Andersson has a bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University, and his law degree from the NIU Law School. His firm, Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi and Andersson, is in Aurora.
He has served as general counsel and village prosecutor for Montgomery, Sugar Grove and Hinckley; counsel for the MetroWest Council of Government, since its inception, and for the Northwest Water Planning Alliance; special prosecutor and special counsel for North Aurora, Aurora and other local municipalities; and general counsel for numerous Homeowners Associations.
In 2012, Andersson was the recipient of the Star Award from MetroWest Council of Government.
He has held the offices of trustee and treasurer on the Geneva Library District Board, Republican precinct committeeman for Geneva’s 3rd Precinct, and a member of the General Assembly for the Illinois State Bar Association.
He also has served on several Geneva municipal advisory committees, and is a member of the board of the Aurora Family Counseling Service and Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and chairman of the Greater Aurora Chamber of Commerce School/Business Partnership Program.
The 65th House District represents parts of central and northern Kane County and southern McHenry County, including parts of Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, South Elgin, Wayne and Elgin, and all of Pingree Grove, Hampshire and Huntley.
The district is represented by Tim Schmitz, R-Batavia, who is not running for re-election.