State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-57th) formally retired as of Monday, Oct. 2, submitting paperwork Sept. 29 to the Clerk of the Illinois House. Illinois Democratic Party officials are expected to name her replacement Wednesday.
State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (57th) addresses pension reform concerns during special committee meeting.
Nekritz announced in June she would not be running for for re-election after 15 years in the House and would step down as soon as a suitable replacement were found. In an interview with the Journal this week, Nekritz said she is stepping down because that replacement was found by Democratic committeemen conducting a search for her replacement.
Three Democratic township committeemen — Wheeling’s Mark Walker; Northfield’s Michael Kreloff; and Palatine’s Matt Flamm — along with Terry Link, Lake County Democratic Party chairman, will choose Nekritz’s replacement with a weighted vote at a meeting Walker said has yet to be scheduled. Walker holds the most weighted vote of the committeemen and Link.
When asked who would replace Nekritz, Walker said an individual had been selected, but a formal announcement of who it would be would be forthcoming. Nekritz said that announcement would be made later this (Tuesday) evening.
At a retirement party for Nekritz last month, Walker said a field of candidates was narrowed to nine and narrowed again.
“I will try to stay involved on issues in the general assembly, social justice, criminal justice reform and women’s issues,” Nekritz said.
Nekritz is a strong supporter of State Sen. Daniel Biss’ run for governor. She said if Biss were to win the governorship and offer her a position, “I won’t turn it down,” but “I don’t want a 9-to-5, five-day-a-week job.” She said her family and grandchildren are now her priority.
Nekritz considered running for Illinois attorney general after Lisa Madigan announced she would not run for re-election last month, but ultimately decided against it.