The media is reporting that Illinois lawmaker and current state senator from the 35th District, Brad Burzynski (R), is retiring. According to reports he plans to leave office February 14th. Burzynski served in the Illinois House from 1990 to 1993. He’s been in the senate since 1993. Before serving in the General Assembly, Burzynski was a teacher, a band director and worked for the farm bureau.
Burzynski’s district covers a large section of east and southeast Rockford, plus areas of Boone, Ogle, LaSalle, and DeKalb counties. Republican chairmen from all of those counties will meet to pick his replacement. His term isn’t up until 2012.
From WREX TV in Rockford (Channel 13):
While Burzynski says he has no say in who is selected he does have someone he feels would be a good replacement. He recommends DeKalb County Treasurer Christine Johnson. Burzynski says Johnson has been treasurer there for the past 17 years and has expressed interest in being in the legislature. He says she has Winnebago County ties, but most importantly, she has values that are similar to his.
Burzynski says he and his wife have talked about this for a while. He’s retiring to spend more time with her and their grandchildren. They’ve added 2 new grand kids in the last 3 weeks.