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Senator Sue Rezin was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in November of 2010, and was then appointed to the Illinois State Senate. She was sworn in as State Senator on December 14, 2010, and elected to serve a four- year term in November of 2012, where she proudly represents the 38th Legislative District.
Senator Rezin is part of the leadership team for the Senate Republican caucus, currently serving as Minority Whip.
As a proponent of energy advancement and independence, obtaining equitable education funding reform and improving statewide economic growth, Senator Rezin serves as the Minority Spokesperson on the Senate Energy Committee, is co-chair of the Public Pensions and State Investments committee, and is also a member of the Senate Education, Transportation, Local Government, and Financial Institutions Committees.
Additional committee and task force appointments include the Education Funding Advisory Committee, the Young Adult Heroin Use Task Force, the Social Security Retirement Pay Task Force, the Veterans Advisory Committee, the Subcommittee on Natural Resources, the Joint Task force on Turkish and Illinois Relations, the Illinois Electric Vehicle Advisory Council and the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. Senator Rezin previously served on the Unemployment Insurance Task Force.
Community service has always been extremely important to Senator Rezin. For the past twenty-five years, she has been an active volunteer as a wish grantor for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Illinois. For seven years, she served as a Board Member and past Vice President for the Community Foundation of Greater Grundy County to help improve the lives of people in need, childcare, workforce development and land use and preservation. Senator Rezin also served on the Board of Directors for We Care of Grundy County, whose purpose it to provide temporary housing and food assistance to the community. For fourteen years, she was a Board Member on the Morris Hospital Foundation, served as Vice President while chairing the Annual Support Committee and presided over the Executive Committee during her service.
In recognition of Senator Rezin’s philanthropic work and dedication to bettering her community, she was inducted into the 2009 Illinois Lincoln Series. The Illinois Lincoln Series of Excellence in Public Service empowers, educates and amplifies the voices of women of leadership in government, business and civic organizations.
Senator Rezin is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government's Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program, as well as a member of the Edgar Fellows. The Senator has been honored with the National Federation of Independent Business Guardian award in recognition of her 100% voting record. She is also the recipient of the 2012 Partnership of the Year Award from the Grundy County Economic Development, the 2012 Illinois Farm Bureau ACTIVATOR Friend of Agriculture Award, and the Highest Voting Record Supporting the Agricultural County Award from the Will County Farm Bureau.
As a graduate of Augustana College, Senator Rezin earned a degree in International Business and Political Science with a minor in Hispanic Studies. For the past sixteen years, she has been the co-owner and manager of her family’s real estate company. Senator Rezin and her husband, Keith, reside in Morris and have four children.
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Mark Denzler, from 2003-2006, oversaw government affairs in Illinois for State Farm Insurance, a Fortune 50 company headquartered in Bloomington. He focused on a number of issues including insurance, education, taxes and fees, and auto safety legislation. Prior to joining State Farm, Mark worked at the IMA as director of government affairs from 1999-2003 where he concentrated on tax, environmental and educational issues. For more than six years, Mark worked as a legislative analyst for the House Republican Leader. He staffed the education and transportation committees including serving as liaison to Governor Edgar’s Eikenberry Commission on education funding. In addition, Mark worked on a number of elections across Illinois while an employee of the House Republican Campaign Committee. Mark also spent a brief time on the Washington D.C. staff of Congressman Tom Ewing.
Julie Wernau is the energy and green technology reporter for the Chicago Tribune’s business section. She covers electric and natural gas utilities, energy markets, green tech start-ups, battery technology, energy legislation, the country’s largest owner of nuclear power plants, the coal, oil, natural gas, wind and solar industries and their associated regulators. She tends toward stories that explore the impact business and economic trends have on the lives of real people: employees, business owners and consumers. She came to the Tribune in 2009 from The Day Publishing Company, a daily newspaper covering Southeastern Connecticut, where she was a multi-award-winning police/fire reporter. Her stories about a local predatory lending scheme led to investigations by the FBI and the state’s attorney general and the convictions of several co-conspirators.