Chris Lauzen

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Chris Lauzen
Chairman of the Kane County Board
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 2012 (2012-Dec)
Preceded by Karen McConnaughay
Member of the Illinois Senate from the 25th district
In office
January 1993 (1993-Jan) – January 2013 (2013-Jan)
Succeeded by Jim Oberweis
Personal details
Born (1952-12-30) December 30, 1952 (age 61)
Aurora, Illinois
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sarah Longley Lauzen
Children Four
Residence Aurora, Illinois
Alma mater Harvard Business School
Duke University
Profession Certified Public Accountant
Religion Catholic
Website Official Campaign Site

Christopher John Lauzen is the Chairman of the Kane County Board.[1] Lauzen was elected in 2012. Prior to serving as County Chairman, Lauzen served as a Republican member of the Illinois State Senate. Lauzen was first elected in 1992 and was re-elected to the State Senate in 1996, 2000, 2002, 2006, and 2010. He ran for Illinois Comptroller in 1998 and Congress in 2008. Based on his voting record, he is a fiscal and social conservative.[2]

Kane County Board Chairman[edit]

Lauzen managed the County during the second year of a freeze on the property tax levy for the County, Forest Preserve, and the Fox Valley Park District.[3] In March 2013, he also led members of the Kane County Board to a unanimous decision to refinance a large number of County bonds. This bi-partisan action saved the taxpayers over $2 million.[4] Lauzen has been involved in the Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor, a proposed project to build a bridge in northern Kane County over the Fox River.[5]

State Senate[edit]

Chris Lauzen was first elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1992. He joined a group of newly elected conservative State Senators called the "Fab Five". As a member of the Fab Five, along with Dave Syverson, Steve Rauschenberger, Patrick O'Malley, and Peter Fitzgerald.

Lauzen served on several committees, including the Property Tax Reform Committee, Appropriations I, II, and III, and the Revenue Committee, where he was the ranking Republican spokesman.[6] In recognition of his work on these committees and his consistent, pro-employment voting record, Lauzen was honored by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce with the "Champion of Free Enterprise" award and the NFIB with the "Guardian of Small Business" award.[7]

Throughout his service, Lauzen has supported Constitutional gun rights, right-to-life, and traditional marriage.[8] Lauzen sponsored a large tax reduction for employers and a property tax assessment freeze for homeowners over 65 years old with income less than $35,000. He worked to reduce property taxes on VFW and American Legion veterans’ posts by 85% and placed a cap on future increases. Lauzen also started “Illinois Porkbusters,” which sought to cut $5,000,000 in wasteful spending each year from the state budget.[9]

As a supporter of effective public education, Lauzen saw state funding for education in his senate district more than double, helped secure over $48,000,000 for school construction grants, sponsored education license plates for future teachers’ scholarships, and was the only Senator to speak against and vote “No” on providing 2/3 tuition discounts to illegal immigrants at public universities.[10]

To counter the rising costs of medical care, Lauzen launched a Prescription Medication Pilot Program that saved participants an average of 50% on the cost of prescription medication at no expense to the taxpayer.[11] He was also the original lead sponsor of the Breast Cancer Research voluntary check-off on the state personal income tax return. This check-off has raised more than $6,500,000 from voluntary contributions for breast cancer research in Illinois.

While in the State Senate, Lauzen also sponsored a ban on intact dilation and extraction abortion and supported term limits for State Legislators.[12]

State Comptroller Campaign[edit]

In 1998, Lauzen ran for Illinois State Comptroller to replace retiring Republican Comptroller Loleta Didrickson. Lauzen won the Republican Primary Election by defeating Harry J. Seigle of East Dundee but lost in the General Election to Democrat Dan Hynes.[13]

Congressional campaign[edit]

Lauzen officially began his campaign for congress in Illinois's 14th congressional district on September 19, 2007.[14] Lauzen ran to replace Dennis Hastert, who retired mid-term.

Although Lauzen received endorsements from The Beacon News in Aurora, the Kane County Chronicle and the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb County, and the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights, he lost the Congressional campaign. Lauzen received 44% of the Republican vote to Jim Oberweis' 56%.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Born and raised in Aurora, Illinois, Lauzen earned his B.S., with Honors, from Duke University in 1974, an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1978, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). [16]

After Harvard Business School, Lauzen returned to Aurora and worked as the President of Comprehensive Accounting Corporation, a franchisor of accounting services. During his five years as President, the number of franchise offices tripled to 450 nationwide, pre-tax profit doubled, and the network of accountants served over 22,000 small business owners. He and his wife, Sarah, later purchased a Comprehensive Accounting franchise in Geneva, IL. In less than four and a half years, Lauzen was managing the books and tax preparation for more than 200 small businesses in the local area.[17]

Lauzen and his wife, Sarah, have four boys: Ted, Elliot, Hans, and Rob.

Lauzen's grandparents emigrated from Romania to the United States in the early 20th century.[18] On July 28, 2006, Romanian President Traian Băsescu awarded Lauzen the Order of the Star of Romania Medal, Commander Rank (the highest commendation granted to a foreign citizen by Romania), in recognition of his work to "build bridges of friendship and commerce between the people of Romania and the United States." [18]

Electoral history[edit]

  • 2012 Race for Kane County Board Chairman[19]
    • (R) Chris Lauzen 59.25%
    • (D) Sue Klinkhamer 40.75%
  • 2012 Race for Kane County Board Chairman - Republican Primary[20]
    • (R) Kevin R Burns 29.28%
    • (R) Chris Lauzen 62.01%
  • 2010 Race for Illinois 25th Senate District[21]
    • (R) Chris Lauzen 69.3%
    • (D) Leslie Juby 30.7%
  • 2008 Race for Illinois 14th Congressional PrimaryRepublican Party[15]
    • Chris Lauzen 41%
    • Jim Oberweis 56%
    • Michael Dilger 2%
  • 2006 Race for Illinois 25th Senate District
    • (R) Chris Lauzen 65.0%
    • (D) Frank Craig 35.0%
  • 2002 Race for Illinois 25th Senate District
    • (R) Chris Lauzen 100.0%
  • 2000 Race for Illinois 21st Senate District
    • (R) Chris Lauzen 64.9%
    • (D) Stephanie Downs Hughes 35.1%
  • 1998 Race for Comptroller
    • (D) Dan Hynes 58.6%
    • (R) Chris Lauzen 39.6%
    • McIntosh Sadler II 1.7%

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.countyofkane.org/pages/countyboard/boardmember.aspx?bmID=1
  2. ^ http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=6269
  3. ^ http://www.countyofkane.org/Pages/commDisp.aspx?focusID=107
  4. ^ http://front1-new.kcchronicle.shawcms.com/2013/03/12/kane-refinances-32-million-bonds-saves-2-3-million/aj7q42a/
  5. ^ http://www.co.kane.il.us/dot/foxBridges/longmeadowPkwy.aspx
  6. ^ Illinois General Assembly website - Lauzen's page
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Krol, Eric (2007-06-01). "Lauzen ready for a run at Congress". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2008-01-24. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Lauzen Best Choice for Congress" http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=94916&src=
  10. ^ "Tom Roeser Show" http://tomroeser.com/sectionlist.asp?s=&month=8&year=2007
  11. ^ “Lauzen Looks North for Prescriptions” http://www.prescripnet.com/articles/article_prescriptions_Lauzen.htm
  12. ^ "GOP taking up cause of term limits in General Assembly" from Copley News Services on February 13, 1995. Retrieved January 22, 2007.
  13. ^ "Dan Hynes: Son of Democratic Royalty" http://www.chicagotribune.com/topic/politics/local-authority/dan-hynes-PEPLT007423.topic
  14. ^ Kraushaar, Josh (2007-09-15). "Conservative Enters Race For Hastert's Seat". The Politico (CBS News). Retrieved 2008-03-09. 
  15. ^ a b "Illinois - Summary Vote Results: U.S. House Special - District 14 - Dem Special Primary". Digital Chicago, Inc. 2008-02-27. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  16. ^ "About Chris". Chris Lauzen State Senator. Friends for Lauzen (campaign organization). Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  17. ^ Meet Senator Lauzen Illinois Senate Republicans. Retrieved May 25, 2007
  18. ^ a b "Visiting President of Romania Awards National Medal of Romania to State Senator Chris Lauzen", July 28, 2006
  19. ^ http://www.kanecountyelections.org/electionresults/electionresults.asp
  20. ^ http://www.kanecountyelections.org/ElectionResults/2012-03-20/REPContests.asp
  21. ^ http://www.elections.il.gov/Downloads/ElectionInformation/VoteTotals/2010GEOfficialVote.pdf

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