Elaine Nekritz

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Elaine Nekritz
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
from the 57th district
Assumed office
January 2003 (2003-January)
Preceded by Elizabeth Coulson
Personal details
Born (1957-12-11) December 11, 1957 (age 59)
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Barry Nekritz
Residence Northbrook, Illinois, U.S.
Alma mater University of Michigan
Profession Real Estate Attorney

Elaine Nekritz (born December 11, 1957) is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 57th District since 2001. She was formerly the Democratic Committeeman of Northfield Township, Illinois.

Prior to her election as representative of the 57th district, Nekritz was a member of the law firm of Altheimer and Gray, working as a real estate attorney and later becoming a partner with the firm. She also worked as legislative aide to Jeffrey Schoenberg, now the state senator for the 9th District, while he served as the state representative of the 58th District.

Nekritz was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. She currently resides in Northbrook with her husband, Barry.


Representative Nekritz co-sponsored SB-1; a plan that amended state employee pension plans by drastically reducing the constitutionally protected benefits of Illinois state employees in retirement.[1] The Illinois Supreme Court ultimately found these legislative changes to be unconstitutional.[2]

As the Illinois Supreme Court ruling stated: “These modifications to pension benefits unquestionably diminish the value of the retirement annuities the members…were promised when they joined the pension system. Accordingly, based on the plain language of the Act, these annuity-reducing provisions contravene the pension protection clause’s absolute prohibition against diminishment of pension benefits and exceed the General Assembly’s authority,” [3]

High-speed rail[edit]

Nekritz is the Chair of the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission and advocates building numerous high-speed rail lines in Illinois, including one from Chicago to Detroit. See written testimony before the Rail Subcommittee of the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee April 20, 2010 (pdf).

Retirement Announced[edit]

On June 16, 2017, Nekritz announced that she will not be seeking re-election to her position and will be stepping down at the approprite time once a replacement has been found. [4]


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