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Campaigns & Elections

Anderson Running for Illinois Senate in New District

Illinois State Senator Neil Anderson announcing he's running for re-election but in a new district.
Anderson for Senate
Illinois State Senator Neil Anderson announcing he's running for re-election but in a new district.

Neil Anderson wants to continue serving in the Illinois Senate. On Wednesday, the Republican from Andalusia held a five-city announcement tour of his new district, with stops in the Quad Cities, Galesburg, Monmouth, Macomb, and Canton.

Anderson has represented the 36th Senate District since he was first elected in 2014, but this year's re-districting by the Democrat-controlled legislature, moved him to the new 47th.

He says one of the issues he wants to focus on is public safety and law enforcement.

"The assault that we're seeing on our law enforcement officers has to stop. I'm going to continue to make sure that our law enforcement officers have the tools they need to make sure they keep our community safe."

He also wants to make sure his new constituents hear the promise he's made since he first ran for the Illinois Senate - that he will not accept a legislative pension or health care.

"This is a service, it's not a career, and I intend to keep making it a service."

Anderson believes it's wrong that he can qualify for generous benefits by serving just a few years in the General Assembly, but it will take him 30 years to earn the same benefits at his current job as a Moline firefighter.

His current senate district, the 36th, covers just two counties, while his new district, the 47th, covers all or part of 16.

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