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Remont mayor nominated to fill House seat vacated by former Republican leader Jim Durkin

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Lemont Mayor John Egovsky was appointed by Republicans to fill the Illinois House seat vacated by Rep. Jim Durkin, who led the House Republican caucuses for years until he resigned last month. .

Mr. Egovsky will remain mayor of the Southwest Suburbs while simultaneously representing the House District, which covers most of Lemont, Burridge and Homer Glen.

    Lemont Mayor John Egovsky was named the new state representative to fill the vacancy of former House Republican leader Jim Durkin.

Durkin served 24 years in the House of Representatives, 9 of which he was a leader of the Republican Minority Party. A moderate member of his party, he announced his resignation in January, acknowledging that “the party has changed for at least six years.” Furious after taking away five seats from

Egofske, a CPA who retired from a business career to run for mayor in 2017, said in a release announcing his appointment that he would “reduce property taxes, fight crime and keep jobs in Illinois.” He could not be reached for comment on Monday.

In a statement describing Yegovsky as “a proven business leader and an excellent civil servant,” he said, “The success in the village of Remont will help solve the problems facing our state.” I’m ready.”

Although he is listed as independent, Campaign Disclosure Document, Durkin called Egovsky a “good Republican”. ”

“John (Egovske) is a pragmatic Republican. Mr. Durkin said in an interview Monday that he will not align himself with the extremists who have taken over the party for the foreseeable future.” “Someone who sees the problem and makes decisions based on what he thinks is right for the district.”

Egovske was nominated to the seat by a committee of six local Republican leaders. The process for filling vacancies will be revised in 2021 and now requires “greater transparency,” according to House Republican Caucus spokesman Dan Pelfrey.

Selection groups “must publish the names of individuals who will serve on these committees, how members of the public may apply for vacancies, and the date and time of the meeting at which appointments will be made,” Pelfrey said.

In announcing Egovske’s new role, he said he would not accept a salary as mayor of Lemont and would decline public pensions.

hsanders@chicagotribun.com

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