I want to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has entrusted in me the ability to serve in so many different capacities.
Beginning as a member of the Buffalo Grove Zoning Board of Appeals almost 30 years ago, I volunteered to "give back" to our community and to demonstrate to our two young sons the importance of community service. After that, I was privileged to serve as Buffalo Grove Village Trustee, Buffalo Grove Village President, and Illinois State Representative for both the 51st and 53rd districts for the past 14 years.
We have all seen many changes in our community. Thirty-two years ago when our family moved here, our exceptional schools and community services were beginning to develop plans for growth and change. With your support as a community leader I was able to provide direction and leadership for these changes.
I never took any of this for granted; both your support and friendship over the last 30 years and my responsibility and dedication to represent you to the best of my ability. Regardless of party affiliation, you supported my efforts on behalf of our community and enabled me to work for what was in the best interest for all.
You have wished me well over the years, and backed up your words with strong actions and hard work. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being with me throughout this journey.
My latest campaign was a victory of friendship, loyalty, honor and integrity. I thank all of you who expressed support of and faith in my service. I am ready for the next chapter and am hopeful and optimistic that I can continue to make meaningful contributions to our community.
Most of all, I want to thank my wife Rita. We recently celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. She has always been by my side and I want to thank her for all of her efforts in each campaign and enduring my absence especially through family hardship, but always encouraging me to pursue my passion.
I am hopeful that at all levels of government, cooperation will be key in finding much needed solutions to the many unsolved problems on our doorstep. I send my sincere good wishes to the Illinois 98th General Assembly as they gather in January to solve these issues. Then indeed we will all be "winners."
I hope to be able to "pay it forward" in gratitude for the endless faith and generosity that has been bestowed upon me.