First-term state Rep. Chris Miller (R-Oakland) is announcing his intent to run for re-election.
"The need for reform in Illinois government is greater than ever," the 110th District representative said. "There is a growing dissatisfaction with state government because too often our legislative leaders are listening more to politically connected insiders than they are to the people of this great state. I am running again to keep the pressure on Springfield to finally put politics aside and put the needs of people of Illinois first."
Miller has strongly opposed tax increases. He says he was disappointed to see so many Republicans vote with Democrats to raise taxes on motor fuel, parking, vehicle trade-ins, video gaming and cigarettes - more than $45 billion in increases.
"I was not surprised to see the Democrat majorities in the House and the Senate support the governor's tax increases, but I am amazed that so many of my Republican colleagues voted for these tax hikes," Miller said. "I thought the Republican party was supposed to be for fiscal responsibility and lower taxes. That is the party I have been a part of my whole life."
Miller is part of the so-called "Eastern Bloc" of highly conservative lawmakers from eastern and southeastern Illinois who often voice opposition to mainstream Republicans' actions in Springfield.
Miller said he will not be deterred.
"I will continue to speak my mind and will continue to oppose tax increases," Miller said. "The vast majority of my constituents are furious about the tax increases approved this spring. I hear from them every day and the message I give to them is that I will stand with them by opposing tax increases. I will be spending time during the campaign working to defeat the governor'sa proposed progressive income-tax increase. Illinois families are taxed enough."
Miller says he is pro-life, pro-Second Amendment and an advocate for workers' compensation reform and regulatory reform he says will help encourage more investment in the Illinois economy.
"If we want to grow our economy, we need to look at what has worked in other states and duplicate that success here," Miller said. "States like Indiana and Wisconsin have worked hard to create a business-friendly climate and they are getting results.
"Here in Illinois, instead of creating a level playing field for all businesses, we craft bailouts and insider deals for politically connected companies and the end result is stagnant economic growth. Only when we take the steps we need to take to create a business-friendly environment in Illinois will we get Illinois back on track."
Miller lives in Oakland, where he was born and raised. After graduating from Oakland High School, he attended Eureka College and obtained a bachelor of science degree in education. Later, he attended Lake Land College and received an associate degree in agriculture.
He is a third-generation farmer and raises Angus cattle. He and his wife, Mary, have been married for 39 years. They have seven children and 16 grandchildren.