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ENDORSEMENT: Joyce Mason for Illinois House in 61st District

She has voted the interests of her district, which is along the Wisconsin border.

Joyce Mason is endorsed by the Chicago Sun-Times in the 61st Illinois House district in the general election.
Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Two years ago, we did not endorse Joyce Mason, then a challenger for this House seat. But we urged her to remain engaged in politics. Mason won that race, and now she’s running for reelection. This time, we endorse her.

Mason, a human resources consultant and former Woodland School District 50 vice president, has voted the interests of her district along the Wisconsin border. She opposed an increase in the gasoline tax to fund infrastructure. She introduced a bill to keep natural gas bills from soaring as utility companies replace old pipes.

With a pandemic virtually shutting down the Legislature this year, though, Mason hasn’t had much of an opportunity to get bills enacted.

Also running is Republican Dan Yost, a capable Antioch village trustee. His priorities include property tax relief, a reduction of ethylene oxide emissions — EtO — and small business development.

Illinois House 61st District map
Illustration by Catherine Hurley

For more information about this race and others, including candidate questionnaires, go to our Illinois primary voting guide. Our newspaper is owned by a group of civic-minded and, in some cases, politically active investors; for details, see our owner information page.

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