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Fricilone easily wins GOP nomination in 3rd Congressional District


By Sarah Downey | Mar 24, 2020

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Mike Fricilone hopes to represent Illinois' Third Congressional District.

Mike Fricilone, the minority leader of the Will County Board, held back two challengers in the Republican primary to represent Illinois’ Third Congressional District.

Fricilone, who earned endorsements from the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, along with many state and federal Republican leaders, won with 58% of the vote during the March 17 primary. His challengers, Catherine O'Shea and Arthur Jones, received 31% and 10%, respectively.

On his campaign website, Fricilone addresses three key platform issues:

- On the economy: “We must reduce government debt levels, minimize regulation, and cut taxes to ensure our economy can continue to thrive and provide opportunities for the greatest number of people in our community. Low taxes, free enterprise, and our competitive economic system has proven to make the United States the economic and social envy of the world."

- On the national debt: ”Our national debt is a bipartisan tragedy. We can do much better as a nation. We need the president and Congress to come together and have a bipartisan conversation regarding our $22 trillion debt. We must find new and creative ways to cut spending, just as I have led in Will County as the Republican leader on the board.

- On energy independence: ”We need to continue energy policies that reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil. Far too often our oil is purchased from nations controlled by dictatorships and other repressive regimes who seek to do us harm.”

In an interview with the Sun-Times, Fricilone also spoke about his position on health care.

“I would work to have a new, common sense plan to replace the Affordable Care Act," he told the newspaper. The ACA just quite frankly hasn’t worked, and needs to be repealed.” 

A graduate of Knox College, Fricilone works as executive director for an office interiors company. He and his wife have three children and six grandchildren.

In its endorsement, the Sun-Times noted that Fricilone, “sees an opening to win it all. If the incumbent conservative Democrat, Dan Lipinski, is defeated in the Democratic primary by a lefty challenger, Marie Newman, Fricilone predicts a Republican can prevail in November. He predicts the social conservative voters who have gone with Lipinski for years, whatever their party affiliation, now would go with him.”

In the Democratic primary, Newman edged Lipinski by 3 percentage points.

The Will County Republican Party expressed enthusiasm for that result in its newsletter:

“This general election match up between the popular local conservative against an extreme liberal will give Mike Fricilone one of the best chances in the nation to take away the Democrats’ slim majority in Congress.”

OpenSecrets.org shows Newman raised more money than her Democratic rivals and Fricilone.

In addition to parts of the southwest side of Chicago, the district includes the towns of Bridgeview, Burbank, Crest Hill, Hickory Hills, Homer Glen, Justice, La Grange, Lemont, Lockport, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights, Palos Hills, Romeoville, Summit, Western Springs and Worth.

In other Will County Republican congressional races, State Sen. Jim Oberweis, (R-Sugar Grove), won the 14th District nomination from a crowded field of candidates.

In the 11th Congressional District, Rick Laib of Joliet prevailed over Krishna Bansal of Naperville.

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