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As one of her first official acts as a lawmaker in the Illinois General Assembly, State Representative Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) has rejected a legislative pension and declined participation in the State’s health insurance program.

“The Illinois pension systems are woefully underfunded, yet cost 23% of our entire state budget in 2018,” Mazzochi said. “Medical spending is the largest line item in the state budget. Pensions and medical together is over half of our state budget. Lawmakers need to be mindful of this before adding to that burden.”

Paperwork has been submitted to the General Assembly Retirement System (GARS) and the Comptroller’s office stating the new legislator’s wishes to decline participation in the pension system and state health insurance program. “Math doesn’t lie. Let’s take our own fingers out of the pie to show we are serious about getting our fiscal house in order. By rejecting a pension, I am showing my commitment to address the pension crisis without any conflict of interest. Our residents want the state to stop digging itself into a bigger hole and start focusing on real reform.”

Illinois’ underfunded pension system has been identified as the worst in the nation. Today GARS is only funded at 14.9 percent, the lowest of Illinois’ five state retirement systems. “Pensions and pension debt is crowding out other essential areas of the budget to a point where critical service areas are not receiving the levels of funding they need,” Mazzochi said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and with stakeholders to find a fair and Constitutionally-sound solution to this critical problem.”

Residents who would like to express their opinions or concerns on this or other areas of policy are encouraged to email Representative Mazzochi through the contact form available at www.repmazzochi.com or call her office at (630) 852-8633.
Surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, Deanne Mazzochi of Elmhurst was sworn into office Tuesday as the new State Representative for Illinois’ 47th Legislative House District. She took her oath of office outside of Elmhurst College’s Hammerschmidt Chapel, a mere 4 miles from where she was raised in Villa Park, and 6 blocks from her Elmhurst home.

Elmhurst College Trustee and 4th Ward Alderman Kevin York welcomed guests, and the Honorable Liam Brennan, 18th Judicial Circuit Court Judge, administered the oath of office. Mazzochi was introduced by State Senator Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst).

In her personal remarks, Mazzochi pointed to her leadership on the College of DuPage Board, and how being accountable, applying good government principles and ending insider deals helped restore COD’s financial standing and public trust in the College. “We embraced innovation, demanded best practices to strengthen our financial position and improved organizational performance,” said Mazzochi. “We did what needed to be done to show we were serious about restoring the public trust. How much better would our state be if everyone in Springfield followed that same approach?”

Mazzochi also referenced her work as a private practice patent attorney, and said the focus on innovation that changes lives for the better results in the kind of real-world value that taxpayers deserve. “I look forward to a day when Springfield is full of citizen legislators who are innovation and future-focused. Who make decisions and embrace policies that safeguard our neighborhoods, strengthen our education system and attract jobs and investment,” Mazzochi said. “I want Illinois to be a state that calls the next generation home. Illinois has great people, great resources and great potential. I am so honored we can be on a journey together to bring proven reform to Illinois.”

In addition to her role as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at COD, Mazzochi is a founding partner of Rakoczy Molino Mazzochi Siwik LLP. Her Boston University undergraduate degree was in Political Science and Chemistry (Biology minor); her Juris Doctor degree was with honors from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has a passion for science and commonly brings her scientific knowledge and analytical skills to her private sector work. She will also bring that expertise to Springfield.

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) spoke at the ceremony and welcomed his newest colleague to the House Republican Caucus. “I am pleased to welcome Deanne Mazzochi to the General Assembly and wish her the very best as she joins the House Republican Caucus in Springfield,” said Durkin. “Deanne has done exceptional work through her public service as the Chair of the College of DuPage Board and I know she will do a great job for her constituents in DuPage and suburban Cook Counties.” 

Mazzochi was selected to fulfill the unexpired term of Patti Bellock, who was recently appointed to serve as Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS). Mazzochi’s local office operations will remain at 1 S. Cass Avenue, Westmont Centre, Suite #205 in Westmont. The district office phone number will remain (630) 852-8633.