Mike Unes claims victory in the 91st District

By WEEK Reporter

Mike Unes claims victory in the 91st District

November 6, 2012 Updated Nov 6, 2012 at 11:58 PM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- The 91st District race for the Illinois House of Representatives has been declared for Mike Unes (R) who won captured 55 percent of the vote from his Democratic challenger Jennifer Allison.

Unes was originally elected two years ago to the 91st District seat.

Since 2010, Representative Unes says he is proudest of sponsoring a crack-down on copper theft and eliminating spending cuts with the pay-go bill.

However, he says if Illinois law makers must look at neighboring states for guidance.

"Why does the state of Indiana have surpluses at a time when we have multi-billion dollar deficits year after year?" Unes asked. "I think you can look around and say, let's have some fiscal reform, let's have some items that are going to bring fiscal sanity and have the job creators come back."

Unes says that his priorities when he was elected, such as conceal and carry, are unchanged.

Challenger Jennifer Allison (D) decided to run for office after years of talking politics with her husband.

"Many nights my husband and I would stay up after watching the news and we'd just be ranting and raving about what was going on in Springfield," Allison recalled. "It came to the point where we said we have to try to do something, we can't just keep griping."

A graduate of Peoria Notre Dame High School and Western Illinois University who lives in Canton, Allison says she has a passion for community service.

Allison calls jobs, taxes and being responsive to constituents as her priorities if she's elected.

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