Lake Zurich Man Running for Illinois State Rep

Republican Chris Bos hopes to unseat Democrat Mary Edly-Allen and bust up the “Super Majority” in Springfield

Lake Zurich resident Chris Bos is ramping up his campaign for the Illinois State Representative slot in the 51st District

LAKE ZURICH, Ill. – Lake Zurich resident Chris Bos is challenging Mary Edly-Allen (D-Libertyville) in what may be a heated race for the 51st district state representative seat, which represents Lake Zurich, Hawthorn Woods and other communities within Lake County.

Edly-Allen won in 2018 against Republican Helene Miller Walsh by a mere 373 votes.

“The power structure in Springfield right now is way tilted, to the point that the [Democratic] party can do whatever they want. No need to negotiate, no need to have political discussion, no need to come to a consensus or compromise on anything. They can push through whatever they want. We hope to restore some balance back in Springfield,” Bos said.

“The system in Springfield is failing our communities”

According to Bos, the 51st district seat is one of three seats in the Ill. House that Republicans will need to win to remove the “super majority” that is in power now within Illinois.

Opposing Mary Edly-Allen

Bos said he differs from Edly-Allen in that he will fight for responsible government and spending controls in state government. “We have declining revenue coming in, and increased spending. She has said that Springfield doesn’t have a spending problem; it has a revenue problem. That is a fundamental, 100% difference of opinion. The problem is overspending and out of control budgets.”

“You don’t represent a party. You represent the people in your district.”

“The system in Springfield is failing our communities,” said Bos, who has served as an Ela Township trustee and in other roles locally. “It’s time to get representation back in Springfield from someone who remembers why they are there. You don’t represent a party. You represent the people in your district.”

COVID-19 Impacts Campaign

COVID-19 has had an impact on Bos’ run for office. “This has been the weirdest campaign,” he said.

Before the virus was declared a pandemic, Bos was knocking on doors (even during a blizzard) to meet community members, but when the “Shelter in Place” order began, Bos shifted his campaign to focus on helping local food pantries in Lake Zurich, Libertyville and Mundelein.

“Our communities needed us,” he said, “Local food pantries were seeing record numbers of people.”

Bos got to work on organizing contactless pickup and delivery of food and staples, but has recently begun campaigning again now that Illinois has entered Phase 4 of the “Restore Illinois” plan.

“Now we’re starting to ramp up again and we’re able to go out, wearing masks. We want to be respectful.”

Lake Zurich Residents

Bos and his family reside in Lake Zurich, Ill.

Bos resides in Lake Zurich with his wife, a Lake Zurich High School graduate, and their three children.

The decision to run was a simultaneously difficult and easy.

“Knowing the current political climate and the ugliness of it, that was the hard part. But fighting for what I believe in is worth it,” he said.

“I’m all in for our communities and our families,” he said.

Mary Edly-Allen declined comment on this story.

By Margo Pelak

Margo Pelak is founder and managing editor of the Local Newsreader, which covers hyper-local news in Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich and Mundelein. She resides in Hawthorn Woods with her husband Dennis and two wild beasts named Ladybug and Juney P.