Margo McDermed

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Margo McDermed
Candidate for
Illinois House of Representatives, District 37
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Commissioner of Will County
J.D.DePaul University College of Law
Campaign website
Margo McDermed campaign logo
Margo McDermed is a 2014 Republican candidate for District 37 of the Illinois House of Representatives.

She currently serves as Commissioner of Will County.


McDermed earned her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. Her professional experience includes working in the law department for the Amoco Corporation and British Petroleum.[1]


Campaign themes


McDermed's official website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Education
Excerpt: "We need to reform the way schools are funded in Illinois. I will be a strong and determined voice for our children and our schools when I am in Springfield. I have 2 grown children who attended our local public elementary and high schools. Both were National Merit winners who went on to the colleges of their choice and to work in the fields they chose. So I know first hand the importance of excellent, local schools. I want this same quality education to be there for the next generation of young people here in our towns and I will work for that every day I am in the Illinois House."
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "There are so many things Illinois can do better to keep those jobs from fleeing our state at the current rate. Let’s not just reverse the flight, let’s add jobs.So how will I work to do that? Vote against retaining the temporary 67% increase in the state income tax. It’s been documented over and over that high tax rates drive down job creation."
Excerpt: "What else will I do? We absolutely need to reform workers’ compensation laws. Illinois has one of the 3 highest Workers’ Comp costs in the country. Everyone who is injured on the job needs to be made whole and abuse of the system and bureaucracy is preventing that from happening in Illinois. It is time for true reform of Workers’ Comp laws, not just some more window dressing."
Excerpt: "What else will I do to make sure Illinois retains and adds jobs? Illinois needs to reward small businesses, not just the big cats. It’s no secret that small firms, growing rapidly create 100% of new jobs. I will be a loud and determined voice for making sure Illinois tax and business policy does not penalize the true job creators, our small and growing businesses."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: I believe that in order to break Illinois’ downward, tax/spend spiral we need to cut spending by:
  • prioritizing needs
  • spending only what we have
  • cutting fraud and waste.
Excerpt: "We need to let the temporary tax increase sunset on schedule. By reducing personal and corporate tax rates we can stem the outflow of workers and jobs. The tax expiration will encourage business expansion and we can further improve the business climate with regulatory reform, including reform of Workers’ Compensation laws."



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place March 18, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Nichole Serbin defeated August (O'Neill) Deuser in the Democratic primary, while Margo McDermed defeated Gayla Smith and Arthur Lukowski in the Republican primary. Serbin and McDermed will face off in the general election.[3][4][5]



In 2014, McDermed's endorsements include the following:[1][6]

  • The Illinois Observer
  • State Representative Renee Kosel
  • Mayor Tim Balderman, New Lenox
  • Mayor Jim Holland, Frankfort
  • Mayor Frank Fleischer, Mokena
  • Jim Moustis, Frankfort Twp. Supervisor
  • Frankfort Township Republican Organization
  • Homer Township Republican Organization
  • Orland Township Republican Organization
  • County Board Member, Mike Fricilone
  • County Board Member, Steve Balich
  • County board Member, Dave Izzo


McDermed and her husband, Edward, have two children. They reside in Mokena, Il.[1]

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