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Ron Sandack
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Illinois House of Representatives District 81
In office
January 9, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 10, 2017
Years in position 4
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Illinois State Senate District 21
Mayor of Downers Grove
Bachelor'sUniversity of Illinois
J.D.DePaul University
Office website
Campaign website
Ron Sandack is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 81. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. He previously served in the Illinois State Senate from 2011 to 2013.


Sandack earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois in 1986 and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1989. His professional experience includes being a partner at the law firm of Gaido & Fintzen.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Sandack served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Economic Development
Health Care Licenses
International Trade & Commerce
Labor & Commerce
Tollway Oversight
Transportation: Regulation, Roads & Bridges
Legislative Audit Commission


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sandack served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Sandack's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Lean Government

  • Excerpt: "The State does too much it cannot afford right now – we must re-focus on those things that we really must do because our financial resources are finite."


  • Excerpt: "It’s time to make things even-handed and far simpler so that we can grow our economy and create jobs again! Illinois must lower the cost of doing business in order to invigorate job creation. To do that, we must:
    • Get rid of the job-killing/family hurting 67% tax hike and the 45% tax increase on businesses.
    • Work to lower taxes and create a comprehensive overhaul of the tax code that is fair to all taxpayers.
    • Stop offering incentives to big businesses and perpetuating our “politics as usual” environment.
    • Reform the workers’ compensation system to make Illinois competitive with neighboring states."


  • Excerpt: "I propose passing no other laws and instead sitting as a committee of the whole to go though the budgeting process line-by-line and vote in a similar fashion. This way the enormity of the State’s spending will be brought to bear and permit real opportunities to review the merit of all State services. Given the fiscal morass we face, this type of process would make all our legislators fully accountable for the State’s spending."


  • Excerpt: "There are achievable alternatives, such as the “Reality Check” plan Senate Republicans offered last March. The plan contained a menu of more than $6.5 billion in spending cuts to bring the budget into line with available revenues. Reflecting back on the late night tax increase that took approximately $1000 a year from working families, it is important to evaluate its impact and how Illinois can no longer afford to move forward in the same direction. As your representative in Springfield, I will continue to push for sensible reforms to the systems that impact the fiscal solvency of our state. There is no other choice but to start now."

Pension reform

  • Excerpt: "We must boldly reform our public pension systems. To do that, we can:
    • Ensure pay and benefits do not rise faster than the rate of inflation.
    • Eliminate loop holes which permit some to game the system, including end of career pay spikes and double dipping.
    • End compounding imputed annual “inflation” increases of 3% and require pensionable salary cap equal to social security.
    • Permit employees the ability to control their own retirement by offering a defined contribution system."

Term limits/ethics

  • Excerpt: "First, it is high time for reasonable term limits for members of the General Assembly. Next, additional financial disclosure is necessary to peel back the influence of money on political decisions. Additionally, real time tracking of State expenditures ought to be the rule, rather than the exception."

Transparent government

  • Excerpt: "As your elected representative, I will work to maximize each and every opportunity to open up the State to its residents. Nothing we do, no decisions we make, no contract we engage and numbers we crunch should be done in the dark. It’s said that sunshine is the best disinfectant – indeed, Illinois could use some cleaning."


  • Excerpt: "It may be time to look at consolidating school districts to increase administrative efficiency and reduce redundancies in bureaucracy as those dollars need to go to teaching rather than unnecessary administration. I strongly support efforts to increase school choice in Illinois, both through charter schools, which have proven to provide a superior level of education, and vouchers, which would provide parents the opportunity to choose the schools they believe to be best for their own children. Finally, I support tuition tax credits for parents who send their kids to private schools."


Sandack's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Taxes
Excerpt: "I voted against and vehemently opposed the midnight tax increase of last year which hiked taxes 67% for residents and 47% for businesses. That increase came despite calls from me and colleagues to look for spending cuts before even uttering the term “tax increase.”"
  • Pension Reform
Excerpt: "The time for action is now. The five State pension funds supported by taxpayers are woefully underfunded and continue to crowd out room in the State budget for required State services like education, human services, transportation and emergency response."
  • Education
Excerpt: "To continue to provide our children with the quality of education they deserve, we need local control of our schools. Legislators should not be dictating how our local schools are run."
  • Level Playing Field
Excerpt: "This process of "corporate hostage negotiations" is never ending. Who is next? Abbott Labs? McDonald's? Phizer? State Farm? John Deere, Motorola?...etc. We need to lower taxes for ALL and grow the tax base and create new tax-payers."
  • Transparent Government
Excerpt: "This is your state. It belongs to you, its residents. Increasing public participation in, and awareness of, the issues and challenges we face will always be a continuing objective of mine."



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 18, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent Ron Sandack defeated Keith R. Matune in the Republican primary and then defeated Elizabeth Chaplin (D), who filed to run on June 2, in the general election. Lisa Thomas (D) was removed from the ballot on January 9, 2014.[4][5][6][7]

Illinois House of Representatives District 81, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRon Sandack Incumbent 60% 22,788
     Democratic Elizabeth "Liz" Chaplin 40% 15,199
Total Votes 37,987


See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sandack won election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 81. He defeated Debbie Boyle in the March 20 Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[8][9][10]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 81, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRon Sandack Incumbent 100% 38,796
Total Votes 38,796
Illinois House of Representatives, District 81 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRon Sandack Incumbent 54.3% 7,324
Debbie Boyle 45.7% 6,161
Total Votes 13,485

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sandack is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Sandack raised a total of $156,451 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 23, 2013.[11]

Ron Sandack's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State House, District 81 Won $156,451
Grand Total Raised $156,451


Sandack won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Sandack raised a total of $156,451.
Illinois House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ron Sandack's campaign in 2012
Illinois Lunch Pail Republicans$10,000
Illinois Realtors Association$5,450
Roeser, John O$5,000
Chicagoland Operators Joint Labor-Management$5,000
Stand for Children$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$156,451
Source:Follow the Money


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Illinois

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Illinois scorecards, email suggestions to

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.


In 2014, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.[12]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "impacted the social work profession and their clients."


In 2013, the Illinois State Legislature was in session from January 9 through May 31.[13]

Legislators are scored on their stances on conservative issues.

Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[14][15]


Sandack received a score of 100.00 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of A+ according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the highest among all 59 members of the Illinois State Senate included in the Vote Card.[15]



In 2014, Sandack's endorsements included the following:[16][17]

  • The Illinois Observer
  • The Stand For Children Illinois PAC

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Ron Sandack endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [18]


Sandack and his wife, Kevan, have two children.

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  1. Project Vote Smart, "Ronald Sandack's Biography," accessed February 19, 2014
  2. Official campaign website, "Issues," accessed February 19, 2014
  3. Campaign website, Current Topics
  4. Illinois Secretary of State, "Official candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
  5. Illinois Board of Elections, "General Primary Election Official Canvass," April 18, 2014
  6. Illinois Secretary of State, "Official general election candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
  7. The Chicago Tribune, "Results List (Unofficial)," accessed November 5, 2014
  8. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Candidate List," accessed December 5, 2011
  9. Illinois State Board of Elections, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed May 14, 2014
  10. Illinois State Board of Elections, “Official Vote - November 6, 2012 General Election,” accessed January 18, 2013
  11., "Sandack, Ron," accessed July 23, 2013
  12. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
  13. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 13, 2014
  14. Illinois Opportunity Project, "The Project," accessed February 21, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 Illinois Opportunity Project, "Legislative Vote Card home page," accessed February 21, 2013
  16., "Illinois House and Senate 2014 Primary Endorsements Part II,” accessed February 19, 2014
  17., "Stand for Children announces its 2014 Illinois primary endorsements," accessed February 19, 2014
  18. Mitt Romney for President, "Mitt Romney Announces Additional Illinois Endorsements," March 15, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Renee Kosel (R)
Illinois House of Representatives District 81
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Daniel Cronin (R)
Illinois Senate District 21
Succeeded by
Michael Connelly (R)