Elaine Nekritz

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Elaine Nekritz
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Illinois House of Representatives District 57
In office
Term ends
January 14, 2015
Years in position 14
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2000
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTrinity University, 1979
J.D.University of Michigan, 1982
Date of birthDecember 11, 1957
Place of birthWichita, KS
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Elaine Nekritz (b. December 11, 1957) is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 57. She was first elected to the chamber in 2000.

Nekritz's professional experience includes working as a Partner in the Law Firm of Altheimer and Gray, and Legislative Aide to State Senator Jeff Schoenberg.

Committee assignments


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

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary, Chair
Personnel & Pensions, Chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Nekritz served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Nekritz served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Nekritz's campaign website lists the following issues:[1]

  • State Finances
Excerpt: "I’ve supported unpopular facility closures, both to save money and to provide the services in a more effective way in the community. And I’m continuing to push for streamlined models for how we deliver our services. Just as the private and nonprofit sectors have done, we must do more with less and ensure that what money we are spending has a very effective, efficient and measurable outcome."
  • Pensions
Excerpt: "We are on the cusp of a historic breakthrough. I am disappointed that we did not vote on the package of reforms that surfaced late in the spring legislative session and hope we soon will return to Springfield to take it up. This is a problem that is decades in the making and now we’re trying to make the hard choices to get it fixed in a much shorter timeframe."
  • Medicaid
Excerpt: "Another massive problem facing our state, I proudly stood with colleagues from both sides of the aisle as we took the first meaningful step to reducing expenses in this state health insurance program. Through a combination of targeted spending cuts and an increase in the cigarette tax that will lower health care costs by discouraging smoking, I worked with other legislators and the governor to produce $2.7 billion in savings in this $14 billion program."
  • Education
Excerpt: " I wholeheartedly support increased funding for early childhood education because with the right direction early on, students can and will succeed in even the most challenging situations outside the classroom. I’m working on special education funding and corporate property tax appeals to ensure we’re capitalizing on the funding available and providing the resources necessary to meet our most critical needs."
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "Some tax credits in Illinois work well to boost our economy, and the EDGE tax credits are one of them. I support reforms to ensure the process for those credits is streamlined so they can better be utilized by companies creating and retaining jobs. I also support improvements in state environmental oversight to avoid unnecessary duplications and hassles in fees and permitting that force businesses to look to other states to grow."

Military ballots

Nekritz on Military Ballots

Rep Nekritz says it may be a bit before lawmakers get answers on questions about late military ballots.[2]



See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Nekritz won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 57. Nekritz was unopposed in the March 20 Democratic primary and defeated Jonathan L. Greenberg (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 57, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElaine Nekritz Incumbent 55.5% 20,130
     Republican Jonathan L. Greenberg 44.5% 16,133
Total Votes 36,263


See also:Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2010

Nekritz won re-election to the 57th District seat against Republican Richard G. Hamen.[6] She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on February 2nd. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[7]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 57 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Elaine Nekritz (D) 14,537 61.24%
Richard G. Hamen (R) 9,202 38.76%


On November 4, 2008, Democrat Elaine Nekritz won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 57 receiving 22,407 votes, ahead of Republican James Tatooles who received 10,602 votes.[8]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 57 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Elaine Nekritz (D) 22,407
James Tatooles (R) 10,602


On November 7, 2006, Democrat Elaine Nekritz won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 57. She ran unopposed receiving 18,615 votes.[9]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 57 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Elaine Nekritz (D) 18,615

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Nekritz collected $213,481 in campaign contributions. The largest contributors are listed below:[10]


In 2008, Nekritz collected $214,424 in donations.[11]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to her campaign.

Donor Amount
John Krehbiel Jr. $25,000
Cook County College Teachers Union $7,000
Illinois Education Association $5,000
Keith A. Hebeisen $4,650
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association $4,000


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."[12][13]


Nekritz received a score of 37.50 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of F according to the IOP’s grading scale. Her score was tied for the 80th highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card.[13]


Nekritz is a member of the Trail Users Rights Foundation Board, Illinois Bar Association, National Council on Jewish Women, Democratic Committeeman of Northfield Township, and is Chairperson of the Village of Northbrook's Community Relations Commission.[14]

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