Will County Board Minority Leader Mike Fricilone today announced his candidacy as a Republican candidate for Illinois 3rd Congressional District. The primary election is scheduled for March 17, 2020.

“As a lifelong resident of District 3, I am thrilled to be running for the United States House of Representatives to represent this dynamic district,” Fricilone said. “It is a diverse region of our state and I understand the needs and wants of our residents. I will work hard to make sure each person is well-represented and do what is best for our communities.”

Fricilone has served as a Will County Board member since 2012 where he also was the Finance Committee Chair and Vice Chair of the Capital committee. Under his leadership as Will County Finance Committee chair, the County reduced the tax rate for four consecutive years. He also developed the financial plan to build the new Public Safety Complex, County Courthouse and new Health Department building while not raising taxes.

“During my time on the County Board I have always fought to reduce the tax burden on residents and will continue to make that a priority for District 3 citizens,” Fricilone said. “I want to reduce the size of the government and its regulations to foster the growth of small businesses.”

Fricilone’s other priorities include bolstering the growing economy in order to provide more and better paying job opportunities. He wants to strengthen the workforce training opportunities in the district to provide job skills and training for the unemployed and those seeking workforce development opportunities.

He also plans to strategically work on improving sustainability efforts in the district. As an elected official, he believes it is important that any efforts should result in both a return on investment financially and environmentally.

Finally, he will work to make sure veterans are provided for as their sacrifices should not be forgotten.

Fricilone is the son of a tool and die maker and mother who raised six children. He currently lives in Homer Glen with his wife, Barb, of 42 years. They raised three grown children, Amy, Paul and Thomas and their family now includes their son-in-law Duane, daughter-in-law Marina and six grandchildren.

A graduate of Knox College in Galesburg, IL, Fricilone is the executive director of Midwest Office Interiors in Woodridge. He is actively involved in his community serving as the president of the Lockport High School Foundation, Executive Board Member of the Children Advocacy Center, former Vice President of the Order Sons of Italy in America and a member of the finance committee of his church.