Pritchard Announces Retirement from House of Representatives

State Representative Bob Pritchard (R-Hinckley), who has served for 15 years in the Illinois House of Representatives, officially announced today that he will be stepping down from his seat on July 1. The Representative had planned to finish his term in the 100th General Assembly, but was recently appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner to the Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees. That appointment, also effective on July 1, prompted his early resignation from the legislature.

Pritchard serves portions of DeKalb, Kane, and Boone Counties as a strong advocate for education, economic growth, and fiscal responsibility. Throughout his tenure he has been known as an expert on education related matters. He was Republican Spokesperson on House education committees and was a member of the Governor’s Education Reform Commission, which produced the historic K-12 school funding reform agreement to adequately and equitably fund education throughout Illinois.

“I want to express my appreciation for the opportunity to serve as a Representative for the 70th district, and for the opportunity to get to know the people of this region,” said Pritchard. “I gained great satisfaction helping constituents and advocating for this region of our state.”

The Representative encouraged civic involvement and enjoyed hosting advisory councils, writing legislative update newsletters and meeting with constituents. Pritchard hosted an art contest for middle school students, a youth summer reading program, a high school advisory council to help students understand state government and express their views, and a health fair of services for senior citizens.

“Throughout my time in Springfield, I have worked on legislation that made significant strides to improve our state. From changing our school funding formula to passing legislation that will help attract students to our institutions of higher education here in Illinois, I am proud of the work that was accomplished on behalf of all our residents. While I close this chapter of serving in the General Assembly, I look forward to continuing to serve the region and working for education in a different capacity. The future of Illinois is in our innovation, skilled workforce and infrastructure, and this truly starts with education. If we can start there, we can continue to rebuild Illinois and achieve our dreams.”

Pritchard and his wife Mary, a Professor and Associate Dean Emerita at NIU, have two sons and 4 grandchildren. They will celebrate their fiftieth wedding anniversary this September. His private sector careers involved various facets of agribusiness. He grew up on a farm near Maple Park and continues to manage and operate the farm business with his son.
Representative Pritchard is pictured above with his son Greg.

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