DOWNERS GROVE….. In recognition of his service to the citizens of Illinois, the Illinois State Crime Commission has named State Representative Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) as their 2016 Republican Legislator of the Year.


According Executive Director Jerry Elsner, honorees are chosen based on recommendations made by board members and a vote by the board. One Republican and one Democrat are chosen each year for the award. “Ron Sandack epitomizes the traits of honesty, integrity and accountability, which we should all look for in our elected officials,” Elsner said. “He is a real role model that younger people can look up to.”


Sandack, who serves as the Republican Spokesperson for the Judiciary-Civil and Restorative Justice Committees, and as a member of the Judiciary-Criminal Committee, said it was a privilege to be recognized for his work in the area of criminal justice. “This esteemed group does very important work in our communities, and receiving this distinction is quite an honor,” Sandack said. “I have enjoyed working on legislation that helps them achieve their mission of reducing juvenile delinquency and promoting positive interactions between law enforcement and communities.”


According to the Crime Commission’s Government Affairs Director Michael Prueter, Sandack will be formally honored at the group’s annual “Salute to Those Who Make a Difference” awards dinner in June. “Representative Sandack’s legislative efforts in government reduction, education, human trafficking, ethics, concealed carry, seniors’ tax freezes and mental health are appreciated by this commission and by people across Illinois,” he said. “We look forward to continuing to work with the Representative on his legislation, and believe he will be quite successful in these efforts.”