Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, announced Sunday that he plans to seek re-election in 2020 for his post as representative of the 80th District.
Recent media reports said last week that DeLuca was considering a run for the 40th District state senate seat soon to be vacated by Toi Hutchinson, who is taking a post in Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration to oversee the implementation of the state’s new recreational cannabis law.
“I’m honored and thankful to my constituents for the opportunity to serve in the Illinois House the past 10 1/2 years,” he said. “In my next term, I will continue to be a strong voice for property tax relief and will vigorously pursue my vision for economic growth and prosperity in our region.”
DeLuca serves as chairman of the House Cities & Villages Committee.
“Working closely with local elected officials, we must further improve the quality of life and deal with a range of issues impacting taxpayers,” he said. “Therefore, after much deliberation, I will not be seeking the 40th District Senate seat soon to be vacated by my dear friend, Toi Hutchinson.
“I’m far better positioned to remain in the House where I’m able to serve my constituents and the South Suburbs with greater ability because I maintain my committee chairmanship and my seniority. It’s been a pleasure working with Senator Hutchinson and I wish her, and her successor, the very best.”