State Representative Elaine Nekritz is serving her eighth term in the Illinois House of Representatives. The 57th District encompasses portions of several of Chicago’s north and northwest suburbs: Buffalo Grove, Arlington Heights, Northbrook, Wheeling, Palatine, Mount Prospect, and Prospect Heights.
Elaine is focused on solutions to the state’s fiscal problems, particularly the pension systems. She’s committed to a blend of new revenues, spending cuts and reforms that will end the practice of passing the buck to future generations. She proposed the State’s first ever spending cap in 2011, leading to dramatic reductions in spending. As the Chair of the House Personnel and Pensions Committee, she worked to pass Senate Bill 1, a historic bipartisan pension reform bill that responsibly and fairly addressed the over $100 billion backlog of unpaid pension debt. The bill was later struck down as unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court.
Providing a social safety net and administering a fair criminal justice system are two of the most important and challenging functions of state government. Elaine has worked to ensure that state spending in those areas prioritizes modern, evidence-based practices that offer the best use of limited state resources. She was the chief sponsor of legislation to end the automatic transfer of juveniles into adult court for non-violent crimes, ensuring that troubled youth receive the services they need to build productive lives.
In the 99th General Assembly, Elaine also chaired the Judiciary-Civil and sat on the Appropriations-Public Safety, Public Utilities, and Special Needs Services committees.
Prior to her election as representative of the 57th District in November 2002, Nekritz was a real estate attorney and partner of the law firm of Altheimer and Gray. Nekritz resides in Northbrook with her husband, Barry.