Milan, Ill. – Joined by a crowd of family, friends and supporters, including local officials and members of labor, Mike Halpin, a Rock Island resident, practicing attorney and advocate for homeless veterans and disabled senior citizens, announced his candidacy for state representative of Illinois’ 72nd District on Monday.
Halpin pledged to work in a bipartisan manner and fight for the needs and concerns of local middle-class families, elderly residents and the vulnerable, a responsible state budget and economic growth.
“We must put a stop to the partisanship in Springfield and work together to strengthen the wages, standard of living and financial security of middle-class families,” Halpin said. “We must put aside political posturing and find common ground to help the middle-class families of our region.”
Halpin announced his candidacy at the offices of Blackhawk Township, which Halpin represented in the most recent Big Island legal case. “I am proud of the work I did representing Blackhawk Township and fighting for Big Island residents to keep their homes safe and protected from flooding,” Halpin declared.
Halpin’s vision puts the needs of local middle-class families ahead of the backwards priorities that fuel the current stalemate in Springfield. The father of two discussed his upbringing and middle-class roots. He is the eldest of three children and the first in his immediate family to earn a college degree. After college, Halpin worked in former Congressman Lane Evans’ district office.
In reflecting on his time with Evans, Halpin noted, “Lane has been gone for almost a year now, but the lessons he taught me will never leave me.” One of those lessons was to always give attention to the individual needs of constituents. Halpin pledged to bring to the 72nd District a level of constituent service equal to that of Evans.
Halpin recalled his experience clerking for Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita B. Garman, who is currently serving as Chief Justice of the Court. He has also been an organizer for Local 49 of the Operating Engineers in Minneapolis, Minn., and volunteers legal services for Bridging the Gap, which provides services to homeless veterans. Halpin is currently the Public Guardian for Rock Island County, the guardian of last resort for disabled seniors who have no friends or family to care for them.
Halpin stated he is proud of his accomplishments, but believes he can do even more as representative for the 72nd District.
“Middle-class families are under attack by politicians in Springfield with dangerous agendas. But together, we can defeat the politicians’ reckless plans and ensure that the voices of local middle-class families, elderly residents, victims of child abuse, and veterans are heard and their rights are protected.”