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Today, State Representative Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) announced his office is open and ready to serve constituents.

Rep. Andrew Chesney has named Sally Huggins as his Legislative Assistant in his Freeport legislative office. Huggins, who has nearly 20 years of experience working with both Rep. Jim Sacia and Sen. Brian Stewart, will be the first point of contact for constituents.

“Over the past two decades the people of this district have come to know Sally,” said Rep Chesney, “and Sally knows how to get their concerns addressed in Springfield. I’m honored to have her return to work for the people of the 89th district.”

Representative Chesney will take over the former legislative office of Sen. Brian Stewart located at 50 West Douglas Street Suite 1001 in Freeport. The office will be open from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday. The phone number is (815) 232-0774.

Constituents are encouraged to call or walk-in to voice their concerns and ask for help navigating state agencies. Constituents can also email by using the contact for at

Andrew Chesney was sworn-in as State Representative of the 89th District on December 5, 2018. He filled the seat vacated by current 45th district Sen. Brian Stewart (R-Freeport).
Andrew Chesney is sworn in as State Represenative for the
89th District by Chief Judge Mike Bald.
Andrew Chesney was sworn-in as State Representative of the 89th District on December 5, 2018. He fills the seat vacated by Rep. Brian Stewart. At the same ceremony, Stewart took the oath of office becoming the Illinois State Senator of the 45th District. Stewart replaces Senator Tim Bivins who resigned earlier this month after 20 years of service.

Rep. Andrew Chesney takes the oath of office delivered by
Judge Mike Bald. Andrew's wife, Kelly, held the Bible. 
Senator Brian Stewart and Representative Andrew Chesney were sworn in Wednesday, December 5th, at the Lincoln Douglas Debate Square in Freeport, Illinois by the Honorable Michael P. Bald, Presiding Judge of Stephenson County.

“I want to thank my family, friends, and especially State Senator Tim Bivins for supporting me in this endeavor,” said Senator Stewart. “I am truly honored to have this opportunity and am confident that my extensive experience and proven commitment will help me represent the citizens of the 45th District in the State Senate and help move all of Illinois forward.”

Illinois legislators are scheduled to return to Springfield January 7th before the 101st General Assembly is inaugurated on January 9th. Senator Stewart believes bipartisan pension reform, balanced budgets, and common sense economic growth initiatives are immediate priorities.

“The state’s pension liability is now estimated at $150 billion,” stated Senator Stewart. “Those dollars continue to erode spending on education, senior services, healthcare, and other areas unless we reform pensions. I will never support passing enormous tax increases on working families. We must tackle this problem to protect our retirees and taxpayers before the system completely fails.”

Representative Andrew Chesney is thankful for the opportunity to get to work before next month’s inauguration. “I’m extremely grateful and excited to serve the 89th District and determined to give the people my very best,” Representative Chesney said. “I believe this allows both me and Senator Stewart to transition in a much more seamless way so we can quickly get to work for the great people of Northern Illinois.”

Representative Chesney also believes property tax reform is a key priority for the 101st General Assembly. “Illinois families and businesses pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation. I support legislation that would cap property taxes and give the local taxpayers a say in any tax increases through a referendum.”

"As a young, small business owner and city council alderman, Andrew Chesney will be able to hit the ground running in Springfield fighting for the best interests of the 89th District," House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) said. "It is a truly noble calling to take up this great challenge to serve our districts to make Illinois a better state, and I am honored to have Andrew in the House Republican Caucus."

The 89th Legislative District encompasses all of Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties and portions of Carroll, Ogle, Whiteside and Winnebago.

The 45th Senate District includes the 89th and 90th Legislative Districts, adding all or parts of Ogle, Lee, DeKalb, and LaSalle Counties to Senator Stewart’s legislative responsibility.

Senator Stewart will keep former Senator Tim Bivins’ offices at 629 North Galena Avenue in Dixon, Illinois and at 50 West Douglas Street Suite 1001 in Freeport. Representative Chesney will join Senator Stewart in the Freeport office.
Pictured: Judge Mike Bald, Sen. Brian Stewart, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, and Rep. Andrew Chesney