WINNEBAGO COUNTY - State Rep Jim Sacia (R-Freeport) confirmed to the Winnebago County GOP Friday night that he will be retiring at the end of September. Sacia has been in the Illinois House for 10 years, after serving as an FBI special agent for nearly 30 years.
Sacia wrote earlier this week in the Journal Standard that he would not be running for re-election in 2014, and he mentioned a visit he had with Governor Quinn during the waning days of this last legislative session. While pension reform was on everyone else's mind, Sacia said it wasn't what the Governor wanted to talk about. Quinn wanted to discuss legalizing gay marriage.
A short week before our mandatory adjournment on May 31, the governor called me to his office. As we were in session, I locked out my electronic voting buttons and headed to his office. It never entered my mind that it would be anything other than pension reform.
You can’t make this stuff up folks — he wanted to know what it would take for me not to vote no on the gay marriage bill.
It must be restated here — I have no issue with gay people. God loves us all. In my opinion, politics has no place in sexual preference. The hundreds of gay couples in the capital complex certainly made the issue “politically correct.”
My response to the governor was less than politically correct.
“You could install a _____ no button.”
The governor smiled and dismissed me. It was not an attempt at being clever, more out of indignation, “you mean I’m not here to discuss pensions?” And so the beat goes on.
Earlier this summer, GOP colleague State Rep. Kay Hatcher (R-Yorkville) announced her retirement at the end of this term, and State Rep. Pam Roth (R-Morris) resigned to move with family out of state.