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Fawell Unopposed in Bid for 17th District GOP Primary


Unopposed in Tuesday's GOP primary, Bill Fawell is preparing to start his campaign for Congress in earnest next month. He'll run against Democratic incumbent Cheri Bustos in Illinois' 17th District.

He's also working on the first bill he'll propose if elected. Fawell believes federal agencies like the EPA and Department of Education have too much power, and he wants to return this power to the states where it belongs.

"And you'll find in every statet, and in virtually every county or group of counties, we have an EPA, we have a Department of Education, we have Health and Human Services.  All these things already exist at the state level. All we're doing with these federal agencies  I think is impeding the state organizations."

He also supports term limits - four terms for House members and two terms for the Senate.

Fawell moved to Galena 25 years ago, from the Chicago area, and has worked in construction, real estate, and as a stone mason.

He says he grew up in the Republican party, but ran for the 17th District seat in 2014 as a write-in Libertarian candidate. He's returned to the GOP because Illinois makes it so hard for third parties to get on the ballot.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.