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Daily Herald Article - Arlington Heights attorney challenging Walker for 53rd District House seat

Arlington Heights veteran and attorney Jack Vrett declared Tuesday as a

Republican candidate to challenge Democratic state Rep. Mark Walker in the

53rd House District.

"Illinois is on the wrong track, and I am running for state representative to

restore sensible policies and push back against the extreme agenda that has led

to rising crime, closed schools and higher taxes," Vrett said in an announcement

launching his campaign. "I support a balanced, common-sense approach that

builds on core values we all share, whether it is fighting on behalf of victims and

the police, parents and students, or the middle- and working-class families who

have been left behind."

Vrett, a labor and employment law attorney at Honigman LLP since 2019,

entered private practice in 2017 at the Arlington Heights-based law firm Hodges

Loizzi. He previously was deputy general counsel for the Illinois Department of

Central Management Services.

After graduating from law school in 2009, Vrett served as a judge advocate

general in the Army, including nearly four years with the 101st Airborne

Division. In December 2010, he deployed as a captain to eastern Afghanistan,

where he advised commanders on the use of force, rules of engagement and law

of war, according to his online biography.

Vrett later was a special assistant U.S. attorney prosecuting crimes committed by

civilians in and around Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He left the Army in 2014 and

became a civilian attorney with the Department of Defense.

A native of Woodstock, Vrett and his wife, Rose Marie, are active members of St.

Alphonsus Catholic Church in Chicago, where they

met, and serve on its parish


Vrett's announcement comes nearly a month after W

alker announced his

reelection campaign, in which the veteran Arlington Heights lawmaker cited

state credit upgrades, balanced budgets and efforts fighting climate change.

Walker, the Wheeling Township Democratic commit

teeman, returned to the

legislature in 2019 after a previous stint from 2009 to 2011.

The newly redrawn 53rd District now contains roughly half of Arlington Heights,

most of Mount Prospect and Rolling Meadows, and some precincts in Des

Plaines, Palatine and Schaumburg.

This article was written by Christopher Placek, and was published by the Daily Herald. You can find the entire article here.

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