Rep. Bos Rejects Taxpayer-Funded Pension

In one of his first actions since taking office, State Representative Chris Bos (R-Lake Zurich) declined the state pension provided to members of the Illinois General Assembly. A professional in the non-profit sector, Bos said his decision reflects a personal commitment to fiscal discipline and his conviction that being entrusted as an elected official should be a public service and not an incentive for personal financial gain. "Holding elected office should be about serving the communities you represent, not collecting a lavish taxpayer-funded retirement through a pension system that is already seriously overburdened," said Bos.

Bos' decision to reject the pension is final and irrevocable ...


“My experience in the non-profit sector has taught me how important it is to operate within your means and Illinois needs to learn to do the same.” - Chris Bos


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Posted on Jan 22, 2021 on

Bos: With longest-serving House speaker Madigan out, 'these are exciting times' in Illinois

Having a new Illinois House speaker is “exciting times,” Rep. Chris Bos (R-Lake Zurich) said, following lawmakers’ vote to end Rep. Mike Madigan’s (D-Chicago) reign in the post.

“These are exciting times, being able to picture a Springfield without Mike Madigan looking over it,” Bos told the Lake County Gazette.

On Jan. 13, Statehouse lawmakers voted for Emanuel “Chris” Welch (D-Hillside) to serve as the House speaker, ending Madigan’s nearly 40 years in the post. Welch becomes the first Black American to hold the speaker title in Illinois. ...


“Showing Madigan the door is long overdue. It paves the way for Rep. Chris Welch to be able to move the state forward like he’s vowed to by putting aside all the partisan corruption that’s kept the state down for so long.” - Chris Bos


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Originally posted on Jan 20, 2021 by Lake County Gazette.

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Chris Bos sworn in to represent 51st House District

On Wednesday, Jan. 13, Chris Bos (R-Lake Zurich) took the oath of office to become State Representative for the 51st District in the Illinois House of Representatives for the 102nd General Assembly. Bos was elected to the House in the 2020 general election.

"First and foremost, I want to thank the residents of the 51st District for placing your trust in me to represent our communities in the General Assembly," said Bos. "Our state is facing many challenges but as I have said from the beginning, I firmly believe we can rise to the occasion by working together and ensuring the voices of local communities are heard. ...


“There is more that unites us than divides us, and this mentality is what will help us change the status quo, tackle corruption and halt the crushing tax burden that has already driven too many families out of our state.” - Chris Bos


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Submitted to Daily Herald, Jan. 15, 2021.

PRESS RELEASE: House GOP Call Out Democratic Majority’s Broken Promises

October 21, 2020

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ZOOM--State Representatives Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville), Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst), and candidate for State Representative Chris Bos (R-51st) today decried the broken promises of the Democratic majority in providing the major reforms Illinois residents so desperately need. In a press conference this afternoon, the House Republicans discussed the lack of progress on key reform initiatives for property taxes and ethics when there were clear opportunities to produce real change.

Representative Wehrli, who was assigned to both the Property Tax Relief Task Force and the Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform, discussed the failure of both the Democratic-controlled committees to produce actual results. The Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform was created to examine the allegations made against lobbyists and members of the General Assembly in an extensive pay-to-play bribery scheme. The Commission was tasked with producing a published report to the General Assembly and Illinois residents by March 31st.

“Six months later, we have made no progress on ethics reform,” said Rep. Wehrli. “The people of Illinois want answers on ethics, and not another broken promise from the Democrats.”

Bos calls governor's progressive tax plan a complete travesty: 'What we need is real reform'

Republican state House candidate Chris Bos fumes the progressive tax plan pushed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker only guarantees more financial mismanagement for the cash-strapped state.

“With the way businesses are already struggling, I think it would be a complete travesty,” Bos told the Lake County Gazette. “You’ve got all the tight regulations, red tape and growing tax burden. What we need is real reform. There’s a reason why we’re worse off today than we have been even though we’re making money.”

Running against incumbent state Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-Libertyville) in the 51st District, Bos warns the tax the governor has been peddling since his days on the campaign trial only assures more of the same. ...


“How can we trust the system to just operate now when it’s been broken for all these years?” - Chris Bos


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Originally posted on Oct 20, 2020 by Lake County Gazette.

Bos isn't surprised by Madigan's defiance: 'Change needed in Springfield has to start with him being gone'

Republican state House candidate Chris Bos deems House Speaker Mike Madigan’s arrogance to be dangerously out of control.

“That part of the problem we’re facing as a state, when one of your so-called leaders' arrogance is so out of control he doesn’t see a problem with doing things that are ruing the whole state,” Bos told the Lake County Gazette. “He doesn’t think he’s capable of doing any wrong, and it’s a feeling that’s permeated the whole Democratic Party with the power they have in Springfield right now.” ...


“Every legislator and candidate needs to clearly establish whether they’re voting for Madigan going forward.” - Chris Bos


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Originally posted on Oct 11, 2020 by Lake County Gazette.

Bos condemns Democrats' threatening residents on tax plan: 'It’s like a little kid on the playground'

Republican state House candidate Chris Bos is not a fan of the tactics being used by J.B. Pritzker and his administration in trying to get the governor's progressive tax proposal across the finish line.

“It’s like a little kid on the playground saying, ‘Play by my rules or I’m taking my ball and going home,’” Bos, now running against incumbent state Rep. Mary Edly-Allen (D-Libertyville) in the 51st District, told the Lake County Gazette. “We live in the state with the top overall tax burden in the county and have some of the highest debt and this is the only solution they can come up with in terms of getting this situation under control.” ...


“It’s clear people don’t want more taxes and that they don’t trust Springfield to do the honorable thing with any more money they can get their hands on” - Chris Bos


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Originally posted on OCT 3, 2020 by Lake County Gazette.

SUN-TIMES ENDORSEMENT: Chris Bos for Illinois House in 51st District

Ela Township Trustee Chris Bos, the children’s and family pastor at Alpine Chapel in Lake Zurich, is pretty conservative. He is also inclined toward collaboration, willing to reach out to other lawmakers to solve problems. He is endorsed.

Bos has been active in his district beyond his service to his church. He helped a preschool that lost its building in a fire, and he worked with a safe house for minors rescued from sex trafficking and sexual abuse. Among his priorities, if elected, is working to enact a slew of measures to tighten government ethics. They include prohibiting lawmakers from lobbying other levels of government, toughening up statements of economic interest and preventing lawmakers’ immediate family members from working as paid lobbyists. He also hopes to work to lower the tax burden on residents and businesses. ...


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Originally posted on Oct 3, 2020 by the Chicago Sun-Time.

Bos rips governor's ban on high school sports: 'Our kids need to be allowed to be kids'

Republican state House hopeful Chris Bos is calling on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to put politics aside long enough to do the job he was elected to do.

“The governor needs to be following the will of the people in coming to the decisions he makes on behalf of all of us, not just doing the things he wants without regard for any of that,” Bos told the Lake County Gazette. “That’s what good government is all about.”

Pritzker recently doubled down on his decision to keep most student-athletes off the field over COVID-19 concerns, sparking protests from parents, students and coaches all across the state. ...


“There is no perfect solution in the midst of what we’re dealing with, but we have to find ways to start moving forward ... We need to understand that our kids need to be allowed to be kids.” - Chris Bos


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Originally posted on Sept 27, 2020 by Lake County Gazette.