Algonquin resident Nancy Zettler hopes to take 33rd District Senate seat

Northwest Herald

By Ed Komenda

For many years, Nancy Zettler fought corporations as a lawyer.

Now she hopes to fight them on behalf of taxpayers as an Illinois State senator representing the 33rd District in Springfield.

“I’ve been fighting it from the outside since forever,” she told the Northwest Herald. “I want to go down there and try to fight it from the inside.” 

An accomplished attorney, small-business owner and community activist, Zettler has lived in Algonquin with her husband and children for almost two decades.

Ask her to sum up the philosophy driving her bid for the Senate seat, and she’ll eventually share this phrase, “People over profit.”

“We deserve to have government work for us, and not for big corporations, not for the corporate culture,” Zettler said.

The genesis of her corporation-centric approach to fixing the state’s crippling tax problem is her experience as an attorney working on a case known as the “Chicago Tylenol murders.”

In 1982, Tylenol capsules laced with cyanide landed in Chicago drugstores and into the hands of seven people who would take them and die – including a 12-year-old girl.

It was part of Zettler’s job to investigate how that happened. Her sleuthing skills led her to the unsettling discovery that Tylenol makers had received hundreds of customer complaints about foreign objects in their capsules. 

The company had not used tamper-proof packaging to ensure the safety of their customers, Zettler said. The findings that surfaced after the Tylenol murders led to major packaging reforms and anti-tampering laws.

The case, Zettler said, served as the catalyst of her journey into activism and through a world where corporations often put profits in front of people.

“I am really interested in making sure the corporate special interests are not running our state and taking what they want and giving us what’s left over,” Zettler said. 

As a senator, she hopes to push corporate culture out of governance. 

“A big reason the property taxes are so bad around here is not only corporate welfare but also the tax structure at the state level is horrible, and it plays into [corporations] not wanting to pay more than 7 percent,” said Zettler, who ran for state representative for the 66th District in 2016 and is a Dundee Township precinct committeeman. “They should be paying more than 7 percent.”  

Only 30 percent of corporations in Illinois pay income tax, Zettler said. She cited ADM, Walgreens and Boeing as companies that pay little to no taxes.

When it comes to property taxes, Zettler is a proponent of a progressive tax that is based on income.

“If you have a good, progressive, not bottom-heavy taxing system at the state level, a lot can be paid for at the state level, where your taxes are dependent on how much money you make,” Zettler said. “We need to fix the structure at the state level and make sure the money is going to where it’s supposed to be going and make sure corporations are paying their fair share.”

Zettler will face recently appointed incumbent and former St. Charles Mayor Don DeWitte in November.

Republicans for Nancy Zettler!

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We are proud to announce Republicans for Nancy Zettler, led by leaders in the community of the 66th District who want a true, independent representative sent to Springfield. The effort is being launched with a letter (attached) to thousands of Republican voters from the following Republican community leaders:

  • Sue Harney, Dundee Township Supervisor
  • Dr. Kenneth Arndt, Interim Superintendant, Elgin Area School District, U46
  • Dr. Cheryl Crates, Board Member, CFO, Friends of the Fox
  • Jack Festen, Trustee, West Dundee Firefighter’s Pension Board
  • Fred Heid, Superintendent, Community Unit School District 300
  • Craig Johnson, President, Lionize Delivery Solutions, Inc.

Nancy Zettler will be the bipartisan and independent leader that we need, and she has the record to prove it. Nancy has a long record of bipartisan work to make sure that our schools are funded. She has gone to Springfield, fought against the “machine”, and WON. When Springfield wanted to take millions of our tax dollars from District 300 and give it to corporations, she helped lead a campaign to make sure that some of that money stayed in our public schools. And she did this by demonstrating her ability to work on both sides of the aisle, with Republicans AND Democrats, in order to benefit the residents of our district. 

And you can sign up and join us at http://www.nancyzettler.com/republicans.

We don’t need another bomb thrower in Springfield. We need someone who can put her/his ego on the back burner, someone who can work with rank and file legislators legislative leadership and the Governor’s office. Only one candidate in this race has a track record of the bipartisan negotiation that we need, and that is Nancy Zettler.

Nancy Zettler is a candidate in the 33rd Illinois Senate District. She is an accomplished attorney and community activist. The 33rd Senate District includes all or portions of Algonquin, Carpentersville, Crystal Lake, East Dundee, Elgin, Gilberts, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Lakewood, Sleepy Hollow, and West Dundee. You can reach Nancy at Nancy@NancyZettler.com

 

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Independent Maps and Entrenched Politicians

I'm very disappointed that a referendum to change the current map system has been struck down. Our current map system protects entrenched politicians in BOTH parties and should be changed not only here in Illinois, but across the entire country as well. This should NOT be a partisan issue. 

I am in agreement with President Obama, who this past spring told the Illinois General Assembly: “In America, politicians should not pick their voters, voters should pick their politicians.”

This just makes it clear that we need independent bipartisan leaders - who are not beholden to party leadership or a couple of select billionaires - that will stand up to the entrenched interests in Springfield.

Nancy Zettler is a candidate in the 33rd Illinois Senate District. She is an accomplished attorney and community activist. The 33rd Senate District includes all or portions of Algonquin, Carpentersville, Crystal Lake, East Dundee, Elgin, Gilberts, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Lakewood, Sleepy Hollow, and West Dundee. You can reach Nancy at Nancy@NancyZettler.com