Steve Stout of Utica is the Democratic candidate for State Senate in the 38th District. He is currently campaigning throughout north central Illinois to win that seat. "I am honored to be a small part of the historic election coming this November," Stout said, adding that he is now visiting various district communities to secure support for the fall polling.
Stout said he has never held public office, but believes his experience as a teacher and business owner “is a sound basis to be a citizen-legislator.” Stout said he can see first hand what schools need to help students succeed. “For education, smaller class size, more technology and funding reform that reduces property taxes are at the top of my agenda,” Stout said.
His research into Illinois Valley regional history “has given me an understanding that strong leadership is needed to make good things happen.” Another critical issue is “helping this area grow economically, so young people can find jobs, and those who go to college have good work opportunities here to come home to, so they can live close to their roots with family and life-long friends.”
Stout, a graduate of Illinois State University, is a Galesburg native who worked 12 years as a news photographer for the Daily News-Tribune in La Salle-Peru before opening La Salle's Starved Rock Camera Co. as a portrait and wedding photographer in 1985. In recent years, both he and his wife Judy have been working as substitute teachers in several local school districts.
Stout is perhaps best known as an author and historian of numerous books and articles about Illinois Valley events. His first two books, “The Cherry Mine Disaster” and “Starved Rock Murders” are novelized accounts of two of the most famous events in regional history.
The 38th Senate District is composed of eastern Bureau County, Putnam County, La Salle County, Grundy County and parts of Kankakee County.