Win Stoller, was in Geneseo Tuesday the 11th, to announce his candidacy for the 37th State Senate District for the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Senator Chuck Weaver.
Senator Weaver joined Stoller on his announcement tour of the district and strongly supports Stoller as his successor.
During a sit down conversation with Stoller and his wife Amy, we were joined by Senator Weaver and many of the issues facing Illinois today were brought up.
“The more I looked at the state’s finances, the more I realized they don’t make sense,” said Stoller. “It distressed me too much and I decided I needed to get off the sidelines to serve our state.”
Stoller specifically noted Illinois is ranked dead last among states in our country for financial health, with the highest overall tax burden and the highest debt. “This affects the lives of hard working taxpayers very negatively,” said Stoller.
Stoller said this is one big reason why so many people are moving out of Illinois. “While our focus should be ramping up exports of equipment made by Caterpillar, Deere and other manufacturing employees, along with our corn and beans, bad state policy has instead led to a surge in exports of our people and that’s just wrong,” Stoller concluded.
Stoller noted his education includes earning a degree in accounting and then an MBA from the University of Illinois. He then earned his CPA and served in auditing for Price Waterhouse before he became the CEO of Widmer Interiors in Peoria which has 40 employees and three locations. Stoller said Illinois government will benefit by having a Senator with both business and auditing experience.
Stoller also noted that last May the state raised 19 taxes while enacting zero budget cuts. He said it is shameful that the state legislature increased spending last year by more than one billion dollars more than “big-spending Governor Pritzker” even requested. Now Governor Pritzker and legislative Democrats are seeking even higher taxes with their proposed Graduated Income Tax in a referendum that will also be on the November ballot.
He is proudest of the work ethic that came from his parents, and his grandparents, John and Margaret Tanner. He learned that work ethic picking apples at Tanner's Orchard in his youth.
Stoller and his wife, Amy, with a group of volunteers collected more than 400 signatures on petitions in six weeks to get on the ballot. He has been the CEO of Widmer Interiors, a company with 40 employees. He has been served in leadership roles with the Salvation Army, Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club. For the Peoria area, Stoller has been one of the youngest leaders ever in all three of these civic organizations.
Stoller describes himself as a conservative, who loves the state of Illinois, and is saddened by the decline of the state brought on by total one-party control and the leadership of Michael Madigan, whom Stoller noted has been House Speaker since Stoller was 11-years old. Stoller said one party in total control for far too long has contributed to the culture of corruption in Illinois government.
Stoller said term limits and redistricting reform would be big steps toward ending that, but nothing will substitute for returning to the “tried and true two-party” system by electing more Republicans and by bringing Democrats out of supermajority status where they can do as they please.
Stoller is 48-years old. He and his wife, Amy, have been married for 27 years and have two grown children. They are active members of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria.