“My Passion for Northwest Illinois lies in its people and its history, my friends and family all live and work here; and I want to ensure that we build a district that my grandchildren will be proud to call home and return to as adults. Our local city and rural communities are staged with inspired leaders who have already made tremendous strides. We need to continue to provide new opportunities as well as the tools and support to move into the future.” - Steve Fricke
Born in Freeport and raised in German Valley, Illinois, Fricke is a 1975 graduate of Forreston High School, a 1977 Highland Community College graduate, and a 1980 graduate of Southern Illinois University. He is a third-generation farmer, licensed realtor, and retired Freeport High School teacher. Fricke is a Stephenson County Board member, the current Stephenson County Farm Bureau President and also serves on the Stephenson County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Steve and his wife Kim have two daughters and four grandchildren. Kim is also a retired Freeport High School teacher, and the couple lives on the Fricke's family farm south of Freeport.