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Robert Young Announces Election Bid for Winnebago County Board

Young is a candidate for District 17 Representative on the Winnebago County Board.

Robert Young, Candidate for Winnebago County Board
Robert Young, Candidate for Winnebago County Board

Rockford resident Robert Young has announced his candidacy for the Winnebago County Board District 17 Representative seat. The announcement was made during a lively campaign kickoff event organized by Friends of Robert Young, held at The Hope and Anchor Thursday evening. Over fifty supporters were welcomed by campaign committee member and Executive Director of Project First Rate, Jake Castanza, and Robert was introduced by Michele Petrie, Senior Vice President, Wintrust Commercial Banking and Chair of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Board.

Born and raised in the Rockford region, Young graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville and returned to Rockford to manage his family’s business, Midwest Packaging (Machesney Park), where he has served as President and CEO since 2012.

“I have worked tirelessly to create a workplace culture that empowers our people and consistently puts them in positions to succeed, for both themselves and the business.”

Under his leadership Midwest Packaging has doubled sales to over $20M, generated 60+ new jobs, added a 50,000 square foot factory expansion, and invested millions of dollars into business improvements.

Young’s belief that “…business leaders have a great responsibility to be community leaders…” is reflected in his numerous positions of community service, including: board member for the Natural Land Institute, Shatter Our Silence, and Rockford Promise; member of the Next Rockford Strategy Team; and Founding member of 100 Men Who Give a Damn, a fundraising group established to support the Family Peace Center.

Not content to sit on the sidelines and watch continued challenges plague the Winnebago County Board, Young expressed in no uncertain terms his vision for action:

“The time for complacency is over; this is a critical moment where city and state government are more aligned than they have been in generations. The Rockford region now has access to unprecedented opportunity…It’s incumbent on us to collaborate with our new leaders, work in partnership with our municipalities, the men and women of organized labor, and our industrial organizations. It we hope to ever push past this gridlock, we must push through it united as a community by challenging our leaders to be better. Ultimately, that is what will define our success or our failure, that choice to accept the incompetence of the past, or seize the present and shape our future.”

Family, friends, and supporters attending the campaign kickoff included City of Rockford 9th Ward Alderman Bill Rose and Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara. The event was sponsored Northwestern Illinois Building Trades Unions, Sheet Metal Workers Local 219, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 23, Friends of Tom McNamara, and Citizens for Maurice West II.

The General Primary for the Winnebago County Board race is March 17, 2020.

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