Steve McClure was born and raised in the 50th State Senate District and has a long family history in public service. Both of his parents worked in Illinois state government and his grandfathers served in the military. At Springfield High School, Steve excelled both as a student and as a record-setting athlete. Steve was co-captain of the wrestling team and, as a senior, broke the school’s single-season record for his weight class. Steve also learned the value of working hard in maintenance during his high school summers at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
He attended Arizona State University and obtained two bachelor’s degrees in four years – one in history and the other in political science. During his time at ASU, he was involved with the Arizona College Republicans, and was elected vice chairman of the entire state. After college, Steve returned to Springfield to attend the University Of Illinois in Springfield. He earned a master’s degree in political studies while working as a legislative intern analyzing budgets on the appropriations staff for the Illinois Senate Republicans. Steve continued his education and obtained his law degree at Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana, where he served as president of the Valparaiso Law School Republicans.
Upon passing the bar, Steve accepted a position as an assistant state’s attorney in the Sangamon County Juvenile Division. As a juvenile prosecutor, he was dedicated to protecting children from abusive parents, rehabilitating delinquent youth, and was unwavering on providing assistance to children with chronic absences. His leadership skills were recognized, and he was promoted to chief of the division.
Steve’s prosecution skills were next needed in the Sangamon County Felony Division. As a felony attorney, Steve prosecuted drug dealers, burglars, violent criminals, gang members, and perpetual thieves. Steve has also focused on cases involving those attempting to take financial advantage of senior citizens, and has served as a member of the Lincoln Land Adult Fatality Review Team that investigates the abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults that have passed away.
His time spent analyzing budgets in the Illinois Senate during the administration of Governor Rod Blagojevich caused him to have serious concerns about the mismanagement and waste of taxpayer funds. Steve has grave concerns about the shortcomings of the current juvenile and felony systems in place. They are not effective at keeping the people of the state safe, saving the taxpayers money, and allowing people to transform their lives.
Steve is a conservative Republican who supports traditional family values, the Second Amendment, and fiscal responsibility. Steve wants to help turn our state around by focusing on living within our means and creating an environment that allows businesses in central Illinois to prosper.