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  Haring, Steven M.
NameSteven M. Haring
Address313 Nevada Street
Savanna, Illinois , United States
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Born December 15, 1959 (61 years)
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InfoSteven Michael Haring was born December 15, 1959 in Savanna, Illinois. Steve graduated from Savanna High School in 1978. He attended the College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and earned his Associates Degree from Clinton Community College, Clinton, Iowa in 1985.

Married in May 1984, Steve and his wife Lorraine, presently reside at 313 Nevada Street in Savanna, Illinois with their three sons - Justin-18, Matthew-8 and Aaron-6. Other than his time away at college, Steve has remained a Savanna (Carroll County) resident.

Haring started his working life during high school, working at a local supper club. During his college years, he worked as a food service clerk for United Airlines in Chicago; the local Telephone company and different factory jobs to help earn his way through school.

Since College, Haring has worked with the Savanna Times Journal/Northwestern Illinois Dispatch newspaper; the Jo-Carroll Depot Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA), which was charged with the task of reuse and redevelopment of the closed Savanna Army Depot installation; Production Services and Systems, Inc. and presently is with Blackhawk Hills Economic Development District as Economic Development Director. This non-profit organization serves Carroll, JoDaviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson and Whiteside Counties in Northwestern Illinois. He also initiated the Blackhawk Hills Entrepreneur and Inventor's club in November of 2005.

Haring served as a member of the Savanna Community Unit School District 300 Board for over six years. He is past President of the Savanna All-Sports Booster Club, past President of the Savanna Chamber of Commerce, former volunteer fireman with the Savanna Fire Department over 15 years, former little league baseball coach and actively participates with his family at the St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church in Savanna.

While working with the newspaper, the LRA and now with Blackhawk Hills Economic Development District, Steve has had the opportunity to build strong working relationships with many people. He has built the same relationships with Federal and State legislators and their staff people. These relationships include U. S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald, U. S. Representative Don Manzullo, U. S. Representative and Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert, State Senator Todd Sieben, State Representative Jerry Mitchell, State Representative Jim Sacia, State Representative Ron Lawfer (retired), and former U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald to name a few.

Steve responded positively when asked the question why are you seeking the office of State Representative in the 71st District. "Throughout the years of my involvement with both professional and personal responsibilities, I've always had other people in mind. During my tenure at the newspaper, the Chamber of Commerce, redevelopment of the Army Depot property, School Board Member, or as Economic Development Director of a six county area, it has always been about assisting people. I want to serve as State Representative in the 71st District to continue my commitment of helping others."



January 2000 to Present:
Economic Director for Blackhawk Hills - Economic Development District

As the former Economic Development Director for Blackhawk Hills Economic Development District, serving the six county area of Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson and Whiteside in Northwest Illinois.

I worked directly with community and county officials, regional economic development professionals, community development organizations, site selection consultants, state and federal agencies, legislators and other interested parties in a broad range of activities. We supported various types of projects including business retention and expansion, infrastructure improvements, worker training and retraining, development of alternative energy sources, value-added agriculture opportunities, strategic planning at the community, county and regional levels.

June 1998 to January 2000:
Sales Representative for Production Services and Systems, Inc., located in Savanna, Illinois.

I was part of a sales staff for a small local company dealing with business and industrial product labeling systems, time and attendance software, inventory control systems and other support services.

September 1995 to June 1998:
Economic Director for the LRA

The LRA, under the inter-governmental agreement between Carroll and Jo Daviess Counties in Northwest Illinois is in charge of the redevelopment of the closed Savanna Army Depot federal military installation. The 13,000-acre installation had boundaries that covered both counties.

As Executive Director of the LRA, I was directly involved with analyzing the property, its infrastructure, development of a reuse plan, along with marketing the property to several local, regional and national entrepreneurs and companies looking to relocate and/or start new businesses in the area.

The LRA worked very closely with various federal and state agencies including the Department of Defense, Department of Army, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, Illinois Department of Corrections and several others. During this time we also built solid working relationships with local, county, state and federal legislators who had a sincere interest in the redevelopment of the site.

January 1985 to September 1995:
Advertising Sales Representative/Sports Reporter/Photographer for the Savanna Times Journal and Northwestern Illinois Dispatch Newspapers.

The weekly newspaper group covered Savanna and the Carroll County area with a staff of three full-time and one part-time employee. Though my main scope of work was advertising sales, I was also directly involved and responsible for covering local and regional sporting events and daily photography duties.

• 1985 graduate of Clinton Community College, Clinton, Iowa, Associates Degree
• Attended College of DuPage, Glenn Ellyn, Illinois (one year)
.• 1978 graduate of Savanna High School, Savanna, Illinois.
• Attended various different classes, workshops and seminars specifically work related.

• Born December 15, 1959, Savanna, Illinois (Carroll County)
• Married Lorraine, May 6, 1984; three sons - Justin 18, Matthew 8, and Aaron 6

• Life long member and active participant with St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church in Savanna, Illinois.
• Active Member of the Illinois Development Council
• Active Member of Illinois Rural Partners
• Former member and Vice President of the Savanna Community School District Board of Education and
the West Carroll Community School District Board of Education (6+ yrs. experience)
• Past President and member of the Savanna Chamber of Commerce
• Past member (15 years) of Savanna Volunteer Fire Departmen
• Past President of Savanna All-Sports Booster Club.



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