State Representative Mike Unes is currently serving his fourth term in the Illinois General Assembly representing the 91st District. He also serves as Assistant Minority Leader in the House of Representatives.
Rep. Unes is a dedicated leader focused on an agenda for Fulton, Tazewell and Peoria County families that includes fiscal responsibility, attracting employers back to Illinois, and reforming state government ethics.
Representative Unes has a background in computer networking as well as experience serving on East Peoria’s city council, where he oversaw accounts and finance and served as mayor pro-tem. He also started a literacy campaign for the Tazewell-Woodford County Head Start program.
In January 2012, Rep. Unes was named East Peoria Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce. He was also named Legislator of the Year by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, named a 2012 Edgar Fellow for his demonstrated positive leadership, and awarded the Friend of Agriculture Award by the Illinois Farm Bureau. Rep. Unes also received the Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award.
Rep. Unes has also been honored for his commitment to improving Illinois’ climate for employers. He was named a Champion of Free Enterprise twice by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, which also named him “Outstanding Freshman Legislator.” In addition, Rep. Unes has thrice been awarded the Guardian of Small Business Award by the National Federation of Independent Business/Illinois.
Rep. Unes received his Bachelor’s Degree from Bradley University in 1996. Mike, his wife Natalie and their four children live in East Peoria.