For Joe Hackler, family, community service, and fighting for a better Illinois are his passions.


At the age of 19, Joe won a seat on his local township board, pledging to protect his community from a tax scheme favoring a corporation's bottom line and hiking local property taxes. He stood up to the power brokers three times his age and led the fight to get it done. 


Joe worked his way through college, ran the free clothing room at a local non-profit, and started a charity rescuing food waste and delivering it to local food pantries. He soon realized his community's issues resulted from an incompetent state government built by and for political insiders.  


Joe's efforts moved from the local level to Illinois' corrupt political players. He’s now spent his career battling Speaker Michael Madigan's political machine and taking on the extreme agenda of Democratic lawmakers who kept him in power. Joe led the charge recruiting candidates to challenge Madigan's most loyal lawmakers and defeating two of them in nearby Southern Illinois districts. In 2020, he helped defeat a sitting Madigan-backed Illinois Supreme Court Judge, a first in state history.  


Joe decided to run for state representative because he's tired of seeing his generation leave Illinois for other states with lower taxes, more opportunities, and less crime. Understanding we all deserve to live in a state where the government is transparent, ethical, operates within its means, and supports our first responders, Joe is ready to advocate for working families, bringing a new day in Illinois. 


Joe is a communications and marketing professional and is a proud University of Illinois alum. He and his wife, Amanda, and their newborn daughter reside in a 120-year-old home in Granite City, where they both serve as high school youth leaders at their church and where Joe serves on the local planning commission.