Reggie grew up in Arthur, Illinois. After graduating high school, he and his wife Martha received their Associate’s Degrees from Lakeland College and they went on to obtain their Bachelor of Science degrees from EIU.  Phillips, 60, has been married for 38 years.  He and his wife have four adult children and nine grandchildren. In 1986, Reggie and Martha started a residential and commercial building business in Charleston, Illinois which now employs approximately 400 people.