There has been a lot of contention on the comment boards about how Dee Beaubien used the word “fair” with regard to the 67% state income tax that Mike Madigan pushed through the Illinois House.
Both I and reader Dave contacted Editorial Page Editor Bruce Dold. Dave’s email was a follow-up to my own question.
You can read answers to both of our emails in this article.
Because the Tribune addresses the use of the word in its endorsement of David McSweeney over Dee Beaubien, I am publishing the entire endorsement below:
52nd District: One of the most expensive House races is unfolding between Dee Beaubien, running as an independent, and Republican David McSweeney.
They’re both from Barrington Hills. Beaubien’s husband, Mark, represented the district until his death in June 2011.
Beaubien jumped into the race after McSweeney beat an ally of her late husband in the GOP primary.
“The Republican Party is in danger of being left behind. There’s no room for moderates anymore in Illinois. I’m sorry I feel I have to run against you,” Beaubien told McSweeney during their Tribune endorsement interview.
Beaubien says she’ll be bipartisan, but her campaign is being bankrolled by House Speaker Michael Madigan, the state Democratic Party chairman.
Madigan must think he can win this one and count on her support.
“People don’t tell me what to do,” she says.
There is no Democratic candidate in the race.
Beaubien is Madigan’s hope for a steal here.
McSweeney and Beaubien don’t seem far apart on fiscal issues, but McSweeney is much more specific about his plans for pension reform, spending reductions and tax cuts.
McSweeney would immediately repeal the 67 percent individual income tax hike of 2011; Beaubien told us the 5 percent tax rate is “fair” compared with other states, but she would allow it to expire on schedule.
McSweeney is endorsed.