Hosted by Gary Rabine at the Bull Valley Golf Club, State Senate candidate Craig Wilcox kicked off his fall campaign Thursday night.
Rabine characterized Wilcox as the “smartest [McHenry County] Board member” in the Board room.
Although he supported Jeanne Ives in the Republican gubernatorial Primary Election, he stood behind Bruce Rauner for the fall election.
“The other guy is a Socialist.”
Referring to Ives, the next speaker, Ravine said,
“When it comes time again she’ll be ready to kick some butt.
“I can’t wait to support her.”
State Rep. Ives, who came within a hair’s breath of beating Rauner in both McHenry County and Illinois, told the audience that Wilcox had “to be embedded in the Senate Republican Caucus to counterbalance the moderate and liberal Republicans.”
She talked of the need for people in Springfield with “political courage.”
Ives noted that many military people in Springfield, while having been brave on the battlefield, “get down there and lack political courage.”
She said Wilcox would be an idol ideological counterbalance to Bill Brady and the rest of them.”
Ives characterized Springfield as “one big scam after another.
“We live in a drop dead gorgeous state.
“We should not have to leave.
“We should make them leave.”
She praised President Donald Trump observing “this sate, but for Donald Trump’s polices and tax cuts would be even deeped in the tank.”
Concluding, Ives pointed out that Wilcox would be ‘somebody asking the tough questions.”
Wilcox talked of the tax abatement the County Board voted for this year, saying he was urging a continuation.
“The reality is that you got your money back.”
He praised County Board John Reinert for pushing a 401(k)-style replacement for the pensions County Board members used to have.
Wilcox pointed to the April elections as “where the majority of your taxes come from.
He said he would be supporting a 1% of one’s home’s value as the maximum property tax. [That is what Proposition 13 was all about in California.]
He pointed out that school board’s “don’t have many options.”
Speaking of the preparation County Board members do for meetings, he said he wondered if some have done the homework.
“Down in Springfield, I’ll do the work,” Wilcox concluded.