Continuing coverage of the League of Women Voters Candidates’ Night for those seeking State Senate seats looking at answers to the question of their three highest priorities.
And the candidates had a minute to answer the question
My notes are below:
Republican Craig Wilcox – started by saying, “Stop stealing from the future.” 1 – property taxes, 2 – stopping corruption, 3 – the budget. He pointed to the exodus from Illinois, which will shift the tax burden to others. Urged local governments to stop taking new [assessment] growth, which they are allowed to do under the Tax Cap, quoting derisively what tax district officials say: “If we don’t take it, we lose it forever.”
- Democrat Mary Mahady – 1 – property tax reform, 2 – the budget, 3 – Campaign finance reform. Wants to make sure those who are not wealthy can run for office.
Republican Don DeWitte – 1 – stop over-taxation of our residents, 2 – fight property tax through consolidation of governments, 3 – strong economic development through incentives, not corporate welfare.
- Democrat Nancy Zettler – 1 – Getting past gridlock, 2 – getting handle on corruption, 3 – realignment of leaders through Term Limits. She added educational funding and access to health care.
- Republican Dan McConchie – took time to defend his bill to allow voters to cut property taxes by referendum. “You should be in charge of your property taxes.” 1 – balanced budget by restraining spending, 2 – government consolidation, 3 – changing education funding where North Chicago does has $7,000 per student, while Roundout has $32,000.
- Democrat Tom Georges – 1 – economic development, 2 – overhaul university system, 3 – fiscal responsibility, meet obligations promised [presumably pension payments].