The next candidate introduced by Coroner candidate Dr. Michael Rein was State Rep. Tom Weber.
Weber had a hard time describing the gerrymandered district resulting from Mike Madigan’s 2012 reapportionment.
Referring to the Democrats, he said, “They have so many people under investigation.
He pointed to Lake County’s State Senator Terry Link, who although under investigation by the FBI was re-elected Chair of the Lake County Democratic Party Central Committee.
Addressing House Speaker Mike Madigan’s problems, Weber said, “If this were a private company or the Republican Party, [he] would have been driven…out of office.”
With reference to the income tax Constitutional Amendment on the ballot, Weber pointed out that the rates passed by Democrats “are not permanent.”
Then, District 3 County Board candidate Mike Shorten spoke.
“Like me, you’re thinking, ‘When am I going to leave the state?'”
Discussing it with his wife brought out the local family ties, “My mother, your mother…”
“We can leave or make a decision to fight.
“Our fight is not at the keyboard.
“Our fight is not at the ballot box.”
It has to be more active, he stressed.
He pointed to opportunities to go door-to-door or make phone calls.
“There are tons of opportunities to volunteer.
“This is a long fight,” pointing out that school board and municipal elections are coming up in the spring
He explained that his opponent, a woman had only voted once in the last twelve years.
“The Democrats recruited her because they wanted to stretch our resources.”
Speaking for 14th District Republican congressional candidate Jim Oberweis was Matt Duray.
He told of an impressive number of doors knocked on and phone calls made. (I asked him later, if he was talking about robo-calls. He wasn’t.)
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