In this hectic election year, Illinois Republicans within the 25th Senate District have the opportunity to re-elect Sen. Chris Lauzen based on his leadership on a number of issues. The property tax assessment 2-year rollback and freeze is one. It is similar to the well regarded California Prop. 13.
Lauzen has had certain problems with the rest of the Republican legislators. When you have certain standards that you refuse to compromise on even if the consensus wants it, there is the understandable problem. I would call it a way leadership is being practiced. Horse trading with the other side for short-term gains may be OK, but using the strength of heading up your own party successfully in the legislature is another name for practicing leadership.
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Lauzen has led the successful 5-percent pay cut for politicians legislation. Some in the legislature resisted this, but it takes gutsy leadership to get it passed.
Lauzen is just the kind of person that we want to return to the state senate. The 25th Senate District team of state legislators rank fourth out of all Senate districts in the 2009 Road Fund Report. Please give Chris your vote in the Feb. 2 primary. We want him back.
Chuck Barr Jr.