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posted: 10/4/2010 12:01 AM

Flamm understands middle class malaise

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The issues confronting my family in this economy are almost overwhelming. During the last presidential campaign I finally got off the political fence, gaining my own voice in the process.

Now I'm getting involved in local issues. I met Matt Flamm at the Palatine Street Festival, where he took the time to talk and to listen how my family has been impacted by the economic downturn.

We know firsthand the urgent need for more high-quality jobs and new thinking about how to make college tuition more affordable.

Matt seemed to really understand what we're going through. In response to the economy, I've started my own business. So as a mom, small business owner and a parent looking to send a child to college in the near future, it really matters to me who this community sends to Springfield as its state representative.

We need someone like Matt Flamm who supports the increase in college loans and scholarships for middle class families and tax benefits to businesses that create new jobs and retain them in the community.

We need someone who is willing to think creatively about solving the pressing problems weighing down our state. I'm convinced Matt Flamm is that someone.

Connie Cook