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posted: 2/26/2012 12:01 AM

Pollastrini in House Dist. 42, GOP

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The Daily Herald Editorial Board

Voters in the Republican primary for Illinois House District 42 have four knowledgeable, energized candidates to choose from to represent their conservative views in Springfield.

Seeking the nomination is College of DuPage board President Dave Carlin of Naperville, the district director for Congressman Joe Walsh; Wheaton attorney Chris Hage; Wheaton City Councilwoman Jeanne Ives, a tax adviser and bookkeeper; and Carol Stream attorney Laura Pollastrini, a member of the DuPage County Regional Board of School Trustees and former Carol Stream library board member.

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Not much separates the candidates in terms of issues -- they all are eager to get to Springfield to help create jobs, reduce spending and fix Medicaid and the state pension systems. Where we believe they differ is in how they might accomplish those things. Legislators must be willing to work in a bipartisan manner to effect real change and we think Pollastrini has demonstrated the most willingness to do just that. She is a longtime resident of the district, which encompasses parts of Carol Stream, Lisle, Naperville, Warrenville, West Chicago, Wheaton, Winfield and Woodridge, and has worked behind the scenes for former Senate President James "Pate" Philip and in the DuPage County state's attorney's office.

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