Democrat Kathleen Willis of Addison must realize what an uphill battle she faces in trying to unseat longtime state Rep. Angelo "Skip" Saviano, a Republican from Elmwood Park. We can only assume that's why she did not respond to our invitation to meet with the Daily Herald Editorial Board and did not fill out our questionnaire, which we publish to help voters understand where the candidates stand on the issues.
It certainly makes it much easier for us to endorse Saviano for another two-year term in a newly drawn district. And it's likely he would have received our endorsement anyway -- Saviano is a fiscal conservative, social moderate and bipartisan advocate who fits our mold of a successful legislator.
Saviano, a state representative since 1993 and an assistant minority leader, understands that to get things done in Springfield he must work with his Democratic counterparts. He points to the successful restructuring of McCormick Place debt and his work on passing a capital bill to upgrade the infrastructure throughout the state as highlights.
He also understands that he must vote his conscience, even if that means he is in the minority within his own party. For example, he voted for civil unions and supports gay marriage.
Willis serves on the Addison Elementary District 4 school board. In the Daily Herald circulation area, the 77th district takes in portions of Addison, Bensenville, Wood Dale, Elk Grove Village and Rosemont.