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Does it seem like we live in the state of Chicago instead of the state of Illinois?

With leadership in the legislature and governor's office all born and bred in Chicago, with state tax and fee increases coming at us one after another and our state debt and bill payment backlog growing by the day, one could be confused as to just which state we live in.

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Recently, the gerrymandering of legislative districts in Illinois by those state leaders from Chicago has made it even more likely that they will maintain control of our Illinois.

Illinois, with great natural resources, an agricultural and industrial base among the leaders, a vast transportation system, and a highly educated workforce, has been brought to the brink of bankruptcy by leadership from Chicago, Michael Madigan being the main player in this fiscal disaster.

Although the change in voting districts has changed, the 59th legislative district, district voters in Mundelein, Vernon Hills, Wheeling and Buffalo Grove have also been given an opportunity to vote for an honest and experienced candidate. That candidate is Sidney Mathias.

Sid is a man I have known for many years. He was the leader of the commission that succeeded in bringing us the North Central Metra line. His service to our state is highly respected and he has been acclaimed a legislator who is focused on the needs of each one of his constituents. Prior to his service in the House of Representatives, Mathias served two terms as the mayor of Buffalo Grove.

Of great importance to me and to every voter in the 59th legislative district is the fact that, unlike Carol Sente his opponent, Sidney Mathias has never voted for Michael Madigan to be speaker and has stated on the record that he will not vote Michael Madigan to that position in the future.

I respectfully ask that you help Illinois secede from the state of Chicago. I ask you to help Illinois return to its former strength as a leader of states in the areas of economic might and vitality in place of its present leadership in the areas of debt and corruption. You will not have to bear arms to join this revolt from the state of Chicago. You simply need to vote on Nov. 6 for Sidney Mathias.

Ed Sullivan, Sr., DVM

Mundelein

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