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Article posted: 11/16/2012 5:00 AM

No one really wants to change Illinois

I have written several letters over the years to the Herald decrying issues about teachers union salaries and runaway taxation, to name a few. I figured I could be a voice for change to motivate others. After the election and reading the Nov. 8 editorial, it came to me -- nobody cares. I am in the minority.

To wit, with the state virtually bankrupted by the policies of the Democrats, the citizens continue to vote them back in office instead of enacting term limits. One lawmaker is even under indictment and was voted back in office. Property tax laws that should change to prohibit school districts from raising taxes without voter approval go unchanged. It goes on and on with no end in sight.

So my conclusion is that the people of Illinois don't care. They think this is the way it should be or want it to be. There must be so many who have a vested interest in the status quo that they don't dare bite the hand that feeds them. So there we have it. Property taxes will continue to increase. State income tax will continue to increase. Democrats will spend money they don't have, rob pension funds and manipulate the congressional boundaries to stay in power, while the state of Illinois falls deeper and deeper into the quagmire of debt and corruption. There is no spokesman to come forward to act as a change agent. Not this or any newspaper, and not I any longer. I'm fed up with this nonsense. I'm moving out of state.

I will say this, though: Be careful what you ask for, Illinois, because you just might get it. The day of reckoning will be upon you soon, and I'm glad I won't be here to see it.

Steve Safley


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