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posted: 2/23/2014 12:01 AM

Time to give outsider a shot

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Time to give outsider a shot

I do not agree with the Daily Herald's endorsement of Senator Dillard for the Republican nomination of governor. Three of the Republican candidates already hold elective offices and are well experienced with the system, the players and the process in Springfield. Yet, little if anything has changed.

In fact, the current system, the current players and the current process in Springfield does not work for Illinois. Over the past two decades the unfunded pension liability skyrocketed to over $100 billion, the current unpaid invoice balance has cycled at $8 billion for a number of years even after a 67 percent income tax increase, the credit agencies have lowered Illinois debt rating numerous times, employers have left Illinois and the Democrats have increased their simple majority in both the House and the Senate to a supermajority.

This election is not going to change the economic climate in Springfield because the speaker of the House and the Senate President and their supermajority caucuses are not concerned with the unfunded pension liability, the unpaid invoice balance, the lowered Illinois debt ratings and the loss of employers.

The key players in Springfield have another big income tax increase for the people of Illinois already in process for January 2015.

At the state level, Republicans have been rendered ineffective by the supermajority of Democrats seats in both the House and Senate. Politics is local. Republicans will remain an ineffective minority in Springfield for years to come unless they can work together to gain more Republican seats in both the House and the Senate. Republicans need new leadership in Springfield. It is time to give an outsider a shot because the insiders have been ineffective.

Voters, let's give Bruce Rauner a shot.

Howard Snyder


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