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posted: 3/7/2014 1:01 AM

We need a real reformer as governor

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I can't believe the Herald thinks Kirk Dillard is the person to lead our state out of our fiscal mess.

You justify your choice because Dillard was part of Gov. Edgar's administration 20 years ago. Only in Illinois do we have to go back 20 years to find a "decent governor."

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You tout Dillard because his advantage is that he has "experience with the system, the players and the process" of Illinois politics. Personally, I don't find these attributes for reform.

It's hard to believe the Herald is that naive not to recognize the part unions are playing in this primary election. Nationally unions back Democrats, but here in Illinois they are backing Republican Dillard. It's so obvious a union dream ticket in November would be Dillard versus Quinn.

It's a win-win for them. Four more years with career politicians in charge.

Springfield needs a true reformer. Your endorsement stated, "As ineffectual as Illinois government is, (with a reformer) there is a great risk in simply blowing it all up and starting from scratch." This is exactly what we need.

I think Rauner is the true reformer to turn our state around. He is beholding to no one. He didn't make his money in politics. He earned it.

I can't believe the Herald doesn't recognize our dire economic situation. We are second only to California in highest debt per capita. In August 2012, Illinois had $217 billion in unfunded obligations.

No wonder our state's infrastructure is crumbling. After we pay the interest on our debts, there is nothing left. We need a true positive change. Let's give Bruce Rauner a chance. What do we have to lose? We sink below California to the bottom?

Ted Zukowski

Mundelein

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