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Only one goal for 'progressive' Dems

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Only one goal for 'progressive' Dems

Democratic Illinois Governor Quinn and the other progressives who no longer want to be referred to as liberals, are avoiding many important issues that the citizens of Illinois expected them to cast a vote.

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There are currently nonbinding referendums, which obligates our representatives to do nothing. However, our elected government leaders want the citizens to recommend on the November ballot these nonbinding referendums.

The most popular one is the millionaire income tax which could benefit the schools. The problem is that the referendum has two parts, one the income tax increase and the other to add more funding for schools based on the number of students in the school district. Chicago would get the most benefit.

Raising the minimum wage is another referendum. It only asks should the minimum wage be increased but mentions nothing about who is eligible. Are people under 18 included and will the public sector union members receive an automatic increase with an increase in the minimum wage?

There are two issues that the Progressive Democrats did not want the citizens of Illinois to vote, yes or no. To retain full power, they denied Illinois voters the ability to vote on who is responsible for reapportion of the legislative districts, not only in Illinois but also the House of Representatives. This inaction denies Illinois voters fair representation.

The other item that was avoided is term limits. It took the GOP controlled Congress, after World War II, to pass term limits on the president. The Progressive Democrats do not want to lose their employment with term limits.

These nonbinding referendums will do absolutely nothing for Illinois, except for the Progressive Democrats who only want to bring the single minded voter in November.

Jack McCabe

Batavia

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