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posted: 8/8/2014 5:01 AM

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I would like to applaud and thank the Daily Herald for their Opinion editorial on Aug. 3, titled "First priority: restore our faith." I also would like to leave this state. When we go up to Lake Geneva for the day we meet people and I ask them, "Are you from Illinois?" I receive answers like, "I would commit suicide before I moved to Illinois!" Another was, "Are you kidding? Cook County especially doesn't respect the Constitution, with all the stupid gun laws and their crime is through the roof!" And, "That state is nothing but crooks, how do you stay there?"

I agree with the Herald -- quit the backbiting. Get this state back to what it was when Jim Edgar and Jim Thompson were governors!

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I lean Republican, but I am really independent. Forget the party affiliation. Pick the person who will uphold the oath of office to a "T" and improve this state. That way you have voted honorably like the Founding Fathers wished we all would.

We have to put candidates in there with one thing in mind: Bring this state back and uphold your oath of office and the entire Constitution. Why wasn't the pension problem fixed a long time ago when things first didn't balance?

Gov. Scott Walker runs Wisconsin well. They are in the green and they gave money back from the real estate taxes to the people last year. Then you wonder why we want to leave. A guy up there told me he had a house on the lake and his real estate taxes went up $60 last year. Now that's the way to run a state, and that's a great governor.

Donald Bekeleski

Elk Grove Village

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