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posted: 8/18/2014 5:01 AM

Financial clout shouldn't win votes

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Gov. Pat Quinn inherited a state full of debt from George Ryan, who was indicted on federal corruption charges and sent to prison, and Rod Blagojevich, who took over from George Ryan and was sentenced to federal prison on corruption charges.

Quinn assumed governorship in 2009 after Rod Blagojevich's impeachment. Quinn was elected to a full term in 2010, faced with short-term budget shortcomings and long-term inherited state debt. Quinn has pushed for spending cuts and tax increases while trying to raise ethical standards, protect public sector labor unions and maintain environmental standards.

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While it is easy to criticize officials currently in office on all levels -- county, state and federal -- I believe if Bruce Rauner were truly honest and sincere in his quest to help the state of Illinois, instead of finding fault Rauner could use his personal wealth to take Illinois out of debt.

I've seen too many negative commercials criticizing the current administration. Mr. Rauner should put his money where his mouth is. Even the playing field and let the people decide on merit, ethics and honesty who the governor should be and not based solely on financial clout.

Carlton A. Perry

Bartlett

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