Endorsement: Meyer for House Dist. 43

The Daily Herald Editorial Board
Posted10/11/2014 1:01 AM

Illinois House District 43 Democratic incumbent Anna Moeller is challenged by GOP attorney Jeffrey Meyer. Both are from Elgin, and both have similar stands on several issues, such as favoring charter schools. What sets Meyer apart is his resolve to challenge the culture of governing in Springfield: the passage of whopping tax increases by lame-duck legislators, the ironclad rule of House Speaker Mike Madigan.

Meyer is a former board member of Elgin Octave, a conservative watchdog group that supports fiscal responsibility in local government. He also ran unsuccessfully for the Kane County Board two years ago. Moeller, a former Elgin City Council member, brings strong credentials to the race. She served as executive director for the McHenry County Council of Governments for nine years, and, bucking Democratic leadership, vows not to vote to extend the life of the state income tax increase. But we agree with Meyer that his election is a step toward more balance in government in the House, allowing for, as he puts it, "open dialogue and substantive progress on the issues most affecting our state, namely marginal income tax rates, an underfunded pension liability, a structural budget deficit, debt and jobs." Meyer is endorsed. The 43rd House District includes Elgin and portions of Carpentersville, East Dundee and South Elgin.

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