Endorsement: McConchie for state Senate Dist. 26

This endorsement is a consensus opinion of the Daily Herald Editorial Board.

In six years as an Illinois state senator from Hawthorn Woods, Dan McConchie has consistently proven to be a leader who can stay steadfastly true to his generally conservative Republican values while also working constructively with lawmakers of either party.

This characteristic no doubt has much to do with his rise to become Senate Republican leader, and it is certainly a factor that makes us pleased to endorse him again for another term in Dist. 26.

McConchie is a critic of the controversial SAFE-T Act for provisions he believes will make Illinoisans less safe and he wants to see the measure repealed. However, he also appreciates the intent of the legislation and, whether it is repealed or, more likely, modified, would be a reasoned voice in making improvements. He is a strong advocate for business and limited taxation, as well as limited government in general.

His challenger, Democrat Maria Peterson, is a promising candidate who supports the SAFE-T Act's goals of fairness and is confident it can reduce serious crime. A retired business owner from Barrington, she is a strong voice for families, women's rights and education. She could make an effective lawmaker.

She does not have previous elected experience, however, and cannot match McConchie's legislative strengths. Moreover the incumbent's firm, thoughtful approach to problem solving from a Republican perspective will provide a needed positive influence in a Senate that is likely to continue to be dominated by Democrats.

McConchie is endorsed for a district that stretches from Algonquin in McHenry County into southern Lake County, dipping also into Palatine, Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates in far northwestern Cook.

Article Comments
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the "flag" link in the lower-right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.