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ENDORSEMENT: Daniel Didech for Illinois House in the 59th District

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10/19/2018, 05:57pm

ENDORSEMENT: Daniel Didech for Illinois House in the 59th District


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Both candidates for the Illinois House in the 59th District have a strong record of civic service. Democrat Daniel Didech is a supervisor for Vernon Township. He helped to lower the township’s property tax levy by 5 percent. Republican Karen Feldman served as a Lincolnshire village trustee for seven years.

Didech, however, speaks with clarity about protecting health care reforms established by former President Barack Obama that now are under attack by President Donald Trump’s administration. He also leaves no doubt about his support for legislation aimed at curbing gun violence. Feldman is fuzzy on those key issues.

Didech is endorsed for this open seat in a district that includes Buffalo Grove, Vernon Hills and Mundelein.

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October 19, 2018 at 06:01PM

ENDORSEMENT: Sam Yingling for Illinois House in the 62nd District

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10/19/2018, 06:10pm

ENDORSEMENT: Sam Yingling for Illinois House in the 62nd District

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In the general election two years ago, we offered no endorsement in this district.

This time around, Democratic incumbent state Rep. Sam Yingling of Grayslake declined to fill out a questionnaire and sit for an interview with us. But his opponent, Republican Ken Idstein of Grayslake, a senior loan officer, has failed to offer a credible array of policy proposals that might suggest he’d be an improvement.

Yingling, a former Avon Township supervisor, has worked to help consolidate redundant local governmental units, to make the job of Lake County assessor an elected position, and to increase property tax exemptions for homeowners, seniors and veterans. He is endorsed.


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October 19, 2018 at 06:16PM

ENDORSEMENT: Bob Morgan for Illinois House in the 58th District

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10/19/2018, 05:43pm

ENDORSEMENT: Bob Morgan for Illinois House in the 58th District


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Republican Fredric Bryan “Rick” Lesser of Lake Bluff, an estate planning lawyer who replaced his party’s original candidate on the ballot, has a strong resume of public service as a village trustee and former president of a variety of local civic and business organizations. But Democrat Bob Morgan of Deerfield would be just the sort of lawmaker Springfield needs: thoughtful, knowledgeable, experienced and eager to work with legislators of both parties.

As associate general counsel in the office of then-Gov. Pat Quinn, Morgan was the lead attorney in implementing health care expansion under the federal Affordable Care Act. He also helped implement the state’s medical marijuana program. He would bring to the job a depth of knowledge about state government. Morgan favors a graduated Income tax, legalization of recreational marijuana, expanded casino gambling and a graduated income tax. He is endorsed.

Bob Morgan, Ill. House Nominee (D-58th), left, and Fredric Bryan “Rick” Lesser, Ill. House Nominee (R-58th) October 15, 2018. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times


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October 19, 2018 at 05:50PM

ENDORSEMENT: Stephanie A. Kifowit for Illinois House in the 84th District

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10/19/2018, 06:34pm

ENDORSEMENT: Stephanie A. Kifowit for Illinois House in the 84th District


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The Republican strategy in this race has been to drag House Speaker Mike Madigan, D-Chicago, into it.

Incumbent Rep. Stephanie A. Kifowit has been a highly effective legislator, and an extremely centrist Democrat, so about all that’s left for her critics is to bemoan that she has “supported” the unpopular Madigan.

In reality, Kifowit, a former Marine who served more than nine years on the Aurora City Council, has shown an independent streak, voting against budgets put forth by Democrats and for a property tax freeze. She understands the issues thoroughly — and she understands the strengths and limitations of the proposed solutions. We endorse Kifowit for a third term.

She is opposed by Patty Smith, a paralegal and resident of Aurora who once was named her city’s Volunteer of the Year.

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October 19, 2018 at 06:40PM

ENDORSEMENT: Natalie A. Manley for Illinois House in the 98th District

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10/19/2018, 06:41pm

ENDORSEMENT: Natalie A. Manley for Illinois House in the 98th District


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State Rep. Natalie A. Manley of Joliet is known for her service to retirees in this southwest suburban district, home to three major retirement communities. 

Public health is among her top priorities. Manley successfully pushed legislation to require more thorough reporting on the care that residents receive in veterans’ homes. She also sponsored legislation requiring schools to better train teachers to recognize suicidal behavior and other signs of mental health crises in young people. Manley wants to expand mental health services statewide — if only the state had the money.

Manley’s opponent, Republican Alyssia Benford of Bolingbrook, is a certified public accountant, just like Manley. Benford said she wouldn’t have voted for the income tax hike in 2017, which passed with a “yes” vote from Manley. But Benford offers no substantive alternatives to help dig Illinois out of its financial mess.

We endorse Manley.    

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October 19, 2018 at 06:47PM

ENDORSEMENT: Anna Moeller for Illinois House in the 43rd District

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10/18/2018, 05:30pm

ENDORSEMENT: Anna Moeller for Illinois House in the 43rd District


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Incumbent Democrat Anna Moeller of Elgin was among a bipartisan group of legislators who quietly came together in 2017 and worked to end an impasse that had left the state without a budget for two years. Reasonable people cheered on reasonable legislators, Moeller included, who wanted to end the stupidity.

Moeller, a former member of the Elgin City Council and the founding executive director of the McHenry County Council of Governments, supports creating a state board empowered to ensure that insurance companies are not pocketing excessive profits on workers’ compensation premiums. Of all the proposed tinkering to our state’s workers’ compensation rules, that’s exactly the place to start.

Republican candidate and small business owner Andrew R. Cuming of Elgin, who considers himself a libertarian, also is running.

Andrew R. Cuming, Ill. House Nominee (R-43rd), and Democratic nominee and incumbent Anna Moeller. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times


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October 18, 2018 at 05:33PM

ENDORSEMENT: Fred Crespo for Illinois House in the 44th District

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10/18/2018, 05:32pm

ENDORSEMENT: Fred Crespo for Illinois House in the 44th District


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Democratic incumbent Fred Crespo likes to cross party lines, at least back home in his northwest suburban district, working with local mayors — many of them Republican — to produce what he calls “deliverables.”

“I’m not that partisan,” he said with a shrug in an endorsement interview. “I work with both sides.”

Most recently, Crespo worked to secure more business for Schaumburg’s convention center and Renaissance Hotel — and helped win a full tollway interchange at Barrington Road in Hoffman Estates. He helped arrange financial assistance for construction of a much-needed Alexian Brother’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Hoffman Estates.

Crespo has represented the 44th District for 11 years, and we see no reason he shouldn’t go on. He is endorsed. Also running is Republican Katy Dolan Baumer, the Hanover Township clerk, who first took on Crespo two years ago and lost.

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October 18, 2018 at 05:33PM

ENDORSEMENT: Deb Conroy for Illinois House in the 46th District

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10/18/2018, 05:41pm

ENDORSEMENT: Deb Conroy for Illinois House in the 46th District

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Earlier this year, an aide to House Speaker Mike Madigan lost his job after state Rep. Deb Conroy raised a serious charge of inappropriate conduct involving him.

The #MeToo movement had hit Springfield, and Conroy — though long considered a Madigan loyalist — called the Speaker out.

In her personal life, this has been a rough year for Conroy. In June, she donated a kidney to her ex-husband. She remains an involved and effective legislator, however, especially in fighting for issues of particular importance to women.

We endorse Conroy, a state representative since 2013, over Republican Gordon “Jay” Kinzler, a surgeon and member of the Glen Ellyn Park Board.

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October 18, 2018 at 05:48PM

For 72nd Illinois House District: Halpin

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In his first term, state Rep. Mike Halpin did as he promised he would two years ago.

The Rock Island Democrat has reliably supported policies and bills that he believes are vital to growing the middle class and protecting workers and those in need in Illinois and the 72nd House District.

Halpin’s legislative focus is likely to remain the same, if he wins a second term on Nov. 6. That seems probable since his opponent, Glen Evans, a Rock Island County Democrat turned Republican, appears to have little support, including from within his own new party.

As for Halpin, his focus is precisely where it should be in a district that encompasses the city of Rock Island, a town that’s hungry for growth and desperately in need of more.

The trouble is that the help it needs includes statewide policies that will make that city, our region, and our entire state more attractive places to do business.

We continue to believe that Illinois can, in large part, grow its way to prosperity. So we remain worried about Halpin’s continued support for such things as a $15 minimum wage, which could cripple restaurants, retailers, and other businesses in border communities such as ours, and creating a fair or progressive income tax we continue to fear will be neither progressive nor fair for the vast majority of Illinois taxpayers, once powerful Democratic legislative leaders are finished with it.

On the flip side, however, we are impressed by how well Halpin has responded when called on to address the needs of his district and our region.

As a freshman lawmaker, he passed 12 bills that were signed into law. Among them is a new state law that allows the Robert Young Mental Health Center in Rock Island to treat Iowa patients to prevent those ordered by the courts into inpatient treatment from being whisked far way from their families when there isn’t a nearby place in Iowa to take them.

On the economic development front, Halpin successfully carried a bill we have long backed to help the Illinois Q-C begin to level the historic economic development playing field with Iowa. The Bicentennial Mississippi River Region Redevelopment Historic Tax Credit Act, which goes into effect New Year’s Day, provides a 25 percent tax credit of eligible expenses to taxpayers living in 34 counties bordering the Mississippi River. Halpin and the Q-C legislative team deserve our thanks for passing a law that has been on the Q-C wish list for years, and for promising to look for ways to expand its impact. Bravo, too, to the team for Illinois’ new energy law that kept the power on at Exelon, and for continuing to back a capital program that includes Phase III of Western Illinois University’s Quad-Cities campus.

Unfortunately, where Evans, an itinerant candidate, stands on those and other issues remains mostly a mystery. He has not responded to our requests for a meeting with our editorial board or reporter interviews since he met with county GOP leaders who asked him to quit the race over his failure to disclose legal proceedings stemming from alleged domestic disputes. Evans declined comment on their concerns, other than to say he would stay in the race.

As for Halpin, he’s campaigned hard. Making his job easier is his ability to point to a solid record of responsively and effectively working to meet local needs. We hope that in a second term, the pragmatic and aggressive approaches with which he addressed the legislation he passed to benefit the Q-C will inform his decisions on other bills designed to grow Illinois.





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