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Deb Conroy: Candidate profile

Deb Conroy of Villa Park is running for the Illinois House in District 46 against Gordon ‘Jay’ Kinzler of Glen Ellyn in the November 6, 2018 election. Despite repeated inquiries, she so far has not responded to a candidate questionnaire that was submitted to her campaign by the Daily Herald. Biographical information presented below has been updated by the Daily Herald from her 2016 questionnaire.


Name: Deb Conroy

City: Villa Park



Facebook: @DebConroy46

Office sought: Illinois House, District 46

Party: Democrat

Age: 49

Family: Husband, Tim, and four son

Occupation: State legislator

Education: York Community High School. Courses at College of DuPage and Columbia College.

Civic involvement: York Student Enrichment Team Co-Founder; former Religious Education teacher at Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church; Elmhurst Children’s Assistance Foundation Board Member; Cool Kiddie Cars charity event project manager

Elected offices: District 205 School Board, 2007-2011. State Representative, 46th District, 2013-present.

Questions & Answers

Would you vote to approve a graduated income tax? If so, what qualifiers would you impose and where would you set the brackets? What would the top tax rate be?

How big a problem is the level of property taxation in Illinois? If you view it as a problem, what should be done about it?

What is your evaluation of Gov. Rauner’s job performance? Please specify what you view as its highs and lows.

What is your evaluation of Speaker Michael Madigan’s job performance? If you voted for him for speaker (president) in the last legislative session, please explain your vote.

Should there be term limits for legislative leaders? If so, what would you do to make that happen? What other systemic changes should be made to strengthen the voice of individual legislators, limit the control of legislative leaders, encourage bipartisanship?

How concerned should we be about Illinois’ population loss? What needs to be done to reverse the trend?

Please provide one example that demonstrates your independence from your party.

What other issues are important to you as a candidate for this office?

In addition, here a few questions meant to provide more personal insight into you as a person:

What’s the hardest decision you ever had to make?

Who is your hero?

Each amendment in the Bill of Rights is important, but which one of those 10 is most precious to you?

What lesson of youth has been most important to you as an adult?

Think back to a time you failed at something. What did you learn from it?

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October 13, 2018 at 03:19PM

Endorsement: Daily Herald recommmends Walker over Corrigan in Illinois House District 53

Mark Walker was in the state legislature from 2009 to 2011, and what everybody still remembers about his tenure is how it ended — with a lame duck vote to hike the state’s income tax by 66 percent.

At the time of that January 2011 vote, Walker had already lost his seat to incoming state Rep. David Harris, who, had they waited to vote until the new House was seated, would probably have voted with fellow Republicans to kill it. Walker alone didn’t cement the tax hike — he was one of seven lame-duck Democrats who were about to be replaced with Republicans, and they all voted for the increase.

He believed then and says he does now, that it was the right vote for Illinois.

Now, eight years later, Harris has declined to run for re-election after having voted for an income tax increase himself. Walker wants the seat back.

He is being challenged by Republican Eddie Corrigan, a smart, young conservative who has gained perspective on politics and public service as an outreach coordinator for U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam.

But Walker has life experience and has made a point of being educated by it. He is a Vietnam vet (he volunteered), who works with veterans and led the drive to revive Memorial Park in Arlington Heights. He owned businesses for 30 years, some successful, some not. He is candid about his status as a recovering alcoholic.

The tax hike vote notwithstanding, Walker worked across party lines. And he’s a practical common-sense Democrat. He gets our endorsement.

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October 13, 2018 at 03:19PM

Phelps Finnie, Windhorst face off to win seat in 118th District of Illinois House

The race for the 118th District of the Illinois House of Representatives is one of the most contentious races in the state. It pits Democratic incumbent Natalie Phelps Finnie of Elizabethtown against Republican Patrick Windhorst of Metropolis.

Windhorst is a graduate of Massac County High School, Shawnee Community College, University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University School of Law. He was elected Massac County state’s attorney in 2006.

Windhorst and his wife, Holly, live in a small house two blocks from the Massac County Courthouse in Metropolis with their two young children. He serves as a deacon in his local church and is a member of Rotary Club.

State Rep. Natalie Phelps Finnie also is a Southern Illinois native. She was appointed state representative in Sept. 2017 after the retirement of her cousin, Brandon Phelps. Although she was new to the position, she was familiar with serving as state representative. Her father, David Phelps, held the seat from 1984 until he was elected to Congress in 1998.

Phelps Finnie is the first woman to serve as representative in the 118th District of Illinois. She is a small-business owner and family nurse practitioner at Gallatin County Wellness Center.

She and her husband live on a cattle ranch in Elizabethtown with their three children. She is a member of Star Church in Eldorado and sings in a gospel music trio with her sisters. In her spare time, Phelps Finnie participates in shooting as a sport with her family.

Windhorst thinks the overriding issue in the state of Illinois is population loss. He said more than 30,000 Illinois residents moved out of the state last year, and 1,000 of them were from the 118th District.

“This is brought on by three issues: The overall tax burden of state being highest in country. The overall business climate of the state needs to be improved. We need to have fiscal sanity to address future budget issues,” Windhorst said.

He added that the first two are related. Improving the overall tax burden in the state would improve the business climate. That would encourage individuals and businesses to locate or relocate in Illinois.

“One of the main reasons we lose people is, they go to college out of state and do not return,” Windhorst said.

He added that we need to keep Illinois’ best students in the state for post-secondary education. Part of that equation would be improving education in local schools for K-12 students.

His website,, also lists lower taxes, more jobs, less spending, term limits, conservative values, school funding and ending the reign of Illinois Speaker of the House Mike Madigan as important issues.

Phelps Finnie believes the biggest issue facing Southern Illinois is poverty. Drug addiction follows closely and is related to poverty. For the people she sees in her clinic, poverty is first.

“We need jobs, but we have people who cannot fill those jobs. We need some job skills training and some real investment in the community,” Phelps Finnie said. “Education is the number one avenue. We need to train kids who have lived in poverty for generations to teach them to get out of that.”

Phelps Finnie calls it a tangled mess that has to be unwoven a piece at a time. Because of poverty, the area has a shrinking tax base.

“The middle class is bearing (the) brunt of the tax burden, and we are taxed to death. The wealthiest among us do not pay their fair share. I don’t want to tax the wealthy to death, but everyone needs to pay their fair share,” Phelps Finnie said. “We need to restructure our tax base to be fair.”

She added that the definition of middle class should have changed a long time ago, because the middle class is shrinking very quickly.

She said the wealthiest people in the state have said if taxes increase, they will leave Illinois.

“I’m tired of being held hostage by that,” Phelps Finnie said. “I think that is despicable.”

Since most jobs are provided by small and midsize businesses and not huge corporations, Phelps Finnie said she thinks the state needs to give tax breaks to small and midsize businesses to promote growth.

“I think everybody feels frustrated with property taxes,” Finnie said.

She believes that it will take a little time for the school funding formula to kick in and make property tax relief possible.

“Those are the big things that make it hard for families. Most impoverished people are living in horrible situations. We’ve got to teach kids, and when we do that, we have to have jobs ready for them,” Phelps Finnie said.

The race has drawn attention from statewide party organizations, with each candidate receiving money from party heavyweights and organizations. The influx of party funding has brought its share of television ads, including negative ads about both candidates.

Windhorst said the current ad relating to a plea deal for a sex offender does not contain all the facts.

“That individual is behind bars for 20 years,” Windhorst said.

He said an investigative report by the Belleville News Democrat listed the failure to prosecute rate in Massac County as 74 percent. Windhorst said the way they interpreted the data from two databases is flawed. An individual may be charged with multiple counts based on the number of victims. For example, if three victims report a crime by the same person, the suspect will only be charged in one case.

Windhorst added that the way the information is interpreted makes him look soft on prosecuting sexual assault.

“They make for flashy headlines, but they are not accurate. What I’m saying cannot be explained in 30 seconds, so it does not make a good political ad,” Windhorst said.

He is spending the last month of his campaign trying to get his message to the people of the district.

“I am confident that if they hear my message, they will support me. When I get to Springfield, we can work to make changes to turn the state around,” Windhorst said.

Phelps Finnie said almost all the negative ads running about her are completely false and are lies. She thinks the only one that might contain truth is the ad that says she voted with Madigan 95 percent of the time.

“When I vote for a bill, I don’t look at whose name is on it,” she said.

She receives an analysis on every bill that states who is for and against it and what the bill will do. Sometimes she is cautioned about bills that would not be good for Southern Illinois.

“I’ve been dumbfounded. It is nonsense and ridiculous,” Phelps Finnie said. “Madigan has been there too long. We all agree on that.”

She added that many downstate legislators — both Republican and Democratic — may share her record. They often consult on which bills will be good for the region.

She said she has not voted on a tax increase and would not raise taxes on people making $17,000 a year or even $75,000. She also is working to protect pensions, she said.

Phelps Finnie will tell you that working in health care and raising children are not easy, but serving as state representative is harder.

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October 10, 2018 at 06:25AM

House Dist. 43 hopefuls talk term limits, business regulations

Candidates in the November election vying to represent the state’s 43rd House District said they have different views on term limits and business regulations.

Incumbent Anna Moeller, 46, a Democrat from Elgin, is a former Elgin City Council member who was appointed in March 2014 and elected a few months later. Republican challenger Andrew Cuming, 31, also of Elgin, manages several properties in Elgin and twice ran unsuccessfully for Elgin City Council. Both were unopposed in the primary.

Moeller said she doesn’t believe in term limits. When re-election is off the table, legislators aren’t accountable to voters or party leadership, she said. In states with term limits, legislators also become too dependent on bureaucrats and lobbyists, she said.

“It takes a long time to become an expert, or very skilled, at the job of legislating. You’re working in a very complex organization representing a diversity of needs and views with hundreds of different issues in front you,” she said.

Cuming said he plans to serve a maximum two terms, and supports a six-year term limit for state representatives and a 12-year limit for state senators.

Voters often make choices along party lines, and incumbents always have an advantage, Cuming said. “I agree we have a massive problem with incumbents and built-in bureaucracy,” he said. “When you have the room made for new blood, for people who are not indebted to the system, it opens up a more equal playing field.”

Cuming said he identifies himself as a “Ron Paul Republican.” “I’m socially fairly liberal, fiscally very conservative,” he said.

“I’m a big freedom guy,” he added. “Which means I really believe that people should be allowed their lives as their wish, without interference.”

Moeller said her ideology aligns more with that of her constituents.

“Limited government, limited regulations on businesses that pollute or discriminate against workers,” she said, “that’s libertarian ideology, and I don’t think that represents the area that I live in.”

Cuming said he believes “businesses should be treated far more gently.” Prevailing wage requirements put a huge financial strain on local governments, he said.

Sometimes that can be true, Moeller said, pointing to when she was director of the McHenry County Council of Governments during the emerald ash borer epidemic and worked with unions to ease prevailing wage requirements to remove dead trees.

Moeller said she supports raising wages for workers. “If someone wants to work for a rate and an employer wants to pay that rate, that’s a fair rate,” Cuming said.

Moeller introduced a bill, vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, that would prevent employers from asking job candidates their salary history for the job. Cuming said he supports that — advocates say it would narrow the gender pay gap — but called “excessive” the bill’s fines of up to $10,000.

Cuming pledged to donate his state government salary to charities in Elgin, and — like Moeller — said he won’t take pension and health care benefits from the state.

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October 8, 2018 at 04:58PM

Advocates, legislators make case to hike teacher’s salaries

Connie Charlesworth, a supervising professor of student-teachers at Illinois College in Jacksonville, said Illinois college students are not going into teaching because of the low pay in many districts in the state. Charlesworth is a former teacher herself, who after 30 years of experience and having a master’s degree made $45,000. (

State Rep. Sue Scherer (D-Decatur) remembers her time as a public school teacher and the continual issue she had with classroom supplies.

Early one school year, she broke the stapler that was in her classroom. She went to the main office to get a new one, but was turned away empty-handed.

“‘You should have anticipated that when you did your budget last May, There’s not enough money to buy you a new stapler,’” Scherer remembers being told. “I said, ‘I only got $110 and that doesn’t go very far to run an entire classroom for an entire year and my stapler wasn’t broke so I didn’t buy a new stapler.’”

The response was “‘Well, you’ll just have to wait till next year,’” Scherer recalled.

She said she wound up with a box of “everybody’s half-way-don’t-work staplers” as a way to get by.

When teachers dig into their own pocket to buy classroom supplies, clothe children and even get them eyeglasses, Scherer said at a Sept. 26 press conference in Springfield, it is unconscionable that Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed a proposal that would have raised the minimum salary for teachers in Illinois to $40,000.

“This is about the last straw,” Scherer said. “… His veto was a slap in the face to educators.”

State Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-Chicago) and state Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) said they will lead the effort to override the governor’s veto.

Scherer said she remembers being told by one teaching colleague, “I spend more on my garden than we are allowed in teacher supplies.”

Scherer said that state will not attract young people, leaving college with mountains of student debt, to the teaching profession without competitive salaries. She noted that she knows of one school district that is short 34 teachers and the school year has already started.

“We have a severe teaching shortage in every area from Pre-K to eighth grade in every single subject,” Scherer said.

Connie Charlesworth, a longtime teacher at Triopia Junior/Senior High School in Morgan County, agreed.

Charlesworth, who now works as a supervising professor of student-teachers at Illinois College in Jacksonville, said that in some subject areas the number of licensed teachers is down one-third to one-half from what it was five years ago.

State Rep. Sue Scherer (D-Decatur) tells of her struggles with having adequate classroom supplies as a teacher. She said the lack of support and good pay for all teachers is gripping the state. “We have a severe teaching shortage in every area from Pre-K to eighth grade in every single subject,” Scherer said. (

Having 30 years of classroom experience and a master’s degree, Charlesworth said she topped out at $45,000 before retiring from Triopia. At 43 years of age, Charlesworth became the sole bread winner for her family when her husband was killed in a farming accident.

She said the lack of livable wages is keeping many young people from entering the teaching profession.

“Our college students are not stupid. They know how to do the math,” Charlesworth said. “They’re taking a look at how much their education is costing them. They’re also taking a look at their starting salary as teachers and they have decided in great numbers not to go into the profession.

“Young people are voting with their feet,” she added. “I don’t think any of us want our children and grandchildren going to schools without highly qualified teachers … If we are going to doom them to gentile poverty, then kiss goodbye quality education in the state of Illinois.”

Manar said the teacher shortage is most greatly affecting underfunded school districts as determined by the State Board of Education’s new Evidence-Based Funding formula. The formula measures what an adequate funding target is for each school district in the state based on enrollment numbers, region of the state it is in and nearly three dozen other factors. Districts listed at 100 percent have enough money through state dollars and local taxes to adequately cover educational needs for all their students, according to the State Board of Education.

Manar said that in Metro East communities near St. Louis, teachers “can drive 15 miles and make five figures more,” noting that that has caused some “poaching” of top teachers.

Mitchell said the funding disparity between Illinois school districts needs to still be addressed. He noted a school library in his district had no books until donations came in while in Winnetka students are given free Chromebook computers.

In his veto of the legislation that would have ensured all teachers in Illinois made at least $40,000 per year by 2022-23, Governor Rauner said minimum pay legislation is neither the most efficient nor the most effective way to compensate teachers.

“This approach to teacher compensation both limits a school district’s local control and imposes a significant unfunded mandate on school districts,” Rauner said. “… Legislative action is not the most efficient way to maintain relevance.”

Rauner said there are innovative teacher compensation strategies that, if adopted and implemented, would preserve local control and protect districts from the burden of even more unfunded mandates.

“Things like pay-for-performance, diversified pay for teachers in hard-to-staff schools or subjects, or pay incentives for teachers with prior work experience are all viable options to provide greater compensation for teachers,” the governor said. “I highly encourage local school districts to adopt and implement the compensation structures that best suit their local needs.”

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Democratic Illinois state representative Natalie Phelps Finnie seeks re-election and to address judicial system loopholes

Natalie Phelps Finnie is running for re-election as a democratic Illinois state representative. She said she’s advocating to change loopholes that benefit child predators.

Finnie said the kids are the ones suffering, they didn’t ask to be brought into this world and nobody seems to be a voice for them, so that’s what has compelled her to step up.

“Many of these children are living like animals, in horrible conditions and they’re filthy, dirty,” Finnie said.   

Finnie said children are the ones suffering the consequences from the lack of jobs, drug problems, unemployment, generational poverty and all of the above.

“There [is] more than one loophole in laws that let child abusers walk free,” Finnie said.  

A loophole allows an individual or group to use some gap in the restrictions or requirements of the law for personal advantage without technically breaking the law, the legal definition, said.

“Our system is completing broken,” Finnie said. “The way the laws are set up, we’re more concerned about the rights of the predators.”

Finnie said the U.S. judicial system seems to be more concerned about predators rights than our children and we’ve got a problem.

“We have to fix a lot of these laws,” Finnie said. “These are giant problems [and] I’m not telling you I’m going to be able to fix these problems quickly or be there long enough to see the end result.”

However, Finnie said she can start the conversation.

Paul Brinker, an SIU professor and social work graduate coordinator, said if Finnie is looking to adjust limitations with kids who were assaulted as minors and give those kids voices for some legal resolve, he wouldn’t want to debate her.

“It’s worth the conversation,” Brinker said. “I think as a society, as we get more data, as we hopefully evolve as human beings, some of those considerations can be shifted along.”

Brinker said voting goes into pushing those agendas forward.

“From a treatment or helping standpoint, often times some of the legal process if done correctly can be rather cathartic to see some resolve to the perpetrator of such crimes,” Brinker said.

Brinker said he thinks there are statutes of limitations on everything but murder.

“This leaves the legal system very little they can do about that particular victim and circumstance, so then I would say that’s a bad thing,” Brinker said.

Brinker also said legislators are taking another look at some of those statutes.

Finnie’s state representative campaign opponent, a SIU law alumn, Patrick Windhorst, said Illinois has some strict laws on the books that need to remain and are important.

“There was a recent change in the law as it relates to people who bond out after being arrested that has created a issue in small or rural counties,” Windhorst said.

Windhorst also said this creates frustrations in the justice system because if offenders are not in jail, then they can get treatment for drugs and crime.

Windhorst said he is for term limits for legislators that contributes to problems in laws and Finnie is not.

“I am absolutely for term limits,” Finnie said. “We have people that have served way too long, the longer they’re there, the farther removed they are from our normal lives.”

Finnie said she makes sure she reads the facts and doesn’t know if Windhorst does also.

“So, there’s two things here, either he has read [information on Finnie] completely, knows the facts and doesn’t care or he is just letting somebody else run his campaign,” Finnie said.

Finnie also said that’s equally bad.

“I believe our people right here in southern Illinois deserve better and it is sad that our political process has come to [fighting],” Finnie said. “The whole process needs to be overhauled and revamped.”

Finnie said she thinks if people are more concerned about doing the right thing, then they are about their next election, she believes politicians can have good dialogue.

“And what will follow will be some real good changes,” Finnie said.  

A portion of southern Illinois will determine who will represent them in the Illinois House of Representatives.

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October 4, 2018 at 06:27PM

State Rep. Katie Stuart Receives CommUnity Hero Award from Harmony Health Plan

Southern Illinois CommUnity Health Heroes Honored by Harmony Health Plan

CHICAGO (Oct. 3, 2018) —Harmony Health Plan, Inc., recently honored five local champions in Southern Illinois who are dedicated to helping their community members live better, healthier lives.

The 2018 Harmony CommUnity Health Hero awards, now in their second year, were based on nominations received from throughout the region and were distributed based on five categories including healthcare, government and policy, education, advocacy and community support. The 2018 winners are:

Rep. Katie Stuart (Government and Policy) – Illinois State Rep. Katie Stuart, (D-112), Evansville. Prior to being elected to serve the 112th District in 2017, Stuart was an instructor in the department of mathematics and statistics at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where, in addition to teaching mathematics courses, she mentored and supervised the next generation of mathematics educators. Her 25-year career in the classroom also placed her in local high schools and middle schools. In the Illinois house, Stuart has been a passionate advocate for improving the lives of working families. She serves on the higher education, elementary and secondary education – licensing, administration and oversight, government transparency, elections and campaign finance, and business incentives for local communities committees. According to her nomination, “Rep. Stuart believes in service and integrity and that to serve our state, she has to serve her community and represent her community’s values.”

Kim Johnson (Healthcare) –Kim Johnson, community education coordinator, Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc., Belleville. Johnson is passionate about the work she does for Hospice of Southern Illinois and the relationships she has built with many community partners since joining the organization in 2008. She attributes her years with the U.S. Marine Corps for her persistence that she now puts into ensuring members of the community have a healthcare power of attorney and any other resources they need, even if that means making sandwiches for local food pantries. “Kim’s compassion and caring nature gives great comfort to others in time of need. She is strong, compassionate, caring and supporting all rolled up into one,” stated her nominator.

Judith Ann Harris Johnson (Education) – Judith Ann Harris Johnson, board member of Springfield School District 186, Springfield. Harris Johnson has represented the community in the Springfield school district since 2001, including serving as its board president from 2005-2006. She firmly believes educating children is the most important mission of any education system. Her career has stretched over a 40-year span in the Illinois state senate having served as the first female assistant sergeant-at-arms and as a legislative assistant to several state senators. Harris Johnson is a role model who believes in being involved and connected with the community. Her civic memberships include Union Baptist Church, Family Service Center of Sangamon County, and as a current board member-past president and secretary of the Springfield Branch of the NAACP. Her nominator stated, “What I admire the most about Judy is her passion when it comes to advocating for the population she represents. With her work on the board of education, and the various boards and committees she has served on, Judy continues to be been a strong voice for those who are often underrepresented.”

Lynn Hatfield (Advocacy) – Lynn Hatfield, RN, executive director, Living Independently Now Center (LINC), Inc., Swansea. As part of LINC’s management team, Hatfield provides skilled supervisory and leadership support to direct service staff ensuring that LINC’s programs and services meet or exceed the needs of their consumers and grant objectives. During the past 20 years, she has developed a solid network of community and governmental agencies, widening resources and opportunities for people with disabilities. Hatfield also serves on the board of directors of Illinois Network of Centers for Independent Living, a statewide association of Centers for Independent Living. Her ultimate goal is to help build a stronger community through education, advocacy and service. “Through LINC, Lynn empowers persons with disabilities to live independently and to promote accessibility and inclusion in all areas of life,” according to her nomination.

Bikers Against Child Abuse (BAC) (Community Support) – Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), Metro East Illinois Chapter. Founded in 2005, the Metro East Illinois chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse was the first chapter in Illinois. Its founder, who goes by the biker road name of M&M, has worked at all levels of the organization to support its mission of “empowering abused children to not be afraid of the world in which they live.” In addition, M&M has held positions at the chapter and state levels of president, treasurer, secretary, child liaison, international events coordinator, and is currently the international training officer. In this position, she travels all over the world to speak with and help BACA Chapters and their membership learn everything from how to interact with abused children to running a not for profit organization. “Our mission is to help the children and their families learn how powerful they can be. Our presence will be available as long as the child needs us.”

“Harmony Health Plan is proud to recognize these outstanding individuals whose tireless efforts and dedication have helped so many access vital services and resources. Their contributions enrich our local communities and help our members live better, healthier lives,” said Chuck Beeman, Illinois state president for WellCare.

All honorees received a $500 donation from Harmony Health Plan to the charity of their choice.

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October 3, 2018 at 06:56PM

Yednock outraises Long 20-1 since GOP cutoff

Republican donors halted campaign donations to state Rep. Jerry Long (R-Streator) after a harassment allegation. Predictably, he’s now losing ground to Democratic challenger Lance Yednock.

Since the Sept. 13 announcement that the House Republican Office would stop financially supporting him, Long’s financial support has slowed to a trickle. As of Tuesday, he has one contribution of $7,500 on file since the HRO cut him off.

Meanwhile, Democrats have pounced on Long’s intra-party woes and poured money into Yednock’s coffers. Yednock has amassed $160,000 in 19 days and was sitting on $100,000 in reserves headed into Election Day.

Long, reached by cellular telephone, issued a brief reply and expressed no surprise with the now-lopsided figures.

“Well, of course, the Republican Party is not donating to my campaign and the Democratic Party is fully funding my opponent,” Long said. “You’ll see the quarterly report when it comes out. Thank you.”

A complete financial picture was not yet in hand because quarterly statements through Sept. 30 are beginning to trickle in. As of this morning, Yednock’s quarterly statement was on file but Long’s wasn’t.

Messages left for Yednock were not returned before press time today.

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October 3, 2018 at 11:07AM

Letter: Why I’m supporting Dillon Clark


Oct 2, 2018 at 8:00 PM

It’s evident that Illinois has been going through a crisis. The problems are obvious and far-reaching, including a significant decrease in job opportunities, skyrocketing tuition rates, and state worker exploitation.

None of these problems were helped by Gov. Bruce Rauner, who gave us government gridlock and a budget that took over two years to pass through. With Avery Bourne, the 95th District’s current state representative, we got numerous present votes and apathy. It is clear we need a real change in local representation.

That is why I am voting for Dillon Clark for state representative. Having grown up in Hillsboro, Dillon understands the downstate Illinois experience. With Dillon Clark, you find an empathetic leader. He doesn’t just see these local issues in abstract terms — he understands the real human struggle behind these crises.

Through his prior work on the Montgomery County Board, Dillon has seen firsthand the long-term harm the Great Recession has done to Illinois. He knows that this state has suffered from a staggering loss of jobs, a rising opioid epidemic, a lack of meaningful investment, and inaccessible educational opportunities.

Dillon will work with constituents to create effective solutions to these complex problems. He will listen to and care about what you have to say. Instead of turning away or trivializing these problems, Dillon is willing and ready to roll up his sleeves to address these issues head-on.

That is why I am confident Dillon Clark will make an incredible state representative for the 95th District of Illinois.

Kesenia Marten


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October 2, 2018 at 08:06PM

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