To the Editor:
It is unconscionable that Governor Quinn and lawmakers in Springfield would award themselves thousands of dollars in pay raises when our state is drowning in debt and deficits.
Governor Quinn took a week's pay from every household in Illinois when he raised income taxes by 67 percent. Now, he wants a pay raise. It's time to say, enough is enough.
The Governor said his proposed budget – a budget that spends $550 million more than last year's budget and does nothing to address our $8.5 billion backlog of unpaid bills – requires a "Rendezvous with Reality." If pay hikes for elected officials are Quinn's idea of a "Rendezvous with Reality," then I refuse to accept it.
I call on my opponent, Senator Bill Haine, and all legislators in the General Assembly – both Republicans and Democrats alike – to reject the pay hikes in the Governor's proposed budget. Legislators must lead by example by refusing to support pay raises in these austere budget times.
Republican candidate for State Senate
- Couple alleges motorist negligent in collision
- Sanctions sought against asbestos lawyers for using John Crane as 'shill' to keep cases in Cook County
- AFP Illinois says tax reduction responsible for state's improved ranking in tax climate survey
- Father says medical center, doctor failed to aid his abused daughter
- Estate administrator seeks compensation from health care providers
- Car passenger blames driver, Kilian Corp. for accident that caused injuries
- St. Clair County woman blames Golden State Foods for injuries at McDonald's
- Patient claims misdiagnosed infection led to amputation
- Parents blame driver for injuries daughter suffered in accident
- Five auto passengers seek damages from motorist who allegedly drove into their vehicle