We have been out in the 101st District, visiting the many small towns and villages, making new friends, and learning what really makes our district and state so great. From Elwin in the southwest corner to Ludlow in the northeast corner, we’ve seen almost every inch of our territory. We’ve been to football games, Christmas parades, festivals, a rodeo, tractor pulls and county fairs.
I’ve learned that most community volunteer fire departments raise a good portion of their budget cooking breakfast or chilli or fried chicken. And, most Legion and VFW halls pride themselves on their cooking abilities as well. I think this is the real reason people running for office are told to walk neighborhoods and be in parades.
There are many things that make the 101st District unique. Even more important though is the people who live and work in the 101st share the same concerns and frustrations with every other citizen of our state. We are fed up with the taxing and out of control spending that the carrier politicians and political insiders in Springfield have engaged in for decades. To a person, everyone I’ve talked with has expressed their desire for lower taxes.
We all feel the effect high taxes is having on our households and see the damage they’ve done to our communities and Illinois. It seems like everyone either has a family member or knows someone who is planning to leave or has already left because of the high income and property taxes. Certainly, there are other issues that are causing the decline of our state but until we get our spending and excessive taxing under control nothing else matters.