The Wemstroms: Stewart and nay vs. Simpson and yea

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The election this November is one of the most important mid-term elections in history, statewide as well as nationally.

Brian Stewart, our state representative, is running for the office of state senator of the 45th District. Some of his votes are as follows:

He voted in 2014 against authorizing Election Day voter registration (HB105). It’s been found that the fewer people who vote, the more Republicans benefit. We believe that the more people who vote, the more the state benefits.

Stewart voted against SB2043, which appropriated funds for higher education. He voted Nay on SB2892, which would have mandated an increase in teacher salaries. Such an increase would encourage bright people to enter teaching and help to mitigate the present teacher shortage.

Always anti-union, Stewart voted against allowing graduate research assistants to unionize. And he supported taking advantage of students by voting against SB1351, a bill drafted by Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office and Sen. Daniel Biss. The bill, prompted by Navient’s widespread student loan abuses, would create a Student Loan Bill of Rights and prohibit services from misleading borrowers.

Stewart voted not to authorize medical marijuana for post-traumatic stress disorder, in spite of its proven efficacy for helping veterans. He voted Nay on HB217, which would prohibit Sexual Orientation Conversion Therapy for minors, and again behind the times, voted in 2013 against authorizing same-sex marriage. He voted against a new minimum wage and against expanding Medicaid. In 2018 he voted not to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

Stewart has a 100 percent rating from the National Rifle Association, voting against sensible regulations such as a 72-hour waiting period, an age limit for assault weapon purchase, and allowing courts to confiscate firearms from potentially dangerous individuals.

We realize there are people in the area who agree with some of these votes, perhaps because they’re afraid the fiscal situation of Illinois precludes spending any money, or they believe the non-supported claim that people are leaving Illinois for states with lower taxes.

People move for all sorts of reasons, and Illinois is one of only eight states with a flat tax rate. We cannot continue to underfund important government services, shortchange education and deny hardworking Illinoisans a living wage, all mainly to benefit large corporations and the 1 percent.

Stewart’s opponent is David Simpson. Simpson is in favor of raising the minimum wage. He’s against “right-to-work” laws and in favor of the constitutional right to bargain collectively. He supports labor unions and pledges to fight for equal pay for women.

Simpson is in favor of a graduated income tax and for increased educational funding. He recognizes the importance of government services and realizes they need to be properly funded. He is “saddened by the lack of attention and appreciation our parks are given” and emphasizes the importance of clean air, soil and water for preserving our farmland and for the health of future generations.

Simpson also understands the importance of businesses, saying, “I believe small businesses are the backbone of a thriving, healthy community. … I will work to support legislation that makes running a business in Illinois affordable and appealing and to reward businesses that create employment in our communities.”

David wants to bring back trust in our government. He will work with the people and our elected officials and get things done.

Early voting began yesterday. We hope voters study the issues and come to conclusions that will benefit Illinois and the country. We believe David Simpson will work hard, not just for the privileged few, but for all people in the area and for the state.

Chuck and Pat Wemstrom live in rural Mount Carroll. Reach them at patandchuck@gmail.com.

 

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September 27, 2018 at 07:59PM

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