- Man pleads guilty but mentally ill in 2013 murder
- Telephone, computer network outages at 22 Rockford schools
- Byron native selected as Sailor of the Year for Navy Band Southwest
- Illinois Tollway awards $337 million in contracts, sets budget
- 44 earn bachelor’s degrees at Saint Anthony College of Nursing
- Goodwill opens Donation Express site on Perryville
- Rock Valley College to manage TechWorks program
- University of Illinois at Chicago names chancellor
- Salvation Army to distribute food, toys to nearly 2,000 families
- American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act signed into law
Resolve to be a part of the solution
We constantly hear about the deep political divide among Americans. While it is true that we are deeply divided on a variety of social and public policy issues, there are issues on which we are in strong agreement. A recent poll commissioned by the reform group Represent.Us showed that 95 percent of respondents believe it is important that our elected leaders reduce the influence of money and corruption in political elections, and more than 97 percent would support a federal law that imposes “tough, new anti-corruption laws for politicians, lobbyists and SuperPACs.” This includes 82 percent of Democrats and 83 percent of Republicans. There is such a plan. It’s called the American Anti-Corruption Act. Locally, it is being supported by the Represent.Us IL-16/17 District Committees.
Our plan to get the act through Congress is to take it to the American people first. The people will then force their members of Congress to sponsor it. We need your participation to make this work. It is not easy to work with people who have such differing views of the world. But it is necessary if we are to save our Republic. This year, resolve to be a part of the solution (www.Represent.Us, https://m.Facebook.com/AntiCorruptionAct).
Represent.Us IL-16 District Committee Chairman
From the Jan. 15-21, 2014, issue