Following are endorsements in the Nov. 4 General Election.
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FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL
(VOTE FOR ONE)
PAUL M. SCHIMPT
There is little doubt incumbent Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is connected to the Illinois big-money machine. Being the stepdaughter of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan can certainly have its perks. But, the attorney general continues to prove she an independent force against crime. She works closely and effectively with states attorneys and local law enforcement; her task forces are keen in fighting sex crimes, corruption and protecting consumers.
Schimpf was a career military man and a competent Marine prosecutor. Although he promises to fight corruption, handing him the office that represents one of the most embattled states in the union would be risky at best.
Koyl is a proud Libertarian and could have a successful career as a bankruptcy lawyer ahead of him. Vote for experience. Re-elect Lisa Madigan.
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FOR REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS
SIXTEENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
(VOTE FOR ONE)
RANDALL WAYNE OLSEN
It was a difficult endorsement in the 2012 16th Congressional District race. After all, many were bitter when former U.S. Rep. Don Manzullo was gerrymandered out of a seat he held for two decades. It was even more gut-wrenching to learn the GOP shifted its support to Adman Kinzinger and a rising-star quality few saw on the local level. As Kinzinger out-campaigned and ousted Manzullo in the primary, we paid little attention when we learned he became a McClean County Board member while still in college and rode endorsements by the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times all the way to Capitol Hill in 2010. We felt the new district would be undeserved without Manzullo, especially by a kid who used Chicago politicking to unseat our favorite son. So, we endorsed Democrat Wanda Rohl. She pulled 38 percent of the vote, but was no match for Kinzinger.
A former Air Force pilot, Kinzinger, 36, was stationed in Iraq twice. He still serves in the National Guard and understands the volatility of the Middle East and the damage the exodus of American troops has done to the region. Kinzinger is becoming a strong voice for foreign policy–something the Hill and the GOP desperately need.
Olsen spent 20 years in the Air Force from 1968-88. However, he seems out of touch with what is actually occurring in the Middle East in terms of terrorism and a need for a U.S. presence on the ground. Olsen has also put rubber stamps on the president’s shaky policies on immigration reform and has been a cheerleader for the Affordable Care Act. Olsen represents a current party that has done many things right but failed miserably in the Middle East and with immigration and health care reform. We need strong, truly bi-partisan voices in Congress. Kinzinger has been one. Re-elect Kinzinger.