Candidates running for Illinois State Representative for District 81, recently met up at the Naperville Area Homeowners Association Political Forum, and while Democrat Liz Chaplin and Republican Ron Sandack may not have a lot in common, they do agree on something, Springfield needs financial reform.
“My philosophy is that government needs to be frugal and fiscally responsible while providing services like education, public service, quality infrastructure and human services,” said Chaplin.
“Well of course you don’t spend more than you have, well each year at the state level we do unfortunately. So getting good budgets, finding the core services state government needs to do, getting out of strenuous business lines and delivering value,” said Sandack.
Chaplin decided to get involved in politics when she wasn’t happy with the polluted well water situation in Downers Grove.
Her top priorities in addition to budgets if elected include advocating for flood affected families and rights for veterans after serving our county.
“I enjoy talking with the people I represent. Whether its to inform them of the issues or help solve problems,” she said.
She has served on the DuPage County Board District 2 since 2012, and previously served on the DuPage Water Commission. She hopes to reach across party lines to come up with solutions.
“As a State Representative I will stay focused on the needs of our community, it won’t matter if you’re a Democrat or Republican, my responsibility is to be a public servant for all,” Chaplin said.
Incumbent Ron Sandack hopes to continue in office, making small but impactful changes along the way, the first thing on that list? Pension reform.
“We’ve got to structurally change the way we do government in Illinois. I was the first State Rep not to take a pension, I think that’s boated well because since I made that decision in 2010, 25 of my colleagues have followed suit,” Sandack said.
Sandack has been serving as State Representative since last year. He previously completed Cronin’s term as State Senator in 2011 and before that was mayor of Downers Grove. He is ready to continue on with bipartisan relationships in the house.
“It is tough being in the minority party in Illinois but I believe I have helped influence some good policy decisions, much still to do and made small incremental changes and I hope to continue to do so,” he said.
If re- elected Sandack will do all he can to benefit the people of his district.
“I am just a regular member of the community I love trying to bring small town values to Springfield and spread that word out,” Sandack said.
Next week, our own Alyssa Bochenek will take a look at District 5 for the DuPage County Board Seat.
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