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Letter: Turning around the mess in Springfield

To the editor:

My daughter, Jenni, is a nurse practitioner. Nurses work hard and earn every dollar they are paid. Senate Bill 19 is not about helping or hurting nurses. It is about preventing our governor from being able to use best practices to cost effectively manage our state.

Unfortunately in Illinois we have become accustomed to mismanagement and special-interest control for way too long under both Republican and Democrat governors. Finally, we have a guy willing to stand up for TAXPAYERS instead of special interests such as public-sector unions. So, our Democrat-controlled Legislature passes bills such as Senate Bill 19 (with help from four Republicans) to prevent our governor from using sound management practices to save taxpayer dollars. That is just wrong.

When I was young (that’s a very long time ago), I believe Illinois was the third-largest state in the union in population, behind only New York and California. Our state general obligation bonds were AAA-rated. I was proud to say “I’m from Illinois.” Today, our bonds are approaching junk status. We’ve lost several congressional seats because of our decline in relative population. And when I meet new people from other states, I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m from Illinois, let alone that I’m a state senator from Illinois.

Illinois was a great state and will be again when we turn around the mess in Springfield. We have some of the best agricultural land in the world. We have some of the best universities in the world. We are a transportation hub for our country. We have a great tourist destination in the city of Chicago. It is time for voters to rise up and say enough is enough. We need common-sense reforms, such as term limits and redistricting reform, now. We need to cut spending back to our level of income and to start paying down our backlog of bills. We need the support of both Democrats and Republicans to get going on this now and pass a balanced budget with reforms instead of playing the damaging political games that have been going on in this state for decades.

Jim Oberweis

State senator for the 25th District

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