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Learning from experience

To the Editor:

The best learning comes from experience. Illinois has a history of electing political candidates who promise their constituencies, including labor unions and public employees (including teachers), that they will support their efforts for fair pay and benefits in exchange for their votes.

I first experienced this 40 years ago when I started working trade shows in Chicago. How long it extended before then I have no first-hand knowledge, but people have told me that it wasn’t new then.

So, what does Illinois and its people have to show for this long history of support? One of the highest state and local tax burdens in the land; a state government that can’t pay its bills or live up to its promises to those constituents who gave them their votes; a business climate that discourages employers from moving here or staying; a wealth drain that shows retirees taking their retirement savings and leaving the state; an education system that isn’t the envy of anyone; a poor credit rating making it even more difficult to pay its bills. It goes on, but you get the point.

Maybe the politicians who have made all of those empty promises and then bankrupted the state don’t deserve to be re-elected. Maybe we have to take care of ourselves and not rely on government to do it for us. Maybe people have to start realizing that politicians have had too sweet a deal and haven’t been held responsible for their actions.

Bob Mehl

Crystal Lake

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