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Legislative box score

Published: Sunday, March 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I have a suggestion for the Northwest Herald and other major newspapers. How about making it a little easier for your readers to view and keep track of how their representatives are voting on significant federal and state legislation?

I can search the Internet or dig through a news article to find the information that may or may not be reported there, but I think it would be helpful and convenient to be able to open my newspaper and keep tabs on how my representatives have voted on major issues such as tax reform, the fiscal cliff, gun control, and immigration reform.

It would be a legislative “box score” similar to what appears in the Sports section. After all, if we can be up-to-date on how the Cubs, Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks are doing, why can’t we be equally informed on how the men and women in the federal and state legislatures are representing us?

In my case, I would love to keep track of the votes by U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, U.S. Sens. Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin, state Sen. Karen McConnaughay, and state Rep. Mike Tryon on significant legislation to come before their respective houses.

I recognize that some of these representatives might be more comfortable if it was harder for me to keep track of their votes, but it might help me to be a better-informed voter when re-election time rolls around.

Bob Rozycki

Crystal Lake

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