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Change through voting

Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

Did anyone expect anything less of Michael Madigan and the state Democratic Party?

By filing a lawsuit challenging the two citizen referendums, they are doing their best to save their “part-time” jobs in Springfield, once again sticking it to the taxpayers.

Without term limits, which also should apply to the governor and five other statewide offices, there is little hope of this state getting back on track with the current financial woes they have put us in. If they can quash the redistricting referendum, another feather in their cap to keeping their jobs.

This is the same rhetoric spewed by Bryan Smith, executive director of Township Officials of Illinois (“Township Rebuttal,” April 18). The last sentence of his letter read: “Those serving the townships across the state are men and women who have dedicated their lives to public service and are doing so honorably.” That may be true in a few downstate townships. In northern Illinois that sentence should finish with: ... have dedicated their lives to keeping their jobs.

If anyone challenges a township on its existence, family and friends of township officials show up in droves to stop any such challenge. Sound like they’re working for the people?

Not enough voters get out on Election Day. You better believe the politicians and all of their family and friends get out to vote. The only way to make any changes is for the rest of us to get out and vote.

Good luck, Illinois.

Don Lev

Lake in the Hills

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