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Solutions over ideology

Published: Friday, July 25, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

With our state’s finances so badly strained, the top priority of all of our elected leaders should be to increase government efficiency and root out the corruption, abuse and backroom deals that drive up the cost of governing so much.

Unfortunately, the debate in Illinois is basically between two camps that are offering nothing that will help: high taxes or slashes to state agencies and programs upon which real people depend.

Jack Franks, our representative in Springfield, however, has advanced an agenda that would allow state services to be responsibly funded without maintaining tax rates that have been a road block to economic growth in Illinois. He has proposed breaking the state’s management agreement with Northstar Lottery Group, a deal that has yielded losses in sales and profits, but which costs taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars per year in management fees, and eliminating tax subsidies given to profitable, multinational businesses that threaten to leave the state.

Recently, his bill to block double-dipping at the CTA, Metra and RTA was signed into law.

Given recent reports concerning political hiring at IDOT and Metra’s disgraceful history over the past decade, this represents a serious step forward for Illinois. It also shows that some leaders still place solutions above ideology. We should remember that in November and re-elect Franks.

Stewart Bailenson


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