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Our view: State Senate endorsements

In the 26th District, Republican Sen. Dan McConchie, 45, of Hawthorn Woods is looking for a second term in office against Democrat Tom Georges, 54, of Mundelein, an Army veteran who retired as a colonel.

McConchie is a strong proponent of cutting government spending, including his proposal (SB 2670) to change state law to allow citizens covered by the “tax cap” law (including McHenry County) to hold a referendum vote to lower their property tax rates..

He also advocates for consolidating the functions of local school districts and shifting funding for our schools from local property taxes to the state. McConchie strongly supports Gov. Bruce Rauner for a second term. McConchie has introduced legislation to reduce the state income tax down to
3.75 percent, as well.

Georges, meanwhile, said that he has a strong conservative background in the military but believes in Democratic values socially. He believes that the key to property tax relief is to “equalize the tax structure between income and property tax so not to penalize property owners.”

He believes that a progressive income tax is one option to increase income to cover the state’s current pension liabilities. Infrastructure improvement/repair, lottery and responsible recreational marijuana legislation are other options to increase business activity and state revenue.

We endorse McConchie.

32nd District

In the 32nd District, former McHenry County Board member and Republican Craig Wilcox, 50, of McHenry recently was named to fill a seat formerly held by Pamela Althoff, who is now running for the County Board. His opponent, Democrat Mary Mahady, 59, and currently the McHenry Township Assessor, strongly opposed the process that led to Wilcox taking over the seat before the election.

Wilcox says he will fight a graduated income tax – favoring a flat tax – and hopes to cap property taxes at 1 percent of the assessed value, which would mean cutting them by more than half on average. He believes spending needs to be cut and taxes should be 3.75 percent for individuals and 5.25 percent for business.

Mahady believes her experience with the assessor’s office can help her to expose property tax issues and eliminate some of the laws – such as the disabled veterans’ standard homestead exemption that allows Wilcox to not pay property taxes – that allow people to abuse the system. She believes that the state’s 2017 income tax increase was necessary and should continue.

We endorse Wilcox.

33rd District

Like Wilcox, former
St. Charles Mayor Donald DeWitte, a Republican, was named to the 33rd District office after state Sen. Karen McConnaughay, R-St. Charles, resigned her post early.

DeWitte is opposed by Algonquin Democrat Nancy Zettler, a 60-year-old retired attorney. She supports a graduated income tax. She supports J.B. Pritzker and believes we can start solving our property tax issues by raising taxes “on the very rich and on corporations.”

DeWitte has a strong economic track record in St. Charles and believes the state needs to both reduce spending and consolidate governments. He plans to fight against a progressive tax.

We endorse DeWitte.

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