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Candidates for Illinois state representative open up ahead of election

Megann Horstead, Reporter – news@thetimesweekly.com | 10/31/2018, 10:30 p.m.
Candidates for Illinois state representative took time to weigh in on the issues ahead of the Nov. 6 election to ...

“We did work with [area school officials] on that,” she said.

Laib acknowledged that property tax relief is an issue of note for many voters.

“I know it’s going direction, and that’s up,” he said. “We are evacuating the state of Illinois. People cannot afford to stay here. There’s only one way that we are finding to raise money, and that is to raise taxes. … We cannot just keep raising taxes.”

Laib is an employee of the Will County Sheriff’s Office. This election season is Laib’s first time running for public office.

“There’s no reason we can’t live within our means,” he said. “If we can’t live within our means at a lower level, I don’t see how we can live within our means at a higher level.”

Laib suggested that one way to raise the necessary revenue in the long term is to put an end to abortions.

“35,000 babies we’re killing every year,” Laib said. “If those people are allowed to develop and grow up and get jobs, they’d be contributing to the economy.”

When asked what is his view on lawmakers opting in to the state pension system, Laib said he doesn’t need a pension, nor would he sign up for one, if he were elected.

Walsh shared a differing view.

“The gist of it is there’s a lot of rich people who want to control government that don’t need pensions because they’ve got outside income,” he said. “For the average guy to get involved in politics and be a part of decision-making that affects 12.5 million people in the state, there’s got to be some income security for them.”

Much like Manley, Laib has opted in to collect a pension from the state of Illinois.

Walsh said he sees the issue with property taxes as a local issue, not a state problem.

“If your local school borad sees that they have additional state dollars coming in, they don’t have to levy as much on the property side,” he said.

For information, visit thewillcountyclerk.com