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Candidates for Illinois state representative took time to weigh in on the issues ahead of the Nov. 6 election to help give voters a chance to make an informed decision. In the race for the 86th District seat are Republican candidate Rick Laib and incumbent Democrat Lawrence “Larry” Walsh, Jr. As for the 98th District, those vying for votes are Republican nominee Alyssia Benford and incumbent Democrat Natalie Manley. Among the issues candidates discussed were property tax relief and the State of Illinois’ pension system. “The most pressing issue is the property taxes primarily, of course, because of the lack of education funding,” Benford said. “It’s impact the home values. We have a lot of foreclosures in our district, but we do have a lot of homeowners who have had difficulty selling their homes because of the property taxes.” Benford said one obstacle to creating property tax relief is the state of Illinois’ pensions.