Did you know that Scott Walker has roots in Illinois? In fact his dad, Rev. Llewellyn Scott “Llew” Walker, was born and raised in Rockford. Governor Walker’s mom, Pat, is a 1956 graduate of Belvidere High School in Belvidere, IL. Governor Walker never lived in Illinois as he was born in Colorado and moved later to Iowa then to Wisconsin, but his parents met in Illinois. His extended family continues to have ties in the Boone County area of Illinois.
One has to think what would Illinois look like if Scott Walker was Governor of Illinois instead of Wisconsin?
According to many sources Illinois has an 8 billion plus budget deficit and is falling farther behind in unpaid bills. Remember, when Governor Walker took office in Wisconsin the state faced a 3.5 billion dollar shortfall and Governor Walker reversed that and turned it into a budget surplus. Could he have done the same for Illinois but on a larger scale? We will never know but there is a really good chance he could have.
Could Walker have gotten the unions under control in Illinois? That to me is still to be determined. The reason for that is because there are a good number of Illinois GOP representatives that vote with the unions. So conservatives not the Republicans would have to have a majority in Springfield which would be a very tough task. If Walker had the representatives to do it you better believe that the unions would have a far bigger outcry then they did in Wisconsin. Illinois is considered the #1 friendliest state for teachers and if a Governor Walker attempted to change that in any way the teachers union would go full steam ahead to wreck him.
Would Governor Walker be an upgrade over any Illinois Governor we have had for the last 20 years? YES! Together we have to continue to work hard so we are able to put ourselves in a place to elect a Governor like Scott Walker. This will be the biggest job that any Illinois Tea Party or any other conservative group has done to date but it is a job we have to do and we have to succeed. Illinois has to be saved!
Zach Oltmanns is founder and president of the Facebook-organized group Illinois Conservatives, where this was first published.