DECATUR - Questions are being raised about the answers Decatur Mayor Republican Mike McElroy gave to several Illinois conservative groups when he said he would support repealing civil unions and opposing the expansion of gambling. Political columnist Bernie Schoenberg said Sunday that the 48th Senate district candidate's latest positions are different than those he stated on a questionnaire posted on Illinois Review earlier this year:
Those McElroy answers are different than the simple answer McElroy gave when he filled out a questionnaire for the conservative Illinois Review website in January. There, he said “yes” to repeal of the civil unions law.
McElroy, who used to own a bar and has worked for decades for a beer distributor, also ct hecked a box for Illinois Review saying that he opposes expansion of gaming in Illinois. But he told both the newspaper and WTAX that gambling can help communities. For instance, he said, Danville “needs a shot desperately, so I would be in favor of that,” meaning expanded gaming.
McElroy also told a local radio station he is now opposed repealing the civil unions law, which he supported repealing earlier this year:
Appearing with BOB MURRAY on WTAX-AM radio in Springfield last week, Manar was asked about the issue.
“I wouldn’t repeal the law that’s in place today,” Manar said. “It’s been in place for some time, and I don’t think there’s any harm being done to anyone. So if there was a bill to come up to repeal the current law, I would vote no.”
McElroy is running against Senate President John Cullerton's former chief of staff, Andy Manar. The campaigns have spent over $2.2 million thus far.
The segment of McElroy's questionnaire involving these two questions: