From the Chicago Tribune -
"Make no mistake: Illinois is a battleground state. Your vote will help chart the course of the state and yes, the nation.
Illinois voters will have a lot to say about who controls the U.S. House. Democrats who drew the new congressional maps after the 2010 U.S. Census set out to reclaim the four seats they lost in midterm elections, but things aren't exactly going according to plan. Six of the most competitive and expensive congressional races in the country are in Illinois.
In races for the Illinois General Assembly, the stakes have never been higher. Everything state government does...is in peril. The state's debt burden, $198 billion at last count, is crowding out spending on everything else.
That total includes unfunded pension and health care obligations, principal and interest on bonded debt and billions in overdue bills.
Thanks (again) to the Democrats' self-serving remap, slightly more than half of legislative races are uncontested. That makes the others even more important.
Time to fire the incumbents who voted to increase spending and/or taxes while resisting the reforms needed to address that crushing debt. Thumbs-down on candidates who hem and haw about making those fixes, insisting what's needed is a task force or a friendly sit-down with labor unions. Those issues have been hashed and rehashed. It's cowardly, expensive stalling. Time's up.
Support the candidate who will show up in Springfield prepared to take the tough votes on Day One.
If you think your vote doesn't matter this year, you haven't been paying attention. Stand up and be counted. Vote." ...Entire editorial HERE