People of Illinois, we are getting ready to elect new state officials and determine where Illinois’ future goes. You have the responsibility in seeing that qualified, educated individuals with “Common Sense” and new ideas lead Illinois. For that reason, it is TIME!

It is time the People of Illinois has a say in our state’s direction. Our present officials have Illinois on a course of a drowning ship. It is time for Term Limits! Officials in power today have NO plan to improve Illinois’ future. We need people with ideas for job improvements, more industrial businesses, revised pensions and salaries to keep business here in our state. We need people that view their service as temporary employment, not a full-time job. We need the State Supreme court to allow a People’s referendum on term limits to be voted on, not controlled by Democratic leader Madigan whose position is to quash any bills or referendums proposed by the People.

It is time for our State to pay their bills, not official salaries first. We should freeze all programs at the present level until ALL billing to vendors is caught up. There should be No More tax increase until a complete audit of all state functions are completed and duplicate services terminated along with any duplicate departments. No new programs can be initiated without accountability and audits in place. All salary and pension programs should be reviewed and put in align with the private sector. Spending cannot be allowed to continue at the present rate without thorough accountability and audit procedures utilized. Any fraud found in spending should lead to prosecution to the fullest extent of the laws.

People, our State cannot continue on the coarse set by the present leadership in Springfield. We must use our power of the VOTE to make the necessary changes to lead Illinois. The present controlling party, the Democrats is not representing our best interests. Even if you are a voting Democrat, can you honestly say the leadership in Illinois has your interest?

Clarence Kersey, Mattoon

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