At a time when ideological rigidity on both sides has caused a ruinous logjam in Illinois politics, Shirley Bell, Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 110th District, offers real hope for a better future. Bell’s platform, available at her website, stresses above all a spirit of cheerful, practical cooperation between parties as a way to address the state’s fiscal and other problems. A retired teacher of Communications and a newcomer, Bell should have the fresh perspective needed to get the two parties talking and find new solutions to old standoffs. But her long history as an enthusiastically engaged constituent ensures that she will be well prepared for the job.
Bell’s work history at EIU guarantees a firm understanding of education’s role as a primary economic engine in the 110th. At budget time, she will be a strong voice for Eastern, Lake Land, and Lincoln Trail, and for PreK-12 education as well, helping us recover some of the clout the downstate region has too often lacked in the Chicago-dominated House. At the same time, her campaign motto, “People, Jobs, Progress,” shows that she knows the public sector is just one piece of a larger economic puzzle. She supports vocational education, the expansion of rural broadband, investment in roads and bridges, and development of renewable energy in a way that will produce jobs while shielding the environment. She has taken a courageous stand in favor of tax fairness in Illinois.
Anyone who has heard Bell speak publicly will testify to her communication skills and her winning, hopeful, helpful spirit. She seems to have what it takes to help turn Illinois around. She will be a Rep for us, not for Chicago. Give ‘em Bell in Springfield! Vote Shirley for the 110th.
John Kilgore, Charleston