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Letter: Illinois voters do have a choice in November

Published: Saturday, July 12, 2014 12:22 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

Well-known columnist George Will recently wrote an article, titled “Where the voters are left without a choice.” As you may imagine, the article was about Illinois and the consequences of what is effectively one-party rule. 

Illinois now lands dead last, or very near, in any statistical comparison: The state has one of the highest unemployment rates, the largest number of businesses and citizens desiring to leave, among the highest corporate and property tax rates, and the largest unfunded pension obligations, to name a few.

It is time for voters to choose transformational change by voting Paul Schimpf for Illinois Attorney General. A newcomer to the Illinois political landscape, he has no political patron sponsoring his candidacy. Paul is relying on grassroots volunteers to give their time and effort. He will bring humility, honesty, an unbiased perspective, and provide the independence needed to assess and fight corruption. 

Defending your medical and financial privacy rights and fighting public corruption will be among Paul’s top priorities as Illinois’ attorney general. Paul’s loyalty is to the people of Illinois and the Illinois Constitution, not to the professional politicians of either party.

A vote for Paul Schimpf will break up the conflict of interest we have in our state government with Lisa Madigan holding office as attorney general while her father, Michael Madigan, is the speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.

Additionally, Michael Madigan, considered by many the most powerful state politician in the entire country, has been a legislative fixture since 1971.

A recently retired Marine lieutenant colonel, Paul resides with his wife, Lori, and their two sons in Waterloo. While serving his country for 24 years on active duty in the Navy and Marine Corps, he was a Marine prosecutor and staff judge advocate. He also served in Iraq as the lead American attorney advisor in the trial of Saddam Hussein. 

A vote for Paul Schimpf for Illinois attorney general is a vote for positive change in Illinois. Together we can take back our state – take it away from the “machine” and put it back into the hands of the people. If we don’t make the correct choice in November, there may be little worthy of salvage according to George Will. In November, remember: “Trust a Retired Marine, Not the Madigan Machine” and vote Paul Schimpf for Illinois Attorney General.

Learn more about Paul Schimpf at www.schimpf4illinois.com

Sherry Hellmuth

DeKalb

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