State Senate hopefull Thillens seeks student workers
Mel Thillens of Park Ridge, the Republican state Senate candidate in District 28, is looking for students to fill both paid and volunteer positions in his campaign.
"As all the students head back, we need to add to Team Thillens," Thillens said in a Facebook post. "If you know someone interested in joining an exciting and winning campaign, please have them contact (the campaign)."
Any volunteers, from freshmen in high school to college seniors, can apply to work one night per week or as often as they want to work. Those interested should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thillens is campaigning on issues such as pension reform, where he supports a 401(k)-style plan instead of saddling the state and local governments with billions in unfunded liabilities.
"I prefer a 401(k)-style plan moving forward,” Thillens said. “Under this plan, at a specific date in the future, we would switch from our current system to the 401(k)-style plan. We must pay our current obligations for work already completed. We can’t rescind our promises, but we must move in a different direction moving forward.”
Thillens also supports creating term limits for state lawmakers.
“(House Speaker) Mike Madigan was first elected the year I was born,” Thillens said. “I’m 44 years old. Together, Madigan and (Senate President John) Cullerton have been in the state legislature for more than 80 years. These politicians have made careers out of overseeing the destruction of Illinois. I’m not going to make a career out of this. We need a new path forward in Illinois. Term limits are an important and necessary step in the right direction.”