Smolenski says lower taxes, safety for women are neglected priorities in Springfield
GOP state House candidate Marilyn Smolenski blames the status quo under House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) for hurting Illinois.
“Speaker Madigan and the political culture in Springfield have failed us,” Smolenski told North Cook News. “They have failed to lower our property taxes, they have failed to keep women safe, and they have failed to improve quality of life for the families of our community.”
On her website, Smolenski describes herself as a small-business owner, mother and political outsider,
“I’m pro-business and look at [the] Legislature through the lens of a small business owner,” she said in the interview, noting she has received an endorsement from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
Her opponent, state Rep. Martin Moylan (D-Des Plaines), a veteran of the Legislature, has a 55 rating for 2015-16 from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, whereas the NFIB gave him a 25 percent score.
Smolenski said she would fight to reduce property taxes if elected, and also took Moylan to task for failing to address sexual harassment.
“My opponent has not called out his colleagues for misconduct or called for an independent or permanent Legislative Inspector General,” she said. “During his six years in office, our property taxes have only gone up while property values have gone down.”
She encouraged voters agreeing with her agenda to cast their votes on Tuesday.
“Every vote counts and every voice should be heard,” she said.