DEER GROVE – Local Republican state representatives have found it tough to accomplish anything in Springfield as they face strong opposition in the state Capitol.
That is what they told a crowd gathered for the annual Whiteside County Republicans Lincoln Day Dinner Friday and they don’t expect things to get any better for the foreseeable future.
“Get ready because the income tax, the gas tax and a bag tax are all going up,” said Tony McCombie, 71st District state representative. “We are nowhere near the middle and we are not brought in on conversations. There’s no negotiations.”
She said she’s trying to keep an open mind and listening to all discussions and will continue to work hard but optimism is hard to find right now in Springfield.
First-term representative Andrew Chesney, from the 89th District, agreed and pulled no punches in describing what he has found at the Capitol as a new member.
“There’s a lot of dysfunction. The Democratic Party believes in taxing every dollar you have and they’re trying to take our seats,” Chesney said. “The challenge as the Republican Party is we’re up against the second wealthiest elected official in the country in (Illinois Governor) J.B. Pritzger.”
But one area where the Republicans did prevail over Pritzger was right here in Whiteside County and 36th District State Senator Neal Anderson was grateful for the support.
“I’ll tell you how important your support was. I was the only Republican representative that won where Pritzger also won in that district,” Anderson said. “This is a bleak time in the state. Now is the time to dig in and fight and send a message in the next election.”