State Sen. Craig Wilcox: 'Illinois' future hangs in the balance'
State Sen. Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry) wants voters of the 32nd District to be clear about the choices they have going to the polls on Nov. 6.
“The voters must decide whether to succumb to the (House Speaker Mike) Madigan machine or cast their vote for a reformer,” he told McHenry Times. “They must determine whether they can afford more tax increases, or whether they want someone who is willing to address the wasteful and corrupt spending that is routine down in Springfield.”
Wilcox was appointed to fill the seat of Sen. Pam Althoff (R-McHenry) after she resigned on Sept. 30. He faces Democrat Mary Mahady, currently serving her second term as McHenry Township Assesor.
With the direction of the state hanging in the balance, Wilcox is imploring voters across the district to come out and have their voices heard.
“There are some big decisions to be made, and the outlook for Illinois' future hangs in the balance,” Wilcox said. “Voters should consider what the immediate and long-term impacts of these choices will be. Many of the voters that I have spoken with on the campaign trail have lamented at the outrageously high cost of living that we have in a state that is under-performing, greedy and corrupt.”
A retired Air Force colonel, Wilcox said one of the biggest differences between him and his opponent is the level of respect for taxpayers.
“My opponent's interest throughout this race has remained focused on removing property tax breaks, so that way everyone pays and pays more, while our campaign has stayed consistent in our view that taxpayers in our district are overtaxed as it is,” he said. “Instead of searching for ways to reduce wasteful and impractical government spending, my opponent wants to increase it and pay for it by wiping out homestead protections for new and disabled homeowners, seniors and returning or disabled veterans. It is a shame that even as Illinois families and businesses are leaving at a record pace, my opponent still supports the Madigan machine that has created this crisis.”
Finally, Wilcox said he wants voters to remember that the future of the state will not change unless citizens demand something different.
“We cannot continue to elect the same politicians who bend to the same political bosses who have gotten us into this mess,” he said. “We need to elect reformers across the state who will be willing to tackle the big issues, rather than pass them on to our children and our grandchildren.”
Senate District 32 includes Lake and McHenry counties, Woodstock, McHenry, and Crystal Lake.