Letter: Kirk Dillard Has Knowledge and Experience to Stand up to Quinn

Dillard can repair the state's fiscal mess.

State government is out of control. We've spent too much and borrowed too heavily to pay our bills. We can fix this but we have to stop hemorrhaging money.  We can’t leave my kids and your kids buried under mountains of debt.

Kirk Dillard has made a very clear pledge: The taxpayer comes first. We need leaders like Sen. Dillard who focus on our interests.

Kirk Dillard is the leader we need. He has the knowledge and experience to stand up to Governor Quinn. Dillard already has stopped Quinn’s attempt to borrow more money and plunge us further into debt.

Senator Dillard has never voted for a general tax hike and has fought to bring the Quinn/Madigan/Cullerton spending spree under control. Illinois is fortunate; we’ve got a relatively low, FLAT, income tax rate. Sen. Dillard opposed a graduated income tax. Dillard’s leadership will help repair the state's fiscal mess over the long term.

Illinois WILL return to prosperity but only if we elect strong leaders. Sen. Dillard is the go-to guy in Springfield and we need him now more than ever. I support Senator Kirk Dillard and urge you to vote for him on March 20.  

—Diane Gutenkauf, Elmhurst

Kevin Fitzpatrick March 12, 2012 at 01:13 PM
And yet he hasn't stood up to Pat Quinn, John Cullerton or Mike Madigan during his entire tenure. Haven't seen it once. In the last 20 years, our income tax has doubled, our corporate tax has doubled, our pension obligations have now exceeded $100 billion. If someone were standing up and putting the taxpayers first, you've fooled me. We've had the gambling and red light speeding tickets shell game and the rest of Rahm Emanuel's agenda which he has indeed stood up for. Can't think of a single time he's stood up to Madigan or Quinn. Others have.
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 12, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I hit enter button too fast before I got a chance to discuss the point of how fortunate we in Illinois are to have a low flat income tax. Maybe I'll just leave this one for the rest of the fortunate Illinoisans who feel as lucky as the letter writer to be taxed lightly. Ugh. The "he's never voted for a 'general tax increase' is just laughable" Do the tax increases that aren't general not count?
JL March 12, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Dillard has been in office for 20 years. Why all of a sudden now can he stand up against Quinn. Why is it now that he can do something?
Cincinnatus March 12, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Well golly gee, the Nybo campaign crew comes out in whenever a story about Dillard appears. Let's guess, without even looking, it is a Chicago-style negative attack, just like their three negative campaign cartoons that they have recently sent to voters. Surprise, surprise. More negativity from a cartoonish campaign.
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Golly gee? Frank, I've suggested to you before that James Carville and Mary Matalin, a Democrat and Republican who married after campaigning (he for Clinton, and she for GH Bush) held an adage to be the most true: If you let a lie stand for more than one day, it becomes the new truth. There are a number of misleading or untrue things in this letter. I don't see malice in the letter writer's intent; it's just that it's not true. Mr. Dillard served on the Blagojevich transition committee and supported borrowing $10B in a bond deal to make pension payments that started the whole downward spiral of pension borrowing and severe debt. That's where it began. If that's Chicago-style negative campaigning to you, then so be it. It's actually just the truth. I'm trying to be respectful at all times. Can you say the same?
Sean Johnders March 12, 2012 at 10:39 PM
I am not from either campaign but I have questions. (1) What will Mr. Dillard do differently (or what circumstances have changed) that will allow him to make changes that haven't been made for 20 years? (2) I keep hearing about the temper of Chris Nybo. It's been described as "a kid stomping his feet when he doesn't get his way." I will hang up and wait for my answers.
Cincinnatus March 12, 2012 at 11:18 PM
"“… [Nybo] has also alienated many people with his highly off-putting style." – Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, March 2012 “… Nybo has managed to make more legislative enemies in a shorter period of time than I’ve ever seen.” – Capitol Fax, September 2011 “Nybo has much to learn…” – Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, March 2012
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Mr. Johnders, I'll let Frank come along and answer number one, but I see no change on the horizon among any of the members with tenure of two decades or more. They have prospered while the state's citizens have suffered. To number 2, it's more of a statement than a question. Chris stood up for his district and voted for Worker's Comp Reform. Some members of his caucus didn't care for this. It was 4:45pm on Memorial Day and the session was ending. Some thought a better deal was possible. Chris realized there was no better deal coming and opted to save the state's employers $600 million in costs that could be reinvested into creating more jobs. He's more than willing to continue the reform. His Legislative Advisory Committee worked diligently on this issue for months and understood exactly what the principled vote was. The GOP should absolutely own this issue. Senator Dillard voted the exact same way in his chamber. There should be no disagreement on this issue. Chris Nybo has established himself as a legislator who is NOT a go along, get along guy. That's when a few people start the name calling. Here's what he believes: He is not the Springfield Representative to the district, he is the District's Representative to Springfield. He stands up for the people he reports to, the residents who sent him there. The metaphor of voting in the interests of the people for the first change in WC in years is code worded as "stomping your feet".
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 12, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Answer the first question Frank. Maybe it's time a few folks are put off Frank. If this state's economy were a "patient", it would be going to the hospital in an ambulance with a trauma team ready with the rib spreader. Not everyone feels that way in Springfield Frank, but the citizens of Illinois sure do. Nybo got several bills signed into law in his very first year in the legislature, one of the most productive freshman years anyone can remember. BTW, he'd agree with the last statement. "Nybo does have much to learn".... and he's willing to. He's not willing to learn to go with the status quo. Not a single one of us can afford that. Now, go back and answer question one.
Sean Johnders March 12, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Kevin, thank you for a positive answer to my statement /question. My thinking is that if an elected official doesn't have enemies, he hasn't been representing his constituents properly. I can now vote for the best man in the race.
You Asked March 12, 2012 at 11:53 PM
To Sean Johnders, The Id is the unbridled child (I want). The Super Ego is the conscience (I should not). The Ego is the decider between the two. When the super ego is under developed the Id wins out to much. Hence temper tantrums, threats, lack of empathy, can’t get along, unbridled ambition. When the super ego is over developed that is called neurosis. When the Super ego is underdeveloped that is called narcissism. In this case I think what the critics are saying in essence is that the Super Ego is underdeveloped. The theory is the Id and the Ego come at birth and that the super ego is developed by the child’s up bringers. Please remember theories are educated guesses I hope this helps.
Cincinnatus March 13, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Kevin, If memory serves, the Nybo campaign has paid for and issued three extremely negative hit pieces against Dillard, while the Dillard Campaign has only issued positive pieces laying out a forward-thinking agenda for Illinois. Dillard has a plans on his web site, kdillard.com which talks about how to put Illinois back to work, how to balance the Illinois budget, and how to improve education for a 21st century workforce. All that your campaign has done is criticize one of the leaders and statesmen in Illinois, which is totally consistent with your Chicago-style campaign. The recent IMA polling shows that almost 2/3 of the people polled agree. But then you always discount polling because you say it doesn't represent the people's opinion. Apparently, your opinion does it better...
Cincinnatus March 13, 2012 at 12:10 AM
I did in a reply above. Now answer why EVERYONE who worked with Nybo in the legislature, the independent press, and Elmhurst Alderman all agree he does NOT have the temperament to work toward a consensus with his colleagues and that he takes the "my way or the highway" approach he learned at Obama and Axelrod's knees? It seems the only people he gets along with are Quinn and Madigan, like when he supported the Quinn/Madigan/Cullerton budget that the entire legislature knew had a built-in $2B deficit. Why did he vote to push the civil union license costs for gay couples onto county taxpayers?
Cincinnatus March 13, 2012 at 12:15 AM
In a different thread, you were crowing about what a wonderful job Nybo did as Dan Cronin's campaign manager. Why then has Cronin endorsed Dillard, who walked together in the Elmhurst St. Pat's Day parade, and why did Cronin make a special effort to escort Dillard through the crowd afterwards? Why, Kevin, why? Is everyone wrong? EVERYONE?
Cincinnatus March 13, 2012 at 12:16 AM
And this is my final post on this thread since I no longer feel like feeding the troll. Vote Dillard, March 20.
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 13, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Actually Frank, the Roskam campaign in 2006 taught me to believe in two polls; field polling from working hard going door to door and elections. The rest of them are puffery manipulated by the question and hardly anything close to comprehensive since few people answer home phones and you don't poll cell phones. You keep paying attention to those. I'll rely on what people tell you face to face on their front porch.
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 13, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Ah Frank, there you are again, you and the truth are on different sides of the river again. Dan and Kirk were separate entries in the parade in Elmhurst. I don't know, I guess there will be about 40,000 witnesses, but you go ahead and stick with your version of the story. It makes you feel better. Kirk really does deserve much better than you.
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 13, 2012 at 02:59 AM
You lost me at hello.
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 13, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Good heavens I hope you'll keep at least this one promise. I'll be under a bridge.
Jean E, Liess March 13, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Actually Dillard doesn't ever, and will never stand up to ANY Democrat. But he sure likes to defend them and help them get elected! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTtUbzYDzB0 Geeez Mr. Fitzpatrick, in Frankies world Dillard & Cronin did walk together in the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Of course Cronin was first, followed by 5 or 6 Parade entries then Dillard & his boyz. What did that separate them by 1/4 to 1/2 a mile?? That must be the equal to being kissing cousins in Frankies world! Mr. Fitzpatrick: trying to get Frank (Cinncinanuts) Canzolino to tell the truth is like asking Kirk Dillard NOT to make television commercials to get Democrats elected. In other words: "Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown"! Anybody But Dillard, Vote March 20!
Jim Court March 14, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Vote for Jim Court
Kevin Fitzpatrick March 14, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Jim, run for something. You are a frequent contributor to the public discourse and maintain a very well informed posture. You'd probably be a very conscientious public servant. I will warn you that you do need a coat of armor though. Just tell the truth all the time. I think I could vote for you.


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