McCombie rallies for reform despite redistricting ruling
Addressing the “mess” that she said House Speaker Mike Madigan’s crew has made in Springfield, state House candidate Tony McCombie urged constituents to express their concerns via responsible voting to overcome setbacks and achieve true reform.
"Mike Madigan and the career politicians in Springfield have made a mess of our state, and it is going to take fair maps and term limits to clean it up,” McCombie said after the Illinois Supreme Court ruled against allowing the Independent Map Amendment to appear on November’s election ballot in a close partisan vote last week.
The Republican candidate for the House seat in District 71, which includes portions of Carroll, Whiteside, Henry and Rock Island counties, currently is serving as mayor of Savanna. Sh has long lobbied to change the “culture of corruption” in Springfield and encouraged voters to take the latest obstacle in stride.
“While (the) ruling is a setback for the majority of Illinoisans who want to improve our political system, we have an opportunity this November to elect a representative who will work toward reform,” she said.
To that end, she did not hesitate to outline the differences between herself and her opponent, state Rep. Mike Smiddy (D)
“Mike Smiddy opposes term limits and refused to stand up to his party’s leadership when they sued to stop the Independent Map Amendment,” McCombie said. “As your next state representative, I will work to pass term limits and independent maps, and I will stand up to the leadership of both parties if they stand in our way."
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