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Tony McCombie: Taxpayers should not be expected to pay more without changes in government


By Glenn Minnis | Oct 26, 2018

Rep. Tony McCombie

Rep. Tony McCombie (R-Savanna) wants her constituents to have no doubt where she stands on the issues many consider to be most important.

“Please take a few minutes to read my position on important state topics asked by the Sauk Valley Editorial Board,” McCombie recently posted on Facebook.

In the piece, McCombie, running for re-election against Democrat Joan Padilla in the 71st House District, offers views on everything from the state’s ongoing pension crisis to its long-held struggles in producing a balanced budget.

Joan Padilla

“We need to continue to enact constitutional pension reforms, like this year’s voluntary buyout plan that will help decrease the unfunded liability,” McCombie told

When it comes to the budget, McCombie said she’s convinced residents across the state have been paying for mistakes made in Springfield for too long.

“I truly believe that people do not mind paying their fair share ... if they are seeing the results of their share,” McCombie said. “It is unfair to ask taxpayers to pay more without changes in how we manage the state.

With Election Day less than two weeks away, McCombie is leaving no stone unturned in making certain voters know what she stands for.

According to her website, McCombie recently spoke with the "Rocky Riveters" at Rock Island High School, where the group regularly meets to discuss books, listen to local speakers and work on service projects. The group stands for Rock Island Voices Ensuring Their Equal Rights are Secure.

McCombie also recently made the rounds to several area schools in recognition of students participating in the Second Annual Summer Reading Club for students in the 71st District.

“I have always been an avid reader and as you can imagine, goal driven,” she posted on her website. “Hopefully, kids joined our reading challenge and made memories they share later in their lives.”

The 71st District includes Carroll, Henry, Rock Island and Whiteside counties.

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