Pension reform remains a hot topic for Michelle Smith, Republican candidate for the District 49 state Senate seat, who took to social media to speak out after the passage of a new state law that prohibits elected county officials from collecting state pensions.
Promising property tax freezes for the umpteenth time — 17, to be precise — Democratic lawmakers statewide plan on plastering the population with paper, and Michelle Smith, Senate Republican candidate from Dist. 49-Plainfield, isn’t buying it.
In response to recent news of Illinois banning retirement pensions for future elected county board members, Plainfield's Michelle Smith, the Republican candidate for state Senate in District 49, stated her position clearly with three words: “As they should!”
Michelle Smith, Republican candidate for Illinois Senate to represent Plainfield, Crest Hill, Shorewood and other parts of Will County, recently protested the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision to strike map redistricting from the state’s election ballot.
Expressing pride in her recent endorsement from Illinois’ largest small business advocacy group, Michelle Smith, Republican candidate for Senate District 49 - Plainfield, reiterated her pledge to work toward reform in Springfield if elected in November.
Applauding Illinois State Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger’s recent “no budget, no pay” legislation, Michelle Smith, Republican candidate for Senate District 49 – Plainfield, weighed in, stating that the ruling will uphold state lawmakers’ accountability in Springfield.
State Senate candidate Michelle Smith claims that House Speaker Michael Madigan is playing games with the citizens of Illinois by doing such things as canceling General Assembly sessions while legislators try to sort out the state's ongoing budget crisis.
Recent complaints from a state Democrat that Illinois’ lawmakers should get paid despite its statewide financial crisis are proof that current legislators are putting themselves ahead of their constituents, according to local General Assembly candidates.
Republican candidate Michelle Smith, vying for a Senate seat to represent District 49, responded to Illinois’ recently demoted credit rating with a plea for perspective and protocol, saying blame is useless at this point.
District 49 Senate candidate Michelle Smith doesn’t believe that the recent education refunding formula that was supported by State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Dist. 48) would have helped Illinois, especially given that an analysis by the Illinois State Board of Education showed that her school district alone would have lost more than $1 million in funding under the proposal that ultimately was killed by the governor.
District 49 Senate Candidate Michelle Smith said voters are not being represented in Springfield, as evidenced by the Illinois legislature's inability to pass a balanced budget before recessing for the summer.
Republican Michelle Smith, campaigning for a state Senate seat in District 49, sharply reproached her opponent in the race, Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D), following this week’s failed budget vote in Springfield.
Republican state Senate candidate Michelle Smith of Plainfield believes two recent bills concerning undocumented students is a distraction from the real problems that Illinois colleges and universities are facing, namely lack of state funding and climbing costs due to the seemingly unending state budget impasse.