Tonia Khouri, Republican for 49th District State Representative
Although Democrat Karina Villa, a candidate for Illinois’ 49th District House seat, has billed herself as “a fresh start” with “a new voice,” her Republican rival Tonia Khouri isn’t buying the campaign rhetoric.
“It’s comical when these candidates who are completely funded by Mike Madigan and (the Democratic) party call themselves ‘independent,’” Khouri posted on Facebook.
The post linked to a DuPage Policy Journal article that traced a $125,398 donation from House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) to Villa’s campaign.
“They will fall in lock step with the Democrat’s [sic] liberal agenda that is taxing people to death,” Khouri said. “They would be the epitome of ‘status quo.’”
On her campaign’s Facebook page, Khouri, a DuPage County board member, touts her record as a reformer who helped streamline the county’s bureaucracy, saving taxpayers “at least” $120 million.
“I am proud of what we’ve accomplished in my six years on the DuPage County Board,” Khouri said. “With your support, I will bring these same principles of reform to Springfield.”
The 49th District includes parts of DuPage, Cook and Kane counties.