Views From Vince
Opinions from Vince LaMie
Green Party Candidate for State Representative

On Aug. 11, I participated in a candidates forum which was hosted by a goup concerned about the people in IL with disabilities and their families.

The forum began with two accounts from two mothers who had children with disabilities. They talked about how our state's financial situation has caused unnecessary difficulties for one family and how cuts in funding will affect future prospects for many more people.

Questions were then directed to the panel of 9 candidates and we were each given 2 minutes to respond. There were some very good answers given and it sounded as if we could fix it all as long as we were elected in Nov.

After questioning, the audience had a chance to speak to individual candidates. I spoke to a woman who put it all in perspective when she said, "I've heard it all before." And I agree, we ALL have heard it before.

We've heard it before and yet our state is in the worst financial shape of ANY state.

We've heard it before and yet IL is possibly the most corrupt state in the union.

We've heard it before and yet we are still losing jobs, teachers, police, firemen, and people who care for the most vulnerable.

The people who attended the forum were there because the decisions being made in Springfield are negatively affecting their lives and/or the lives of family members. They were there to help put pressure on people who have and/or will make decisions affecting their lives.

One of the other candidates stated that Governor Quinn did not have the political will to do something that needed to be done. That statement was accurate and brought out the irony that most politicians don't have much political will. I believe the organizers of the forum understood this and were saying, "If you candidates don't have the political will to do what is right, we will use our political will to remove or keep you from office."

As for the rest of us, do we have to wait until our child falls behind in school because of overcrowding before we actually vote?

Do we have to wait until someone we know is a victim of a crime because of dimminished protection before we contact our representatives?

Do we have to wait until the nursing home caring for our parent is closed down due to loss of state funding before we demand an end to waste, fraud, and abuse in our state government?

Please, let's not wait until another governor is arrested before we demand campaign finance and redistricting reform.

Let's not wait until things get worse - let's get involved now.