Voters in this northwest suburban district must love the status quo. They seem to like House Speaker Michael Madigan’s leadership. They don’t mind high property taxes. That’s why they keep sending Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, back to Springfield. Sure, she passes incremental bills now and then. She has introduced legislation to expand homeowner exemptions on property tax bills, for example. But expanding exemptions doesn’t get at the root of the high property tax problem. Neither does approving unbalanced state budgets.
Her opponent, Jillian Rose Bernas, a Republican library board member from Schaumburg, supports efforts that would cap property taxes and reduce costly mandates on local governments. She has proved to be a fiscal watchdog on the library board; she voted against a recent budget because it included spending on new carpeting and wallpaper and other items she thought were unnecessary. Bernas is endorsed.
Originally published here.