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"There’s no overlap in views between the two candidates in this North Shore district that includes Evanston, Wilmette and Winnetka.
Democratic incumbent Robyn Gabel of Evanston has held this seat since 2010, and is the House assistant majority leader. She has a history of never veering far from the Democratic leadership agenda. She defends the party’s stewardship of Illinois’ finances, and doesn’t see the need for a constitutional amendment that would reform the abysmal pension system and address its $130 billion in unfunded pension liabilities.
Gabel also supports Amendment 1, which is on the Nov. 8 ballot and would change the Illinois Constitution to give workers a fundamental right to organize. It also would essentially prohibit “right-to-work laws” that ban the requirement of union membership as a condition of employment. Critics say the measure would waste taxpayer money and cast Illinois as an anti-business state. We oppose it.
Gabel’s Republican opponent, Charles Hutchinson, is a Wilmette lawyer who opposes Amendment 1 because he believes workers should have the choice of whether to join a union. Hutchinson has a strong understanding of Illinois’ fiscal woes, and believes a pension reform amendment must be integral to solving the pension crisis. He’s on the mark when he says that ever-rising property taxes in Illinois are a function of the massive redundancy in taxing bodies, along with the continuing exodus of people, businesses and jobs from the state.
He also echoes a point we’ve been making the last few years — Illinois must move faster to remove lead pipes from the state’s drinking water infrastructure. It’s time for a change in the 18th District. Hutchinson is endorsed. "
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