The election for Illinois next governor is not until 2010, but a group of six candidates gathered Friday to talk about their proposed policies. The debate was organized by the Free & Equal Elections Foundation. Codell Rodriguez of the TheSouthern.com wrote about the debate. Rodrigues wrote that, “All of the candidates agreed that Springfield isn't working right.” Here are highlights from the independent and third party candidates.
Green Party candidate Rich Whitney of Carbondale was quoted saying, “We've had year after year of smoke and mirrors." The article said Whitney focused on “overhauling the tax system to be more progressive” and education issues.
Independent Michael White of Lindenhurstand, said it is important to keep jobs and businesses in Illinois. He was quoted saying, "We have to get spending under control, no doubt about it."
Constitution Party candidate Randall Stufflebeam of Belleville, said accountability is the key thing missing in government. He said the government needs to be not be afraid of being accountable and pointed to a merit-based pay structure for teachers instead of tenure as once place that accountability could happen.
We do congratulate Republicans Adam Andrzejewski of Hinsdale and Dan Proft of Wheaton, and Democrat Bill "Dock" Walls of Chicago to be willing to sit next to these independent and third party candidates.