Illinois saw another round of massive layoffs in July, totaling 956 jobs from various sectors including 50 from manufacturing.
While 571 of the layoffs occurred in Cook County, the numbers reflect a state economy that is still struggling to recover from the recession that hit the nation in 2008. Dawn Abernathy, Republican candidate for the 59th District State House seat, urges leaders in Springfield to find a solution or else there won’t be anything left to recover.
“If there aren’t economic reforms soon, we are not going to have any employed residents left in the state to pay taxes,” Abernathy said. “The more businesses that leave, the more residents follow. These are good-paying jobs that are being relocated to neighboring states.”
Abernathy said the environment has not been conducive to fostering businesses and jobs, leading employers to relocate to other states.
“High corporate franchise taxes, workman’s compensation rates and high property taxes are seeing manufacturing jobs move to more business-friendly states,” Abernathy said. “We have to change the way we have been conducting business. Status quo just doesn’t cut it anymore. We need to incentivize businesses to come to Illinois, bring in the jobs and families with it. We have a highly educated workforce, just no jobs for them."
The job losses come at a time when residents in the state are facing what the Pew Charitable Trust describes as the worst personal-income recovery in the Midwest and second worst in the nation. According to the Pew study, the state has seen growth at a rate of only 0.7 percent since the recession began. Only Nevada fared worse.
This slow recovery has caused an exodus of residents further fueled by high taxes and debt, Abernathy said.
MUNDELEIN, IL - Frank Mautino was appointed to a ten-year term be the Illinois State Auditor General in October of last year and began his official duties January 1st, of 2016. His primary job is to ensure state funds are spent legally. That position requires neutrality as it relates to politics but it also should be a position that demands a personal record that is fully vetted and compliant with all laws to ensure the highest level of trust.
With the failure to respond to questions amidst the ongoing federal and state investigations; Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) has filed a House Joint Resolution aimed at removing Mautino from office, having the support of 20 co-sponsors. Frank Mautino refuses to answer even the most basic questions about his campaign spending. I call on Frank Mautino to resign from the office of Auditor General.
“We need new independent leadership in Springfield. Carol Sente has had the opportunity to stand up for our families and bring accountability to Springfield for seven years. Instead she stood with Mike Madigan and voted to give Madigan’s top lieutenant a 10-year job with a guaranteed salary of $152,000. Now, even with a federal investigation into Mautino’s campaign spending, my opponent refuses to act. Every time there has been an opportunity to demonstrate independent leadership, Carol Sente has fallen in line and protected the insiders.”
I am going to Springfield to take on the political system that is aligned against our interests. That means removing from government individuals who have proven that they view the State as their personal piggy bank rather than a compassionate provider of government services. In light of the recent campaign spending scandals involving Congressmen of both parties, and Illinois’ long history of corruption, Frank Mautino should resign his post as Auditor General. Carol Sente voted for Mautino and has refused to demand transparency from him. I’m running for office to bring accountability to government. That includes selecting an individual our families can trust to oversee the State’s books instead of picking another insider.
“As I talk to families in the 59th District, they are concerned with the rising property taxes, the loss of job opportunities for their families and friends. They expect their representative, Carol Sente (D-Dist. 59), to push her party leaders for a balanced budget, not to play politics. They don't care about the political battles in Springfield. They care about the real, negative impact this is having on their lives. I am going to Springfield to address these impacts and protect the residents of our community."
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Dawn Abernathy calls on Springfield legislators to return to Springfield and do their job.
“It is completely unacceptable," Abernathy said. "The State of Illinois has no budget, programs are getting cut and our speaker of the House, Mike Madigan, will not call a session until April? Crazy.” Abernathy wrote on her Facebook page. “House members are paid over $67,000 a year in taxpayer dollars; they are scheduled to work January-May. We need new leadership. Carol Sente's first vote of every session has been for Mike Madigan. She continues to vote for the man that funds her campaign. I promise to never vote for him to be speaker of the House. We need people that will work to get a balanced budget, spending reforms and bring jobs back to Illinois."
"Where are all the Democrats? Where is Carol Sente? Why isn't she in Springfield working on a budget? She says she is independent, yet Mike Madigan doesn't want to work, so she has to do what he says," Abernathy said. "Not really independent."
Dawn was interviewed on the movement to recall Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and whether she thought voters should have the power to recall politicians.
Building on her experience reforming local government as a Mundelein Trustee, Dawn said “It is about giving the power back to the people of Illinois, not just in Chicago, but in Illinois as a whole. We need to reform Illinois.” Dawn continues to work for accountability by giving power to the people and allowing them to recall elected officials who have abused their trust.