Why I am running for Illinois State Senate (9th District)

Glenn Farkas, a Glenview resident for over 10 years, is running for State Senate in the 9th District.

After several years of mounting frustration with our State government’s lack of fiscal discipline and on-going corruption, I decided the best way to make a difference was to get involved in the process.  I was asked by the Republican Party in May to fill a vacancy on the 9th Senate District ticket for this fall’s election, and accepted the challenge to represent the constituents of my District.  The 9th District includes all (or parts) of the following cities: Glenview, Northbrook, Northfield, Winnetka, Wilmette, Glencoe, Kenilworth, Skokie and Evanston. 

If you have paid any attention to what has been happening in Springfield for the last decade, you know that Illinois is in deep financial trouble.  With billions of dollars in deficit spending and a mounting debt load, Illinois' political leaders have proven they are incapable of managing our tax dollars.   Their inability to make tough decisions and continuing incompetence is limiting our survival options.   When compared to the other states, Illinois ranks close to the bottom in nearly every meaningful economic category.  We have lost over 800,000 taxpayers in the last fifteen years (1 taxpayer every 10 minutes), while our neighbors to the north and east have clearly declared their states are open for business.   With our economic future in jeopardy, my campaign will focus on the three biggest issues facing our state:

  • Politicians – No lasting reform is possible without serious change (and penalties) to our political class in Illinois.  There are 118 Representatives, 59 Senators and 1 Governor.   All together, 12 million plus citizens in Illinois can thank less than 200 people for the overwhelming problems we have incurred in this state. 
  • Pensions – The pension mess in Illinois is nothing short of political malfeasance.  The empty promises, backroom dealing and financial mismanagement have put public workers retirement plans in jeopardy.  Only serious and lasting reform will save the public worker plans while not soaking the taxpayers.
  • Medicaid – While saving the Pension funds will be difficult, it will be even more challenging to find a solution to our Medicaid issues.  Billions of unpaid bill have already been rolled into this year’s budget, with no end to the deficit in sight.  The Supreme Court ruling upholding Obamacare, which will add hundreds of thousands more enrollees to Medicaid, will further undermine the State’s budget. 


To find out more about my positions and solutions to these and other issues, please visit my website at www.farkas4illinois.com.

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Dan Walsh July 20, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Deadcat, are you at least conceding then that nearly half of the revenue is taxpayer supported funding from Medicare and Medicaid and other government funding sources? That takes Misericordia out of a self funded charity (funded by good greedy people) and into the realm of a government contractor. Your point therefore that victims, the sick, the elderly, the indigent can be assisted by Misericordia (and other charities) without government assistance or taxpayer funds is not entirely accurate. Will you take back the following statement that you made: "Sorry Dan, Misericordia does not rely on government money to survive. as you can see the government owes them $3m. I have to ask, are you just clueless and just say anything that pops into your little brain. Misericordia has no problem fundraising, I think it's the state of IL that has a problem with their finances." Now that you know Misericordia receives nearly 30 million in government funds are you willing to take back your previous statement, like a man?
Sully July 20, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Deadcat, I haven't read all your posts on this thread, but I do want to respond to the comment you made about the Minnesota bridge collapse. First of all, the bridge was built in 1967 so it was forty years old at the time of the disaster. The design flaw occurred at the time it was built. Infrastructure has long been an area that republicans do not want to fund- there is no debate on that point- and Pawlenty and his administration in power from 2003 to 2011, were no different. Surveys conducted before the collapse had shown the bridge to be structurally deficient, but there were no funds available for meaningful repair. Instead, bandaid approaches were used just in order to prolong the time before a disaster occurred. This republican party has not shown the foresight to try to prevent any future catastrophes under the guise of "we can't afford it right now". At some point, the future will be now and more infrastructure disasters will occur. Republicans can only hope it doesn't happen under their watch. U fortunately Pawlenty was in office during the Minnesota incident, so he had to appear to be troubled. He could have put more emphasis on infrastructure when he came into office in 2003, but he didn't. The point is, when you say "the government" derogatorily as you do, you are including republicans as well as dems. Don't pretend this is only one party's fault.
Deadcatbounce July 20, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Dan you really hate charity, don't you. Like most liberals you consider private charity a retrograde phenomenon -- a poor palliative for an inadequate welfare state, and a distraction from achieving adequacy by force, by increasing taxes. Also, Medicaid automatically covers the disabled. Why would miscericordia turn it down?
Deadcatbounce July 20, 2012 at 06:12 PM
The bridge was expanded and the original design was not meant to withstand the additional load. Go ahead and blame the republicans. It's always their fault, even though the state of Minnesota has one the highest tax rates. Minnesota's personal income tax system consists of three separate brackets with a top rate of 7.85% kicking in at an income level of $77,370. Among states levying personal income taxes, Minnesota's top rate ranks 6th highest nationally. Minnesota's 2010 state-level individual income tax collections were $1,219 per person, which ranked 6th highest nationally. How much of that tax collection went to pensions I wonder?
Dan Walsh July 20, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Deadcate, I think charity is fine. It's just, in my humble opinion, insufficient to deal with complex problems of a modern industrialized nation. As far as this discussion goes, it just seems every time you lose an argument, you engage in personal attacks. So I take it you won't walk back your original statements about Misericordia being sufficient, without government help, to deal with the homeless, the sick, the elderly. They just are glad to accept available government help in the tune of thirty million a year?


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