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Des Plaines Journal Endorses Moylan; Chicago Tribune Backs Sweeney

Candidates running to represent portions of Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Park Ridge and Rosemont received endorsements from a variety of organizations.

Candidates for the Illinois 55th State House District, Democrat Marty Moylan and Republican Susan Sweeney, have both received endorsements from newspapers and other organizations. The newly-drawn district includes portions of Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Park Ridge and Rosemont.

Journal and Topics Newspapers announced its endorsement of Moylan, currently mayor of Des Plaines, on Sunday. During his time as mayor, Moylan reduced the number of city administrators, required city staff to be more accommodating to the public and kept the city’s tax levy for the general fund at zero percent, Journal and Topics Newspapers stated.

Moylan was also endorsed by the Daily Herald, which stated his experience as first alderman, then as mayor, would be a benefit to the district.

The would-be incumbent for the district, , in part, because he is pro-choice on the issue of abortion.

Susan Sweeney, a substitute teacher, client manager and community activist from Park Ridge, received an endorsement from the Chicago Tribune. The tribune stated it had more confidence in Sweeney to advocate for pension reform and to be fiscally disciplined.

Sweeney also received endorsements from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, STAND for Children Illinois, the National Federation of Independent Business Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust, the Illinois Bankers Association the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Manufacturers Association, according to her campaign’s website. STAND for Children Illinois stated Sweeney was committed to improving education for all children.

Moylan and Sweeney participated in a political debate in which they discussed a range of issues including the state’s unfunded pension liability, the state budget, Illinois’ reputation for corruption and more at Des Plaines City Hall on Oct. 24. Local cable channel 17 is airing the debate multiple times, and it may also be seen on YouTube.

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William K October 29, 2012 at 04:30 PM
State Representative Rosemary Mulligan isn't the only local GOP leader who isn't supporting Susan Sweeney. Most of the elected officials in the district (i.e. Maine Township officials) who are Republican are not helping her. Much has to do with her extreme position and the fact that downstate tea party supporters have been financing her campaign. The local GOPers have a NoSweeney.com campaign which will impact the campaign.
William K October 29, 2012 at 05:40 PM
And yes, I'm supporting Marty Moylan. He's the only one with a track record of cutting the size of government, balancing budgets and holding the line on taxes. Susan Sweeney's out-of-district campaign staff will say otherwise, but if you look at the record, you'll see that Moylan has been a strong fiscal conservative attracting businesses and increasing job opportunities in the City of Des Plaines. Susan Sweeney has been conducting a mean-spirited campaign in order to cover up the fact that she doesn't live in the district, has no background with any of the issues and is not supported by the local Republican Party. Moylan is a popular mayor who turned the fiscal disaster he inherited in Des Plaines to a positive result. The annual budgets of Des Plaines have shrunk and have been balanced. The City's debt has shrunk. The City's ratings have been upgraded. The tax levy has been held at a 0% increase. Moylan has done a great job in a few years. We need this type of fiscal discipline in Springfield.

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