'My Home is in Illinois' campaign supports many political newcomers in state races
A new ad campaign is encouraging voters to choose political newcomers for the state legislature when they go to the polls for the general election next month.
The ads, paid for by Liberty Principles PAC, feature "Kathleen," a single mother who lives in Illinois, pleading to voters in the state to select Republican candidates to change the power dynamics of the Democrat-controlled General Assembly.
"I'm a single mom of two elementary school children. I grew up in Illinois, I went to college here, I work here, we want to stay here," Kathleen says in one ad version. "It's our home but we can't afford to be here if things don't change. I need affordable schools for my kids and good jobs for them after college. They'll have neither if we don't change state government. We need to send career politicians packing so we can stay."
In another ad Kathleen says, "I teach my two kids to think for themselves, to dream big and to take responsibility for their actions. In Illinois, we adults need to start living the lessons we teach our kids." Kathleen asks why Illinoisans continue to vote for career politicians who are beholden to Chicago bosses.
"Why do we give into the cynicism that there's nothing we can do?" she asks. "There is something we can do. We can send career politicians packing so we can stay."
The ad campaign, which also includes mailers with the same theme, is one of a number of political advertisements paid for this election season by Liberty Principles PAC.
"We launched this campaign as part of our final argument on behalf of the legislative candidates we're supporting because we need to combat the fatalism that is so prevalent in Illinois," Liberty Principles PAC's Chairperson and Treasurer Dan Proft told the Sangamon Sun. "We want voters to stop plotting their exit strategy. We want to remind them that their home is in our great state and all that is required to make Illinois more inhabitable is different policy makers making different policy decisions on the matters that impact our quality of life."
Proft, a conservative radio talk show host, senior fellow at the Chicago-based conservative think tank Illinois Policy Institute and co-founder of the nonprofit Illinois Opportunity Project, said there are solutions to the problems Illinoisans face.
"If we change the balance of power in Springfield and change out sycophants for independent thinkers," Proft said. "People should believe that they are in charge of their destiny, they can improve their lives and that starts with the decisions they make on Nov. 8."
The ad campaign concentrates on the PAC's slate of politicians it has endorsed for this year's election season, particularly a wide field of political newcomers, including Katherine Ruocco, the Republican candidate for Illinois’ House District 113.
Ruocco has criticized her opponent, incumbent state Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-Collinsville) and other current representatives as being career politicians.
“Here we go,” Ruocco recently wrote in a Facebook post. “Election time again and out come the career politicians, including my opponent well-tenured, twenty-five year incumbent, Rep. Hoffman, with the painful truth stretching, that us common folk call lying. The most recent fantasy story told by Hoffman is his Facebook post today which reads in part ‘You need to stand up to Springfield and Chicago if you want to get things done. Jay Hoffman’s done that his whole career....’ Really? In what universe is he referring to???”
Versions of the ads also support Mike Babcock, Republican candidate for the District 111 state House seat, who is challenging incumbent state Rep. Daniel Beiser (D-Alton). Babcock has echoed the ads calls for change.
"It's time to rid our system of corrupt politicians," Babcock said. "It's been 12 years that our community has had to suffer because of my opponent's loyalty to Mike Madigan. You deserve someone who will represent you faithfully."
Other candidates endorsed by Liberty Principles PAC who are mentioned in the ads include Jerry Long of Streator, who is challenging state Rep. Andy Skoog (D-LaSalle); Michael Amrozowicz of Grayslake, who is challenging state Sen. Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake); Heidi Holan of Glen Ellyn, who is challenging state Rep. Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park); Jillian Bernas of Schaumburg, who is challenging state Rep. Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg); Rod Drobinski of Wauconda, who is challenging state Rep. Sam Yingling (D-Grayslake); and Dawn Abernathy of Mundelein, who is challenging state Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills).
Proft is a principal of Local Government Information Services (LGIS), which owns the Metro East Sun.
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