Stateline Voters Sound Off on State Election

By: Mark Lindner
By: Mark Lindner

If Winnebago County residents are any indication, Governor Blagojevich and his opponent, Judy Baar Topinka are going to be sweating it out on election night.

"I'm very worried about the state's fiscal health. I think Topinka is a much better candidate in that regard so that's why I'm voting for her," says Winnebago County voter Don Foster.

"I'm kind of up in the air," voter Dennis Adams says.

"I don't care for Topinka. She was with the Ryan administration and I really don't care for anything they did," adds voter Mary Gilbert.

"The way I see it, Blagojevich and Topinka are criminals," says voter Jacob Graves.

"Don't really care for either one of them," adds voter Mecia Neiber.

But while Stateline residents vary in their opinion of the candidates, they do agree that the election could come down to a single issue.

"I'm still kind of waiting to find out what they do about the pensions in the state," Adams says.

"I'm concerned about the poor funding of the state employee pension fund," Foster adds.

One thing that's not winning over any Stateline voters is the candidates' campaign ads.

"Most of the campaign ads are too negative. I don't think they help much," Foster says.

"It shows just how bad the candidates are. They've been very realistic and right to the point," Graves adds.

"They're always fighting against each other, you don't know who to believe," says Mecia Neiber.

Voters we spoke with say they would rather see the candidates offer solutions to the state's problems instead of belittling each other.

While the general election is not until November 7th, early voting begins October 16th. Voters can also register for absentee ballots now at their area election authority offices.


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