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State Senate Candidates Campaign in Deerfield

Julie Morrison votes while Arie Friedman greets voters at train station.

Deerfield was a hub of activity Wednesday for the two candidates who hope to succeed retiring state Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest).

Both the Republican candidate, Highland Park pediatrician Arie Friedman, and his Democratic opponent, West Deerfield Township Supervisor Julie Morrison, were in the Village.

Morrison did herself some concrete good. She voted. When asked who she voted for, she answered with a smile. She does like the idea of early voting and hopes to see it expanded.

“I’ll be very busy election day talking to voters so I decided to vote today,” Morrison said. “Early voting is a great idea. I’d like to see it open at least one week night and possibly some hours on Sunday.”

Friedman was in Deerfield earlier in the day greeting voters at the downtown Deerfield Metra station with Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran. Curran, reelected two years ago, is not running this year.

"I am overwhelmed by the reception I have received at train stations and the gratitude shown toward me for running," Friedman said. "It doesn't matter if you are a Republican, Democrat or independent—everyone believes Illinois is on the wrong track and we need to repeal the income tax hike and bring jobs back to Illinois."

More than 3,000 people cast ballots in Deerfield since early voting started Oct. 22. The West Deerfield Township office will remain open for early voting from 9 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. today and Friday. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

RB November 03, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Social issues are important. Falling for Pension reform being more important than social advances is wrong. It's got to be worked out without erasing social programs that benefit our fellow humans. I thing Republicans in the present climate would erase years of social progress for economic gain, both statewide and nationally.
TakeBackIllinois November 03, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Biss takes his re-election for granted. With a war chest significantly funded by his Springfield connections ( and contributions to his former House seat - www.follwthemoney.org), he will continue his support for tapping OUR houses for Springfield's ATM Pension Machine AND a much higher Progressive Illinois Income Tax. He plans to dig deep into Your pocket to resolve Springfield's mess. Whether you are a Republican, Democrat, Independent or Green voter; wake up to Biss' schemes to dig deep into your pocket.
Walter White November 03, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Wow Janet those are some real deep thoughts. No wonder you're voting GOP.
Dan Jenks November 03, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Walt, again, what do you think the Democrats will do differently in the next 2 years than in the previous 10 years if they retain the State Senate and State House of Representatives? I assume your lack of an answer means “nothing differently.” I agree that it is uncertain whether the Republicans can “solve our financial problems”, but it seems almost certain – given 10 years of evidence – that the Democrats can’t. I don’t blame Quinn – he puts forward proposals that go nowhere in the State legislature – the fault, as I see it, largely falls directly on Madigan and Cullerton and, indirectly, on those Senators and Representatives who continue to vote for these leaders. I’m fine with voting for Democrats who will stand up, make some noise and oppose Madigan/Cullerton to further the common good – we just haven’t had that in Garrett and May. Note to RB, I will even give these Democrats a pass for voting with Madigan and Cullerton on a budget so long as they either offer or support some effort (even if failed) to address Illinois’ financial problems.
Dan Jenks November 03, 2012 at 06:27 PM
RB, as to your point “[f]alling for Pension reform being more important than social advances is wrong”, I respectively disagree. A combination of spending cuts and an increase/rejiggering of tax burdens is probably necessary. The financial difficulties in Illinois are leading to businesses starting to either (i) move out of Illinois (Jimmie Johns) or (ii) locate new facilities outside of Illinois (Caterpillar). It will only get worse as our financial situation deteriorates further. The businesses that stay are extorting special tax reductions (Sears). What needs to be done is to lower the corporate tax rate in Illinois to incent all businesses to stay and expand – if this results in higher taxes for individuals, that’s the price we have to pay. But, in any event, the focus the next few years needs to be on our finances!

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