Daily Herald endorses Noland
In the Democratic primary election, The Daily Herald endorsed incumbent State Senator Michael Noland (D-Elgin) over challenger Tim Elenz Wednesday. The editorial board writes:
The key distinction in this race is experience, and it shows in the level of detail with which the two candidates, both from Elgin, discuss the issues. Noland, recently selected by the Senate president to serve on a governor’s panel studying pensions, is intimately familiar with the relative merits and shortcomings of various proosals for dealing with the state’s pension crisis. He has a comprehensive understanding of the budget problems facing the state and, although no party maverick by any means, was willing to break from the Democrats and vote against the state’s income tax hike. He supports term limits for legislative leaders, opposes further state borrowing and wants to see a comprehensive restructuring of the state’s tax system. Elenz contends that Noland doesn’t work as effectively as he could with the region’s other legislators and complains that Noland did not fight hard enough against casino expansion. He has a broad sense of the challenges facing the state budget, but his proposals often lack detail or specific insight. Noland is the better candidate.
The full endorsement is available on the newspaper’s website.
While the endorsement states that, “although no party maverick by any means, [he] was willing to break from the Democrats and vote against the state’s income tax hike,” the statement is not entirely accurate.
As any reader of the Daily Herald and other newspapers know, Mr. Noland supported a 67% income tax hike for years before it finally passed. He voted for the bill in the senate and was a sponsor of the bill up until the last minute. It was not until the house stripped a property tax rebate provision from the bill that he had his name removed as a sponsor of the senate bill and voted against it in the final form.
The property tax rebate would have returned a net $250 million to property owners in Illinois to offset the $6.5 billion tax increase, according to the Chicago Tribune.