Lindenhurst, IL – Republican Chris Kasperski, candidate for the Illinois 31st State Senate District, issued a statement following the governor’s budget address:

“It is disappointing to see that Governor Pritzker is threatening to withhold funding for core state services, to increase pressure to pass his unfair graduated income tax.”

“Instead of rooting out all of the waste, fraud, and abuse, the elected leadership in Springfield continues to spend money we don’t have, while the State is saddled with more than $7 billion in bills we can’t pay. It’s embarrassing and frustrating.”

“Illinois is leading the nation in all the wrong ways. We have the highest tax burden and are suffering from significant population losses. Nevertheless, Senator Melinda Bush remains persistent with her efforts to find new ways to tax us even more. She demonstrated that last week with her proposed $0.10 tax on all grocery bags, to include biodegradable and paper bags.”

“As the State Senator for the 31st District, I will show up and focus on the real work that we need to do to turn things around. I am frustrated by Senator Bush’s absence and complete lack of participation at the Property Tax Relief Task Force Meetings. Especially given that she represents some of the highest property tax rates in the State. I am committed to working diligently to solve the issues down in Springfield and at home. We must work toward fiscally responsible solutions and demand that Illinois live within its means.”

Chris Kasperski has dedicated his life to service. Chris served in the Army as a Combat Engineer, and he deployed to Afghanistan in 2009-10 to find and clear roadside bombs and other improvised explosive devices. Chris survived three explosions to his vehicle. He was medically retired from the Army in 2012. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Chris and his wife, Allison, live in Lindenhurst in the home that Chris grew up in with their two children. Chris has a Veteran Service Dog, Lakota, a Siberian Husky/Malamute mix, and another family husky.

Illinois Senate District 31 is a suburban district that contains all or part of Antioch, Beach Park, Gages Lake, Grandwood Park, Grayslake, Gurnee, Hainesville, Lake Villa, Lindenhurst, Long Lake, Old Mill Creek, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, Round Lake Park, Third Lake, Venetian Village, Wadsworth, Wauconda, Waukegan, Winthrop Harbor, and Zion.