Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 12:18 am
Letters to the Editor 9/22/16
It’s time we return the power of Illinois government back to the people. Our current political system is broken. It’s rigged against us. The people of Illinois deserve a more just and fair system.
Unfortunately, the Illinois Supreme Court has now blocked a voter referendum that would have allowed you to vote for an Independent Map Amendment in November.
Our current system allows career politicians to draw districts for their own benefit and protect incumbents. In the upcoming election alone, two-thirds of incumbents are running unopposed because of how their district is drawn.
Instead of voters having a say in who represents them, we have career politicians who have been controlling how votes are counted for 20, 30 and even 40 years.
Politicians should not be picking their voters. Voters should be picking their politicians. The proposed amendment would take the power away from political parties and give it back to the people through an independent redistricting commission.
It’s overwhelmingly supported by both Republicans and Democrats, including President Obama. And more than 563,000 voters signed the original petition.
Despite the court’s ruling, the Illinois General Assembly still has the opportunity to give the power back to the people.
I encourage everyone to call your state senator and representative. Tell them you want the General Assembly to pass redistricting reform in the fall veto session so we can fix our broken political system and restore democracy in Illinois.
Governor Bruce Rauner
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE
On the morning of Saturday, July 9, 2016, my brother, Michael, was shot. As the story has unfolded, Michael lay asleep at the home of a friend in the 700 block of Forrest Avenue in Springfield when unknown assailant(s) drove up and shot three times into the front of the home. This was, as told to me by detectives, supposed to frighten occupants that owed a drug dealer money – the trouble is, it was the wrong home that was targeted.
On July 15, Michael passed away from his injuries, further devastating his family.
Michael was a soft-spoken, good-hearted person who had already been challenged by a minor stroke and heart problems, unable to work but still willing to help others.
Police have exhausted all leads, primarily due to the fact that people will not talk or are afraid to talk. I have posted flyers with his picture and Crime Stoppers information, but in the worst areas these have been removed, and I believe that is to keep anyone from calling. I have passed out flyers at businesses within the area and drawn responses such as, “Oh, that’s Mikey; he was a great guy.”
This is now a cold-case murder investigation. I know, however, there are those who know who the person is that orchestrated the shooting or who the shooter was, and Crime Stoppers has $1,000 for that information.
On Saturday, Sept. 24, my wife and I will be attending the 2016 Illinois Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims and the Missing at Grace United Methodist Church at 1612 Capitol Ave. in Springfield from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., to join others as we unite and bring awareness as to how many are awaiting justice in Illinois. Please join us on this day.
The Day of Remembrance is community, and only community will bring our society back to a normal state.
“Daddy, what should I do about Frank Mautino?”
“Take the case and then lose the paperwork, honey.”
“Oh, thank you, daddy, you’re so helpful; I just don’t know what I would do
“You’re a good daughter, sweetheart; now, do as daddy says.”