By Chinta Strausberg
Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16th) laid out a clear picture why Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who is leading in the polls against Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, should be re-elected.
Collins said Quinnâ€™s public record speaks volumes about his commitment to the people of Illinois including his â€œpushing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Illinois where we were able to insure many families and childrenâ€ unlike other governors she said who have withheld the ACA funding coming into their states.
Quinn, she said,Â â€œis also pushing for the raising of minimum wage, increasing educational funding, and he provided many of our communities with funding for summer jobs. If you want to stem violence, you need to employ our kids especially our youth,
â€œQuinn was also instrumental in ensuring that we retain the ability of retaining the Social Security system and not get it passed into a 401K or privatize our Social Securityâ€ unlike Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner Collins says wants to privatize that social program.
Collins said Quinn wants to ensure that elders retain their Medicare and Medicaid. â€œThat is why it is important to support a governor who understands the average working family and what it means to struggle in an economy that has seen a recession. Weâ€™re just climbing out of the recession. We have to ensure that everyone has reached the level where they can stand on their own feet. We need to ensure we continue to have our safety net in place,â€ said Collins.
Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.