November 6, 2018, General Election – Propositions


1 Shall DuPage County oppose the General Assembly instituting a property tax increase equivalent to 1% of your home’s value to help retire state debt?

VOTE Yes! – DuPage County has internally a balanced budget, we should not be punished for the states reckless spending and waste. It only encourages bad behavior.

2 Shall DuPage County oppose the creation of a statewide Vehicle Mileage Tax (VMT) which would tax DuPage County citizens based upon the number of miles driven annually?

VOTE YES! – DuPage County should oppose a Vehicle Mileage Tax, this is a highly inefficient way of collecting a tax. You will have to put meters in every car, file a mileage form on your state taxes, and have your vehicle mileage audited periodically. This is already on top of a gas tax we already pay.

3 Shall DuPage County continue to dissolve and consolidate units of local government to reduce costs, increase efficiencies, and increase accountability?

VOTE YES! – We need to reduce government and make it more efficient!


1 Shall the Village of Lemont become a home rule unit of government pursuant to Article VII, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of Illinois?

NOTE NO! – You end up giving power to the board to unilaterally increase both spending and taxes without oversight. We need to keep as many checks and balances in place as we can.

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Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate Left Out of Next Debate

The League of Women Voters of Illinois Education Fund has decided to leave Libertarian candidate Kash Jackson out of the ABC gubernatorial debates on Oct. 3rd. Their decision is based on the premise that candidates must poll at 10% in order to be included in this debate.

As stated on their website: “The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.” Kash Jackson will be on the ballot in November. How can voters make an informed decision on whom they vote for if the League decides to leave out valid candidates in debates? The League prides itself on being a nonpartisan organization that is effective in voter education and promoting civic engagement. What better way to have this mission manifested than in a debate where all candidates have the floor and voters have a chance to hear from every candidate. Yet the League chose to include only two gubernatorial candidates: that is, “the winners.”

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All Roads Lead to 2020 – Now Let’s Roll!

President Donald Trump’s approval rating just sank across the board in 8 different polls. As Libertarians, we should be mindful that work that we do to promote our current candidates – such as local superstars Kash Jackson for Governor and Claire Ball for Comptroller – are much more than that.  Sure, the Libertarian Party of Illinois is on the verge of achieving major party status for the first time ever.  Sure, we are about a week from making history for being the first third-party to be invited to an Illinois Governor’s Debate.

Kash Jackson and Claire Ball

More than that – we are laying the groundwork for the 2020 presidential election.

Trump is tearing the Republican Party apart. Indeed, most elected Republican officials dislike Trump, but most won’t admit it publicly. This is why you usually only see GOP officials speak with honesty about Trump after they announce retirement.

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Vote Claire Ball for Illinois Comptroller

(originally published by the Southern Illinoisan)

As this gubernatorial election promises to be the most expensive governor’s contest in U.S. history. While this will occupy most of the media and advertisement coverage, there is another important race that we can’t forget about.

The Office of the Comptroller is an important check and balance to the treasury and the legislature that seeks to write checks in its name. Replacing in 1970 what was originally called the Auditor of Public Accounts, there are calls from both sides of the aisle to potentially do away with the position all together.

Claire Ball has a Master’s Degree in Accounting and Finance and is a CPA.

In the tragically mismanaged and abused financial situation our state finds itself in, doing away with one of the few audit tools against the legislature and treasury would be a mistake.

Currently, there is but one candidate that will be on the ballot in November that is actually qualified for the office. Libertarian candidate, Claire Ball, is the only contender who would be truly independent of party bias in a position that desperately needs it. She also holds a qualification that no other candidate has ever had; she is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

The position of State Comptroller essentially embodies being the state’s CPA. Wouldn’t it make sense to vote for and hire the only CPA running? What makes sense and what has been done are two different things when it comes to Illinois politics. Come this November though, you have an opportunity to change that. Vote for the qualified and not the connected. Vote Claire Ball.

For more information, see the official Claire Ball, Libertarian CPA for Illinois Comptroller website.

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Voters Have Alternatives in November’s Gubernatorial Race

by Jake Leonard, Mid-Illinois Campaign Coordinator, Jackson/Mohip 2018

Kash Jackson, a 20-year veteran of the US Navy, running for Illinois Governor.

In a recent recent poll held a few weeks ago (June 26-28) by Victory Research, Democrat J.B. Pritzker had a 15-point lead over incumbent Republican Bruce Rauner in this heavily contested gubernatorial race. If you just looked at Rauner and Pritzker alone, it’s a tight race in central and southern Illinois.

While the city of Chicago and Cook County are heavily slanted toward Pritzker, Rauner has control of the collar counties. It’s dead even in the rest of northern Illinois, but are incredibly tight in central and southern Illinois. Without consideration of the two alternatives in Libertarian Party candidate Kash Jackson and Conservative Party candidate Sam McCann, there is a rough statewide average of 30 percent having voters undecided. Isn’t that alarming that nearly one-third of voters statewide find our major party options as horrible? Continue reading

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