EDITORIALS

Is I-80 rhetoric just another political ploy?

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

I-80 has long been a sore point for many downstate residents.

For some, I-80 marks a dividing line between downstate which is sensible, conservative and laid-back from the bustle, corruption and overbearing left-leaning politics of Chicago land.

Is that a fair comparison of the two regions?

That is for each person to decide.

But, many politicians downstate know this feeling exists and it is ripe to exploit.

It is up to each voter to decide whether Republican candidates for the 106th House District seat, Scott McCoy and Josh Harms, are expressing genuine concerns about Chicago’s influence or trying to push the buttons of voters.

Both say their recent comments about Chicago are not a political ploy. Their words, they say, are about giving the voters a look at where they stand.  

“Where are all the downstate voices speaking up for us? Why am I the only one screaming about it?” McCoy said.

Harms said, “I think that I have been very open about my willingness to work with those who have a different point of view … but (gun control) is a non-negotiable issue. Residents of the 106th district need to know where candidates stand on issues,” Harms said.