Sandack lobbying Sandack?

Sandack lobbying Sandack?

Posted by Mike Riopell on Thu, 04/28/2011 - 12:29

Last month, the Senate Republicans in Springfield offered a sort of menu of budget cutting options. One of those ideas – cutting local towns’ share of the Illinois income tax – has become pretty controversial.

Mayors across the suburbs have sent letters, held press conferences and otherwise loudly opposed the idea, saying their budgets are already stressed enough and the state should find other places to cut.

Enter Ron Sandack, who is both a Republican in the Illinois Senate and a Mayor of Downers Grove (for a couple more days.)

Sandack, who represents southeastern DuPage County, was among the Senate GOP lawmakers who proposed the menu of cuts.

But he opposes cutting towns’ share of the income tax. So he sent a letter from his office of mayor to his Senate colleagues. From the letter:

Just as the state is facing an ongoing budget crisis, communities have had to make tough choices to balance their budgets.

We talked to Sandack, and he said that the GOP’s menu of options included some items that not everyone supported. It’s just a list of options, after all.

“There are items that have less than universal acceptance,” he said.

We asked Sandack if it was hard to have stood up for parts of a proposal, then go home and write a letter to his colleagues asking them to oppose parts of it.

He said it wasn’t.

“It was kind of weird,” he told us. “It was kind of an extra-body experience.”

We asked Sandack if he sent one of the letters to his own office.

He didn't.

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