The Illinois Realtors Political Action Committee has endorsed Jeff Smith in the race for the 18th District state house seat.

Keith Hancock, chair of the North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors Government and Political Issues Committee, said Smith’s “depth and knowledge of the law and public policy will serve the 18th district well.”

The Illinois Realtors Political Action Committee has endorsed Jeff Smith in the race for the 18th District state house seat.

Keith Hancock, chair of the North Shore-Barrington Association of Realtors Government and Political Issues Committee, said Smith’s “depth and knowledge of the law and public policy will serve the 18th district well.”

“Jeff has the experience to hit the ground running. He has a firm grasp on the value real estate contributes to a healthy Illinois economy, and we look forward to working with Jeff in moving Illinois forward,” added Howard Handler, Government Affairs Director for NSBAR.

Illinois RPAC says it supports candidates who foster positions favorable to the real estate business and to the state’s property owners.

The 18th District includes most of Evanston, part of Rogers Park, and lake-shore suburbs north to Glencoe.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Smith would be more of the same, more taxes and no reform
    Frankly, I’m surprised by RPAC’s endorsement of Jeff Smith.

    I read Smith’s website. He claims he stands for real change and reform.

    Well, nowhere on his website or to my knowledge in public did Smith ever advocate TAX RELIEF!!! Rather, he supports an income tax increase.

    Nowhere did I read that Smith wants to cut back state government. Rather, it seems Smith would be happy with more government.

    Although there are a few things I like what Smith has to say, such as ending gerrymandering political redistricting, most of what he has to say smells like more government and taxation.

    Smith proudly advocates a universal healthcare system run by the government. He also supports a public financing program, which would mean more taxes to support it.

    Smith says he wants to eliminate pay to play and “out of control campaign spending,” yet Smith makes NO mention what to do about the strong union influence and in some cases corruption on all government levels. That’s probably because unions are a BIG financial supporter of Democrat candidates. Where there is corruption and pay to play politics in Illinois you will almost surely find some union involvement. Anyone notice the president of the union for Evanston city employees sits on the city budget task force, which will make budget recommendations. Of the 47 city employees layoffs in the city’s proposed budget, how many are union employees? Oh, and only union employees would still get a merit pay raise under the proposal.

    Smith supports a universal voting system but provides few details. It’s my understanding that there is talk about the government automatically registering to vote those folks who receive government assistance.

    Smith, a community activist, proudly claims he campaigned to get Obama elected and that Obama is fighting corruption. Huh? What did Obama do to stop the one-party machine system plaquing Chicago, Cook County, Evanston and basically Illinois?

    Smith at a public forum said “the war on drugs is a failure and needs to be re-examined.” How so? Legalize marijuana across the board? Smith also said we incarcerate too many people, presumably on drug charges. Perhaps he should give Gov. Quinn a call and ask him to release them immediately. We’ll all be better off for it, I’m sure.

    Finally, even if Smith had his way and his ideas to reform Illinois were all implemented, we would still have Roland Burris, Todd Stroger, Pat Quinn, an early release of violent prisoners, no goverment layoffs, more taxation, Madigan and Cullerton holding the money bag, a 10.5 county sales tax, annual property tax rate hikes and Emil Jones, Obama’s political godfather, still would have held up the ethics bill for most of 2008 just after he had the gall and audacity to insist legislators get a RAISE!!!

    Real reform means significant tax relief, term limits, massive government cutbacks, computer driven redistricting like Iowa has, better incentives to lure businesses to Illinois, restricting how state party leaders influence candidates and strong meaningful legislation placing significant safeguards between the incestous relationship between government unions and the candidates they support (in Illinois that would be Democrats).

    In other words, my friends, Jeff Smith offers no true reform and is the standard template of a liberal Democrat laughably calling himself an independent. It would be more of the same if he were elected.

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