YORKVILLE, Ill. – While I am only 26 and have not been very politically active thus far, I believe that this race in 2010 is something that will be not only life-changing for me but also for the state of Illinois as well. The candidates for Illinois governor are Pat Quinn (Democratic nominee), Bill Brady (Republican nominee), and Rich Whitney (Green Party nominee). Up until this point in life, I haven’t given any election much thought. I have only voted once in my life, which was the presidential election Obama vs McCain. I also don’t identify myself with any particular party. This is mostly because I agree with issues that both parties have stances on.
Upon doing some research on the two main candidates for election, I became increasingly aware of the fact that I will be impacted more directly if Bill Brady wins. I am a single white female, unemployed, and a mother of two. Those statistics don’t get you very far in the world today. My children are both covered under the state insurance called “All Kids“. (This is a program that Blagojevich put into effect, which was probably the only sensible thing that man did for Illinois.) I am also covered under the insurance being as I am the children’s mother. This has helped out tremendously, but once I go back to work my coverage will end. This is where my fear of Bill Brady being elected comes into play.
Bill Brady has voted against a bill that would make insurance companies have to cover contraceptives. This would include drug form or device form. This bill would be an amazing thing for women all over Illinois, because let’s be real, birth control is expensive without insurance. This would allow more women to be protected against unwanted pregnancies. It would be most beneficial to me for this bill to pass. After all, I already have two children and am not planning on having anymore. While my current insurance does cover the birth control, when I get married in the fall, my husband’s insurance will not. This leaves me stuck. On one hand, I need the birth control but on the other hand, can we afford it? I am to young to have my tubes tied. This is just a lose/lose situation for me.
Another thing that Brady keeps stressing is tax cuts. I can’t believe this is even a possibility with the $13 billion deficit we have here in Illinois (again in part due to Blagojevich). The logical reasons behind Brady’s beliefs just aren’t there. While Pat Quinn is advertising tax increases, it may not be popular but it surely is a step in the right direction.
In recent polls taken, Brady is ahead of Quinn in the race for Governor 2010. Hopefully something changes from now until November. If not, somethings will be changing here in Illinois and it may not be for the best interest of the people. It seems that sometimes these candidates both get lost in the race and forget that they are elected by the people for the people.
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