The 2010 election for House District 17 in Illinois has been a close race between incumbent Phil Hare and opponent Bobby Schilling. Each is still working to secure votes and to disarm the other as the election draws near, and it is often being called a toss-up as to who will win.
Schilling and Hare are both sending messages out through TV ads to the people of Illinois, though both have had a very different approach. Schilling has had attack ads out, sticking it to Hare for a fumbled reply he had made under stress to a reporter. Hare has put forth the approach that Schilling’s stance on issues does not serve Illinois.
Though both men are natives of the district, each has a very different history in it. Mr. Hare has spent a number of years in a factory and in union work, then transitioning into a long-term governmental worker of varying capacities. Mr. Schilling has not yet had any experience in the U.S. government, yet some people like the fact that he has a large family and that he can still run a successful pizza restaurant – with his previous work history to back him. Money management is still his push, and yet a person still comes to wonder how he’d manage without.
Yes, he may be a nice, middle class family guy with a now-famous pizza restaurant and 10 children, but district 17 is far more diverse than what his campaign accounts for. Could he still serve the full realm of this community’s diverse population and its needs?
Schilling is not often supportive of presidential policies and decisions, such as those regarding health care, stimulus issues, and more. Hare, on the other hand, has often been supportive of the Obama administration. This will likely sway some votes for this election, with respect to how the voter feels about the President.
Along with this, democrats are working to maintain control of the House. This, too, gives Phil Hare an edge. In addition to this is his strong history of serving Illinoisians. He has also been serving throughout the political upheaval that this state has been going through, and he has endured the test of natural disasters throughout the district, to name just a few of the many things.
Although Schilling has become somewhat popular, it just doesn’t seem realistic that this inexperienced candidate could usurp someone who is already deeply connected with the wide realm of people and the needs of this district. Schilling also portends to be more concerned with self-governance (and/or small government) than any public servant would effectively be able put into action in this day and age, and what’s more, his small business stance doesn’t even apply to the everyday populace. He couldn’t relate it to a large part of his constituents, if elected, and it takes a lot of people to support even 1 small business.
At the same time, Phil Hare is sometimes deemed as a difficult man. This can, and does, ruffle some feathers, and may be the real reason why Bobby Schilling is doing so well. Could a “nice guy” walk off with this election? He may be popular to flirt with, but in the end this district needs someone who can compete with the long-standing support of the district’s people, if someone is going to win the seat over Phil Hare.
The author is a registered voter of District 17
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