A crowd of more than 600 filled the gym at the Sullivan Community Center in Vernon Hills for a special political rally to support Brad Schneider’s run for Congress. featuring the American Vice President Joe Biden.
The main concern expressed at a recent pre-election Democratic rally in Vernon Hills is that Republican party wants to make America move backwards. Speakers were State Senator Michael Frerichs running for Illinois state treasurer, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, candidate for Lieutenant Governor Paul Vallas, Congressman Richard Durbin and Vice President of the United States Joe Biden. Many notable politicians also were in attendance including Lauren Beth Gash, Julie Morrison, Lake County Sheriff candidate Jason Patt, County Treasurer Glenn Rybeck.
Due to the recent attacks on Canadian soil, nearly two hours passed between Lisa Madigan’s comments and the next speaker, however the messages presented were worth the wait.
Some of the messages tendered by Madigan about Brad Schneider touts his public services, including that he works actively to avoid the contamination of Lake Michigan, opposes violence against women and works for women safety as well salary equality for women. “Equal pay for women is long overdue in this country,” he said. Schneider also supports women’s rights to make their own healthcare decisions, especially when it comes to birth control, and is against demonstrations of hatred.
Vallas said that a vote for Schneider is a vote for families and peace of mind, backed up by the fact that Illinois jobs are up and, over the past year, the state has experienced a steep reduction in unemployment. State spending has been cut by $5 billion and the Governor Pat Quinn has invested $500 million in education and cut wasteful spending by $700,000 and his working to make Illinois better for subsequent generations. “The economy needs to work for the middle class and benefit working families,” he said, adding, “Schneider supports the middle class and not the Tea Party.”
Durbin explained that his party fights for Medicare and the middle class and wants to “make it possible for them to put their kids through college in a way that kids are not forever in debt. He also works for affordable health care and to reduce costs for prescription drugs. To him, the job is more than a paycheck but provides dignity and a sense of respect.
“When Reagan was president,” noted Durbin, “CEOs make 45 times what their employees made. Today, they make 331 times the pay of their staff. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has gone up 29 percent while wages have gone up only 14 cents for the middle class. Major education institutions, unless the middle class grows, the country won’t grow but will approach attrition.”
The key message provided by each speaker is the importance of getting out to vote. To make a difference, to make one’s voice heard, each person needs to cast a vote that reflects personal convictions. Schneider reiterated that message when he said, “Every single vote makes a difference, and you make a difference!”