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For the Illinois House

42nd District: It’s a close call between the two best candidates in this Republican contest of four like-minded conservatives. As former legislative staffers, Chris Hage, of Wheaton, and Laura Pollastrini, of Carol Stream, share an inside knowledge of how things work (or don’t) in state government. Both are outspoken about the lack of scrutiny and transparency in passing a budget, for example, and both are critical of the salaries and benefits afforded to dozens of part-time boards and commissions. We give the edge to Hage, a former prosecutor and legal counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, for his solid grounding on criminal law issues.

Pollastrini, an attorney, has worked for former Senate President James “Pate” Philip and former DuPage County State’s Attorney Joe Birkett. She currently works in government relations and has served on the DuPage County regional school board since 1995. The others are Dave Carlin, of Naperville, president of the DuPage College board of trustees and district office director for U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, and Jeanne Ives, a West Point graduate and Gulf War veteran elected last year to the Wheaton City Council.

via For the Illinois House – chicagotribune.com.

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