February 27, 2018
"Democrats Susan Malter of Lincolnshire and Daniel Didech of Buffalo Grove are competing for the nomination. Malter, an attorney, has a record of putting progressive beliefs into action: She left her house in January 2017 and headed to O’Hare International Airport to assist travelers impacted by President Trump’s travel ban. She says she would not vote to re-elect Michael Madigan as House speaker, something to which few Democrats will commit. Didech, meanwhile, is taking gobs of money from Madigan and his allies. You know where he’d stand and how deeply he’d bow. Malter is endorsed."
February 26, 2018
"Malter, a former Cook County prosecutor, founded a nonprofit to connect at-risk schoolchildren and their families to social services and has hosted talks between Muslims and Jewish members of the community. Her involvement in a variety of civic organizations, such as the Chicago Community Trust, gives her the edge. That broad experience could prove particularly valuable in a state where social services have suffered in the past decade because of political gridlock. We endorse Malter for the Democratic nomination."
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Malter, began her career with the Cook County state's attorney's office and left to found Profamily, a not-for-profit to help children of at-risk families in high-crime Chicago neighborhoods. In January 2017, she was among the lawyers at O'Hare International Airport fighting President Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban. She said school funding should not come from property taxes and supports changing the property tax system. "While it is important to have property tax relief, the (lost) revenue has to come from somewhere," Malter said. She supports a progressive state income tax but had not identified specific brackets. Malter said she would practice "participatory budgeting" -- getting public input on specific priorities and spending allocations to meet the direct needs of District 59 and indirectly with projects and programs benefiting Illinois as a whole. She also said she would seek expanded disclosure from the Illinois comptroller to provide citizens with biannual, detailed reports on tax collections and spending. As for legislative leaders, Didech said he would support "the candidate who is committed to providing real property tax relief," protecting a woman's right to choose and enacting common sense gun laws. Malter supports term limits on legislative leaders in the Illinois House and Senate as a "common sense option" that would not compromise citizen voting rights. She opposes term limits for elected officials. Malter said she is "100 percent pro-choice." She also supports the Gun Dealer Licensing Act and a lethal violence order of protection to reduce access to guns by individuals with mental health issues.
March 5, 2018
Dispatched to O’Hare International Airport in October, Malter said Trump’s travel ban brought her back into the political realm. She said she was going door to door for a friend who was running for state office when she realized how many issues Illinois faces. “It doesn’t make sense to me that we have a budget problem in Illinois,” Malter said. “It’s all of our faults because if we’re not paying attention or trying to fix it then these people, whoever they are, will continue to do mediocre work. Trying to govern a state is not a pleasant job and most people who are bright and educated are not interested in that work, and I feel like it’s shame on us for not doing it.” Malter said she wants to enact “fiscal notes,” which would be attached to every bill and disclose the financial impact and source of payment. She said it’s a common practice elsewhere. New district maps are another topic of interest. Malter said changing of district boundaries over the last few decades have only made both parties more entrenched. She said she’d like to find a way to reintegrate demographics so a mix of both parties could allow for some moderates and candidates who can work in a bipartisan manner. However, Malter said the best way to approach House Speaker Michael Madigan about districts maps is through constructive persuasion. “If he lets go of a little control and allows the votes to happen in a more natural democratic way we’ll see that he’s either a great leader or he isn’t,” Malter said. “I think he should take a chance at being great instead of holding on too tight.”
Mundelein Review/Tribune Local
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