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Glenbrook South Students Organize State Senate Debate

9th Illinois District candidates Daniel Biss and Glenn Farkas will debate at GBS on Wednesday Sept. 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Illinois State Senate candidates (9th district) and will participate in a District Debate on Wednesday Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. The debate will take place in the auditorium, and is organized by students in Mr. Kane’s social studies classes. The District Debate is open to the general public. 

A former math professor at the University of Chicago, Democrat Daniel Biss is the current representative for the 17th House District in the Illinois General Assembly, first elected in 2010. Presently, he serves on seven House Committees and has been working to pass legislation regarding pensions, the environment and nuclear energy.

Glenview resident and first-time political candidate, , is the President of Avista Wealth Management, a financial consulting firm serving high net-worth individuals and businesses. According to Farkas, one of the main sources of his motivation to run for Senate is his desire to guarantee a better future for his children.

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TakeBackIllinois September 09, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I encourage all the constituents of the 9th Senate District to attend this debate between two starkly different senatorial opponents: one candidate a former math academic, and Madigan protege, who favors a Progressive Illinois Income Tax and significant property tax increases through pension cost-shifting to school districts and the other a local Glenview business owner who believes Illinois should impose fiscal budgetary discipline, is focused on creating small business growth and who has stated he will not take an Illinois pension when elected. One candidate who is on record as saying all Springfield legislators, including himself, are "liars" and "idiots" and another candidate who is smart, and straight talking, and is in touch with the needs of the 9th District.
Nobody You Know September 10, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Trust me, I'll be there...wearing a Daniel Biss pin. Have a good day.
TakeBackIllinois September 10, 2012 at 03:31 PM
It would be great to conduct a taxpayer's "citizen caucus", to rationally discuss issues and possible solutions to the deep financial - and potentially bankrupting- position Illinois faces. There are many constituents of the 9th District who believe that Springfield's financial irresponsibility should not be heaped on the backs of beleaguered school districts which have seen their funding cut by almost $1B since 2009. We are concerned that Mr. Biss' advocating of cost-shifting pension reform to local school districts will either deeply cut into K-12 essential classroom activities or significantly increase local property taxes and affect property values. I respect your position, but for one, I am interested in new Springfield leadership who will fight for taxpayers, school districts and small business owners-- we should all be wearing "Don't Tread on Me" pins with the symbol of our great State!
TakeBackIllinois September 18, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Unfortunately, by adamantly supporting the proposal of cost-shifting of pension liability with its very significant costs to already beleaguered and financially strapped school districts, Daniel Biss, has made teacher and School Board negotiations all but impossible in the 9th District ( most Evanston, most NBK, Glenview, Wilmette, Northfield, Skokie, part Deerfield, Winnetka, Glencoe, Kennilworth) as School Boards can, in no way. ascertain the serious potential financial impact on their budgets and the economic appetite for property taxpayers to absorb the cost-shift financial burden. Dan Biss is no friend to teachers or school districts alike with his pension cost-shifting proposals.
patchwatcher September 19, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Hmm...coincidental that it is Speak Like a Pirate Day?

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