Tribune Endorses Lieberman for State Rep Over Incumbent Gabel

The piece criticized Gabel for failing to commit to pension reform.

The Chicago Tribune officially endorsed Republican candidate Eric Lieberman of Evanston Wednesday in the race for State Representative of Illinois’ 18th District.

The article, which also presents the publication’s picks for several other contested Illinois House races, criticizes incumbent Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-18) for failing to commit her vote for pension reform while advocating for the continued funding of FamilyCare and the Department of Children and Family services.

The piece calls Lieberman “a straight shooter who favors shifting pension costs to local school districts and moving new state employees into a 401(k)-style retirement plan, gets the endorsement.”

Both candidates have criticized each other in the past. Lieberman has called Gabel a follower who doesn’t possess the persuasive power necessary to enact change. Gabel criticized Lieberman’s tax reform plan that would allow Illinois resident’s to earmark their tax dollars for specific purposes, saying such a system would leave worthwhile and necessary programs grossly underfunded.

The Chicago Sun-Times announced earlier this year that it would no longer endorse political candidates.

Read the full endorsement on the Chicago Tribune website.

Earlier: 18th IL District Candidate Lieberman on Government Transparency and Tax Reform

Earlier: 18th IL District Incumbent Gabel on Job Creation and Budget Cuts

John October 22, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Eric, nice job with the League of Women's voters yesterday. Your response to the gambling was spot on--gambling is evil. Robyn's endorsement of gambling expansion for the sake of revenue is predatory on those who can least afford to lose their money. Keep fighting the good fight!
John October 26, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Everyone who cares about a better Illinois should read the editorial in today's Wall Street Journal entitled, "State of Disfunction". The closing sentences, "...is the double helix of government unions and Democratic politicians. Each side sustains the other, as if they can keep soaking Illinois taxpayers forever. Sooner or later the charade will collapse. Maybe sooner." This is where our current leadership has taken us. We can't be ostriches any longer. We need to spread the word of Eric's candidacy.
Jim October 26, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Lieberman is smart, honest, realistic and concerned about the broken system and condition of Illinois. Everyone in the 18th district should support him if he/she wishes to begin fixing a seriously broken and broke Illinois. He has great ideas about what needs to be done and will be a force for good in Springfield.
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