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Chapman is on the Ballot for the March Republican State Rep Primary filing over 800 signatures.

A Vietnam Vet, Ex Firefighter, Ex Member OCAW Union, Present Mayor of Shorewood
A Vietnam Vet, Ex Firefighter, Ex Member OCAW Union, Present Mayor of Shorewood
"I have been the Mayor of Shorewood for over 13 years and have needed to work hand in hand with Springfield Legislators. At times it has been very frustrating to see how State Politics works. Some of the people who are mostly affected by the laws created are the one's sent to Springfield, ie State Workers and School Teachers along with Career Politicians. Although I certainly respect what they do for us I don't think they should be involved in trying to solve a crisis the State is in when any solution would affect them personally by way of pay and pension. This to me is a conflict of interest and should not be tolerated by all the tax payers of Illinois, including those groups, who also pay taxes.
As the Mayor I have had to sit by and watch as Springfield put Illinois into massive debt. In Shorewood our % of revenue needed for pensions is less than 9%. The State on the other hand is pushing 25% and going up every year. With businesses leaving and more people coming onto the retirement role we could easily see our pension load at the State level reach 30  or even 40% of revenues. For the long term good of the employees themselves (remember Detroit) and the State as a whole, this needs to stop!
Insanity is said to be when you do the same thing over and over and expect different results, let's not continue such nonsense. I have a proven track record of conservative government. We are able to run the Village business on 4.3 cents of every households property tax dollar and still supply superior service to our residents. A husband, a father and a grandfather I have a tremendous stake in a healthy Illinois. My ad will appear shortly in the Patch. There will be a link to my web site and facebook page. Please become informed about the candidates and who they are, and what they have invested. Please visit my sites to find out more about me and please ask questions. Thanks,  Rick Chapman
Infamous Steve December 16, 2013 at 09:30 AM
Yea....as if Illinois needs this guys help!!! And that payroll tax will probably remain in place for good!
seer December 16, 2013 at 09:52 AM
Duh Mayor Chappy- what do you propose to do about IL State Police retiring at 50YO with $100K a year pension and gold-plated health insurance for life? How about a cold, hard plan of attack to rid the taxpayers of these massive state employee pensions (and ridding us of many state employees also) instead of the usual politician puffery. What would you cut without drawing the wrath of the powerful govt worker unions? Will you end the $100s of billions in tax breaks to corporate welfare queens like CAT and Sears Holdings to maintain a few thousand jobs that will be burdened with higher income and property taxes because of those corporate giveaways? How soon until IL is able to lower the "temporary" state income tax increase that was implemented a few years ago to pay for all of the pension BS and continues to rob IL citizens of their hard-earned incomes via taxation. You speak of Detroit's bankruptcy- IL is well past that point- unfortunately for us- the taxpayer- states are not able to declare bankruptcy like municipalities have the luxury of doing. IL will be forced to go to Uncle Sam with hat-in-hand for a bailout and see if he will print up some more funny $ to dole out to the state govt "workers"- but not before raising taxes exponentially on what's left of IL's working and middle classes in a vicious circle of taxtation from the productive to give to the unproductive.
the duellist December 16, 2013 at 01:04 PM
If insanity is doing the same thing over an over again then re-electing career politicians like Chapman continously must mean that there are a lot of voters that need to be on the 2nd floor of St. Joe's.
Dense much? December 16, 2013 at 01:57 PM
Well, he is better than any of the Chicago dumbycrat at least.
Jim Nolan December 19, 2013 at 08:15 PM
What makes you think so Dense Much? I sure don't see any difference.
the duellist December 19, 2013 at 08:36 PM
the lesser of 2 evils is still evil
Dense much? December 19, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Very true but it doesn't take a wise man to see what the Chicago democratic machine has done to this state.

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