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Manley: Cut Legislative Pay by 10 Percent

State representative candidate also supports law requiring voter approval for legislative pay raises.

Editor’s note: The following was taken in part from a press release issued by Natalie Manley’s campaign.

A Joliet Democrat is promising to do her part to help solve the state’s budget crisis by voting to cut legislative salaries by 10 percent.

Natalie Manley, who is facing off against Republican in the race for the 98th District State Representative seat, also said she supports new legislation requiring voters to approval all pay raises for lawmakers.

“The state has a serious budget problem,” Manley said. “As I walk door-to-door, I meet many taxpayers who are struggling to make ends meet and who can barely afford the roof over their heads while paying for gasoline and groceries. The politicians who got us into this mess don’t deserve a raise, and they should share the burden.”

Manley said she also supports eliminating legislative perks that will put the state further in debt, including ending free taxpayer-funded healthcare for retired politicians and judges who already receive state-funded pensions.

The candidate has vowed to work to repeal the state income tax hike.

“As a single mother who got out of an abusive marriage, I put myself through college and worked two jobs on the night shift in order to provide for my family,” continued Manley. “I’ve made it through some tough times by working hard and that’s what it’s going to take to get out of the mess the politicians in Springfield have created.  It’s wrong for politicians to keep asking taxpayers to bail them out, when they should be making some sacrifices just like we are.  I am determined to fight for fairness and to use my accounting and auditing skills to help balance the budget, improve the economy and create jobs.”

Manley’s bid for the state representative seat is her first run for office. She works as an accountant and  is one of the hosts of WJOL’s “Lynne, Mary & Natalie” show.

Ray September 13, 2012 at 08:25 PM
She should not be commenting on or using her domestic abuse issues in her campaign as she was recently arrested for abusing/assaulting her daughter. You can't have it both ways.
Tim September 13, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Is there any reason that you can't provide the evidence to support your claim? You made the claim, so it is now on you to prove it, not on those you accuse to prove its opposite.
Bob Jonas September 14, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Tim, if the claim is not true, all Ms. Manley has to do is say she is not being supported by Madigan and the Democratic Party. Without Madigan and the Democratic Party support she would not have the funds to run a campaign and send out a new full colored piece of literature almost every day. She keeps saying she will cut representative pay by 10%, balance the budget because she is a CPA, etc. None of this will happen unless she has the support of the majority of the other reps in Springfield. She will be a rookie that gets eaten up by the vultures who are already instilled in Springfield. I work with a lot of CPA's who are not very good and are more harmful to their business clients then helpful.
Jean September 18, 2012 at 03:46 PM
If you go through the State Board of Elections you see a significant amount of in-kind contributions from the Illinois Democrat Party. All her mailers are labeled paid by the Illinois Democrat Party. Madigan is the Chairman of the Illinois Democrat Party and he is the one that funnels all the money to these targeted state rep races. Any vote for a IL Democrat is a vote for Madigan. Good luck in cutting his pay!
Ray September 18, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Ron I think Jean answered your question to Bob. I also think that if Natalie's mailers say paid for by the Illinois Democratic party on them it is completely unnecessary to go the the State Board of Elections and check anything. We know where the money came from, who signed off on it, and who she's going to be beholding to. Thanks Jean. Great post!

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