Illinois state Rep. Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City)
Illinois state Rep. Blaine Wilhour (R-Beecher City) is convinced that Gov. J.B. Pritzker will ultimately pay a price for his increasingly liberal policies.
“I’ve always contended that government and the political system in Illinois is much farther to the left than where the people are,” Wilhour told the South Central Reporter. “And with Democrats in the supermajority, the most liberal governor in the country is not going to change himself.”
Wilhour also said that he’s not the least bit surprised to see that a new Morning Consult poll finds that Pritzker has now fallen to the ranks of the least popular governors in the U.S. At just eight spots from the bottom, Pritzker has also seen his disapproval rating climb from 29 percent to 42 percent as his approval ratings have remained hovering in the low 40s.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker
Among the country’s 23 Democratic governors, Pritzker also finds himself ranked ahead of just six of his peers, or in the lower 25 percent.
“What’s coming out of Springfield is not what people want,” Wilhour said. “They simply want a government that works and doesn’t trample on rights and traditions. A lot of what’s coming through on things like guns and abortion is just the opposite of that. You have to remember, Pritzker didn’t win because everyone loved all the ideas he was offering up. It was more about the poor job Republicans did giving people a reason to support them.”
Earlier this summer, Pritzker signed off on at least 20 new taxes and fee hikes even as the state budget remains out of whack. Among the many increases that have already taken effect is the state gas tax, which doubled from 19 to 38 cents.
“We, as Republicans, need to put up a plan to make Illinois a destination state again,” Wilhour said. “We need a plan that pushes reform, controls spending and advocates for balanced budgets. You can look at Illinois and see the system is all screwed up with corruption, fiscal insecurity and the budget being upside down.”