Representative Dave Winters already announced he would leave the house at the end of his term, but he's now moved that date up by almost six months. Some people wonder about the timing so close to the November election. Winters says he's leaving effective Tuesday, July 31 because he's fed up with the lack of movement on pension reform.
"The resignation is one of frustration and really making a call to the legislative leaders to negotiate compromise and don't hold it off until after the election," says Winters.
Some are already speculating it's not pensions but politics that motivated Winters decision. He says he expects Republican John Cabello who faces Democrat Carl Wasco in November for the 68th district seat to be named as his replacement.
"It gives the guy who is coming up behind him to take his spot an opportunity to become an incumbent for a few months prior to running for re-election. So it's all political, but this happens all the time," says Representative Chuck Jefferson.
But Democrat Chuck Jefferson and Republican Senator Dave Syverson agree Winters always put politics aside when it came to projects for Rockford.
"Some of the things that were really important were this last capital plan in which we were able to bring back close to $400 million worth of road and infrastructure projects, which included the widening and rebuilding of North Main. So there are clearly numerous pieces of legislation that Dave will leave his mark that he made a difference in his time in Springfield," says Senator Syverson.
Winters says he leaves disappointed he did not do more to move Illinois forward on job creation.
"I hope whoever follows me is able to have more success in creating jobs in this state. You can fight the good fight unfortunately I haven't won enough of them to put Illinois in a good state," says Winters.
A group of three people representing the Winnebago County Republican Party will ultimately decide who fills Representative Winters' seat, but there is no timeline on when that will happen.
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