There has been plenty of noise in the race to fill Representative Dave Winters' seat since he stepped down in July.
Republican John Cabello and Democrat Carl Wasco have stepped up with hopes of taking Winters' place.
John Cabello has worked for the Rockford Police Department for almost 20 years and he says the key to improving northern Illinois' economy starts with easing the amount of taxes people are paying.
"I'm just tired of the way things are going," Cabello says. "We're paying too much in taxes and we're not seeing anything for it. If we're paying the amount of taxes we are right now, we should be able to see fantastic roads—we don't even see that."
Lowering that tax burden is why Rockford native and current alderman Carl Wasco says he's in the race.
"The state raised taxes and made a promise to phase them out over time," Wasco says. "One of the reasons I wanted to run for office is to make them keep that promise."
Both men have a plan to get the state's economy back on track. Cabello says the key is lower taxes that he believes improve the state's business climate.
"The 67 percent tax increase on working, well, it's on everyone, but it's hurting working families. It's hurting every family in Illinois," Cabello said.
Wasco hopes voters listen to his plan to guide the state to economic stability.
"That we get our budget in order to balance it, start paying our bills on time, and lower that tax rate that they raised on us and go from there," Wasco said.
Cabello is currently finishing the rest of Republican Dave Winters' term. Winters' decision to step down and Cabello's taking the seat caused a stir when it happened, but both men say it is not a distraction.
"Going back it takes me away from going door to door and doing the necessary things on the campaign side because I'm doing the legislative side," Cabello said.
"That hasn't had any effect on our campaign," Wasco said. "We're hearing good feedback out there, we're working hard and the voter's going to decide what they want to do. It's an election and we're working in that direction."
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