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Stop playing politics

Published: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

It was amusing to see Doug Meyer’s Sept. 4 letter to the editor attempting to justify McHenry County Republican Party Chairman/State Rep. Mike Tryon’s refusal to support pension reform legislation in the Illinois House of Representatives.

Mr. Meyer failed to address the thousands of dollars that Tryon regularly accepts from teachers’ unions. The fact is that over the past year, Tryon was one of the largest recipients of teachers’ union cash in the entire General Assembly. That may help explain his refusal to vote for pension reform.

Mr. Meyer then went on to blame House Speaker Mike Madigan and those who support him for all the problems in Illinois. That is particularly amusing for two reasons: first, Mr. Meyer’s letter was in response to a letter from Mr. Tom Ganka (Aug. 22), a letter that simply encouraged readers to investigate the context behind Tryon’s votes and in no way identified support for Madigan in any way; second, Tryon, the county Republican Party chairman and champion of the teachers’ union’s anti-pension reform position, has voted for Madigan as speaker of the House on at least three occasions. So according to Mr. Meyer’s logic, Tryon is as culpable as anyone for the current problems in Illinois.

It’s time for Tryon and his supporters to stop playing politics and be honest with the voters.

Amy Appel

Wonder Lake

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