5th Congressional District candidates look at jobs and apathy

Nancy Wade and the 5th Congressional race profiled on Medill:

Nancy Lynn Wade, 57, the Green Party candidate running for Congress, said the solution to joblessness is to increase revenue through reduction in the military budget, a transaction tax on Wall Street, and a tax on the very wealthy and corporations. “This would create jobs nationwide and would affect my district as well,” Wade said.

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Medill Reports Chicago, Oct 11, 2012

George, 38, of Lakeview, said he feels disconnected from the government and the November elections. He is unemployed and said he does not think the legislators are being responsible. 

 


“The reason that I am not voting is that I don’t feel a part of the society,” said George, who refused to give his last name. He paints signs on restaurant windows to earn some cash. “I hope they work on employment issues,” he said.



Dan Schmitt, 63, the Republican candidate running for Congress in the 5th District, agreed that the district in particular and the nation in general are in dire need of job creation for the unemployed.



But he did not see unemployment as a reason not to vote. “If people don’t vote, then they are voting against their interests and they should quit complaining. You get the government you vote,” Schmitt said. 



Schmitt said he would create more jobs in the area by talking to U.S. companies manufacturing in China. “I want Apple to produce iPhones in the USA. Come back to the USA.”

He would give them land in Chicago for free, and companies would be interested, he said, especially if they didn’t have to pay taxes for 50 years.



“Somebody has got to go out there and do it, and that is the job of the Congressman,” Schmitt said.



For incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago), housing and transportation remain on top of the list for creating more jobs. 



“Rebuilding our infrastructure reduces our dependence on foreign oil. It makes us safer as a result, reduces pollution, it’s energy smart, and it creates jobs for the long term. The benefits lasts 30-35 years,” Quigley said.  



Margaret Schoikat, 50, a graphic designer, said that politicians don’t tell the truth to middle-class people and that both the Democrats and Republicans are “idiots,” though she didn’t know the names of the incumbent and challengers in her district. 



“It’s just a game,” Schoikat said. “Our opinion means nothing to them. I am absolutely disappointed.” She said she is not going to vote. 



Quigley said that he understands the disenchantment of people who are facing tough times. “But you never give up on a democracy. You are letting the bad guys run the country if you don’t vote,” Quigley said.



Nancy Lynn Wade, 57, the Green Party candidate running for Congress, said the solution to joblessness is to increase revenue through reduction in the military budget, a transaction tax on Wall Street, and a tax on the very wealthy and corporations. “This would create jobs nationwide and would affect my district as well,” Wade said.

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