Rick Laib likes his chances heading into today’s Republican primary in the 11th Congressional District.
“When I talk to people, most of them tell me they like the same pro-life, pro Second Amendment, pro free-market principles I have expressed throughout my campaign,” Laib told the Will County Gazette. “That’s what I want them thinking about when they head into the voting booth, how can we envision changing Illinois in the same way.”
For Laib, the job starts Tuesday when he faces off against Krishna Bansal with the right to face incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Aurora) in November in play.
“I want voters thinking about how it would be to live under restrained government,” he added. “I’ve always said in certain areas less is a whole lot better when it comes to certain areas of government. I think we have that belief in common.”
Laib recently took Gov. J.B. Pritzker to task for his progressive task proposal, which he has blasted as the wrong thing at the wrong time for the cash-strapped state.
“It’s called the progressive tax, which is an attractive name, but I can assure you that’s where the attraction would end,” he said. “The plan has no limitations on how much it taxes and gives lawmakers more control to take from people as they see fit.”
Even as Pritzker continues to sell the plan as only a tax on the state’s richest of the rich, Laib argues nothing about that adds up.
“The truly rich people are already leaving Illinois because of all the taxation we already have,” he said. “Nothing about this tax is going to satisfy our current spending problem they want to keep taxing and spending.”
Finally, Laib points to a recent Illinois Policy Institute analysis that finds if the tax was enacted, it would eventually cost the state nearly 60,000 jobs as further proof of its destruction.