Economy, health care, taxes bring voters out to polls
Susan Benn and Walter Benn, of Deerfield, check-in to vote at the Patty Turner Center Tuesday in Deerfield. | Ruthie Hauge~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 23, 2012 11:15AM
Voters from Deerfield, as well as neighboring communities, are voting for a variety of reasons, but the economy, jobs, health care and taxes head the list.
Several people visiting the Patty Turner Community Center stopped to share their reasons for casting ballots in this March 20 primary.
“The economy is important. And so are women’s issues, and there is a lot of misinformation going around about them,” Deerfield resident Cece Greco said.
David Shamrock, the executive director of the Deerfield Park District’s Patty Turner Center, said his votes are directed toward improving the economy and creating more jobs.
“I want the economy to continue improving. It’s important to get out of this recession and continue moving forward,” Shamrock said.
Geraldine Goldberg of Northbrook said her main reason for voting was a referendum to increase taxes for School District 31.
“I won’t tell you how I’m going to vote, but it’s important to have a say about this,” Goldberg said.
Benita McNeal of Skokie said she is saddened and frustrated about not being able to help those who have lost their jobs and homes, and about so many businesses closing. Rising gas prices also are a problem for everyone.
McNeal noted that she is going to vote for someone who can alleviate these problems.
Elena Dobrescue of Highland Park, who participated in early voting, said her main concern was health insurance for everyone, but especially for the elderly.
“I have to vote because I am a citizen and it is my duty. I’m not indifferent to the fate of this country, and I’m worried about health care and education,” Olga Kiseleva of Buffalo Grove said.
The economy and health care were two of the reasons that Helen Franz of Wilmette cast her vote.
And the possibility of increased taxes in her community brought Eveylyn Neu of Highland Park to the voting booth.
“Higher taxes, streets that need work and gas prices that don’t stop going up. That’s why I’m voting,” said Marion Glicks of Highland Park.
Eleanor Soldano of Highwood said she won’t vote in the primary, because she doesn’t want to declare a party.
“I think we should get ballots just like in a general election,” Soldano said. “I don’t think it’s fair that I can’t vote in this election just because I won’t declare a party. We have to change the way we do primaries.
“If I like a Republican, I’ll vote for a Republican. If I like a Democrat, I’ll vote for the Democrat. I don’t want to declare a party.”