Rep. Mike Unes discusses last two years and coming election

By Joe Bennett

October 30, 2012 Updated Oct 31, 2012 at 10:03 AM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Voters in the 91st District are deciding which candidate to elect for State Representative.

Republican incumbent Mike Unes spoke at his child's elementary school Tuesday afternoon, expressing the importance of casting a ballot.

Unes prepares the students for being involved in constituent service, something he's learned the importance of during his first term.

"It really does give a deep understanding of what the pulse of the district is and having that understanding I think allows me to become a stronger legislator in Springfield," said Unes.

Since 2010, Representative Unes says he is proudest of sponsoring a crack-down on copper theft and eliminating spending cuts with the pay-go bill.

However, he says if Illinois law makers must look at neighboring states for guidance.

"Why does the state of Indiana have surpluses at a time when we have multi-billion dollar deficits year after year?" Unes asked. "I think you can look around and say, let's have some fiscal reform, let's have some items that are going to bring fiscal sanity and have the job creators come back."

He says if all goes well for him next week, he will continue to bring jobs back to the state.

His priorities when he first took office, such as passing a concealed carry bill, have not changed.

However he says it becomes a smaller piece of the puzzle when looking at the state of the state.

"I mean when we have nearly double-digit unemployment and jobs is a key issue, and changing the environment and bringing some fiscal sanity and common sense back to the state so that we can have more revenues for our top priorities such as education and human services, that's something we need to focus on."

Wednesday night we will hear from his challenger, Jennifer Allison, who is running as a Democrat.

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