46th district race heating up

By WEEK Producer

July 29, 2012 Updated Jul 30, 2012 at 9:35 AM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS --- One local political race is heating up, months before the general election.

A recent poll comprised by the Illinois Senate Republicans shows GOP candidate Pat Sullivan is neck and neck with Democratic incumbent State Senator Dave Koehler, in the 46th district, with both candidates coming in with 44 percent of the vote.

Sullivan says while his opponent is "a nice guy", the public is frustrated with the fiscal mess in Springfield and is ready for change.

Koehler argues that the "mess" is the result of decades of a lack of leadership in Illinois politics, leaving current lawmakers, he says, with the unpopular task of putting the state on the right track.

"If you think the public is frustrated, try being a legislator working down in the environment in Springfield. We've got some tough decisions to make. The real question is leadership. Who can best represent this district and exert the kind of leadership that is needed to turn this situation around?" said Koehler.

"He was the deciding vote on the 67 percent tax increases, not only for businesses. When you put taxes on businesses, we lose jobs, and that's what they have done. But then they turn around and they do it to people that have children, and they don't know how to pay that bill," said Sullivan.

Senator Koehler has held the 46th district state senate seat for six years.

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