The Illinois FOP Labor Council

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By David Wickster, Executive Director - Thursday, November 1, 2012

 

I have been voting for quite some time now.  In fact I had to wait until I was 21 to register to vote.  That should give you some time frame for how long I have been voting.  The one thing I can say for certain is in all that time I have yet to cast a vote for the "perfect candidate" and am quite certain I never will.  Each time I have entered a polling place I know that I will be voting for someone that I have strong differences with on some issues.  Because of this I look at who most closely aligns themselves with what I feel are my priorities and is best for the constituents the candidate will serve if elected.  I must admit I pay little attention to the TV and radio ads as I refuse to let some sound bite that has little relevance to the facts influence my vote.  I wish there was a way to stop letting the guy with the most money have the ability to buy the most time to tell me all the bad things about the other guy.  The blogs on the Internet are no better.  Unfortunately I fear these things must have a great deal of influence as a lot of time and money are being spent on giving little and often times misleading if not outright false information. 

For years now the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police has asked its legislative office to formulate questions to present to both the Republican and Democratic candidate for President of the United States.  These questions range from issues about working conditions to general issues that all citizens should be interested in. The candidates are given ample time to research and respond.  The responses are then published for the entire membership to review and consider.  We have published on our website the COMPLETE survey and COMPLETE responses from the Candidates for you to review.  These are questions from the largest police organization in the United States to the men that want to be President of the United States for the next four years.  Clearly the questions come from a law enforcement perspective on important issues.  I encourage you to visit our site; www.fop.org or go directly to the following link: http://www.fop.org/ilfoplc_article.asp?aID=19  where the questionnaire resides. 

In the next few days we will be hearing a lot of praise given to the first responders, including law enforcement personnel, and the extraordinary work they are doing responding to the havoc that Hurricane Sandy has left this nation to cope with.   The survey questions and responses that we published on our website were given early last summer when there was no pressure to give praise to those that do this type of work every day.  I urge you to read these responses as well as other legitimate material and vote informed. 

For those of you voting in Illinois, I am encouraging you to VOTE “NO” to the Constitutional Amendment.  The question on the ballot is misleading.  The actual amendment contains over 700 words that concern most that have read it.  Most of the major newspapers agree and oppose this amendment.  I have yet to read one that recommends a yes vote.  On our website and Facebook page, you will find more information about this and reasons why we are asking you to VOTE “NO”.  We recognize public sector pensions are the elephant in the room but this is not the answer.  We hope that soon some responsible dialog and action will occur to address the pension issue in a meaningful way. 

 

Editors Note:   David Wickster is the Executive Director of The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council which represents the labor interests of over 10,000 dedicated professionals who work in the Illinois Criminal Justice System and related fields of public employment. 

 

The complete National FOP Presidential Questionnaire with candidate responses can be found at the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council web site at: http://www.fop.org/ilfoplc_article.asp?aID=19