The 42nd State Senate District includes portions of Aurora, Naperville, North Aurora,Montgomery, Oswego and Boulder Hill.Holmes, who moved to Plainfield and voted to increase taxes for Illinois, has not waged ahigh-profile campaign and has a few hundred thousand dollars in the bank if she wanted tospend it.She lists her accomplishments as finding ways to waste millions of tax dollars into AuroraMayor Tom Weisner's park project that was supposed to be
.Meanwhile, her challenger is Peter Hurtado, a business owner, who mission is to be fiscallyresponsible in Springfield and more involved in the community.As Illinois is engulfed in an ethical and leadership crisis and appears to be headed off afiscal cliff, Hurtado wants to change things while Holmes says she will continue to do moreof what she has been doing.
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Holmes said her ability to “be open-minded and listen” allows her to workacross the aisle with Republicans and accomplish positive changes for herdistrict, such as helping Aurora use the state’s River Edge RedevelopmentZone Investment tax credit to build RiverEdge Park and co-sponsoring a newunemployed veterans’ tax credit. “It’s always been curiosity and fact-finding,” said Holmes, 53, of Aurora. “It’sdoing all the background work and doing all the research to find out factsthat I think has always been fascinating to me.”
criticized state budgeting practices and said he would be “morefiscally responsible” than Holmes and “more involved in the community.” Hesaid the state has a spending problem that can be fixed by budgeting withhard numbers instead of revenue assumptions and by removing “stupidspending.” Holmes said the process of “budgeting for results” the state has been usingthe past two years is on the right track to producing more financial stabilityin the future.