I want to thank each of you that helped this campaign effort by giving of your time, praying, and donating to the campaign! This was quite a journey, and while we did not get the results we hoped for, I am very grateful for your help in the process!
I worked hard in this effort, because I know the state of Illinois is facing serious issues. We need real answers and leaders who are dedicated to solving them. I will continue to pray that God will guide and direct our leaders, and I encourage you to do the same.
I know that our state is better off when ‘we the people’ are involved and engaged in the process. If we do not fight for justice and an honest accounting of our government, who will? Please stay in the fight – be aware of issues, call your representatives, express your concerns to your local paper and politicians.
Thank you again for your help & don’t give up the fight!
As I have walked this district and talked to the citizens of the 113th, I have heard many concerns about our state. This is what I am hearing from voters:
“My husband and I are putting up the house for sale to move back to Missouri. We can not afford to live in Illinois any longer. We have had enough of the punishment of the tax increase. What a shame that legislators are indifferent to our forced decision.”
“Illinois needs to look at best practices from other states to help get our house in order.”
“(We) need more accountability for spending. Review and reduce unnecessary subsidies.”
“Illinois’ State Government is a cesspool – more fingers in the pie than (can) be counted. Your program is a breath of fresh air. Good luck!”
“Illinois’ financial and political affairs are a disgrace.”
“Something needs to be done with the pension fund. Why are retirees allowed to draw the pension when they usually get another job and are able to work for many years?”
“There are millions of dollars that can be cut from the budget in unnecessary expenses. Cut before taxing.”
These citizens are bringing up serious issues that need to be resolved. If elected, I will address these issues and work on solutions that are good for today and for the future of our state!
On October 20, The Chicago Tribune endorsed Melinda Hult for State Representative. We are honored and thankful for this endorsement. The Tribune described Melinda as, “a go-getter who supports pension reform and wants to reduce the size of government.” To read the full endorsement, go to their website HERE.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – OCTOBER 23, 2012
Contact: Curt Mercadante (312) 985-6372
The Illinois Homeschool PAC today announced that it has endorsed Melinda Hult for the 113th State Representative District.
“A home educator herself, Melinda has demonstrated a clear commitment to protecting the rights and freedoms of Illinois home educators,” said Curt Mercadante, chair of the Illinois Homeschool PAC. “We urge home educators and all citizens committed to educational freedom to vote for Melinda on November 6th.”
ILHPAC’s legislative candidate endorsements are based on candidate responses to the ILHPAC legislative questionnaire and are posted at www.IllinoisHomeschoolFreedom.com.
The Illinois Homeschool PAC is the only Illinois political action committee that is singularly focused on protecting the rights of Illinois home educators.
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Hult: I Won’t Accept State Pension
Career-politician Hoffman in line for max-payout of taxpayer-funded pension if elected
Belleville, IL – Melinda Hult, Republican candidate for State Representative vowed today not to accept public pension benefits offered to state legislators if elected to the Illinois House. Meanwhile, Hult’s opponent, career politician and former Rep. Jay Hoffman, needs less than two more years of legislative service to qualify for a lucrative taxpayer-funded pension valued at $4,500 per-month.
Hoffman, whose salary increased 106% during the two decades he served in the Illinois House from 1991-2011, would qualify for the maximum state pension payout afforded to legislators if elected to another term.
“Serving in public office is a privilege, not a pathway to self-enrichment” said Hult. “The choice in this race could not be more clear; a career politician feeding at the trough at taxpayer expense, or a fresh face who will lead by example from day one and work to restore integrity and trust to public service.”
Hult is running on a platform of repealing the 67% income tax hike pushed through by Democrats in 2011; eliminating unnecessary and burdensome regulations that strangle private-sector job growth; reducing statespending and forcing the state to live within its means; and restoring confidence and trust in state government.
In addition to refusing state pension benefits, Melinda Hult has pledged to take a 10% pay cut on her first day in office; in addition to sponsoring legislation to grant statewide office holders, county wide officials and county boards throughout Illinois the same authority to reduce their own salaries. Under current state law, elected officials do not have the ability to make changes to their salary during their term in office. Hult’s legislation would allow elected officials to opt-in during their next term in office and give back 10% of their salary. The legislation would also create a statewide reporting system database so that voters and the media may hold their elected officials accountable by monitoring to see which elected officials have vowed to take a pay cut.