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12 | January 25, 2018 | The highland park landmark news Find the right Properly representing district, immigration hot issues for Republican Congressional candidates Xavier Ward, Editor camp for your child! • Art Camps • Day Camps • Educational Camps • Overnight Camps • Sports Camps PRESENTED BY 22ND CENTURY MEDIA Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 10am - 2pm 1515 Lake Cook Road, Northbrook, IL AND MORE TO COME! FREE FACE PAINTING! FREE BALLOON ANIMALS! (10:30 AM - 1:30 PM) MORE INFO AT (847) 272-4565 Sponsored by The three Republicans vying for the Illinois 10th Congressional District seat made their arguments Sunday at North Shore Suburban Beth El for why they would be best suited to replace Congressman Brad Schneider (D—Deerfield). Event organizer Michael Salberg said the event wasn’t just for those running for the 10th District, but no other Republicans seeking election in 2018 agreed to attend. “We’ve done it for over 40 years,” Salberg said. “We’ve always been a political synagogue.” The candidates — Jeremy Wynes, Highland Park; Sapan Shah, Libertyville; and Douglas Bennett, Deerfield — answered questions at a town hall style meeting. Around 50 were in attendance, Salberg said. One issue all the candidates agreed upon was adequately representing the district’s needs, even if it means crossing party lines. “We’re here to solve problems, the whole point to what we’re doing is trying to find solutions to problems and if there’s something good for the district we’re going to vote for it,” Bennett. The others echoed similar sentiments. “I’m running, I think, in the great tradition of the 10th Congressional District here, where we’ve for 40 years had independentminded Republican leadership. People who are fiscally conservative, socially moderate — that’s where I am,” Wynes said. Wynes said that Schneider ran on a platform of compromise and truly representing the needs of the Republican candidates for the 10th Congressional district (left to right) Sapan Shah, Jeremy Wynes and Douglas Bennett are introduced by emcee Michael Salberg at the Republican town hall Sunday, Jan. 21. Xavier Ward/22nd Century Media district when he was first elected in 2013, but has since voted along party lines entirely. Shah agreed crossing party lines is necessary at times, and added that party politics and fear of not being reelected often muddle effective lawmaking, suggesting term limits could be a way to stymie political gridlock. “In terms of my model, I really wish people would be more worried about doing their job than be worried about reelection,” he said. “And that’s ultimately where I think people get connected back to party, and they end up casting votes that they regret later.” The candidates fielded other questions from the audience. One of the questions that left the candidates differentiated the candidates’ views was immigration. While all three agreed on a need for immigration reform, the appropriate methods left them apart, both from a social and policy standpoint. On the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program — a program that allowed undocumented individuals who came here as minors to obtain a work permit, driver’s license and allowed them to legally attend college — the candidates varied slightly in their answers. DACA recipients are frequently referred to as “Dreamers.” “My problem is, the Dreamer’s deferred action left them both here and illegal, living in the shadows, unable to live their lives. We have to choose as a people, you’re either coming or you’re going,” Bennett said. Bennett noted the lack of path to citizenship in the DACA program as an issue, but said legal immigration is broken, too. He went on a criticize the H1B visa program, which allows skilled workers from other countries to quickly obtain a visa. He said it allows the workers to be exploited by the companies by overworking the employees, promising high wages but also working them for, long, grueling hours. Shah, a son of Indian immigrants, broke from Bennett on DACA. “I think it’s really different,” he said, noting that Please see candidates, 13 sound off the highland park landmark | January 25, 2018 | 13 Social snapshot Top stories: From as of Monday, Jan. 22 1. UPDATE: Highland Park man witnessed murder, struck shooter with vehicle 2. Passion for pizza: Mother-daughter duo dishes out coal-fired pies in Highwood 3. Highland Park man found guilty of tax evasion in federal court 4. 10 Questions with Zoe Hayman, Highland Park girls basektball 5. Two seniors robbed with weapon in Highwood Become a member: On Thursday, Jan. 18, Downtown Highland Park posted this photo with the caption “Get a head start on Valentine’s Day at Paper Source Highland Park! Join them for a Craft Social this Thursday at 6pm. Plenty of wine & cheese will be served while you get your craft on! Call 847-266-6100 to sign up.” Like The Highland Park Landmark: On Friday, Jan. 19, North Shore School District 112 retweeted Larry Patrick, who tweeted this photo with the caption, “Lincoln 5th Grade visits the Field Museum. Students getting ready to explore! @LincolnLions112 @ LincolnPTA112 #112pride” Follow The Highland Park Landmark: @hparklandmark From the Editor We’ve made progress, but not enough Xavier Ward In April, Martin Luther King Jr. will have been dead for 50 years. Last week, as communities around the area were celebrating his legacy, it makes one think about the progress we’ve made as a society, and where we’re going. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever candidates From Page 12 they did not come here by their own volition. He also noted the need for comprehensive border security measures that may come in different forms than a wall. Wynes agreed on the comprehensive approach to border security, and said that right now, border security is about “what’s achievable.” “To me, the fact that there isn’t a deal on the Dreamers, on DACA, already, is a sign of what’s wrong in Washington D.C., because we all remember a few months ago Democratic leadership walks into the oval office and they walk you do you have to keep moving forward,” King said at a college rally, referencing the Bible’s Book of Isaiah. It’s true that we’ve come a long way, but we’re not necessarily where we need to be. It’s important to acknowledge the progress we’ve made. Being overwhelmingly negative about our current state of affairs, while it is easiest, does not help us make more progress. “It is everybody’s job to bring peace into their lives,” said Naomi Coleman, 11, an attendee of Highland Park’s MLK Day of Service Event. “Every day I see news about shootings for no reason and ruining out and everyone is sort of singing from the same hymnal,” he said. Shortly after, however that changed. He said the current administration and Democratic leadership share blame. A solution he’d like to see is a deal on DACA that puts Dreamers on the path to citizenship in exchange for comprehensive border security measures. The primary takes place March 20. At 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, a similar town hall style meeting will be held at North Shore Suburban Beth El for Democratic candidates seeking election in 2018, including candidates for attorney general and governor. immigrants’ lives who have done nothing wrong. It is sad.” Other attendees echoed similar sentiments. People I know, family and otherwise, are frustrated with the country’s politics. However, very few do their part to change it. Angela Davis once said, “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” If you’re frustrated with the state of politics, no matter what side you lie on, go out and find a cause to volunteer for. Find organizations that fight the issues nagging at you and donate your time or money. Talk is cheap, and actions have always spoken louder than words. go figure 800k Most of the events celebrating the life of MLK Jr. call for others to follow his example. Well, his example was not just cheap talk. In his time, MLK was a radical who broke the law to fight for equal rights. He was imprisoned, harassed and eventually assassinated. Fortunately for us — politically vocal or otherwise — we may speak our minds publicly with some ease. However, words coupled with inaction might as well have never been spoken. So, if you’re feeling frustrated and want to do something about it, don’t just talk on social media. If you really want to follow in the footsteps of MLK, action is required. An intriguing number from this week’s edition The dollar amount Highland Park resident Jordan Eckerling pleaded to evading in taxes between 2008-2012, read about it on Page 12. The Highland Park Landmark Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from 22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. The Highland Park Landmark encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be published. We also ask that writers include their address and phone number for verification, not publication. Letters should be limited to 400 words. The Highland Park Landmark reserves the right to edit letters. 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