98th District: Republican candidate Alyssia Benford of Bolingbrook is a recent breast cancer survivor, a 25-year certified public accountant who co-owns a firm and a community activist. Benford is running for this southwest suburban seat so she can be a strong voice for responsible spending. Her opponent, Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, sent out robocalls to voters, voiced by Secretary of State Jesse White, that tie Benford to President Donald Trump. Apparently Manley doesn’t have a strong record to stand on so she’s trying to tarnish Benford’s. Manley went to Springfield five years ago promising to be fiscally prudent. Instead she has voted for higher taxes, stopgap budgets and a phony budget introduced by House Speaker Michael Madigan that was $7 billion out of balance. So whom will voters hold accountable for the state’s financial mess? Benford, who’s running for the first time? Trump? Or Manley? Voters in this suburban district need to wake up. Benford is endorsed.

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