Rock Island County Republican Chairman
Mike Steffen, Chairman
South Moline 9
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Kenneth "Mike" Steffen is a retired school teacher from Lombard Middle School in Galesburg. He worked with 6th, 7th and 8th graders who have special needs. He graduated from Rockhurst University and received his Masters in Education from Western Illinois University. Mike and Darlene moved to the Quad Cities in 1980 where they raised three children. Mike has served as First Vice Chairman before being elected to Chairman on April 20, 2017.
Remember Halpin's budget vote in November 2018
By Mike Steffen, Jul 21, 2017 Dispatch Argus
Candidate Mike Halpin is trying to define himself as the champion of education, according to his last mailing. A great diversion tactic so you and I will forget that he voted for our 32 percent tax increase.
Yes, 32 percent Mike voted no the first time so he could tell constituents that he voted against the tax increase; but, the important vote was overriding the governor’s veto. That’s when he voted yes; in fact, his was the deciding vote -- vote number 71 -- that clinched the deal for Madigan.
32 percent Mike was trying to vote no the second time; however, when fellow Democrats were yelling at him in the House chamber to change his vote, he crumbled like a sugar cookie. 32 percent Mike should heed the advice of Harry Truman when he said, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”
I was hoping for more from 32 percent Mike when he went to Springfield. He’s a nice young man. When Mike Madigan says, “I will primary you and your campaign funds will dry up,” it takes a lot of internal fortitude to do the right thing. It takes an attitude of “I will do what’s best for my constituents.”
I’ll define Halpin as 32 percent Mike instead of education champion so voters will remember his deciding vote come November 2018. 32 percent Mike is hoping you will forget. Gov. Bruce Rauner was right that a budget deal should have been tied to comprehensive reform and a real plan to fix our state.