Mathias Challenges Sente to Public Debates

State Reps. Sid Mathias and Carol Sente agree that it's important for voters to know where they stand on key issues.

As Election Day nears, both candidates for the 59th House District say they want to give voters plenty of opportunities to learn about where they stand on key issues.

State Rep. Sid Mathias (R-Buffalo Grove) has challenged State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) to meet him at least three public debates before early voting begins Oct. 22. New political boundaries have placed the two incumbents in the same district this year.

In a Sept. 7 letter mailed to Sente, Mathias challenged his opponent to meet him for Lincoln-Douglas-style debates moderated by neutral parties.

“It is vitally important that the public be given the opportunity to compare and contrast our views on the important issues facing the great state of Illinois,” Mathias wrote. “To that end, I believe it is our duty to stand on stage together and answer questions about our positions and what we believe to be the path forward for Illinois and the communities in the 59th District.

Sente said Thursday that she had not yet received Mathias’ letter, but that she had planned to approach him next week to discuss debates. She said such plans could have been made by a casual phone call. "We know each other," she said. "I don't understand the formality of the request."

She said she particularly wants voters to understand the candidates’ different views on property taxes and state pension reform.

“I think [debates are] an important vehicle for people. We will absolutely hold some,” she said. “I think we are vastly different candidates and I think it’s important for people to know that.”

The General Election is Nov. 6. The redrawn 59th District includes parts of Buffalo Grove, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Wheeling, Lake Forest, Gurnee, Green Oaks, Mundelein, Riverwoods, Indian Creek, Mettawa, Green Oaks, Waukegan and Park City.

Walter White September 30, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I'm glad her husband took my advice "You made it, now you can move on to other pressing issues." In other words, stop the insanity. Based on the recent spate of posts, however, it doesn't look like it's working.
Lisa Stone September 30, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Better they should hang out on Barclay, where much goes down, it appears. FOIA (freedom of information act) my many emails of my concerns on Barclay. I'm not talking just water either. I've asked for Police intervention, but you'd have to talk to the B Boys as to why they look the other way.... on that issue as well. You all should know that I've been advised by Attorneys, and not my husband, that the worst Corruption begins at the Municipal Level, where nobody is watching. Perhaps the B Boys can expound with their legal expertise, knowledge and self important, 2 bit legal perspective. Could be, huh?
Lisa Stone September 30, 2012 at 04:00 PM
We finally agree RelentlessCritic. Glad to see that we do see eye to eye on at least one issue. Those B Boys are something else, or Trilling, eh?
Lisa Stone September 30, 2012 at 04:12 PM
My Facebook Friends (though I do keep enemies there too, as it's smart to keep them close) choose to read and support my many causes, as my inbox and phone calls demonstrate. I currently have just under 4,400 FB friends and about 700 requests pending. When I hit 5000, I then become a "Like" page, which is more objectifying than the Buffalo Grove Village Board marginalized me into feeling. Nonetheless, I will let the other followers in, which include some heavy people in and out of government, but then the "Like" thing will occur. As a woman it's somewhat annoying, for if a Man did what I do, he would have been dealt with the utmost of Respect. It's still a man's world, but as you can see a Woman can indeed beat a man, but a Kangaroo Group of Men, whom underestimated my tenacity, integrity, grit & moxie. I believe it's a maternal thing that us chicks have; which men just can't trump. We should be the World leaders, as women have a purpensity to be trusted, as they care for children while men gather "bread", which sometimes is synonymous with money. Either way, it is my true pleasure to give back & serve human beings, as I have always been a Human Rights Activist, it seems from birth. I have never made money on one Action that I've been called upon for my help. Trust me, big money has been offered, to which I've firmly said "no" or just $1 dollar to prove my value and integrity, & so that people like you could never say I did & do what I do, for money. Pure truth.
Charlie Barker September 30, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Ms. Stone. "This is the receptionist. Robert Ludlum is on line 1. He is looking for story ideas. He said Philip Dick recommended you."
Lisa Stone September 30, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Sandy: One of the "B Boys" or Trilling I'd guess. You CAN Trust me, as I was and remain the Real Deal. Lisa Stone Former Trustee of Buffalo Grove & 1st Elected Official ever to be Recalled in Illinois history for standing up for the people and truth in the most Corrupt State in our great Country; The United States of America. The Constitution which I swore by Oath does indeed trump Robert's Rules of Order, which sometimes must be challenged, as I did. And, you're welcome for doing my job, which by my term remains until April 2013, though will always remain given my integrity. Many judges told me fight the recall, but I had to research the Landfill Waters and much more, and couldn't be diverted by The B Boys diversion, per home rule authority: Recall which was crafted by long standing Jeffrey Berman, at his kitchen table in 2009. He's the 1st amendment lawyer & Elected Offical that makes decent money but perhaps, maybe and could be a hypocrite? I don't know....you tell me your opinion, Cupcake.
RELENTLESSCRITIC September 30, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Here we go again with the "I'm a wonderful humanitarian and I do it all for free" crap. No one asked you to do anything on our behalf, and no one wants you to do anything but go away, so stop portraying yourself as some sort of benevolent saint, cause you 'ain't. You haven't done squat except create unnecessary disruption and waste taxpayer money. That's not activism- that's obstructionism, and nothing all all to be proud of. Almost 9000 men AND women chased you from office, so stop trying to play the sexist victim card- no one is buying it. The board didn't marginalize you- you marginalized yourself with your lousy behavior, rudeness and ineptitude. They simply had to find ways to get legitimate village work done while you made a mockery of every board meeting you participated in and made baseless allegations about them. Made no difference that you were a woman- you got treated exactly the way what you deserved to be treated.
Joseph Bloseph October 01, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Lisa got a hold of some more weed.
Joseph Bloseph October 01, 2012 at 02:49 AM
I'm going to have to watch "A Beautiful Mind" again.
Lisa Stone October 01, 2012 at 06:33 AM
RC: There are times in governing/leadership, that being rude is the only way for a woman to stand up to Poor Leaders on Kangaroo Bully Boards... if that's what you want to call "challenging The Village of Buffalo Grove Board's status quo". Ineptitude? Hardly. I believe you and your pals referred to me as a "one hit wonder" back in the 2009 Race, that I won and left your pals in the dust. Sorry, but the people knew the real deal, and the other (mostly) mopes lost. While you were busy getting your ridiculous petitions signed for my Recall, as predicted and planned, I spent hours, days and years....doing what I do best: Research & Investigation of the bad guys, and I don't mean the mob in this instance. As you knew would happen, your one hit wonder, did it again and again, and now your worst nightmare is going down. You. Deal with it...man. And for the record, most men are ethical, except when government and power absorb and own them. Gotta watch that slippery slope RC.... it happens to the best of them, as the record and documents prove. "Proof of Facts" was one of the more fascinating sets of Legal Research Lawbooks, which I trained lawyers to use to their advantage. The good ones that is.... ;)
Lisa Stone October 01, 2012 at 06:50 AM
Jan, please find the Executive Closed Session Audio tape regarding the Shaw Environmental Review of the Land & Lakes Landfill from 2005, owned by Lake Forest Mayor Jim Cowhey. It is the only audio tape that you lost, as legend would have it, yet it was supposed to be under lock & key, per LAW. Hello? If you could only hold on to your car keys, Official Enviro audio tape, cigs and I'd guess beer; we'd all be in better hands. (I do like beer, so sorry to offend u) Thankfully, your car was in the garage, or you'd of lost that too, I'm sure! Soon you may lose your mind, though it could be, that went with the Audio tape? Ask Sid how he feels about me, other than BG's water. He beat Salvi in 99 because of me, as he and Rita told Springfield, Buffalo Grove and the rest of Illinois, so please get back to us with the Audio tape and hard core answers. And do memorialize, with integrity- if at all possible, the remainder of the Village Board meetings until anyone breathing challenges you, other than Rob Sherman. G-d and everyone else knows that nobody was ever going to vote for an Atheist. Though his separation of Church & State is solid. I wish he'd get with the program and realize that he has no right to tell anyone about G-d, period. He simply doesn't know and doesn't feel it. It's his right, but he shouldn't press it, in my opinion. I fully disagree with him, which I've told him to his face. What a surprise, huh? But, we agree to disagree, which is human.
Lisa Stone October 01, 2012 at 07:07 AM
Sandy, Certainly not Andy Stein, the one that lives near the failed "Berman" OTB, near the Pekara Wells, by Inverrary & Milwaukee in unincorporated Deerfield, IL 60015. And, lest we forget that 800 Krause Drive, does not exist in Buffalo Grove Illinois, 60089. It's BS & should not be forgotten or forgiven. 5000 "minority status" people's groundwater was misidentified per the Hoffelder Landfill Report, which stated that their water was switched to municipal back in 2001. One small problem: It wasn't switched!! Just ask Rick Cobb at IEPA who runs the show in Springfield. He was thrown under the Crestwood bus in '09, which seems unfortunate, as he still runs the show at IEPA. So, what gives Lake County and Illinois? Clean water is an inalienable right per the Constitution I believe, right? My Coalition will address what most people don't understand, but in the meantime, everyone should put down their cell phones, ipads and golf clubs and read...something non-fiction. Really. Or get the 2005 Lost Executive Session Audio tape of the Land & Lakes Landfill, owned by Lake Forest Mayor Jim Cowhey, which was lost by BG Clerk Janet Sirabian, (under Brimm;s watch) which the law required be kept under lock & key. Then we'll have sunshine & transparency in government, as our Founding Fathers had planned. And the masks were for critical reasons; not for cowardly grown men to hide behind; intimidated by honest women that care about human beings; especially innocent children.
StandToReason October 01, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Per Lisa Stone "Clean water is an inalienable right per the Constitution." Where in the Constitution does anything resembling this statement appear? You love to babble about how you took an Oath to the Constitution - have you ever even read the Constitution? I won't even ask whether or not you understood it if you did actually read it - you have already answered that question ad nauseum. Your statement just might have what it takes to get my vote for "Dumbest statement ever made. Ever." As always, thanks for the laughs!!!
Erica Williams October 01, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Funny how the boards had been quiet for quite awhile since Mike Terson wrote his little letter a little bit back. Funny how RC has been quiet also. Just sayin.
RELENTLESSCRITIC October 01, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Ahhh- so a few weeks after getting the public humiliation of a lifetime and licking her wounds, Stone re-emerges (with her faithful Flying Monkey Erica at her side) and now she's pissed. Like a punch drunk hack fighter swinging wildly and hoping to somehow land a blow, she's slinging the same tired accusations and name calling. But it's just another big swing and a miss. Nothing but a sad a pathetic attempt at revenge. Ms. Stone- you've been making the same tired accusations about the board and water quality issues for several years and absolutely NO ONE cares. Where is the public outcry? Where are the protests in the streets? Where is the run on bottled water at Walgreens? Where is the PROOF to back up your allegations? When will you get it through your thick cranium that no one is buying your tripe? How bad, how awful, how inept do you have to be as a politician and as an activist that people who formerly associated with you and your hack career find it necessary to publicly distance themselves to make certain you don't trash their reputation by proxy? Get over yourself already. Stop wasting taxpayer money with your personal vendettas thinly veiled as "activisim". Your posts above yet again demonstrate your spite, jealousy and vengeful behavior toward those who you believe have wronged you. That's not activisim, is it? That's just a pathetic little temper tantrum. Just go away, and take your lapdog Erica with you, once and for all.
RELENTLESSCRITIC October 01, 2012 at 03:15 PM
COMIC- Nope, I think this may be better: STONE: "We should be the World leaders, as women have a purpensity to be trusted," Huh?
StandToReason October 01, 2012 at 03:18 PM
OMG_D! It's so hard to pick just one!!!
RELENTLESSCRITIC October 01, 2012 at 03:21 PM
STONE: "Proof of Facts" was one of the more fascinating sets of Legal Research Lawbooks, which I trained lawyers to use to their advantage." Then when will you start supplying some proof and facts to support the scores of baseless allegations you've been making for the past few years? Many people on here- inlcuding me- have been asking, yet you keep making excuses for not supplying them. No facts = B.S. You are making them up and you know it, as does everyone else. And to set the record straight, I never called you a One Hit Wonder. You never even had a hit, and you were never a wonder of any kind.
RELENTLESSCRITIC October 01, 2012 at 03:23 PM
And some people have a "purpensity" to be an idiot...with Moxy.
RELENTLESSCRITIC October 01, 2012 at 03:33 PM
She doesn't need a clown car. She could ride a bicycle there since she's the only active member.
RELENTLESSCRITIC October 01, 2012 at 03:37 PM
"Erica 3:28 pm on Friday, September 14, 2012 You seem to forget - If you keep up the bad talk you aren't going to go forward. Lisa Stone has not said a word so why start something." Funny how things change, don't they Erica? Now you can go back to being the posterior-kissing lapdog you were before Stone's beatdown. Your attempt at diplomacy was as big a failure as your hero's attempt at a political career.
RELENTLESSCRITIC October 01, 2012 at 04:12 PM
"Though maybe it's you that needs to be locked....up or out, as either one would be better for the people that don't really trust you," People don't trust Ms. Sirabian? Really? That explains why she's held her office for as many years as she has. Or that she's been re-elected countless times. Or that very few people have stepped up to run against her because they knew they couldn't beat her. Yeah, people sure don't trust her, do they? When people don't trust someone, they chase them out of office. Like the almost 9000 voters who chased YOU out of office after less than 1/3 of your term was complete. Just more jealous vitriol from someone who couldn't fulfill even one term, let alone several of them. People will forgive a lost set of keys or other minor mistakes if a person has a long history of exemplory performance, but they won't forgive ineptitude, disruption, rudeness and grandstanding. That's why Ms. Sirabian has been in office for so long and you have been reduced to putting smarmy spiteful posts on Patch to try to salve your own wounded ego. Oh, and Ms. Sirabian never had an elected official make a public statement that they don't support her or her methods, but you've have several of those, haven't you? So really, who is it that people don't trust?
Erica Williams October 01, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Mikey, Mikey, Mikey. Lapdog? Awe. You really love the name calling don't you.
RELENTLESSCRITIC October 01, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Sorry Erica, hate to disappoint you, but my name's not Mikey. But I see you've picked up your buddy Stone's lame tactic of implying that she knows the identities of some of the posters on here. Oooh, I'm soooooo scared that someone might find out who I am. At various times over the last couple of years, Stone has implied that I am the following: -A trustee -The village president - One of the B-Boys, as she likes to call Berman and Braiman. I think she may have even implied I was Trilling once, but I can't remember with certainty. - A village employee- particularly a staff member. - The spouse of one of the trustees or village president. - Former Village Manager Bill Brimm. - A former candidate for trustee. She's been wrong on all accounts, but she keeps trying. If I ever reveal my identity, both you and Stone will be sadly disappointed because it won't cause any controversy at all. I'm just a resident who is sick of seeing my tax dollars and village resources wasted by Stone. So go ahead and make all the implications you want, my identity isn't important- what I have to say is. When are you going to stop regurgitating everything your master says and does? Yet again demonstrates your inability to formulate an original thought on your own, LISA. I mean Erica. (Getting hard to tell you two apart.)
Recall Supporter October 01, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Can someone find a post from Erica that is longer than 2 sentences? Thinking it's a student in 6th grade.
Janet Sirabian October 01, 2012 at 08:50 PM
"Please explain why Sid cannot "cannot afford to be aligned with you" if you are such a huge asset to him?" I posed a simple question, and your response is over 500 words about everything under the sun EXCEPT the simple question that I posed. Typical smoke and mirrors.
RELENTLESSCRITIC October 02, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Janet- do you really think she can answer that? Let me predict the future for you... Stone will make one of the following claims after the election: If Mathias wins, it is because of all the support Stone gave him " behind the scenes". Even in spite of the fact that he turned his back on her, she still supported him because she has character and cannot be bought and continued to support him, just out of the public eye. But make no mistake, she delivered the vote for him. And she did it for free because that's what community activists who are busy with "heavy human rights issues" do. If Mathias loses, it is because he distanced himself from her, and thus all the votes she could have "delivered" to him as she has done in the past. It serves him right for turning his back on her and the many thousands of people who supported her. If there is a tie, she will cast the deciding vote in Sid's favor, just to demonstrate that she has no bad feelings for his betrayal. But her vote couldn't be bought, although she was offered thousands of dollars for it. Se stood by her convictions and couldn't be swayed. Just another community service she did for free. Didn't charge a single penny, although she could have. Just did it out of the goodness of her benevolent heart. Nope, didn't charge a penny for it. Never has, never will. So do you think predictions will bear out?
casey kline October 02, 2012 at 01:03 AM
RE: awesome prediction(s)!
Charlie Barker October 02, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Joseph Bloseph October 02, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Lisa, when are you going to post the video of the lady on the plane that told you off. I've got to see how your marine friends stood up for you. Please post, I can't get enough. Missed you at the village board meeting today.


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