Daily Herald endorses Drobinski as 'tough, smart' choice
While Wauconda's Rod Drobinski, the Republican candidate for the District 62 state House seat, favors Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda, he remains flexible, recently stating that he could still support a budget that didn't contain every detail of the agenda.
That flexibility has earned him an election endorsement from the Daily Herald, suburban Chicago's largest daily newspaper, which threw its support Drobinski’s way after expressing ambivalence about his opponent, incumbent Democrat Sam Yingling.
Stating that Yingling’s compliance with House Speaker Mike Madigan’s (D-Chicago) agenda left them feeling “uneasy,” Herald Editorial Board members said it was time for an alternative.
“Drobinski said he could work toward a balanced state budget in a bipartisan manner and said while he favors … Rauner's Turnaround Agenda -- a program of pro-business changes and a big sticking point in a budget compromise -- he could support a budget that did not include all of Rauner's tenets,” the board said. “We back Drobinski in District 62.”
Drobinski also garnered recent support from key local law enforcement entities, including the Lake County Sheriffs Association, the Waukegan Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and others.
"We’ve been able to count on Rod as a tough, smart prosecutor who has fought for the victims of crime," Grayslake-Hainesville FOP President David McNamara said. "With all of the problems facing our state, he's exactly the kind of person we need to clean up Springfield."
Drobinski, a Lake County prosecutor for over 14 years, was born to a blue-collar family, attended Notre Dame on a scholarship and obtained his law degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
"I'm honored to receive the endorsement of so many colleagues in law enforcement,” Drobinski said. “These men and women risk their lives every day to protect their communities, and … I will work to make sure they have the support they need to suppress the gang violence spreading out of Chicago and that every child in our district can go to school and play in (safe) neighborhoods."