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Monday, March 20, 2006

Tomorrow Matters .....

For a year and a half now, I and my family and campaign team have thought about tomorrow--planned for tomorrow--worked for tomorrow. We have dedicated ourselves fulltime to
being in the best possible position to defeat Lane Evans in November.

The primary election is tomorrow, March 21st. If you have not done so already, PLEASE VOTE. The weather might turn voters away. It's been a grueling race to the finish. I NEED YOUR VOTE!

One candidate running for the nomination for governor got into public service, was elected to
state office, by 8 votes. History is full of milestones that swung the way they did by ONE vote. YOUR VOTE MATTERS!

Through a hard-run primary, our team is ready to hit the ground running for the next leg of the race. I am ready to hit the ground running for the general election. It presents an exciting chance for change.

As the Peoria Journal Star said in its March 15, 2006 endorsement of me for the nomination: "Andrea Zinga's] maturity [and] moderation...set her apart. "

It's with the greatest confidence that we anticipate tomorrow as a chance to plan for the NEXT tomorrow--the day in November when we begin a new era in the 17th District--with leadership, fresh energy and fresh vision in Washington from our new 17th District U.S. Representative.

I would be honored to have that job. I have worked as hard as I know how, for going on three years now, to make it happen.

Yesterday we were on the road in far reaches of the 17th District.

March 22, with victory under the belt, we will be right back on the road around the 17th District. This has become a given in our lives. Chuck and I are accustomed to it. I am prepared, through long months of doing so, to continue visiting the District. Not only have we made many friends we want to keep, and working relationships we want to build on--not only do we enjoy winding along the highways and bi-ways of the 17th-- THIS IS WHAT A GOOD CONGRESSWOMAN DOES.

Throughout my career in journalism, information and ideas have been my stock in trade. I can envision nothing more exciting than working with community leaders, elected officials, civic visionaries in helping us develop long-range goals for jobs and the economy throughout the hard-hit 17th District.

In whatever county you are reading this, please know that I consider you, your neighbors and your lives important. Every voter should have an equal chance at help and a brighter future.
After all, every tax-paying voter contributes to the kitty that is a U.S. Representative's salary. Every voter--every resident-- has the right to expect that attention.

My ability to blog to you from the campaign trail has become more difficult as stops along that trail have become ever more numerous. Candidate forums, party dinners, parades (having participated in Decatur's St. Pat's parade on March 11, and Rock Island's March 18, we feel very thoroughly "in-greened!")--in all those places, the response has been just great, the mood encouraging. Republicans are charged up about change! and I would be deeply honored to be the standard-bearer at the federal level, as Congressman LaHood has been able to see by providing me his endorsement. His support is a major jumping off point to begin the effort to unseat Lane Evans in the fall. He seems to have a good eye for who is electable and who isn't.

Especially importantly, I have asked for and been granted the endorsement of some 50 elected officials at the city, township and county levels from all around the 17th. Grassroots!.......

A victory tomorrow will be a victory of the grassroots over those who would try to make a campaign a marketing plan and advertising campaign. Candidates are not toothpaste. Toothpaste does not vote on quality of life issues that affect our families.

I give the voters a lot of credit, though. I think they will determine who has their best interests at heart, and who has the best chance of beating Lane Evans in November.

In the 2004 general election, some 20,000 voters around the 17th District did not vote for the incumbent as they would normally have been expected to do. They were hearing a very strong message from our campaign, and they are still listening. We must not change the messenger!

Thank you to each one of you who has written a check, put on your coat and come out to an event, listened attentively to a speech, walked a precinct, put out a yard sign. TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! I ask for your vote on March 21st. Thank you to all of those who have helped so far. I could not do it without you.

God bless us and God bless America.



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