Michelle Mussman’s Online Dating Bill Stirs Up Controversy

Monday, January 30, 2012


State Representative Focuses on Online Dating Standards When State Unemployment is at 10%


SCHAUMBURG, IL – John Lawson, Republican candidate for State Representative in the 56th District, has challenged State Representative Michelle Mussman (D-Schaumburg) on her recent introduction of legislation regarding online dating sites. The legislation would further regulate online dating sites by notifying users that background checks have been performed by them. The legislation also mandates the font size used in the warning.


John Lawson, GOP candidate for State Representative 56th District
John Lawson, GOP candidate for State Representative 56th District

“I am outraged. It is disappointing that Michelle Mussman has used this issue as a smokescreen to cloud her and her party’s mismanagement of Illinois’ finances,” said Lawson. “At a time when unemployment in Illinois is at 10% and the state is $8.5 billion behind on its bills, I find it hard to believe that Michelle Mussman feels the most pressing issue we face is online dating standards. As a police officer for 27 years, I’ve never heard of online dating as a threat to public safety.”

 According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, between January 2011 (when Illinois Democrats instituted a 67% tax increase) and December 2011, Illinois’ unemployment rate has risen every month. Over the same period, unemployment has fallen in other states, such as Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.

 “When the hard working people of our district are having a tough time in this depressed economic environment, Michelle Mussman wants to gloss over her party’s pitiful record on taxes and regulation with fluff legislation, added Lawson. “If Rep. Mussman would like to focus on internet crimes, she should work with law enforcement and focus on identity theft crimes, child exploitation, credit card fraud, e-mail threats, hacking and cyber bulling. This is precisely why we need someone new who will go to Springfield to be fierce advocate for the hard working people of our district – not just a representative.”

 John Lawson received his Master of Science and Bachelor of Art Degrees in Criminal and Social Justice from Lewis University and is a 27-year veteran of law enforcement. As Assessor for Schaumburg Township since 2004, John holds a State of Illinois Certified Illinois Assessing Officers License. He is an active member of the community, coaching a baseball league and being an involved member of his church. John has been married to his wife Laura for 25 years with whom he shares two wonderful sons, Robert and Kevin.

 The 56th District covers portions of Schaumburg, Bloomingdale, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Hanover Park, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, and Roselle.


NOTE: Although this news release was intended for District 56, it never-the-less would effect people throughout the area if passed. 

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