Republican Seth Lewis has been here before, trying to win a seat in the General Assembly to bring fiscal sanity to state government. We endorsed him in 2018 when he ran against Democrat Sen. Tom Cullerton of Villa Park, who is now facing a 41-count embezzlement indictment. Voters, you should have listened to us. Lewis sees the danger in the Democrats' push for a graduated income tax because it paves the way for future governors and lawmakers to raise taxes on middle-class taxpayers. Incumbent Democrat Diane Pappas of Itasca says lawmakers shouldn’t get paid if they don’t pass a budget. No budget, no pay — that has a nice ring to it. But voters shouldn’t fall for silly campaign promises the General Assembly has shown time and again it won’t pass. Lewis is the real deal. Voters should send him to Springfield.