10/22/2014 12:50 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Illinois Libertarian Candidate for U.S. Senate Explains Why She Thinks We Need New Leadership

With so much focus on Illinois gubernatorial election Nov. 4, it can be easy to forget that Illinois is also in the midst of five other statewide races. Illinois Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate Sharon Hansen, who is running against incumbent Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis, reminds Illinoisans the othe races also deserve our attention -- and she calls for attention to Libertarian candidates specifically.

From Hansen:

I decided to run for office for two reasons. I got sick and tired of telling my so called representatives what I wanted only to be told that essentially that they are smarter than I am. The second reason is that our country is rapidly going down the tubes and I believe we need citizen legislators who are not interested in a life in politics but want to change the direction of our state and country. I am not doing this because it is something I've always wanted to do. To be honest, I hate politics. It stinks. This is something that we all need to do but most won't. I didn't want to do it, but I believe that I must do it. Someone has to and there is no one running for this office that I would vote for except for myself. And, I'm not brimming with self confidence. I just think that my opponents are that bad for the country. I am honest, have no personal agenda, and want to do what is right for the people.

Read the rest of her thoughts at Reboot Illinois.

Politics can be frustrating for many people, not just Libertarian Senate candidates. Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association said there might be corruption issues surrounding waste processing in Cicero, Ill.

From Shaw:

The Better Government Association recently reported that a suburban waste processing company has contributed big bucks to political funds controlled by Cicero's Town President, Larry Dominick.

The firm, Heartland Recycling LLC, is a longtime Cicero contractor that's been paid more than $15 million since Dominick was elected in 2005.

And the whole thing has a bad smell to it.

Read the rest of Shaw's thoughts at Reboot Illinois.