ROCKFORD - The continued gridlock in
"It's hurting everybody, and it's just really too bad," said Roscoe resident Tammy Nolan.
A last minute deal by congress to avert the fiscal cliff has voters upset.
"It is human nature that everybody wants their own way," said Nolan. "But there has to be a way to come into agreement."
With more to be done within two months, the stage seems to be set for another fiscal showdown.
"It sounds like February could be another month of negotiations, and were a little bit worried about that," said Jennifer Kaiser. So is state representative Joe Sosnowski.
"I think what we saw with the fiscal cliff," said Sosnowski. "Was really pushing things down the road for two more months."
Sosnowski also thinks both parties spent to much time in the media and away from the bargaining table.
"The easiest way to negotiate is you get two people in the room and you hammer it out," said Sosnowski.
There are people in the Stateline who are understanding of the job politicians do.
"They have a hard job to do to make everyone happy in the community," said Kaiser.
But for Sosnowski, that's no reason for a deal not to be reached.
"Back and forth, bashing the other side, or bashing ideas," said Sosnowski. "And that doesn't solve any problems, you actually have to be in the room to reach a deal."
While he thinks district lines being politically drawn lead to partisan polarity, he also thinks to many times personalities control the talks.
"People got to reach out to the other side and say 'hey, I'm willing to work with you on this issue, we disagree on something, but lets find some middle ground on these other issues,'" said Sosnowski.
With the lame duck session getting underway in