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Illinois House, Dist. 85: Emily McAsey


Political affiliation: Democrat

City: Marital status

Married

Occupation/Firm name: Legislator

Campaign HQ address: 416 N. Weber Road, Romeoville, IL 60446

Campaign website: www.VoteEmily.com

What is your campaign budget- No response

What are your top priorities for your district-

1) Job Creation

2) Creating a realistic budget

3) Continuing to be accountable and accessible to the constituents of the 85th district

What are your top priorities for the state-

1) Job Creation

2) Creating a realistic budget

3) Weeding out government corruption

Lay out your plan to solve the state budget crisis. Be as specific as possible, including any recommended spending cuts. Given a massive deficit, what areas would you prioritize for state spending- What can Illinois do without-

We should pass a budget that reflects money we have in hand, versus a budget that reflects what we are projected to have.

I continue to lead by example by sponsoring legislation that requires legislators to take 24 furlough days and will support legislation that would cut elected officials salaries by another 10%.

This year I returned over $10,000 to the state from my district allotment.

I will work to put an end to high level staff receiving pay increases.

This year I passed a resolution that calls for the Auditor General to audit all state issued cars to make sure that state employees aren't using these vehicles for personal use.

Do you support or reject increasing the state income tax- What about expanding the sales tax base- What is your view on taxing retirement income-

I do not support increasing the state income tax. I do not support expanding the sales tax. I do not support taxing retirement income.

What is your view on state borrowing to pay bills, including to pay pension obligations-

Generally I am against the concept of the state borrowing money. However, if the state skips a payment to the pension system it incurs an 8% penalty. Therefore, given our current economic condition, borrowing to meet the pension obligation was the most responsible option available.

Did the General Assembly abdicate its responsibility this year and last year by passing a lump sum budget-

The way Illinois allocates money for its budget needs to be revamped. Instead of working to pass a budget based on projected income, we should work to run Illinois more like a business and pass a budget that reflects the money we have.

The state last spring created a two-tier pension system. Would you go further by including new police officers and new firefighters and by reducing benefits for current employees- Would you support making retired state employees pay more for their health care-

At this time, I don't see the need to make any additional adjustments to the pension system.

How would you reform the state Medicaid system-

I supported Public Act 96-0940 requiring a review of the Medicaid program to ensure that benefit awardees meet eligibility requirements and aren't defrauding the system. I also voted to pass Public Act 96-0941 to require the state to post Medicaid claims online to ensure more transparency.

What would you do to facilitate job growth in Illinois- Is the money spent by the state to recruit businesses and offer tax breaks money well spent-

Provide tax breaks to businesses that create new jobs.

Provide incentives to keep and create manufacturing jobs here in Illinois, rather than lose them to neighboring states.

End the state's hiring freeze to save money spent on overtime.

The Illinois Constitution says the state has the "primary responsibility" for funding education. How would you make the state live up to that obligation-

A restructured state budget is the best way to continue meeting our obligation to public education. This will happen if we adhere to the following steps: determine how much money we have to spend, listen to the financial priorities of constituents, and find the most cost effective way to accomplish those goals. Enacting a performance-based budget is the key to our economic well-being, and the funding of education.

How would you improve the campaign finance law passed in 2009- Would you support capping donations from party leaders during general elections-

For too long, Illinois' reputation has been mired under the label of corruption. I voted in support of the most comprehensive campaign finance and government ethics reform in the history of our state to address and correct the problem. I also support measures that would allow elected officials at any level of government to be recalled and forcing elected officials that are guilty of serious ethics violations to relinquish their pensions.

Do state Legislative leaders have too much power-

When I took office, I did it with the intent to represent my community, and not special interests, or the agenda of the legislative leaders. My first vote as a State Representative was to impeach Rod Blagojevich, and I currently don't support Governor Quinn on his plan for new taxes. I will continue to represent the concerns of this community, regardless of the agenda of the leaders.

Should the state play an active role in reducing global warming- If so, how-

Yes, we can all do our part to help protect the environment. Illinois is a huge agricultural state that will benefit from stronger environmental laws. However, enacting standards higher than our neighboring states may place Illinois at an economic disadvantage. In areas of dense population, I strongly encourage the use of mass transit and experimenting with cleaner renewable energy such as solar and wind power.

What is your view on gay marriage and civil unions-

This is not an issue that I am hearing much about when I talk to voters. Their primary concerns revolve around improving the economy, creating jobs, and putting an end to public corruption. That is where my primary focus is at this time.

List your educational background

I earned my B.A. from the College of William and Mary, and my J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Please list civic, professional, fraternal or other organizations to which you belong

Have you held elective or appointive political office or been employed by any branch of government-

Serving in the 96th Illinois General Assembly is the first time that I have held elected office. I served as a public school teacher and Will County criminal prosecutor.

Please list jobs or contracts you, members of your immediate family or business partners have had with government

Name your five biggest campaign contributors and the amount they contributed

Please paste a brief biography here

I am serving my first term as 85th District State Representative, and am continuing a career dedicated to public service that first began as a middle school teacher and criminal prosecutor.

My legislative priorities include ending "pay-to-play" politics and reforming government ethics laws, standing up for middle-class families, working to revive the state's economy, strengthening the education system, providing law enforcement professionals with the resources they need to get criminals off the streets, and ensuring that veterans receive state-of-the-art medical and mental health services.

I serve on the Aging, Elementary and Secondary Education Appropriations, Criminal Law, State Government Administration and Veterans Affairs committees. As a member of these committees I am in a unique position to shape legislation to improve the quality of life in the communities that I represent.

A graduate of The College of William and Mary, I began my professional career as an eighth grade social studies teacher. While teaching, I went to law school at night, graduating with honors from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. After graduation, I joined the Will County State's Attorney's Office where I worked as a criminal prosecutor. I now serve as a full-time State Representative. My husband Craig and I live in Lockport. #Comments_Container, #Comments_Container1,#commentsonly,.StoryInteract{display:none;}

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