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Illinois House District 2, Democratic Primary

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The questions

All candidates were invited to respond to questionnaires, although not all chose to participate. Click on a candidate's name to see the unedited response to each question.

Biographical information & experience
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Morfin
Birthdate: 7/21/1971
Occupation: Community Activist
Marital status: single
Spouse:

Education:

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
Certified Judicial Court Spanish Interpreter, Cook County Illinois
Certified CPR and Self Defense trained
Local School Council Educational Modules

Civic, professional, fraternal or other affiliations:

-Founder/ President, Community In Action (social organization)
-Community Representative, Local School Council, Benito Juarez Community Academy
-Vice President, United Merchants of Pilsen (Chamber of Commerce)
-Elected Delegate, Institute of Mexicans Abroad
-Sigma Lambda Beta (social fraternity, Northern Illinois University)
-March 10 Committee (pro immigrant organization)
-Standing member of FEDEJAL (Federation of State of Jalisco, Mexico social club)
-Former member of AFSCME Council 31 (Association of Federal, State, County and Municipal Employees)
-Standing member of Young Hispanic Leaders of America (JLHA)-Spanish Embassy

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

Juvenile Probation Officer, Cook County (2002-2007)
Community Representative, Local School Council at Benito Juarez Community Academy (2006-2010)
Chicago Public Schools Area 9 Delegate for Local School Councils (2008-2010)

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

Morfin Construction has had construction contracts with Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Housing Authority such as George Collins Elementary School, Lawndale Gardens (Phase 2), Dearborn Homes (Phase 5) and Altgeld Gardens (Phase 4)

Trutin
Birthdate: 3/27/1974
Occupation: Self-Employed
Marital status: Single
Spouse:

Education:

I am a product of the Chicago Public Schools system, having graduated in 1992 from Whitney Young Magnet High School. I have seen what kind of impact a good education from the CPS can offer our youth and because of that I am a strong supporter in reforming how we fund schools so we may offer even more opportunities to even more of your youth than there are now. The primary responsibility for education funding has always fallen on local property taxes, which is unfair. We should not rely on a community's income or real estate property value because it ultimately becomes the determining factor on the quality of a school. The amounts spent per pupil in Illinois should be the same amount of regardless of where the child lives or goes to school. Also we need to freeze TIF zones as they have become nothing more than slush funds and have been receiving money that might otherwise have gone to education.

Civic, professional, fraternal or other affiliations:

McGuane Park Advisory Council – Vice President (2011)
Holden School Local School Council – Community Representative (2008-Present)
Holden School PTA – Various positions (2009-present)
McGuane Bridgeport Baseball League – Board Member, Coach, Sponsor and various positions (1996-Present)
Nova Zora Sports – President, Coach, Sponsor (2006-Present)
Save the Ramova (2006-Present)
Bridgeport Business Association (2011-Present)
CAPS Beat Facilitator 913W (2010-Present)
CAPS Beat Facilitator 914 (as of Jan 2012)
CAPS Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Prevention Subcommittee – Volunteer (2005-present)
CAPS Court Advocate Subcommittee – Volunteer (2005-present)
McKinley Park Civic Association
Organizer of several toy, clothes and food drives for those in need.
Micro-blog on several pages to help organize and inform our community of the issues at hand.
Volunteered along with PERRO, Greenpeace and Sierra Club against the coal power plants in my community.
Volunteered along with LVEJO to advocate for the restoration of the former 31st Street Bus to be a new and improved route which would serve a much larger area that is in need of transportation.
Member of numerous other clubs and organizations that advocate for our local community

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

Holden School Local School Council – Community Representative (2008-Present)

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

There are none with any jobs or contracts

Campaign information
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Morfin

Campaign headquarters: 2120 s. Halsted Street
Website: www.electmorfin.com
Campaign manager: Interim- Moises "Moy" Moreno
Campaign budget: $95,000
Name your five biggest campaign contributors and the amount they contributed.
For this campaign, most of my contributions are small in quantity and come from family members and volunteers ranging from $10-$150.

Trutin

Campaign headquarters: 3307 S Archer Ave
Website: www.joe4illinois.com
Campaign manager: Ante Marijan
Campaign budget: $15,000
Name your five biggest campaign contributors and the amount they contributed.
Fundraising plans are currently underway.

What are your top priorities for your district?
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1) Investing in Green Technologies and Industries such as wind farms, hydroelectric power plants, and electric car factory into the 2nd District to reinvigorate the Cermak Industrial Corridor and Back of the Yards Industrial Area.

2) By attracting investment into my district, my priority will be to provide living wage jobs with trainings and benefits for residents of the 2nd district. I also want to address the unemployment issue in my district by helping attract job fairs, job trainings and educational/ vocational programs to help families find work.

3) I will address the housing foreclosures in my district by working with financial institutions and lenders to help homeowners save their homes by modifying and/ or refinancing their existing loans with a state subsidy for homeowners.

4) I will sponsor legislation to reduce carbon emissions, toxins and particle matters in the air by holding existing coal-fired power plant in my district accountable to the fullest extent of the law. My priority will be to pressure local polluters in my district to be up to code on matters of public health. I will also support a community recycling program in my district to keep our neighborhoods clean and healthy for children and families to live, work and play.

5) I will invest in neighborhood schools in my district that have been neglected due to overcrowding, high dropout rate, deterioration and closures. My goal as State Representative will be to lead the improvements, renovations and expansions of our neighborhood schools. I will support the secured funding of early childhood education programs as well as programs for special education, bilingual education, after-school programs and access to high education for students in my district.

Trutin

My first top priority would to be accessible and available to the constituents of my district. I feel the 2nd district hasn't had a Representative who has sufficiently represented the state district in almost a decade and a half. As a State Representative, I feel to efficiently represent the people of the 2nd District; I would need to hear from all constituents of the six communities on all the pressing matters at hand. In today's age of communications with things such as web sites and social networks, it is unacceptable that many people still struggle to get in contact with those that represent them. It is important for a constituent to be able to reach their local representative. This is why one of my first goals is to use the Internet and social networks such as Facebook to be more constituent-friendly. I would also open an office which many constituents would be able use to. We no longer live in a nine-to-five world and the needs our citizens in the area extend into the evening hours. I would also hold regular meeting that will be open to community to hear input. I wish to also create local volunteer committees in the area to assist me serving the district as well. If elected I hope to be more than just regarded as an elected official. I believe anyone elected to office is also a public servant and needs to be a voice for their communities, which as a Representative, I plan to be just that, both in our district and down in
Springfield.

Secondly I would fight for funding for my district. Time and time again I have researched through bills looking to see where our hard earned tax money is spent only to learn that more is spent in other districts than our district receives. My district has many low income households and gang ridden areas which has difficulties receiving any money for education or youth programs. Over just the last few years many programs in my area were cut and some facilities have even closed. I hope to reverse this trend.

Thirdly, I would fight for access to public transportation for my district. One I would lobby for is a bus route which was already approved but never created as of yet. Back on October 23, 2008 the RTA approved the allocation of $18million in federal, state and RTA funding to create new transportation options including a new 31st Street bus route. This money was hard fought for and expired in September 2011 without ever being used. The new route would solve a few major problems such as the accessibility of students getting to classes at Little Village High School. Currently there are very few options as there is no public transportation available to get there. These kids sometimes have to travel through various gang turfs, which make it difficult to get to school. Chicago's bad weather is already an issue getting to school as it is. There needs to be a way to help these students get to school easily and safely! There are very few options when traveling east/west along the areas that would be served. In one stretch there is no east/west bus service for 20+ city blocks. I feel fighting for this route would help revitalize and help recreate the former business districts that once were part of much of 31st Street and the streets that connect to it. Now add the fact that we currently do not have many shopping options in these areas, this would give many people accessibility to go to grocery stores along the route like Dominick's (Archer/Ashland), Jewel (36th/Archer), two Cermak Produce stores and the shopping strips on Cicero Ave such as Sam's Club and Food 4 Less! Many people still live in areas that are 'food deserts' and do not have the option to go to large grocery stores. With the new food shopping options it may have a side effect of helping everyone eat a little healthier since they will now have more choices than just that of a local convenience store. It would also bring citywide access not just to the constituents of the area but everyone citywide as this route would connect with several train stations such as the Orange, Red, Green and Metra lines all along this one much needed route. One last problem this bus route would help resolve is getting the residents of the area to Mercy Hospital since the CTA has cut the former 31st Street Bus (1997) and the 35th Street Bus (2008) routes that led to this hospital. Since much of the 2nd District itself does not include easy access to a hospital within its boundaries, a bus route to this location is a very high priority!

One more item that I am concerned with is the Fisk and Crawford power plants that are located around my district. These power plants are the two largest sources of particulate-forming air pollution in Chicago and contribute to the area exceeding federal health standards for particle pollution. Because they were built during the 1950s, they were grandfathered in and exempted from federal regulations outlined by the 1977 Federal Clean Air Act. So because of a loophole they continue to illegally pollute and poison us legally, when it should have stopped over three decades ago. The Fisk and Crawford plants spew more than 17,000 tons of deadly toxins into the air annually and take a huge health toll on residents of the area. Chicago's asthma hospitalization rate is double the national average. A Harvard School of Public Health study found that air pollution from the two coal-fired plants causes more than 40 deaths, 550 emergency room visits, and 2,800 asthma attacks annually. I would fight for the closure of these old 20th century power plants and fight throughout our state for new 21st century renewable energy plans for the all of our future energy needs.

What is your top priority for the state?
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1) I plan to address the fiscal budget deficit our state currently borrows more money than it has the ability to raise revenue so as State Representative I will find ways to reduce government waste, patronage, ghost payrolling and corruption wherever and whenever it exists. I will support a budget that will not unfairly burden the Illinois payer by raising taxes and cutting essential public services that are crippling Illinois families in need. In addition, I will fight for a fair pension reform for state employee by endorsing legislation that will prohibit abuses of the pension system such as "double-dipping". My goal will also be to find new, sustainable sources of revenue to reduce our state deficit and improve our fiscal situation.

2) I support the improvement and investment of public transportation throughout the state of Illinois, I understand first hand how frustrating it is for CTA riders to endure a transit system that cuts quality services and raises fares on a regular basis. As State Representative I will do my best to secure funding for CTA riders to improve service, so that workers can get to work on time, students can get to class on time and fares wouldnt have to be increased so often. I also support a public/ private partnership to build a high speed rail line connecting our major cities throughout our state.

3) I passionately support reform for Chicago Public Schools, from how our schools get funded, to ISAT and other standarized testing. I want to improve the quality of education not by punishing our students and good teachers, but by holding administrators accountable to meet the educational needs of our children including an elected board of education member and a leader with an education background. I would support and alternative sources of revenue to fund our schools including a proposal to increase per pupil spending for CPS students to match what wealthier districts are investing in their schools.

4) I am a big supporter of green technologies and utilizing our Illinois farms and industries to create jobs while protecting our environment. I would like to support a state subsidy for bio-diesel producers in Illinois to invest their crops into green technologies that will be attracted to industrial areas in my district. This plan will keep farmers in business and maintain jobs and revenue for the state of Illinois.

Trutin

Similar to what I mentioned above. I would fight for equality in funding for all areas of the state. While I would be the elected representative of my district, I feel a State Representative's job is to represent and serve the interests of all of the people of Illinois. The citizens of Illinois will be free to contact me with their thoughts and concerns on any issues coming up in the General Assembly as my actions and votes can affect them as well.

I would go through every budget, line-by-line, analyzing it to find what could be cut or relocated in order to serve more people than what it would have originally been used for. I feel most of our problems today came from poor planning. We keep borrowing money to pay our bills. We never had a plan in case of a recession. But the recession has been going on since 1999 and each year has gotten worse. But we are always told don't worry, things will get better next year and we can ride it out by borrowing money. But we can no longer ride out the storm as we are now drowning in debt. If the debt is tackled immediately I feel there could be a chance to get by without any more massive tax increases than the ones already recently approved. However, just like a credit card, if you ignore paying the bill long enough, the total bill will require larger payments. After going through each budget and cutting the fat, I feel we can then start paying our bills on time as it would have been expected in the first place.

I already mentioned before I would fight for us to continue investing in new 21st century renewable energy plans, leaving old 20th century power plants far in our past. We should not be using money to keep these nearly obsolete industries alive.

For incumbents, please list your accomplishments. For challengers, what unique strengths would you bring to the job of state lawmaker?
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I possess unique qualities of being able to work with diverse communities within the business communities and labor unions. I will work in Springfield as a moderate with sound judgment and experts to help me facilitate good public policy that will benefit Illinois residents. I will be able to work across political lines and factions to meet a common ground. I have solid work ethic, integrity and ability to negotiate with fellow colleagues in Springfield. I stand firm in my beliefs and will not flip flop on issues to suit my political agenda. You will see an honest, hardworking public servant who will represent the residents of the 2nd district.

Trutin

I have been a small business owner for 16 years. We are told we are the backbone of the U.S. economy even though we do not get the breaks that our larger counterparts receive. If we are truly the backbone then I can bring to the table the experience of what the small business community needs to thrive and create the bigger backbone we currently so desperately need!

Also being a business owner in Chicago dealing with everything from regular business management to local tax and licensing regulations to just dealing with customer concerns would have to be the most helpful. Surviving to this day with the state of the economy as it is, requires someone that is in tune with knowing their customers needs. Same would go with the constituents of my district if elected. To be able to represent an area I would have to know my district and my districts needs and the demands. I have listened to my customers over the years and with their concerns and suggestions I have evolved the services of my business. This would also apply with the services of being State Representative should I be elected.

Two years ago I did run for office and unlike other politicians who either have been elected or have not been elected I have not disappeared and waited until the next election cycle approached to be a community advocate. I continuously work with the community and do not plan to ever stop. A true public servant does not need an election to be the advocate and leader their community needs. A public servant should be there election or no election.

I have also always volunteered much of my time along with many of our areas local residents through various community programs such as CAPS, Court Advocacy, Anti-Domestic Violence, Anti-Gang programs, and many, many more. I do plan to continue working with these groups and to have the same accessibility with everyone as I do now.

The state public employee pension system is severely underfunded and paying down the debt threatens to crowd out spending on core state services. Do you support reducing pension benefits not yet earned through a bill like SB512, which offers state workers three options for earning future pension benefits. Should police officers and firefighters be included in a reduced pension system?
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I do not support reducing pension benefits not yet earned like SB 512.

Trutin

I would be open to revising the system for current employees and any newly hired employees as long as the unions are represented in all negotiations. But the first thing we need to do is stop borrowing and to start paying into these pensions. Our state has for decades underfunded the pension system. After doing a forensic line-by-line budget analysis I believe we will have generated new available funds we can then start paying towards our debts. But we must stop borrowing money to pay our bills. We also need to fight to close any loophole that allows individuals from double dipping. I would also propose increasing the retirement age from 55 to 60 if you worked for the state over 30 years, and from 60 to 65 if you have worked for the state for 8 years.

If you don't support a bill like SB512, how would you deal with the state's unfunded pension liability?
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Morfin

I would support a constitutional amendment mandating that the general assembly meet its pension obligations to state workers on time to reduce more borrowing and putting our state in greater debt. I also believe that reducing our "target" pension funding of 90% to mid 70's% will be more realistic and reduce the need to continue borrowing more money. My goal will be to maintain pension benefits for qualified state workers, and reduce abuses by individuals who take advantage of the state pension system like double-dippers.

Trutin

Please read the statement above

Do you want the 2 percent point income tax increase to expire in 2014, as planned, or would you like to see the tax increase extended beyond 2014?
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Morfin

I would like to see the 2 percent point income tax evaluated when it expires in 2014. I would like to see how this tax increase has benefit the Illinois taxpayer and to determine whether the 2% increase should be extended, increased or reduced.

Trutin

I would prefer to see this tax expire in 2014 but like I mentioned earlier, if the debt is tackled immediately I feel there could be a chance to get by without any more massive tax increases than the ones already recently approved. However, just like a credit card, if you ignore paying the bill long enough, the total bill will require larger payments. After going through each budget and cutting the fat, I feel we can then start paying our bills on time as it should have been expected in the first place.

Once we pay off our debts I wish to see this tax expire and even reduce taxes. We continuously overspend on jobs that duplicate services. One great example is the Comptroller and Treasurer offices. The consolidation of these two offices is projected to save taxpayers $12million. There is no need to keep these two offices when one office can do both jobs.

Do you support any changes to the corporate income tax rate? Do you support any other changes to the state's business tax structure?
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Morfin

I support a corporate income tax rate that is fair to both businesses and corporations who want to invest in our state and our communities, but also fair to Illinois taxpayers and residents. In these hard economic times, Illinois needs to do its best to prevent businesses from moving out of our state or worse out of the country that will have a detrimental effect on our state economy. Any changes to the state business tax structure would be determined by how it would impact small business and job growth. My goal is to retain and support small businesses in Illinois and in my district by implementing a fair tax rate.

Trutin

If we are to change any tax structure in Illinois it is that of moving towards a progressive income tax system similar to that of the federal tax system. Right now Illinois has a flat tax where the poor and middle income taxpayers pay a high sales tax, a low flat rate income tax and several excise taxes on phones, cigarettes, gas and other utilities. A progressive income tax, like the federal government uses, would go a long way towards reducing the burden on people who earn lower wages that bring about poverty and slow our overall economic growth.

What should the state government do to create a more favorable business climate and to promote job growth?
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I support providing state subsidies for qualified businesses that invest in our communities, provide jobs for local residents and respect our environmental and labor laws. I also believe that state government should reduce its dependence of coal lobbyists and invest in innovative green technologies that will attract new businesses and job growth.

Trutin

Similar to a previous question I bring a very large strength to the table as I have been a small business owner for 16 years. We are continuously told we are the backbone of the U.S. economy even though we do not get the breaks that our larger counterparts receive. If we are truly the backbone then I can bring to the table the experience of what the small business community needs to thrive and create the bigger backbone we currently so desperately need!

Lay out your plan for paying the billions the state owes schools, universities, human service providers and others. Would you support borrowing to pay down those bills?
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Morfin

My plan for paying for state programs is to reduce government waste, corruption, patronage, ghost-payrolling and other schemes that some public workers and officials have taken advantage for years. I also support an audit of all state departments to see where we can make necessary cuts to state budget. I will support an initiative to prohibit pork barrel projects and earmarking when passing legislation. In addition I will endorse a constitutional amendment to pay our obligations in a timely and responsible manner.

Trutin

No more borrowing! We need to find a way to pay the bills and as I have mentioned earlier I am for a line-by-line forensic audit of our budgets. We need to eliminate spending on services that are duplicated by more than one position. After doing a forensic audit I feel we would find money in many areas of our government to help us live within our means and pay off our debts without borrowing any more.

State legislative leaders are trying to give the General Assembly a role in negotiating contracts with state labor unions. What is your opinion of that?
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I believe that state workers have the right to negotiate, bargain their contracts without government pressure or interference. I also believe that state labor unions have the right to strike if their workers rights and privileges have been abridged.

Trutin

I feel this would be an accident waiting to happen as many members of the General Assembly receive donations from unions. I would be worried that many of these donations would influence some of the negotiations in which they are a part of.

The legislature has tried repeatedly to expand gambling in Illinois. Do you support expanded gambling in Illinois? In what form? Do you support a Chicago casino?
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I support expanded gambling in Illinois including a Chicago casino. However, I would only support such an expansion with the guarantee that revenues generated will be used for public infrastructure, education, neighborhood development, job creation and to pay off state debt. I will support a "pilot- Casino program" in Chicago with overviews and regulations to prevent corruption and abuse of the legal system.

Trutin

I feel using a casino, video poker, etc to fix a budget is exactly what it is....A GAMBLE, a gamble on the backs of the citizens of the area. Towns with Casinos usually rely upon them too much. Ask the people of Joliet what happened to their budgets after the fire closed their casino down. It hurt! If a casino
is ever approved it should not plan to profit off the backs of our citizens. It should be located far away from poorer urban areas.

But as I say time and time again. No government has ever prospered from profiting off the backs of its citizens. You can't tax yourself into prosperity, just as you cannot gamble your future into prosperity. Yes it may help out and fix what you need in the short run. But just like signing a deal with the devil...sooner or later you have to pay the real price!

We need to focus on operating within our means in these tough times, but the state, county and city budgets keep growing and usually with great recklessness. We play games using fuzzy math and just as our state and local governments keep borrowing money to 'fix' things. We have TIF funds that are just sitting doing nothing or we give them away to special interests while we say we have no money for education and such. It would be great to take these TIF funds and use them as they were meant to be in the first place but sadly they are not. But these TIFs are just the tip of the iceberg.

Various local governments have already banned video poker. This expansion of gambling in my opinion is one of the worst choices possible. I feel that gambling, especially video poker doesn't belong in bars and restaurants! Besides the fact that it would be hard to regulate to be sure it is kept legal, it would also create several new environments where the risk of accidental problem gambling is too high. The race track industry had repeatedly expressed interest in moving these machines to their gambling venues. Since these locations are already heavily regulated gambling locations and they already have people coming for the express reason to gamble, it would seem that this option is not only a financially smarter move but a morally more appropriate one. So I would be open to this expansion.

I say let's first freeze the TIF zones and release the money back to what property taxes are supposed to pay, freeze pay raises and COLAs on all salaries while we are in these financial situations. Yes we are still far from fixing the problems, but with this it will be a much better start than looking to a ‘gamble!

Would you seek any changes to the state ethics and campaign finance laws? Would you support capping what state party leaders can donate during a general election?
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Yes I believe in reforming the campaign finance laws to reflect a more fair and democratic process for candidates seeking to run for public office. I also believe in public financing for elections and limiting what PAC's, political leaders and institutions can donate in campaigns. Also need to redefine corporation as an individual person when making a campaign contributions.

Trutin

I do strongly support limits by individuals and interested groups when it comes to campaign contributions. I also do feel that this should apply to the political parties and the leaders of the House and the Senate. If we do not include the leaders of the House or Senate, then it would only weaken individual independent thinking lawmakers as they would become reliant on their leaders for campaign cash causing these leaders to only have strengthened their positions making them the key players of any campaign election.

Would you back a constitutional amendment to shift from a flat income tax to a progressive income tax system?
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Morfin

Yes, absolutely.

Trutin

Right now Illinois has a flat tax where the poor and middle income taxpayers pay a high sales tax, a low flat rate income tax and several excise taxes on phones, cigarettes, gas and other utilities. A progressive income tax, like the federal government uses, I feel would go a long way towards reducing the burden on people who earn lower wages that bring about poverty and slow our overall economic growth.

Do you have a plan to adequately fund schools and reform the property tax system that results in inequities?
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Yes. I have a comprehensive plan to reform school funding system that will consider alternative sources of revenue including instituting a progressive income tax, utilizing TIF funds per respective districts and raising per pupil spending to become more equally funded with respect to wealthier districts in Illinois.

Trutin

Sadly, the Illinois Constitution does not include education as a fundamental right. Which I believe is one reason we continuously rank near the bottom of every study on education against other states. The primary responsibility for education funding has always fallen on local property taxes, which is unfair. We should not rely on a community's income or real estate property value because it ultimately becomes the determining factor on the quality of a school. The amounts spent per pupil in Illinois should be the same amount of regardless of where the child lives or goes to school. Also we need to freeze TIF zones as they have become nothing more than slush funds and have been receiving money that might otherwise have gone to education.

What is your view on gay marriage?
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Morfin

I believe that marriage is defined between a man and a woman. However I fully support same sex civil unions that will guarantee all the rights and privileges that are bestowed upon married couples that are currently not allow to gay couples.

Trutin

Simply put, I would support legislation on gay marriage and civil unions 100%!!! But to protect against lawsuits, any legislation would have to include language so that for any priest, minister, imam, or rabbi of any religious denomination and no official of any non-profit religious organization authorized to solemnize marriages shall be required to perform or celebrate any marriage if doing so violates his or her right to the free exercise of religion guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The candidates
Edward J. Acevedo
Cuahutemoc "Temoc" Morfin

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Josip "Joe" Trutin

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