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Illinois House District 5, 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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    Collins
Collins
Birthdate: 1/23/1966
Occupation: Consultant/Chicago Public Schools(Title I)
Marital status: single
Spouse:

Education:

Bachelor of Science- Speech Pathology and Audiology

Civic, professional, fraternal or other affiliations:

Sisters Working It Out Board Member
20th Ward Ministerial Alliance
K.L.E.O Foundation Board Member
Local School Council Chairperson- Hubbard High School
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

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

none

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

None

Campaign information
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Collins

Campaign headquarters: 58 E. 26th St. Chicago, Il. 60616
Website: www.doriforstaterep.org
Campaign manager: Kenneth Sawyer
Campaign budget: $75,000.00
Name your five biggest campaign contributors and the amount they contributed.
Robert Collins $3,000
Charles Collins $1,500
Stanley Stallworth $500
Anonymous Doner $200
Tonette Chatman $200

What are your top priorities for your district?
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Collins

Creation of Jobs
School Infrastructure and Performance
Public Safety/Communities

What is your top priority for the state?
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Collins

Balanced Budget
Property Tax Reform

For incumbents, please list your accomplishments. For challengers, what unique strengths would you bring to the job of state lawmaker?
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Collins

Did not respond

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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Did not respond

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

Did not respond

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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Collins

I would like for the

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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Collins

Did not respond

What should the state government do to create a more favorable business climate and to promote job growth?
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Collins

There are several ways in which I feel the government could create more favorable business climate and promote job growth.The State should provide improved job training and readiness, continuing education opportunities, universal healthcare services and tenured retirement opportunities. Job growth can be implemented thru mentor, apprentice and or job share programs

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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Collins

I do not currently have a plan for paying the billions of dollars the state owes schools, universities, human service providers and others at this particular time. However, I would like to say as a policy maker I would make every effort to cut non essential and critical spending on and for services. It will also be be important to have a fairer and more suitable tax system that would enhance or increase state revenue.

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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Collins

Did not respond

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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Collins

Did not respond

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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Collins

I would support capping what state party leaders can donate during a general election, In particular, I feel this would cut down on the expectations of considerations and or favors being expected in return

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

Did not respond

Do you have a plan to adequately fund schools and reform the property tax system that results in inequities?
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Collins

I do not have a complete plan formulated that would adequately fund schools and reform the property tax system that would result in inequities.

What is your view on gay marriage?
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Collins

I feel it is an individual and personal decision for a person to make whom they would like to marry. I support gay marriage opportunities.

The race
The candidates
Dori Collins
Kenneth Dunkin
The district
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Updated: February 23, 2012 10:11AM



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