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Illinois Senate District 22, 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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    Elenz
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    Noland
Elenz
Birthdate: 10/31/1962
Occupation: Elenz & Associates dba Benefitsage Principal Owner
Marital status: Happily Married
Spouse: Asta

Education:

Civic, professional, fraternal or other affiliations:

Executives' Club of Chicago.
NAHU Life Underwriters

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

I worked for the Chicago Park District from 1982 to 1993 Left the CPD in 1993 to start my own insurance brokerage company Elenz & Associates. I have since been successfully self-employed.

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

none

Noland
Birthdate: 12/5/1960
Occupation: Attorney, sole practitioner
Marital status: Married
Spouse: Veronica

Education:

Please see resume.

Civic, professional, fraternal or other affiliations:

N/A

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

Illinois Senate

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

N/A

Campaign information
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    Elenz
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Elenz

Campaign headquarters: 15 S. Spring Street, Elgin IL 60120
Website: www.Citizens4Elenz.com
Campaign manager: Denise Rothheimer
Campaign budget: $100,000.00
Name your five biggest campaign contributors and the amount they contributed.
Bob Wirtz $1,000.00
Paul Edwards$1,000.00
Stan and Tina Domanski $250.00
Scott Silver $1,000.00
Tom and Ann Nash $250.00
Suparossa $1,000.00

Noland

Campaign headquarters: PO Box 1025, Elgin, IL 60121
Website: noland.org
Campaign manager: Self
Campaign budget: N/A
Name your five biggest campaign contributors and the amount they contributed.
N/A

What are your top priorities for your district?
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    Elenz
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Elenz

As the Senator of District 22, I will establish a relationship built on trust with my constituents and represent their interests in Springfield as a public servant. One of my top priorities for District 22 is to open the lines of communication between the Senator and both House Representatives to work effectively together to bring resources back to the district. Whenever both representatives vote one way and the Senator opposes that vote the constituents are at a stand still and progress in the district cannot be made. As Senator of the 22nd District I will work with every elected official regardless of their political affiliation to curb tax and cost of living expenses, improve education, grow jobs and other resources in the community. First, I will focus on legislation that will attract businesses to return to our district due to the recent loss of thousands of jobs, as well as attract new businesses.
Secondly, I will pursue legislation to slow down foreclosures in the district through public and private sources.
Thirdly, I will work to address and resolve the issues with U46 School District by bringing together all parties involved.
Fourthly, I will work with all Cook County Board members to bring an out-patient, health care center to the district that will provide accessible, quality health care. Additionally, I would meet with local doctors and hospitals to utilize viable public and private resources.

Noland

Economic growth brought by structural tax reform in Springfield.

What is your top priority for the state?
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    Elenz
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Elenz

Top priorities for the State is to reach across the aisle and work to:

1) Attract and bring new businesses to Illinois
2) Reform pensions
3) Roll back income-tax increase
4) Build trust and communication with elected officials in and out-of-district
5) Slow down foreclosures
6) Eliminate wasteful government spending
7) Reform health care and welfare programs
8) Create health risk management programs for State employees
9) Provide accessible, quality health care (not medical insurance, there is a difference) for all residents by reforming the public health care system

Noland

Economic growth brought by structural tax reform in Springfield.

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

I have an ability to bring people together and build a consensus by finding common ground and establishing a win-win solution for all involved.

Noland

In addition to $22M for School District U-46 alone, I have secured over $30 million in state funds brought back to 22nd District for....

Kane County

$400,000: OSLAD grants to Kane County Forest Preserve District

$400,000: OSLAD grants to Dundee Township Open Spaces

Carpentersville

$400,000: OSLAD grants to Dundee Township for Open Space

$300,000: Road Resurfacing

$50,000: Early Childhood Development Tom Thumb Early Childhood Education Center

East Dundee

$25,000: VFW Post 2298

Elgin

$11 Million: River's Edge Project

$150,000: Business Retention Siemens/Winergy

$125,000: Community Crisis Center

$100,000: Greater Elgin Family Health Care Center

$90,000: Association for Individual Development

$50,000: YMCA – Youth Outreach and Obesity Reduction



Elgin Cont.

$50,000: Services for At-Risk Youth
Illinois Coalition for Community Services

$50,000: Senior Services Associates, Inc.

$20,000: YWCA – Computer Lab and Job Training

$20,000: American Legion Post 57

South Elgin

$225,000: OSLAD grants for open spaces

Cook County

$18 million: Barrington Road/I-90 Interchange

Hanover Park

$50,000: Astor Avenue Community Center

Hoffman Estates

$325,000: Hoffman Estates Park District

Schaumburg

$45,000: Day Care Services Woodfield Area Children's Organization

Streamwood

$300,000: Road Resurfacing

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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    Elenz
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Elenz

No, I do not support SB512. No, I do not think police officers and firefighters should be included in a reduced pension system.

Noland

While I believe benefits already earned are protected under the Illinois contitution, under the U.S. constitution, benefits not yet earned can be altered. I would vote to alter future benefits to avoid continued soveriegn insolvency. For police officers and firefighters, we must provide pension and health care benefits that duly address the particularly hazardous nature of their work.

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

I will sit down and work with trade unions and others to provide health care and welfare programs for State employees similar to those in the private sector. That would solve a huge part of the issue immediately. Some of the best health care and welfare programs in this country are run by Unions and are run very well.

Noland

Structural Tax Reform, in part, by passing a constitutional amendment to provide for a graduated income tax that assisted in meeting this liability.

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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    Elenz
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Elenz

I want the 2 percent point income tax increase to expire in 2014 as planned.

Noland

Any increase in the state's flat rate for income tax should be coupled with property tax relief similar to that contemplated by HB 174 in the 96th General Assembly.

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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    Elenz
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    Noland
Elenz

Yes, I support changes to the corporate income tax rate and other changes to the state's business tax structure. The current system does not encourage businesses to locate in Illinois due to the uncertainty of our current economic climate.

Noland

We need structural tax reform, tax modernization in Illinois. The corporate income tax must be competitive with that of surrounding states and we need to take up issues such as the streamlined sales tax, tax on internet sales and the single sales factor. We have deferred these issues for too long. We need to broaden our tax base and make it more fair and efficient.

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

State legislators should assess, initiate and execute policies that establish long-term plans to improve growth and stability by provide incentives for businesses that create a more favorable business climate and to promote job growth.

Noland

Structural Tax Reform. Pass a capital bill more frequently to address the continuing need to maintain inferstructure.

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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    Elenz
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Elenz

No, I will not support borrowing to pay down the billions owed to schools, universities, human service providers and others. Instead, I will structure a plan to pay down debt by implementing a service tax on services that have little impact on working families.

Noland

HB 174 or a graduated income tax (in addition to the other tax modernization outlined above). No more borrowing. Add to my list of accomplishments being one of two Democrats in the senate that prevented further borrowing during the last General Assembly.

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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    Elenz
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Elenz

The General Assembly should not have a role in negotiating contracts with state labor unions because it is not in the pension business. In my opinion, an outside firm that specializes in union contracts should be hired with no influence what so ever from the GA. I believe that state union employees should have the same pay and fringe package as their counterparts in the private sector.

Noland

The governor is the chief executive. He/she needs to be our point person for negotiations.

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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    Elenz
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Elenz

My district includes the Grand Victoria casino so I would vote "NO" on any expansion of casino gambling. The one thing I may consider upon further research would be a Chicago casino. If and only if:
1) Our district would not lose more revenues as it has because of the past expansion;
2) The City of Elgin, Kane County and the other areas in the 22nd District were made whole as a result of expansion.
3) Most importantly that the City of Elgin, Kane County, Cook County and the rest of my district agreed to the terms of a deal for expansion.

Noland

While I would support a Chicago casino, and, perhaps downstate, I would not support expanded gambling that would further jeopardize local revenues derived from the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin.

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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    Elenz
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Elenz

Yes, I would support capping what state party leaders can donate during a general election.

Noland

Yes and yes. I would support publically financed elections and term limit leadership.

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

Yes, I would back a constitutional amendment to shift from a flat income tax to a progressive income tax system.

Noland

Yes.

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

My plan is to review last year's plan to make adjustments for this year's plan.

Noland

Again, HB 174 and/or the tax modernization stated above.

What is your view on gay marriage?
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    Elenz
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Elenz

I believe any man or woman can leave living wills, power of attorneys, estates etc. to whomever they want to assign them to with or without a marriage contract.

If marriage is right for two consenting adults then I believe the government should honor people's wishes. I support gay marriage for all legal purposes.

I do believe that a church/religion has the right to choose to participate in gay marriage or not without pressure from the government.

Noland

It is a matter of personal privacy. Should it come for a vote, like civil unions, I would support it.

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