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Illinois House District 46, Republican 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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Kordik
Birthdate: 5/26/1959
Occupation: Attorney/Kordik Law Firm
Marital status: Single
Spouse:

Education:

Graduate of Elmhurst Public Schools, Bachelors Degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1981, passed the CPA exam, Law Degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1984.

Civic, professional, fraternal or other affiliations:

St. Alexander Catholic Church: Lector since 1993
Lions Club, Member since 1997, Past President
DuPage County Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association, Member
St. Thomas More Society of DuPage County
Certified (Chair) Arbitrator for the 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois
Member of both the Villa Park and Elmhurst Chambers of Commerce

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

Yes. I am currently the elected York Township Clerk.

Elected York Township Republican Precinct Committeeman, Precinct 25, since 1994
York Township Republican Precinct Committeemen's Organization: Vice Chair

Villa Park/Lombard Elementary District 45 Board of Education Member 1988-1995, Vice President 1991-1994

Village of Villa Park Planning and Zoning Commissioner, 1999-2010

DuPage County Board Solid Waste (Recycling) Committee, Municipal Member, District 2

DuPage County Regional Board of School Trustee 2003

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

I am currently the elected York Township Clerk. I serve as an arbitrator (as an independent contractor) for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit for the State of Illinois/County of DuPage hearing a half dozen cases a year. No members of my immediate family have held any jobs or contracts with the government. I am a small business owner/ sole proprietor, so I do not have business partners.

Campaign information
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Campaign headquarters:
Website: votekordik.com
Campaign manager: Marian Wagner
Campaign budget: $45,000.00
Name your five biggest campaign contributors and the amount they contributed.
I have not yet had a fundraiser for the upcoming election. In my last Township Election, my 5 biggest contributors were Michael Fleming ($500); my parents George and Catherine Kordik ($500); James Valancius ($300); Four Seasons Lawn Service and Landscaping ($250); and Steve Esposito ($200).

What are your top priorities for your district?
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Kordik

Maintaining and improving the quality of life which makes DuPage County a highly desirable place to live, work, and raise a family. Priorities include excellence in schools and educational opportunities; quality job creation; preservation of open space; reduction of traffic congestion and getting the State's finances in order which affects not only my district but every district in our state.

What is your top priority for the state?
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Kordik

Getting the state back on a sound financial path where it is paying its bills on time and not spending money it does not have. Not extending the personal state income tax hike. Ending pension abuses and enacting reforms so that the benefits are available to those hard working people who have invested years of service and their own money into the system. Priorities for the State are not much different than for my district: excellence in schools and educational opportunities; quality job creation.

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

I will use my accounting background, my legal skills as a practicing attorney and my life experience of raising a family, starting and growing my own business and including hiring and paying employees, to prioritize expenditures. I will call upon my 25 years of community service, from the local school board (served 7 1/2 years) to the local planning and zoning commission (served 11 years) to my active participation in numerous citizens' advisory committees, to benefit my constituents. As the only candidate from either party running to represent the 46th District who has planted roots in the district, who has raised his family in the district and who actually lives in the district I hope to represent, I know and share the needs and concerns of my constituents--my neighbors. I am approachable, accessible, insightful and driven, and nobody will out work me.

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 support the concept of offering state workers the option of lowering their benefits, paying more now to keep current benefit levels, or giving them the opportunity to move to private or 401(k) type account. Clearly the first step in pension reform is to stop the abuses which have jeopardized the integrity of a system in which many hard working people have contributed their own money. I do believe that there is a strong policy justification to exclude police officers and firefighters who put their lives on the line for the public on a daily basis (and who have traditionally started their careers at a relatively low pay knowing that they have a pension to look forward to in the future) from a reduced pension system or certainly to create a separate category for such public safety officers.

If you don't support a bill like SB512, how would you deal with the state's unfunded pension liability?
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See answer to the question 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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I want the 2 percent income tax increase to expire in 2014 as planned and would have voted against the state tax increase in the first place.

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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I also would have voted against raising the state's corporate tax rate from 4.8 % to 7%.

What should the state government do to create a more favorable business climate and to promote job growth?
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Lowering the tax rate (for businesses and individuals) and not by cutting special deals to companies that threaten to leave the state if they do not receive breaks. We need to create a business climate and atmosphere where companies are attracted to our state because of a favorable business climate and low taxes, by a work force that is well educated and well-trained.

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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I would oppose borrowing money that the state does not have since such borrowing would incur unnecessary interest and further increase the "bills" the state must pay. The State of Illinois did not get into this financial mess overnight. It took years of ineffective leadership and policies into this deep of a mess, I believe we need to start digging ourselves out off this mess one shovel full at a time and would not support borrowing from Peter to pay Paul since the cumulative effect will be more money owed in the long run.

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 in the right to collectively bargain. My father was a union steward. While I was on the school board, our district successfully negotiated multi-year contracts with the teachers' union by school board members, administrators and teachers (all the parties involved) sitting down and bargaining in good faith. My opinion is that with state labor unions, the General Assembly is in effect a party and therefore I believe role in negotiating such contracts is appropriate.

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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No. I am against expanded gambling in Illinois. I do not support a Chicago casino.

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. Yes. Although I believe Senate Bill 1466 was an important first step in a reform process, I believe capping an individual's ability to contribute his own money to a candidate of his choice, while allowing political parties and PACs to have much higher limits as to how much they can contribute needs some fine tuning.

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

Do you have a plan to adequately fund schools and reform the property tax system that results in inequities?
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As former school board member and former member of several citizen advisory committees relating to education, I believe that education is the best investment one can make. I believe that education should be one of the state's highest priorities and look forward to the day in the near future when the state will have the funds to treat education as such a priority. Neither of my parents attended college. I am the only one of my siblings to graduate from college and then I went onto law school after that. I value education and truly believe that education is the way to further oneself not only financially and career-wise, but I sincerely feel that education in and of itself is extreme value and benefit to an individual. That being said, I am reluctant to change to a system which would decrease local control by sending more money to Springfield which has historically not made its way back to my district. The voters of Elmhurst voted to build a new York High School. The voters of Villa Park/Lombard/Addison voted to make substantial improvements to Willowbrook and Addison Trail High Schools and grade schools. These are all communities in my district. I believe a locally elected school board whose citizen-members best know the needs of their communities with opportunities for local referenda giving the citizenry the opportunity to increase their investment in their community works.

What is your view on gay marriage?
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I believe that marriage is a union between one man and one woman. I therefore do not support gay marriage.

The candidates
Daniel J. Kordik

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John "Chip" Humes

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