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State House, District 20

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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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Michael P. McAuliffe
Political party: Republican
Birthdate: 12/7/1963
Occupation: Full Time State Representative
Marital status: Married
Spouse: Kim

Education:

Holy Cross High School
Attended Triton College

Civic, professional, fraternal or other affiliations:

Moose Lodge, Oriole Park Community Club, Schorsch Village Improvement Association, Edison and Norwood Park Chamber of Commerce

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

41st Ward Committeeman 1995- Present
1992,1996, 2000-Elected Delegate to Republican National Convention

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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McAuliffe

Campaign headquarters: PO Box 31488 Chicago Il 60631
Website: www.michaelmcauliffe.net
Campaign manager:
Campaign budget:
Name your five biggest campaign contributors and the amount they contributed.
Stand For Children $5000
Il. Laborer's Legislative Committee $2000
Il. State Medical Society $2000
ABDI/PAC $2000
RPAC Realtors Assoc $2000

For incumbents: In either the fall veto session or in January, will you support a bill like SB1673? That bill cuts pension costs for four of five state pension systems by making state workers and retirees choose between keeping state-subsidized health insurance or an automatic 3 percent annual pension hike during retirement. Do you support the element of the bill that shifts employer pension costs from the state to local school districts?
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McAuliffe

The current bill SB1673, I feel would be an unfair shift to local school districts and would be to expensive for their districts. Ultimatley this would be an unfair burden on taxpayers who have already seen their property tax bill sky rocketed with no relief in site.

If you don't support a bill like SB1673, what is your plan for rescuing the state's pension systems?
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McAuliffe

I believe the pension systems need reform or else the system's will not be sustainable in the future. The heavy cost to our budget are troublesome and we must resolve this problem in order to maintain a balanced budget. We need to include union's representing the system to be active participants or else a law pass will be challenged in court and we will still have this unfunded mandate on our budget.

For challengers or candidates for an open seat: If there is no action on pension reform in the fall veto session or in early January, would you support a bill like SB1673 in the next legislative session? That bill cuts pension costs for four of five state pension systems by making state workers and retirees choose between keeping state-subsidized health insurance or an automatic 3 percent annual pension hike during retirement. Do you support the element of the bill that shifts employer pension costs from the state to local school districts?
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McAuliffe

n/a

If you don't support a bill like SB1673, what is your plan for rescuing the state's pension systems?
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McAuliffe

n/a

For all candidates: Do you support the Medicaid reform package passed last spring, including $1.6 billion in cuts and rate reductions and an increase in the cigarette tax? What else, if anything, needs to done to ensure the health of the state's Medicaid system?
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McAuliffe

I supported the Medicaid reform package minus the cigarette tax. We need to implement this plan as to insure our budget stability.

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

I did not support the income tax increase and have been on record to let it expire in 2014.

Do you support any changes to the corporate income tax rate? Do you support any other changes to the state's business tax structure? What should the state government do to create a more favorable business climate and to promote job growth?
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McAuliffe

I believe we need to still pass meaningful worker's compensations, The previous bill doesn't go far enough and makes us less competitive to our neighboring states. Any negative changes to our buisiness both large and small will not help Illinois crawl out of this recession.

Do you support the gambling package Gov. Quinn vetoed at the end of August? If not, how could it be improved?
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McAuliffe

I support the gambling bill.

Over the last few years, the state Legislature has begun to bring spending in line with revenues by cutting spending in education, health care, social services and other areas. Has the state Legislature done enough to reduce spending and run government more efficiently? What more could be done? Are there any areas where you would like to see greater state investment?
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McAuliffe

We need to fully implement our medicaid reforms which will help our current and future budgets. I believe we need to see more state investments for small businesses which will help the State of Illinois recieve more tax revenues.

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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McAuliffe

I support caps for state party leaders.

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

No

Do you have a plan to reform Illinois' school finance system so that it no longer produces inequities in school funding across the state?        
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McAuliffe

I support the concept and recognize that it needs to be done.

What is your view on gay marriage?     
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McAuliffe

I am opposed

The candidates
Michael P. McAuliffe

Michael P. McAuliffe

 

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