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State House, District 45

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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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JoAnn Franzen
Political party: Democrat
Birthdate: 12/28/1960
Occupation: Home Healthcare/ State of Illinois
Marital status: Happily Married
Spouse: John Franzen

Education:

Some college - emphasis in Management

Civic, professional, fraternal or other affiliations:

- Scout Den Leader
- Religious Ed Teacher
- Precinct Committeeman
- Feed My Starving Children
- PTO at Gradeschool
- Volunteer Parent for After School Sports

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

Employed by the state of Illinois for home health care.

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

My husband's small successful business. A few times during the year Atlas Van Lines contracts military moves through his business.

Campaign information
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Campaign headquarters: Home Address
Website: www.joannfranzen.com
Campaign manager: Jeff Barak
Campaign budget: $2,624
Name your five biggest campaign contributors and the amount they contributed.
My Mom - $350
Beverly Willis - $250
Personal PAC - $250
Merle Ketelsen - $250
Sharron Sherman - $200

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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If you don't support a bill like SB1673, what is your plan for rescuing the state's pension systems?
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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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If you don't support a bill like SB1673, what is your plan for rescuing the state's pension systems?
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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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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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I would repeal the tax increase starting in 2012 in order to boost business and commerce in Illinois and compete with other states for businesses.

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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The federal government should lower their corporate tax rate so that the states can get more money from corporate taxes. We also should compete for corporations across state lines.
Furthermore, we should provide incentives for small businesses, make it easier for those businesses to get loans so that they can start up. Also, give small businesses tax breaks if they offer health insurance and other benefits to their employees. Compete with other states to bring business back to Illinois ie temporary tax breaks and/or other incentives. There isn't a way to predict the revenue loss of these incentives because new businesses will create more overall revenue.

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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- I would allow the bill to pass as I believe in all business. The same goes for slots at racetracks and casino expansion. These are all businesses that target a specific consumer. If I voted against freedom of businesses that attracted addicts I would have to automatically vote on prohibition of alcohol and cigarettes.

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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The state legislature has not done enough to reduce spending and run government more efficiently. There is still a pension crisis, Illinois is still a deadbeat state. My job is to go forward and work with the other state representatives to fix the problem and get Illinois moving forward again.
There is still a lot of waste in government. Representatives all across the state and local levels have kept their benefits while the people of Illinois have suffered. It is time that the representatives of Illinois give up some perks as well as work together to fix Illinois together.
- Cut the budget: 1. Pensions - cut benefits to new employees since our state cannot meet its prior commitment for the old ones - let alone the new ones coming in. However, if we pull at the heart strings of people still able to work who have retired due to their ability to do so, rather than health issues, maybe we could supplement the pension in this fashion thus helping decrease the deficit.
2. Stop most or all incentives for corporations -
3. Cut healthcare costs since the Affordable Healthcare Act will take care of this issue by 2014.
In order to truly determine where to cut spending we need government to be more transparent so that we know where the money is actually being spent.

I would like to see greater state investment in the areas of the elderly and those with disabilities. The young should take care of the old if they are not able to properly take care of themselves.

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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Would you back a constitutional amendment to shift from a flat income tax to a progressive income tax system?         
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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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What is your view on gay marriage?     
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The candidates
JoAnn Franzen

JoAnn Franzen

Dennis Reboletti

Dennis Reboletti

 

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