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State House, District 54

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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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Tom Morrison
Political party: Republican
Birthdate: Did not respond
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Civic, professional, fraternal or other affiliations:

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

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

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Richard S. Rudd
Political party: Democrat
Birthdate: 10/22/1959
Occupation: carpenter
Marital status: married for 31 years
Spouse: Dianna Rudd

Education:

Some college courses and construction superintendent courses

Civic, professional, fraternal or other affiliations:

None.

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

No.

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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Campaign headquarters:
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Name your five biggest campaign contributors and the amount they contributed.
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Rudd

Campaign headquarters: 1310 w Northwest Highway Arlington Heights Il 60004
Website: www.richfudd.com
Campaign manager: Dianna Rudd
Campaign budget: $4,000
Name your five biggest campaign contributors and the amount they contributed.
District Council of Carpenters $1000.00

Steve S. $500. 00

4 Carpenter Locals each $250.00

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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Did not respond

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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1) We all know of the current finial crisis that we are facing from the poor legislative practices of the people who are currently elected. I don’t know about you, but I’m outraged at the situation these incumbents have put us into. Inaction and wasting legislative time with social issues instead of compromising with others to find the best course available for our financial mess is maddening. Unlike our current State Representative who practices these traits when elected I will find compromise. Yes, I would support SB1673.
2) Currently our local school district boards are giving end of career raises to our teachers which increase our teacher’s pensions. Our system also allows end of career increases which increase administrative pensions. When this is done there is no accountability for their actions and we as taxpayers all end up paying for the school boards misguided approach. This cannot continue. The taxpayers of my district are fed up with the current system. When elected I will hold those accountable for their actions and I would support a gradual shift in pension costs. the massive debt the state is facing there will be deep cuts in education and every other service the state handles.

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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Our Medicaid system was on the verge of collapse. Something had to be done to maintain the system that is available to those who are in most of need. The cuts made will affect living people and it doesn’t make me happy that we had to do it. As a legislator we have to make choices for the many instead of the few. This is probably the hardest part in being elected. Yes I do support the Medicaid reform and when elected I will make the hard choices necessary.

Any redundancies, fraud, and waste. We know in any bureaucracy that there are abuses of our systems. When elected I will ferret out these scourges of abuse.

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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Our state is in a financial free fall. Anyone that tell you that these can be repealed in not living in reality. These will not be rolled back.

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 number one issue in Illinois is the creation of good paying jobs. Both the tax and spending policies of Illinois affect job creation. When elected I will insure that Illinois overall tax burden will be in line with the rest of the surrounding States. Careful analysis is paramount. If Illinois overall tax burden is higher than Wisconsin or Indiana business will move to a location that is cheaper to do business thus maximizing their profit.
If businesses leave Illinois we lose jobs. This has to stop. This is no different than individuals driving across county lines in search of cheaper sales taxes. We can’t continue to not to pay our bills and our spending has to be curtailed.. With correct tax policy and correct spending policy Illinois will return to prosperity that our residents deserve. When elected I will make the hard choices necessary to curtail spending

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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Yes, we need jobs. Gambling expansion will bring a whole host of new jobs. That Illinois desperately needs.

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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Illinois government has shrunk considerably that last few years. The overall number of state employee’s has shrunk considerably. All cuts going forward will cause some type of pain. We already are seeing numerous special interest groups decrying those cuts that affect them. In order to solve our financial mess more efficiency in our government has to be found. When elected I will make those hard decisions in the best interest of the residence of my district.

Illinois has more layers of government than any other State in the Nation. Illinois has to scale back its government. The taxpayer can’t afford to keep on paying for endless layers of governmental employee’s. It’s absolutely outrages’ that Illinois holds this distinction.. It will be my personal goal to reduce the number of governmental unit’s in Illinois. When elected I will support the elimination of township government, the consolidation of elementary school districts into their respective high school districts and aggressively eliminate all of the special districts category of government.

Public education should not be prohibitively expensive in order to educate our children. It’s imperative to fund education at an appropriate level to insure our children’s future. When elected I will ensure that our children’s future is protected.Yes, the overall money that comes in to the electoral process is crushing. In order to combat the corruption that occurs because of this when elected I would support a complete overhaul of our state ethics and campaign finance laws.

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, the overall money that comes in to the electoral process is crushing. In order to combat the corruption that occurs because of this when elected I would support a complete overhaul of our state ethics and campaign finance laws.

Yes.

Would you back a constitutional amendment to shift from a flat income tax to a progressive income tax system?         
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YES! Illinois income tax system is a regressive tax system which requires an unfair burden being placed upon the middle and lower class. It is time for a Illinois constitutional change that moves our tax system to a more fair progressive tax structure. When elected I will support this inevitable change.

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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No.

What is your view on gay marriage?     
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The current State Representative of our district is an extreme right winger. He makes Congressmen Joe Walsh look like a saint. Our State Representative is pro-life even in the case of rape and incense. He is the poster child for the right to life movement. He is an extremist when it comes to social issues and will not compromise. I believe that his views don’t reflect the majority of voters in my district. I am pro-choice and will fight for the right for women to make their own medical decisions. I have been happily married to my wife for 31 years. I do not consider gay marriage to be a threat to anyone. I understand the legal problems that gay people face by not being able to get married. When elected I will support the right for gay’s to be legally married.

The candidates
Tom Morrison

Tom Morrison

 

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