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State Senate, District 22

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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 Noland
Political party: Democrat
Birthdate: 12/5/1960
Occupation: Attorney, Sole Practitioner
Marital status: Married
Spouse: Veronica

Education:

Please see resume.

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?

Illinois Senate

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

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

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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No. The cuts were too steep. I would consider actually expanding our Medicaid program to include those currently working who however cannot afford health insurance.

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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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? What should the state government do to create a more favorable business climate and to promote job growth?
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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.
Structural Tax Reform. Pass a capital bill more frequently to address the continuing need to maintain inferstructure.

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 do not support expanded gaming in Illinois at this time.

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 of Illinois has the lowest per capita spending rate in the nation. We have the 5th largest economy in the nation, approximately the 20th in the world. There is wide gap between our willingness to pay (which is, again, the lowest in the nation) and our ability to make needed investments in education, health care and social services. When we decide to narrow that gap, we will then begin to compete as the global player we are capable of being and in the process increase the standard of living for the people of Illinois.

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 and yes. I would support publicly 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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Yes.

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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HB 174 and/or modernization of the tax system, including structuring and collection methodology.

What is your view on gay marriage?     
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It is a matter of personal privacy. Should it come for a vote, like civil unions, I would support it.

The candidates
Cary Collins

Cary Collins

Michael J. Noland

Michael J. Noland

 

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