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State Senate, District 42

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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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William R. Adams
Political party: Democrat
Birthdate: 7/30/1971
Occupation: Evans Accounting
Marital status: In Relationship
Spouse:

Education:

Associates of Arts in Accounting and Political Science

Civic, professional, fraternal or other affiliations:

ILCPA Society

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

None

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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Adams

Campaign headquarters: 1275 Briarbrook Dr #101 Wheaton IL 60189
Website: www.voteadams.us
Campaign manager:
Campaign budget: No more than I will make as Representative
Name your five biggest campaign contributors and the amount they contributed.
West Suburban Teachers Union $2000.00
IEA $500
Rest from the working class of the District

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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Adams

No I don't. The state created the problem we need to solve it. I believe SB1673 will be unconstitutional.

If you don't support a bill like SB1673, what is your plan for rescuing the state's pension systems?
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By forming a "Pension Law Commission" that will consist on two state reps, two state senators, four union reps and four community reps. All bills that are pension based will go through this commission and everyone will be brought to the table and a complete plan will be implemented.

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 I don't because we as leaders should look out for the voiceless in are community and this did not.

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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No I don't. I know that this is not political correct but we need revenue to pay the bill to are fellow Illinois citizens and businesses. But I will not support anymore increases.

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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No change in corporate tax rate we need to pay are business what is owed to them and that will change the outlook in Illinois.

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 I support the gambling package because that bring in revenue.

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 first thing we need to do is convene a private commission to review the state budget and find all duplication in services and to come up with a comprehensive plan to balance the budget.

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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Ethic changes are necessary but are not easy to implement till the situations arises that need to be dealt with, such as, Derrick Smith. I support a cap on contribution and money raised for a campaign cycle to just the compensation of said office, such as, $67,000 for State Representative.

Would you back a constitutional amendment to shift from a flat income tax to a progressive income tax system?         
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Yes only if the voters of this great state decide to do it.

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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I will work with school board and teachers to come up with a plan that will be the least impacting but most beneficial to all

What is your view on gay marriage?     
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Equal rights across the board not limited to but included Race, Sexual Orientation and Gender.

The candidates
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Peter Hurtado

Peter Hurtado

 

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