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Illinois House District 85

Description of office: The Illinois House of Representatives is the lower house of the Illinois General Assembly, it consists of 118 representatives elected from individual legislative districts for two-year terms with no limits; redistricted every 10 years, based on the U.S. Census. The state legislature has the power to make laws and impeach judges. Lawmakers must be at least 21 years of age and a resident of the district in which they serve for at least two years.

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    Dagmara "Dee" Avelar
    (Dem)

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    Ron Doweidt
    (Rep)

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    Anna Schiefelbein
    (Grn)

Biographical Information

What is your position on the proposed graduated rate income tax for the state of Illinois?

What is your position on the Fair Maps Amendment to implement a non-partisan system for drawing legislative maps for Illinois?

In light of the opioid crisis, an increase in suicide rates, and mass shootings throughout the country, what is your view of the state of Illinois’ responsibility to help its citizens with mental health treatment, including addiction?

I support a graduated income tax. Illinois has one of the highest property tax burdens in the nation primarily due to our overall regressive tax structure. Income inequality has continued to grow and we can no longer continue to have our working and middle class families carry the burden of our current tax system. We need a fair tax where higher rates apply to higher incomes and lower rates are applied to lower income levels. It is time for Illinois to join the thirty-four of the fifty states in our nation that have a graduated income tax.

Voters should pick who represents them, rather than politicians picking their voters. Districts should be drawn in a way that promotes equal representation. It is imperative that transparency and an equity centered approach is used in the process. If elected, I would work hard to collaborate with my colleagues in the Black, Latino and Asian caucuses to try to unite all of us around a principle that representation matters, and that redistricting should benefit everyone equitably.
I am in support of vote by mail and would like to push for universal vote by mail but would like to learn more specifically about what can be done for people who may have challenges navigating the vote by mail system.
Twitter @rdoweidt
Campaign Phone (630) 364-1402
No. It is a bridge to higher taxes on the middle class

With Illinois Fragile economy it will hasten the exodus of higher tax payers from the state, It will reduce job creation, and it does not address the deficit.
Very much in favor but it will be complicated.
The state has closed most of its mental health facilities and they need to be reopened.

Funding can be done by eliminating pork projects. It can also be funded with some of the revenue from cannabis sales. New monies not needed
Campaign Phone (630) 796-2440
I am in favor of this. We need to have election reform in order to ensure that the established 2-parties have checks and balances.

I support the People and Planet First Budget for Illinois, or another similar budget

Proposed Revenue $2.5 billion for corporations to pay their fair share/close corporate tax loopholes

$9 billion in progressive income taxes for those who make $1 million+

$12 billion to tax the trillions of dollars on Chicago markets that are currently not taxed at all.

$0 in property tax increases

Total Additional Revenue $23.5 billion

Proposed Spending: $5 billion to Fully Fund PK-12

$4.5 billion for Universal Healthcare

$3.5 billion for Green Energy

$3 billion for Infrastructure

$3 billion to Fully Fund Human Services

$2.5 billion to have Free College Tuition

$2 billion for Pension Contributions

Total Additional Spending: $23.5 billion
Illinois residents need a non-partisan solution. In my opinion, the established parties are protecting their interests and this needs to stop. The Fair Maps Amendment, in my opinion, does not solve the problem. In this Amendment, the Supreme Court of Illinois appoints people. However, we have law firms who are contributing to judge's elections and only the two established parties are mentioned in that Amendment. This Amendment simply does not go far enough in protecting the interests of democracy and political participation outside the 2-party system. We need to rely on a good checks and balance system in the legislature to ensure that our residents receive fairness in drawing maps. The way we achieve a good checks and balance system is to have a fair electoral process where candidates have the same requirements and deadlines.
We are responsible for the well-being of our residents. A focus on having community centers to encourage well-being, healthy lifestyle, and become a safe haven is encouraged. Also, having more trained professionals and social workers responding to domestic violence and mental illness police calls could bridge that gap.