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  • Jeff Keicher
    (Rep)

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    Paul Stoddard
    (Dem)

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How would you address Illinois' revenue shortfall, especially in light of COVID-19, including plans to raise more revenue and how to prioritize spending?

Do you support the Fair Tax (graduated rate income tax) amendment?

What measures will you support for equitable redistricting?

What is your position on vote by mail and would you support a universal vote by mail for Illinois?

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This is such a difficult problem. This virus, like any severe economic downturn, presents a double whammy - people need more services from the state just to get by, but the state has less money to provide those services. Raising taxes on people needing help just doesn't make sense. While a balanced budget is normally a very good idea, there do arise circumstances that call for (hopefully) short-term borrowing. Recessions are the classic example of when this is called for.
Yes, for two main reasons - 1) it is only fair to ask those who benefit the most from what Illinois has to offer to pay their fair share. 2) A graduated income tax would give us much need flexibility in adjusting our revenue stream. I think Illinois needs to seriously rethink its tax structure. We rely way too much on local property taxes to fund education - this needs to be a state responsibility to ensure that everyone has access to a quality education. We need to reduce property taxes and find the necessary revenue elsewhere. A graduated income tax would be an essential part of that process.
I have long been a champion of fair map redistricting during my time on the county board, offering two maps developed using a computer algorithm that ignored political data. Then as chair of the Board's rules committee, I oversaw passage of a fair-map ordinance, modelled on Iowa's. I generally favor a bi-partisan committee with equal numbers from each party, setting the input parameters for several different computer-derived maps, and then recommending one to the full legislature. Ideally, the partisan breakdown of districts should reflect the partisan breakdown of the state.
Certainly this year, vote by mail is essential to help protect the health of our citizens. It is very unfortunate that there are people who insist on attacking the viability of vote by mail, especially considering there has been no evidence of significant or widespread fraud.

Illinois already allows anyone to request a mail-in ballot, which I strongly support, but many people still prefer to vote in person. I believe we should continue to offer as many avenues as possible for people to cast their ballots in a safe and secure way.