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    David J. Seiler
    (Dem)

  • Blaine Wilhour
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

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?

Campaign Phone (217) 690-4617
Campaign Email seilerfor107th@gmail.com
COVID-19 has certainly exacerbated the revenue shortfall issue for Illinois. I believe step one in addressing this is support for the bill in the US Congress supporting the state shortfalls. This isn't just an Illinois issue and should not be looked at as one. I'm shocked that some of the elected officials from the other party oppose the COVID-19 support. It strikes me as unpatriotic. Beyond that, I support passage of the graduated tax. While it's not a total fix, it's a step in the direction of fixing the problem. Passage of the graduated tax will improve the Illinois bond rating and thus lower our borrowing costs. Even with all of that there is likely going to be cutback ahead.
I do support the amendment that would switch Illinois to the graduated tax. People need to remember that the tax rate is only one part of what ends up determining a tax bill. As Warren Buffet revealed this important fact a few years ago in regards to his federal tax. Even though he would have had a nearly 40% rate on much of his earnings, Buffet explained that his effective tax rate was 14%, a rate lower than the rate of his secretary who earned much, much less. The likely outcome of not passing the graduated tax would be an across the board hike in the flat tax rate. It's unfortunate that opponents of switching to the graduated tax rely on misinformation about the tax in their efforts to sway voters.
I know there are successful models of non-partisan redistricting in other states. I urge lawmakers to explore such options. Ultimately, I believe that repeal of the 1980 Cutback Amendment might be the best way to address the problem. Electing three members to the House from each legislative district would virtually guarantee the election of members of both parties across the state. It would elect Ds from downstate and Rs from Chicago. This change would go a long way towards reducing the power of the party leadership to control their caucus and make gerrymandering less of an issue. This multi-member system was created in 1870 to counter the hyper-partisanship of the post-Civil War era. Such structural change is needed again today.
I support our current vote by mail system and I suggest that we go with the system we have now for a few election cycles. Changing too often runs the risk confusing voters. County Clerks can and should do a lot of things to help make it easier to vote. More ballot drop boxes, multiple early voting sites, and weekend early voting times would greatly help the voting process. It's my hope that all elected officials agree that we need to make voting smoother and easier.
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