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State House District 109

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    Adam M. Niemerg
    (Rep)

  • John Spencer
    (Dem)

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) 663-2207
The first thing we need to do is address pensions. Twenty-five cents of every dollar the state receives in revenue goes to pay for pensions. The pension crisis is making it extremely difficult for the state to fund other, necessary parts of government. The Governor and the Democrat majority believe that a tax increase is the solution. The reality is that sending more money to Springfield is only going to lead more spending. We need to focus on taxes. We need to lower taxes in Illinois and make Illinois more business friendly. We must make Illinois a destination for jobs and opportunities otherwise we continue to see a mass exodus to states like Indiana.
No. I oppose the progressive income tax. The graduated income tax is code for massive tax increase and that is the last thing Illinois needs right now. Illinois has the highest combination of state and local taxes in the nation. When you combine a graduated income tax with all the other taxes Illinois residents pay such as the second highest property taxes in the nation, a graduated income tax would do irreparable harm to our state.
I support the Fair map. I believe it is imperative that we take the politics out of redistricting. Instead of having districts that are drawn to achieve an electoral outcome – we need districts that are drawn by an independent commission. Districts should be based on population size. They should be compact, and they should be logical. Taking the politics out of this process will benefit everyone in Illinois.
Illinois has had mail-in ballots for years. It is a safe and secure process, but having said that, it is important for voters who do vote by mail to follow through with their ballot and to make sure that it arrives at their County Clerk’s office in a timely manner. We also need our election authorities to make sure that fraud is not taking place. With the proper oversight, voting by mail is an option that voters should consider. If there is any chance that a voter might not be able to vote in person on Election Day – early voting, and vote by mail is an option. I do not support universal vote by mail for Illinois. Voting in person is still the best way to ensure that your vote is counted. In person voting should still be the norm.
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