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Illinois US House District 6

Description of Office: Also referred to as a congressman or congresswoman, each representative is elected to a two-year term serving the people of a specific congressional district. Among other duties, representatives introduce bills and resolutions, offer amendments, and serve on committees. The number of representatives with full voting rights is 435, a number set by Public Law 62-5 on August 8, 1911, and in effect since 1913. The number of representatives per state is proportionate to population.The 6th Congressional District of Illinois covers parts of Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census.

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  • Sean Casten
    (Dem)

  • Jeanne Ives
    (Rep)

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    Bill Redpath
    (L)

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What is your position on restoring the voting rights act of 1965?

What steps do you support to prevent gun violence?

What do you believe the federal government should do to limit the impact of global climate change?

What is your position on the election of the President and Vice-President by direct popular vote?

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The Voting Rights Act still is the law. The US Supreme Court only struck down its preclearance provisions that were no longer rational. Voters are more suppressed by horrible ballot access laws for non-D, non-R candidates. Reason Magazine ranked Illinois the second most difficult state for third party and independent candidates to get on ballots. It normally takes 16,000 valid signatures of registered voters to get on the ballot for US House in my gerrymandered district. Ballot access should be made easier and Ranked Choice Voting used in elections. We can have legislatures elected through multimember districts using Ranked Choice Voting, which is a form of proportional representation. Voters would have far more choices than they have now. In each multimember district, you’d have several candidates from each party and independent candidates who would have to clearly state what they are for. Simply saying “Vote for me, because I’m not the other candidate” wouldn’t work anymore.
If one is the least bit serious about reducing gun crime, one must start with ending the War on Drugs. Harry Browne, Libertarian candidate for President in 1996 and 2000, used to refer to it as “The Insane War on Drugs.” A truer word has never been spoken. After the end of alcohol prohibition in 1933, the per capita murder rate in the United States decreased for 11 consecutive years. How could anyone rationally think that the violence that we have seen for years, and particularly since Memorial Day 2020, hasn’t been fueled to a non-trivial extent by the War on Drugs and its effect on minority communities? After all, Breonna Taylor was killed due to a narcotics raid. And, no drugs were found. $12 million later, the City of Louisville says “Sorry, our bad.” If, by its pharmacological nature, a drug can be shown to engender violence in its consumer, then I would be in favor of its prohibition. Absent that, drug prohibition is a destructive fool's errand--and always will be.
Not terribly much. I agree with this summary on Amazon.com about Bjorn Lomborg’s latest book on the climate: “Climate change is real, but it's not the apocalyptic threat that we've been told it is. Projections of Earth's imminent demise are based on bad science and even worse economics. In panic, world leaders have committed to wildly expensive but largely ineffective policies that hamper growth and crowd out more pressing investments in human capital, from immunization to education.” We live in a far cleaner world than we used to. The State of World is constantly improving. Over the past 70 years, there has been dramatic improvement in life expectancy, per capita income, food security, access to improved water sources, and reduced child mortality and infectious diseases. Continued incremental climate progress is preferable to the Green New Deal or other big government programs that could easily negatively affect economic growth and prosperity.
I strongly support the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact to eliminate the perverse effects of the Electoral College. Can someone please explain to me how it can possibly be just for a candidate to earn 2,868,686 more votes for President than another candidate--and lose the election. The Electoral College represents the worst of our horse and buggy "Winner Take All" election system, with presidential elections focused on just a few states and not all voters across the nation. I also think it is illibertarian, as it treats groups of people as being more important than individuals. I would, of course, support an outright constitutional repeal of the Electoral College, but that is much less likely to happen than passage of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.