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Illinois US House District 11

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 Illinois 11th Congressional District covers parts of Cook, Du Page, Kane, Kendall and Will counties, as of the 2011 redistricting which followed the 2010 census. All or parts of Aurora, Bolingbrook, Darien, Joliet, Montgomery, Naperville, Lisle, Downers Grove, New Lenox, Shorewood and Woodridge are included.

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    Bill Foster

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    Rick Laib

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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?

For the sacred right to vote, I was proud to vote for H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, to restore the Voting Rights Act’s power to combat the resurgence of partisan voter suppression across the nation. For our elections and democracy, I was proud to vote for H.R. 1, the For The People Act, the SAFE Act, and the SHIELD Act to strengthen our defenses against foreign attacks. We should be making sure it’s easier for Americans to exercise their right to vote, not harder.
I support and have voted for numerous pieces of federal legislation to strengthen gun laws and keep weapons out of the hands of people who should not have them. I support a ban on assault weapons that are designed to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time. We also need universal background checks. Over 90 percent of Americans support legislation to require background checks for all gun buyers, whether they are purchasing a firearm from a gun store, a dealer, at a gun show, or on the internet. It is an abuse of our democracy by Republican leadership in Congress that we have not been allowed to even vote on this critical safety measure for our children and all Americans. I also support a host of gun safety legislation including raising the minimum age to purchase firearms from 18 to 21 and the Gun Violence Restraining Order Act, which provides tools to family members to prevent an individual who they fear is a danger to themselves or others from possessing a gun.
As a scientist, I believe that climate change is one of the most serious challenges we face, and we should be investing more into research to lower the costs of reliable, sustainable clean energy. As an example, decades of federally-funded research at Argonne National Lab and elsewhere has resulted in batteries with lower cost and far higher performance. As a result, in the next few years the total cost of ownership of electric cars will be lower than gasoline-powered cars. This technology will then be adopted by the rest of the world – dramatically lowering the carbon footprint of all mankind. International cooperation is crucial, and Trump’s decision to withdraw from the landmark Paris Climate Accords - a historic agreement by nearly 200 nations to cut down on carbon emissions and limit the rise of global temperatures – was a historic blunder that must be reversed by the next administration.
The Direct Popular Vote should replace the Electoral College. It is unacceptable that a vote by someone in small population states has more weight than a vote by someone in a large population state.

With National popular vote, candidates on both sides of the aisle would be incentivized to visit all 50 states since all votes in all states would matter equally. This would prevent a handful of states from being the overwhelming focus of all political campaign operations.

The original Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed as a temporary measure.  I'm unpersuaded that the States presently need the federal government to step in to regulate elections.  To that end, I do not believe the act needs to be restored.  
Promote healthy marriages and the bonds between fathers and their children.  Encourage men to step into mentoring roles for fatherless kids.  Reverse the trends of making schools less boy friendly. 
Private industry has developed technologies that have had a positive impact on the health of our environment.  Government, then, should concern itself with reducing taxes making it easier for private industry to continue to develop helpful technology.
If the President and Vice President are elected solely by popular vote, only the highly populated areas will be canvassed.  Without the Electoral college future candidates will focus their campaigns only in higher populated states, like California and Texas, and the needs and views of those in less populated areas will not be heard.  We must be grateful for the Electoral College.
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