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Illinois US House District 14

Description of Office: 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.After the 2011 redistricting, which followed the 2010 census, the Illinois 14th Congressional District covers parts of the counties of DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will. The district includes all or parts of the cities of Batavia, Campton Hills, Crystal Lake, Geneva, Huntley, McHenry, Naperville, St. Charles, North Aurora, Oswego, Plainfield, Plano, Sycamore, Warrenville, Wauconda, Woodstock, and Yorkville.

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    Lauren Underwood
    (Dem)

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    Jim Oberweis
    (Rep)

  • Joseph Monack (Write-in)

Biographical Information

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?

I am a proud co-sponsor of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which passed the House and restores the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. We need to be making it easier, not harder to vote -- this is foundational to our democracy.
This issue is personal for our community.

I'm proud to share that I secured $25 million to study gun violence as a public health issue. These forthcoming CDC and NIH studies will mark the first federal research into gun violence in more than two decades. Additionally, I worked with my colleagues in the House to pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act and the Enhanced Background Checks Act to establish universal background checks for all gun sales and close loopholes that make it easy for criminals and the dangerously mentally ill to buy guns.

As a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I have has made addressing the veteran suicide crisis a top priority. More than 7,300 veterans, service members, reservists, and members of the National Guard die by suicide each year. I'm proud to share that my legislation to ensure high-quality mental health and suicide prevention care for veterans, The Veterans’ Care Quality Transparency Act, passed the House with unanimous support.
Climate change is happening before our eyes. Northern Illinois has witnessed extreme weather and unprecedented flooding over the past years that has caused damage to businesses, homes, farms, and infrastructure. As a public health professional, I believe public policy must be driven by science and data, and unfortunately, those values have been under attack by the Trump Administration. I passed legislation to prevent federal agencies like USDA from removing existing public information about climate change from their websites and official communications. We have some of the best farmers in the world in Illinois' 14th District, and they cannot afford for us to ignore climate science. I also secured federal resources to fund CDC's Climate and Health Program and strengthen our nation's ability to respond to emerging health threats brought on by climate change. I support the 100% Clean Economy Act, which sets a national goal of achieving a 100% clean energy economy by 2050.
This is not an issue that I've addressed in Congress. I'd love to hear my constituents' thoughts.
Twitter @JimOberweis
Campaign Phone (630) 225-8600
In 2013, a Supreme Court ruling struck down certain provisions of the Voting Rights Act, but the original intent of the law is still in place. No person can be denied access to the ballot based on race.

What the 2013 Supreme Court decision did do is allow local election authorities to require IDs for voting and regulate voter registration periods and take efforts to prevent fraudulent votes from being cast. When fraudulent votes are counted, that devalues all of our legitimate votes. I believe we want to encourage as many people as possible to vote while making reasonable efforts to prevent vote fraud.

The intent of the Voting Rights Act was to stop racial discrimination at the polls. The Act is accomplishing this goal and I see no reason to change it.
I am a supporter of the 2nd Amendment. As an elected official, I have sworn an oath to defend the Constitution and that includes the 2nd Amendment.

In general, I think we have enough gun laws on the books. We need to do a better job of enforcing the laws we have.

There are five different databases collecting background information and right now these databases are not connected. We need to have a system in place that warehouses this information in a central location. If we want to get serious about stopping gun violence – we must get these different databases connected. As a member of Congress, I will advocate for a more streamlined system of collecting information and advocate for law enforcement agencies to work together to better enforce the gun laws we already have. We must also focus on help for mental illness.
I do believe climate change is real. The transition from fossil fuels to renewables should be the goal but it is not something that is going to happen overnight. We must work toward these goals with the objective of maintaining accessibility to affordable energy. We cannot jeopardize the availability of energy and we cannot hurt our middle class and more economically strained citizens with sharply higher energy costs. Many of the advocates for wind and solar are not realistic with their timetables. We are not yet ready to make wind and solar the dominant source of our energy but technological advancements are already making strides in bringing down the cost of renewable energy. I believe that over the next ten years, we will see significant further technological advances that will make renewables competitive with fossil fuels. It is not advisable to rush and use the force of government to set artificial timetables that have no basis in reality.
Our founders understood the dangers of mob rule, which is why they developed the electoral college. The United States of America is a Constitutional Republic and the Electoral College is a reflection of our system of government. Larger states have more representation in the Electoral College, but small states still have some influence in the process and that is the way it should be.

Candidates would campaign differently if there were different rules in place and the outcome might still be the same. Without the Electoral College, Presidential campaigns would likely focus solely on the big population centers like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. We should not scrap the Electoral College simply on the basis of the few elections in which the Electoral College winner and the popular vote getter were not the same. Rather, we should look to make the process better. One of the best ways to improve the electoral college would be to go to apportioned electors by Congressional District.
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