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Issues

 

The State of Illinois faces many complex issues, and the solutions aren't easy (if they were, we'd have enacted them by now).  The right answer for some may be the wrong answer for others.  When addressing these, the first question to ask is, "What's best for the people of Illinois?"  

 

Tax Reform

The people of Illinois need a fair and affordable tax system. Our current tax system is a burden on Illinois families and needs to change. Paul will fight for a fair and progressive tax structure allowing middle-class families to keep more of their income. 

Giving tax breaks to the lower and middle class means more money for them to spend on the necessities of life.  They will be buying food and clothing for their families, they will be able to pay rent or a mortgage, they may even be able to get a new car.  All of these go to help our local economy.  An investment in these folks results in a nearly 100% return (or actually a lot more when you consider that local merchants will then spend many of their profits locally as well). Investing in the upper class, however, results in considerably lesser return, as they may invest overseas, take European vacations, buy imported goods.  A strong working class, powered by a livable wage, is the most efficient way to drive our economy forward.

 


Accountability

 We need a functioning government to achieve our goals.  Gridlock prevents any progress.  What we currently have are two parties whose main goal seems to be getting and maintaining power.  We need to take politics back from the politicians and put it into the hands of people who want to help the people of Illinois prosper.  We need to have people who are accountable and responsive to their constituents.  We need people who can appreciate all sides of the debate, and not just try to force their own down everyone else's throats.  If we can elect these people we will have what Lincoln long ago promised - "a government of the people, by the people, and for the people." 


Budget

Illinois had a 2 year budget impasse that affected our state financially and hit the citizens of Illinois the hardest. As a member of the DeKalb county board, Paul has experienced working with members of both parties to pass a fair and balanced budget. A budget impasse is costly both financially and to the citizens of Illinois who rely on social services and education. Paul will work to make sure a budget impasse never happens in the state again. 


Education

Education funding in the state of Illinois relies to heavily on property taxes which not only creates a burden for Illinois families but also creates inequitable education funding in the state. Paul believes that the state needs to invest more in education to make sure that every child receives a fair and quality education.

Higher Education:

As a retired professor, Paul knows the importance of higher education funding. He will work effortlessly to make sure that a budget impasse which heavily affected higher education never happens again in the state of Illinois.

Without proper funding, Illinois schools lack the resources to stay competitive to attract out-of-state students and to recruit students in-state as well.  

Paul also believes that education should be affordable and attainable to all.

 

Access Bill:

Paul supports the Access Bill (HB2394) which is co-sponsored by members of both parties including former IL-70th Representative, Bob Pritchard. This bill provides equal access for students to apply for scholarships and does require any additional funding from the state. 

 


Fair Elections

Ending Political Gerrymandering: 

“Fair map” redistricting. Political parties use gerrymandering to ensure they keep their power. This too often results in districts that are not competitive (so the office holders don’t have to be as responsive to constituent needs), and in legislatures that don’t accurately reflect the demographic and political makeup of the state. A bi-partisan group needs to be empowered to draw new districts that result in fair and accurate representation.

Local Funding of Campaigns:

 All money raised for a political campaign should be raised in the district. Outside parties have no business influencing local elections. Why should the Koch brothers (KS) or George Soros (NY) or the NRA (Fairfax, VA) or the Sierra Club (Oakland, CA), for example, have any say on who we in northern Illinois elect? If local chapters of groups like these raise money locally to contribute, that’s fine, but national organizations don’t have our best interests in mind when they try to influence our elections.
These will be uphill battles, to be sure. But perhaps more importantly, we can send a message to the rest of the state: if a relative political newcomer can upset an entrenched, popular incumbent by running on a platform of political reform, people will notice.

 

 



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