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Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Fire and Fury,
by Michael Wolff (2018)
Trump Revealed,
by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher (2016)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2016)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
The Truths We Hold,
by Kamala Harris (2019)
Smart on Crime,
by Kamala Harris (2010)
Guide to Political Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
Where We Go From Here,
by Bernie Sanders (2018)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
United,
by Cory Booker (2016)
Conscience of a Conservative,
by Jeff Flake (2017)
Two Paths,
by Gov. John Kasich (2017)
Every Other Monday,
by Rep. John Kasich (2010)
Courage is Contagious,
by John Kasich (1998)
Shortest Way Home,
by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
Becoming,
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

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Abortion
    Jeanne Ives: Endorsed by Illinois Family Action˙& Susan B. Anthony List.
    Mark Curran: IL Right to Life Action: rated most prolife in Senate race.
    Richard Durbin: IL Right to Life Action: rated "4" for pro-abortion.
    Mark Curran: Pro-life, only allow abortion to save life of mother.
    Mark Curran: Opposed partial-birth abortion.
    J.B. Pritzker: Illinois is most progressive in nation for reproductive care.
    Bruce Rauner: Personally pro-choice, but respects religious objections.
    J.B. Pritzker: Unwavering supporter of women's right.
    Anne Stava-Murray: Progressive and pregnant prochoice champion.
    Anne Stava-Murray: OpEd: Supports expanded abortion rights.
    Ameya Pawar: Pro-choice even if Roe overturned.
    Chris Kennedy: Pro-choice even if Roe overturned.
    Daniel Biss: Protect the right to choose.
    Bruce Rauner: Pro-choice Republican torn if Roe overturned.
    J.B. Pritzker: Undo restrictions to preserve women's reproductive rights.
    Daniel Biss: Criticized governor for attempt to ban abortion.
    Raja Krishnamoorthi: Consistent supporter of a woman's right to choose.
    Mark Kirk: Fund Planned Parenthood for non-abortion health services.
    Sharon Hansen: Life begins at conception, but listen to constituents.
    Jim Oberweis: Abortion procedure should be outlawed.
    Doug Truax: Calls himself "very pro-life" & supports limiting abortion.
    Pat Quinn: Support Roe v. Wade; oppose Parental Notice law.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Protect Roe v. Wade; fund prevention and contraception.
    Richard Durbin: Abortion is a private decision.
    Steven Sauerberg: Provide women with an alternatives to abortion.
    Steven Sauerberg: I’m pro-baby, pro-mother and pro-family.
    Steven Sauerberg: Born Alive Infant Protection Act is basic humanity.
    Alan Keyes: Pro-choice stance is the slaveholder’s position.
    Barack Obama: Moral accusations from pro-lifers are counterproductive.
    Alan Keyes: Running because of Obama’s extreme pro-abortion votes.
    Alan Keyes: Running because of Obama’s extreme pro-abortion votes.
    Barack Obama: Protect a woman’s right to choose.
    Mike Bost: Abortions should be illegal except for rape & incest.
Budget & Economy
    Mark Curran: Balanced budget via combo of increased revenue & budget cuts.
    J.B. Pritzker: A balanced budget reflects our values as a state.
    Mark Curran: Would support and lead on Balanced Budget Amendment.
    J.B. Pritzker: Time for honest budgeting instead of game-playing.
    Ameya Pawar: A New Deal for Illinois.
    Chris Kennedy: Invest in economic incubators; create jobs for our kids.
    Bruce Rauner: Reduce regulatory costs & economy will take off like rocket.
    Mike Bost: Focus on "what to cut" instead of "how much to spend".
    Ameya Pawar: Pushed economic development projects totaling $300 million.
    Sharon Hansen: Free enterprise is the key to national prosperity.
    Pat Quinn: Hardest Hit: affordable homeownership in Great Recession.
    Pat Quinn: Restrain spending by $220B by Budgeting For Results.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Bush-Cheney policies bailed out banks & created crisis.
    Richard Durbin: Doing nothing in economic crisis abdicates responsibility.
    Steven Sauerberg: Opposes $700 billion rescue plan.
    Barack Obama: Bush’s economic policies are not working.
    Barack Obama: Supports federal programs to protect rural economy.
Civil Rights
    Tammy Duckworth: Calls for Justice Dept investigation into gay hate crime.
    J.B. Pritzker: Lengthened hours of early voting, have mail balloting.
    J.B. Pritzker: Pride flag flew at state capitol for first tie in history.
    Mark Curran: The wrong people moved in, and changed Lake County.
    J.B. Pritzker: Supports LGBT equality.
    Ameya Pawar: Everyone deserves equal rights.
    Chris Kennedy: Supports LGBTQ rights.
    Daniel Biss: Protect GLBT by updating laws.
    Ameya Pawar: Rename Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day.
    Bruce Rauner: Accepts gay marriage as settled.
    Bruce Rauner: Create minority enterprise small business investment program.
    Sharon Hansen: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
    Napoleon Harris: Ban sexual orientation conversion therapy for minors.
    Jeanne Ives: Voted NO on ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.
    Daniel Biss: Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
    Jim Oberweis: Voted NO on ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.
    Napoleon Harris: Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
    Napoleon Harris: Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
    Jim Oberweis: Voted no on state-level same-sex marriage.
    Doug Truax: Uphold one-man, one-woman definition, but let states decide.
    Mark Curran: Gay marriage against interests of children & society.
    Pat Quinn: Marriage equality is coming to Illinois.
    Pat Quinn: Make IL the leading employer of people with disabilities.
    Pat Quinn: Same rights for same-sex couples as heterosexual couples.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Repeal DOMA; make all civil marriages equal.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Narrow the pay disparity for women.
    Steven Sauerberg: Hired Log Cabin Republicans as press secretary.
    Alan Keyes: Gay marriage invalid because gay couples cannot reproduce.
    Barack Obama: Gays should not face discrimination but should not marry.
    Barack Obama: Defend freedom and equality under law.
    Mike Bost: Apply affirmative action to all state hiring & colleges.
    Rodney Davis: No affirmative action.
Corporations
    Mark Curran: Cut red tape and regulations for private business.
    Mark Curran: Oversight of government agencies hostile to business.
    Mark Curran: Cut red tape and regulations for private business.
    J.B. Pritzker: Phasing out corporate franchise tax helped small business.
    J.B. Pritzker: State can foster & encourage business in poorer areas.
    Daniel Biss: The rich have set up a system that benefits them.
    J.B. Pritzker: Raise corporate tax for education.
    Chris Kennedy: Celebrate family businesses, not consolidation & conformity.
    Raja Krishnamoorthi: Shift tax breaks for wealthy financiers to small businesses.
    Raja Krishnamoorthi: $15B for small business creation incentives.
    Jim Oberweis: Corporations go overseas when taxes & governments bully them.
    Sharon Hansen: Lower corporate tax rates prevent companies going overseas.
    Pat Quinn: Reduce LLC fee from $500 to $39, the lowest in the nation.
    Pat Quinn: Advantage Illinois: microloans to MWOB minority firms.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Rein in financial institutions & stimulate small businesses.
    Richard Durbin: Patriot employers: reward companies that supply U.S. jobs.
    Alan Keyes: Protect workers’ pensions when companies declare bankruptcy.
    Barack Obama: Tax incentives for corporate responsibility.
    Barack Obama: Close tax loopholes for US companies relocating abroad.
Crime
    Mark Curran: Black Lives Matter addresses police racist conduct.
    J.B. Pritzker: Criminal justice reform starts with phasing out cash bail.
    J.B. Pritzker: Prohibit the use of for-profit prisons.
    Anne Stava-Murray: Prohibit the use of for-profit prisons.
    Daniel Biss: Rehabilitation rather than punishment.
    J.B. Pritzker: Against death penalty; rectify wrongful convictions.
    J.B. Pritzker: Erase juvenile criminal records for adults.
    Bruce Rauner: Close outdated prisons; focus on reducing recidivism.
    Bruce Rauner: Police trooper surge to counter Chicago violence.
    Daniel Biss: Seal criminal records upon earning a GED, AA, or BA.
    Napoleon Harris: Seal criminal records upon earning a GED, AA, or BA.
    Mark Kirk: Deportation to fight rising street gang population.
    Pat Quinn: Alternative sentencing for low-level non-violent offenders.
    Pat Quinn: Sold unused state prison to federal prison agency.
    Mark Kirk: Provide after-school basketball to reduce youth violence.
    Alan Keyes: Enforcement should target criminals, not social conditions.
    Alan Keyes: No conflict between pro life and pro death penalty stances.
    Alan Keyes: Sentencing gang members to death sends strong social message.
    Barack Obama: Passed 150 laws to toughen penalties for violent crime.
    Barack Obama: Restrict police entry rules, to protect our civil liberties.
    Barack Obama: Death penalty should be enforced fairly and with caution.
    Barack Obama: Death penalty should not discriminate by gang membership.
    Mike Bost: Supports death penalty & more prisons.
    Rodney Davis: Expand death penalty; limit aappeals.
    Rodney Davis: Mandatory life sentences for third-time felons.
Drugs
    Mark Curran: Training and Narcan will help responders deal with overdoses.
    Mark Curran: Training and Narcan will help responders deal with overdoses.
    J.B. Pritzker: Legal cannabis creates jobs, businesses, new tax revenue.
    Mark Curran: Key to solving opioid epidemic is border security.
    J.B. Pritzker: Legal marijuana will raise revenue & create jobs.
    Bruce Rauner: Decriminalize marijuana; but no to legalization.
    Anne Stava-Murray: End marijuana probation; allow regulation and taxation.
    Anne Stava-Murray: Legalize recreational marijuana & include safety provisions.
    Ameya Pawar: Focus on rehabilitation, not punishment.
    Ameya Pawar: End the war on drugs.
    Chris Kennedy: Legalization based on science, not tax impact.
    Daniel Biss: Legalize marijuana.
    Chris Kennedy: Don't count on marijuana getting legalized.
    J.B. Pritzker: Legalize and tax marijuana.
    Raja Krishnamoorthi: Opioid abuse blights our nation; more funds to fight it.
    Mark Kirk: Decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana.
    Mark Kirk: No need to increase veterans' access to medical marijuana.
    Tammy Duckworth: Protect state marijuana laws from federal interference.
    Napoleon Harris: Add PTSD to allowed compassionate use of marijuana.
    Napoleon Harris: Make marijuana possession a civil violation.
    Doug Truax: Medical marijuana is a state issue.
    Jim Oberweis: Who am I to say patients shouldn't use medical marijuana?
    Jim Oberweis: Let doctoral psychologists prescribe controlled substances.
    Mark Kirk: Crack down on drug cartels trafficking of illegal weapons.
    Richard Durbin: The plague of methamphetamine abuse is growing.
    Mike Bost: Strengthen drug-related penalties, but consider alternatives.
    Rodney Davis: Strengthen penalties associated with drug-related crimes.
Education
    Mark Curran: Need localized approach to education and parental choice.
    Mark Curran: Need localized approach to education and parental choice.
    Richard Durbin: Create refundable tax credit for teachers in Title I schools.
    J.B. Pritzker: Illinois will be best state for young families.
    J.B. Pritzker: Added 10,000 scholarships, free tuition at U. of Illinois.
    Mark Curran: There is no student loan crisis: against "free college".
    J.B. Pritzker: Include historical contributions by LGBT in curriculum.
    Anne Stava-Murray: Include historical contributions by LGBT in curriculum.
    J.B. Pritzker: Universal preschool is educational priority.
    Bruce Rauner: Vetoed higher education bill as irresponsible funding.
    Anne Stava-Murray: Shift cost of education away from property tax.
    Anne Stava-Murray: Decades of disinvestment have hurt Illinois state schools.
    J.B. Pritzker: Invest in public education, not vouchers.
    Chris Kennedy: Support public education from pre-school to college.
    J.B. Pritzker: Increase state funding for public schools.
    J.B. Pritzker: Invest in higher education to attract jobs & businesses.
    Chris Kennedy: Need-based scholarships is educational justice.
    Chris Kennedy: Poor-rich mobility begins early in school.
    Bruce Rauner: $100M for early education; close district funding gaps.
    Raja Krishnamoorthi: 4-point plan for affordable college.
    Bruce Rauner: Let families choose traditional, charter, or private schools.
    Ameya Pawar: Give city families the schools they seek out in suburbs.
    Napoleon Harris: Supplemental state aid to low-income school districts.
    Jim Oberweis: Voted NO on sex education including contraception.
    Pat Quinn: Consolidate from 868 school districts to save $100M.
    Pat Quinn: Race to the Top: Invest in elementary & secondary education.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Invest in early childhood education.
    Alan Keyes: Parents, not schools, should be responsible for sex ed.
    Barack Obama: Sex education needed to help children discuss molestation.
    Barack Obama: Sponsored legislations that recruit and reward good teachers.
    Barack Obama: Address the growing achievement gap between students.
    Barack Obama: Will add 25,000 teachers in high-need areas.
    Mike Bost: Supports charters, corporate investment, and merit pay.
    Rodney Davis: Vouchers for public, private, and religious schools.
Energy & Oil
    Mark Curran: Yes to cleaner fuel but some climate ideas are alarmist.
    Mark Curran: Yes to cleaner fuel but some climate ideas are alarmist.
    Richard Durbin: Empower the EPA to regulate greenhouse emissions.
    J.B. Pritzker: Won't sign an energy bill written by utility companies.
    Mark Curran: Not convinced climate change is current threat to humankind.
    Mark Curran: Opposes "far-left radical environmental agenda".
    Bruce Rauner: Relax emission limits to save coal-fired power plants.
    J.B. Pritzker: Climate change is a real threat.
    Anne Stava-Murray: Reduce coal-protectionist provisions, increase regulations.
    J.B. Pritzker: Support Paris Agreement, renewable energy.
    Ameya Pawar: Must confront climate change.
    Chris Kennedy: Lack of clean energy hurts competitiveness.
    Daniel Biss: Fully renewable energy.
    Bruce Rauner: Green energy part of future mix.
    Raja Krishnamoorthi: The time for America's clean energy future is now.
    Mark Kirk: Climate change is real, but no carbon tax.
    Tammy Duckworth: Human activity is the major factor driving climate change.
    Napoleon Harris: More renewable energy credit; more CO2 regulation.
    Mike Bost: Focus on exploration, to become energy independent.
    Sharon Hansen: No subsidies for wind and solar.
    Richard Durbin: Energy tax to fund infrastructure investment.
    Bill Enyart: Support the coal mining industry.
    Bill Enyart: Support the coal mining industry.
    Pat Quinn: $400M for IL as center of Midwestern high-speed rail network.
    Pat Quinn: Invest in both clean coal and wind power.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Put price on global warming pollution to spur investment.
    Barack Obama: Sponsored legislations that improve energy efficiency.
    Barack Obama: 20% nation’s power supply from renewable sources by 2020.
    Barack Obama: Invest in alternative energy sources.
    Barack Obama: Increase CAFE to 40 mpg.
    Barack Obama: Tradable credits for renewable energy.
    Barack Obama: Renewable Fuels Standard: require ethanol in fuel supply.
    Mike Bost: Develop and use of alternative fuels.
Environment
    Mark Curran: Use EPA to prosecute corporate polluters.
    Mark Curran: Use EPA to prosecute corporate polluters.
    Richard Durbin: Renovate our entire drinking water infrastructure.
    Tammy Duckworth: Every American has a right to clean air, water, and land.
    Mark Curran: Corporate polluters should be prosecuted and sent to prison.
    J.B. Pritzker: Mandates inspections, permits, caps for facility emissions.
    Anne Stava-Murray: Mandates inspections, permits, caps for facility emissions.
    J.B. Pritzker: Invest in clean air and water infrastructure.
    Daniel Biss: Spent his time as a legislator protecting our environment.
    Bruce Rauner: Test drinking water for lead, as social justice issue.
    Napoleon Harris: Exposing cats & dogs to extreme temperature is misdemeanor.
    Pat Quinn: Clean Water Initiative: $1B for wastewater & stormwater.
    Pat Quinn: Leave no child inside.
    Richard Durbin: Drives a Ford hybrid that gets 30 mpg.
    Steven Sauerberg: Drives a Lexus that gets 23 mpg.
    Mike Bost: Supports recycling but also cost/benefit analysis.
Families & Children
    Anne Stava-Murray: After #MeToo moment, withdrew support for Speaker Madigan.
    Bruce Rauner: Combat sexual harassment among government employees.
    J.B. Pritzker: Public/private partnership must invest in poor kids.
    Bruce Rauner: Created the Governor's Cabinet on Children and Youth.
    Tammy Duckworth: Airports should all have 'lactation rooms' for breastfeeding.
    Raja Krishnamoorthi: Affordable, quality child care is a smart investment.
    Pat Quinn: Birth to Five Initiative: prenatal care & early learning.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Strongly supports the Paid Parental Leave Act.
    Richard Durbin: Safe, affordable child care available to more families.
Foreign Policy
    Mark Curran: Some Islamic nations not ripe for democracy.
    Chris Kennedy: Borrow the best ideas from around the world.
    Raja Krishnamoorthi: Promote our exceptional standing with active diplomacy.
    Napoleon Harris: Shift focus of foreign aid from Mideast back to the Americas.
    Jim Oberweis: Obama's results are ok, but too often he does nothing.
    Doug Truax: End Obama's "lead from behind" approach to foreign policy.
    Richard Durbin: Ukraine should ally with European Union, not former Soviets.
    Jim Oberweis: To understand China, read the 5-year plans.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Remain unwavering partner with Israel in shared struggle.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Reunify Cyprus; bring religious freedom to Istanbul.
    Alan Keyes: Work with indigenous elements in Iran.
Free Trade
    Mark Curran: Tariffs may be necessary; subsidize farmers if required.
    Tammy Duckworth: Yes to Ex-im bank; Yes to fast-track.
    Jim Oberweis: Challenge in China is lack of clarity on taxes.
    Jim Oberweis: Invest in Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, India, and China.
    Pat Quinn: Exports support 500,000 jobs in IL; double that in 5 years.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Eliminate $200B in tax loopholes that ship jobs overseas.
    Barack Obama: Fair trade should have tangible benefits for US.
Government Reform
    J.B. Pritzker: End legislators serving as paid lobbyists.
    Mark Curran: Supports term limits for Congress.
    J.B. Pritzker: Overturn Citizens United; strengthen campaign finance laws.
    J.B. Pritzker: Expand voting rights of prisoners until convicted.
    Anne Stava-Murray: Favor legislative term limits.
    Anne Stava-Murray: End gerrymandering and voter suppression.
    Ameya Pawar: Automatic voter registration.
    Chris Kennedy: Automatic voter registration.
    Bruce Rauner: Automatic voter registration when getting any state ID.
    Jeanne Ives: Automatic voter registration when getting any state ID.
    Daniel Biss: Political system favors billionaires & machine politicians.
    Daniel Biss: Automatic voter registration when getting any state ID.
    Jim Oberweis: Automatic voter registration when getting any state ID.
    Bruce Rauner: The people demanded fair districting; judges denied them.
    Raja Krishnamoorthi: Campaign finance reforms to enable citizen participation.
    Bruce Rauner: Pursue devolution to control costs.
    Bruce Rauner: Term limits need to be voted on.
    Napoleon Harris: Automatic voter registration when getting driving license.
    Bruce Rauner: Reduce lobbyist influence; push for term limits.
    Sharon Hansen: Photo ID for voting.
    Napoleon Harris: Allow voter registration on Election Day or at early voting.
    Doug Truax: Political class fails to put interests of taxpayers first.
    Pat Quinn: Online voter registration and no party in primary voting.
    Pat Quinn: Enact power of petition to recall a corrupt governor.
    Andrea Zopp: Voter ID laws are intended to limit the Black vote.
    Pat Quinn: Limits on campaign contributions and much more disclosure.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Public election financing reduces special interest influence.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Wasteful programs go hand-in-hand with campaign contributors.
    Alan Keyes: Reinstate that state legislatures elect US Senators.
    Barack Obama: Electing US Senators empowers people: keep 17th Amendment.
    Mike Bost: No political contributions from the gambling industry.
Gun Control
    Richard Durbin: Endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety for gun-sense majority.
    Mark Curran: Absent amendment, many proposed laws unconstitutional.
    Mark Curran: Focus on mental health & video games, not guns.
    J.B. Pritzker: Enforce & enact commonsense gun laws.
    Bruce Rauner: Restrict access for criminals/mentally ill; ban bump stocks.
    Anne Stava-Murray: We can reduce number of gun-related suicides.
    Anne Stava-Murray: Proactive legislation to crack down on reckless gun owners.
    Ameya Pawar: Require gun liability insurance.
    Chris Kennedy: Stricter gun laws in tandem with mental health care.
    Daniel Biss: Support sensible gun laws.
    Bruce Rauner: Crack down on out of state gun traffickers.
    J.B. Pritzker: Supports 2nd Amendment AND the fight for gun safety.
    Raja Krishnamoorthi: Common-sense gun laws, plus fund gun research.
    Raja Krishnamoorthi: Expanded real-time background checks.
    Mark Kirk: Both major-party Senate candidates support gun restrictions.
    Napoleon Harris: No concealed carry on private property, unless posted.
    Napoleon Harris: Ban 3D-printed handguns for personal use.
    Mike Bost: Right to bear arms must be preserved and defended.
    Sharon Hansen: Opposes more gun restrictions.
    Sharon Hansen: Don't bow down to money instead of our rights.
    Pat Quinn: Comprehensive plan for gun safety & violence prevention.
    Alan Keyes: Gun control mentality means crooks have all the guns.
    Barack Obama: Bush erred in failing to renew assault weapons ban.
    Mike Bost: More enforcement on laws on purchase and possession of guns.
Health Care
    Mark Curran: Preventative medicine approach, with free market principles.
    Richard Durbin: Defend & expand ObamaCare and Medicaid.
    J.B. Pritzker: Made health care more available & more affordable.
    Mark Curran: Study ACA to see what's working before deciding to repeal.
    Tammy Baldwin: Good health care for all, especially the most vulnerable.
    J.B. Pritzker: Expand health care but can't do it all at once.
    Bruce Rauner: Move more Medicaid recipients to managed care programs.
    Anne Stava-Murray: Supports Medicare-for-All, with immediate transition.
    J.B. Pritzker: Add public option to healthcare.
    Ameya Pawar: Would go to single-payer.
    Chris Kennedy: Expand Obamacare; move to single payer.
    Daniel Biss: Medicare for all.
    J.B. Pritzker: Irresponsible to not fully fund Medicaid.
    Daniel Biss: Criticized governor for attempt to repeal ObamaCare.
    Chris Kennedy: Treat the mentally ill instead of jailing them.
    Chris Kennedy: Don't punish the hospitals; don't divide them from doctors.
    Raja Krishnamoorthi: Let Medicare negotiate prices for prescription drugs.
    Mark Kirk: For 2013 shutdown over ObamaCare, but then for compromise.
    Mike Bost: Increase insured without ObamaCare's government bureaucracy.
    Sharon Hansen: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility.
    Napoleon Harris: $50M to expand Medicaid services.
    Jim Oberweis: Repeal and replace ObamaCare; not just repeal.
    Jim Oberweis: Parent policy until age 26 good; pre-existing coverage good.
    Doug Truax: AdWatch: ObamaCare does more harm to middle class than good.
    Richard Durbin: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
    Jim Oberweis: Not a fan of ObamaCare, but it helps healthcare businesses.
    Pat Quinn: Comprehensive Medicaid reform: save taxpayers $550M.
    Pat Quinn: Independent review of denial of care by insurance companies.
    Pat Quinn: Allow women of color & low-income access to mammograms.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Supports quality, affordable health care for all.
    Richard Durbin: Large-scale expansion of taxpayer-subsidized coverage.
    Steven Sauerberg: Vouchers to make health care portable and less job-dependent.
    Alan Keyes: Give people generic drugs information to save their money.
    Alan Keyes: People should take care of their own health.
    Barack Obama: Allowing seniors to bulk purchase will save taxpayers’ money.
    Barack Obama: Crises happen in our lives and healthcare is necessary.
    Barack Obama: Believes health care is a right, not a privilege for the few.
    Barack Obama: Will expand health coverage & allow meds to be re-imported.
    Mike Bost: Guaranteed medical care is not a government responsibility.
Homeland Security
    Mark Curran: Proper funding & resources to fight terror.
    Tammy Baldwin: Full federal benefits to National Guard COVID fighters.
    Raja Krishnamoorthi: Ensure our military has resources to carry out its mission.
    Bruce Rauner: Task Force to study drones vs. privacy rights.
    Jim Oberweis: Task Force to study drones vs. privacy rights.
    Napoleon Harris: Task Force to study drones vs. privacy rights.
    Mike Bost: Any defense budget cuts directly impact strength of military.
    Sharon Hansen: Superior nuclear arsenal is unnecessary.
    Jim Oberweis: Supports funding cuts for the military.
    Doug Truax: Ok to interrogate jihadists using any means necessary.
    Richard Durbin: $48M to protect US Embassies around the world.
    Richard Durbin: Benghazi was a tragedy, but not a cover-up.
    Pat Quinn: Let military medics to obtain LPN licenses.
    Pat Quinn: Supports the Illinois Military Family Relief Trust Fund.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
    Richard Durbin: Veterans angry over accusations that Guantanamo like gulag.
    Steven Sauerberg: Apologized for saying Guantanamo is like gulag.
    Alan Keyes: Send a clear message to the entire terror network.
    Alan Keyes: Take preemptive action only if a probable threat exists.
Immigration
    J.B. Pritzker: Will not be complicit in shameful, draconian policies.
    Mark Curran: For border wall; but path to citizenship for DREAMers.
    Tammy Baldwin: Supports immigrants in US and immigration reform.
    Mark Curran: Supports Trump on funding for border/ICE agents, border wall.
    Mark Curran: Backed bipartisan legislation with path for citizenship.
    J.B. Pritzker: Protect immigrant families by ending cooperation with ICE.
    Anne Stava-Murray: Protect immigrant families by ending cooperation with ICE.
    J.B. Pritzker: Welcome refugees; end Muslim ban.
    J.B. Pritzker: Aid for undocumented people.
    Chris Kennedy: Against mass deportation, for reform and DACA.
    Daniel Biss: Protect undocumented immigrants.
    Bruce Rauner: State won't help or impede immigration enforcement.
    Daniel Biss: Criticized governor for attempt to curb immigration.
    Raja Krishnamoorthi: Supports DREAM Act and path to citizenship.
    Mark Kirk: First secure the border; then path to citizenship.
    Sharon Hansen: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
    Doug Truax: First secure the border, then no comprehensive reform.
    Jim Oberweis: Visas for illegal immigrants, but no path to citizenship.
    Richard Durbin: Reform will increase coordination & reduce terrorism.
    Richard Durbin: Extend partner immigration rights to gay couples.
    Richard Durbin: Immigration reform bill makes America safer.
    Richard Durbin: Our border with Mexico is strongest it's been in 40 years.
    Mark Curran: Deporting working people with families is absolutely wrong.
    Mark Curran: When rights of one are in jeopardy, rights of all are.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Comprehensive reform with responsible path to citizenship.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Don't punish immigrant kids; DREAM Act yes; REAL ID no.
    Cynthia McKinney: Illegal immigration shouldn’t be a labor policy.
Jobs
    J.B. Pritzker: Bipartisan infrastructure bill creates 500,000 jobs.
    J.B. Pritzker: Illinois Works set strong goals for diversity in hiring.
    J.B. Pritzker: Diversity & inclusion in hiring not just a talking point.
    J.B. Pritzker: Bans "right to work" laws; supports collective bargaining.
    Anne Stava-Murray: Bans "right to work" laws; supports collective bargaining.
    Jim Oberweis: Keep "right to work" laws; limit collective bargaining.
    Napolean Harris: Bans "right to work" laws; supports collective bargaining.
    J.B. Pritzker: Increase number of minority businesses for state contracts.
    Anne Stava-Murray: Pass fair scheduling laws to combat on-demand scheduling.
    J.B. Pritzker: Equal pay for equal work, not 79 cents for women.
    Chris Kennedy: Raise minimum wage.
    Daniel Biss: Raise the minimum wage to $15.
    J.B. Pritzker: Private initiatives can create new jobs.
    J.B. Pritzker: State & local business share vocational training.
    J.B. Pritzker: Uphold unions and living wage.
    Chris Kennedy: Pro-business AND pro-labor; ran all-union shop.
    Raja Krishnamoorthi: Raise federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.
    Bruce Rauner: Over-burdensome workers comp makes Illinois uncompetitive.
    Bruce Rauner: Public officials do not deserve a raise.
    Daniel Biss: Raise minimum wage from $8.25 to $11 by 2019.
    Jim Oberweis: Voted NO on raising minimum wage from $8.25 to $11.
    Napoleon Harris: Raise minimum wage from $8.25 to $11 by 2019.
    Bruce Rauner: Raise minimum wage to $10 an hour over the next 7 years.
    Bruce Rauner: Create Right-to-Work zones; reform workers' comp.
    Jim Oberweis: Minimum wage of $10 (and less for those under age 24).
    Richard Durbin: Raise minimum wage to $10.10 & same pay regardless of gender.
    Sharon Hansen: No minimum wage; & no set pay based on gender.
    Pat Quinn: Reformed burdensome worker compensation system.
    Pat Quinn: Illinois Jobs Now! and Employer Training Investment Program.
    Pat Quinn: I want to be the "Building Governor".
    Alexi Giannoulias: Invest in clean energy jobs which cannot be outsourced.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Evaluate workers on their abilities, not their identities.
    Barack Obama: Overrode federal overtime rules and raised the minimum wage.
    Barack Obama: Fund Trade Adjustment Assistance for service workers too.
    Barack Obama: Tax cuts for the rich do not create jobs.
    Barack Obama: Obama will strengthen unions and workers’ rights.
Local Issues
    J.B. Pritzker: Ended revoking driver's licenses for parking tickets.
Principles & Values
    Mark Curran: Curtailing individual religious freedoms, I find abhorrent.
    Mark Curran: Bless us with four more years of Donald Trump.
    Tammy Duckworth: I answer the call when asked to serve my country.
    J.B. Pritzker: Ignored small problems become big problems.
    J.B. Pritzker: Who needs another rich guy running for office?
    Daniel Biss: Took on the political machine & won with creative solutions.
    Raja Krishnamoorthi: First Hindu-American & Indian-American in Congress.
    Bruce Rauner: Moral duty to serve long-term interest of people of Illinois.
    Sharon Hansen: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
    Jim Oberweis: Milk Dud: poured dairy fortune into 5 failed campaigns.
    Pat Quinn: Say "no" to world of powerful feeding upon the powerless.
    Doug Truax: The Great Experiment known as America shines brightly.
    Richard Durbin: Bipartisan dialogue instead of gridlock.
    Steven Sauerberg: Put $1.3M of his own money into campaign.
    Alan Keyes: Great principles at stake: marriage & innocent life.
    Barack Obama: Seek common ground, not a moral crusade.
    Alan Keyes: Jesus Christ would not vote for Obama.
    Alan Keyes: Family and home important, but Obama needs opponent.
    Alan Keyes: Family and home important, but Obama needs opponent.
    Alan Keyes: Obama is likable but his liberalism needs opposition.
    Alan Keyes: Obama is likable but his liberalism needs opposition.
Social Security
    Mark Curran: Face hard truth to properly fund benefit programs.
    Mark Curran: Local pensions invest the majority of money in the market.
    Anne Stava-Murray: Our state pension debt is underfunded.
    Daniel Biss: Help give retirement security to millions of workers.
    Daniel Biss: Alter public employee pensions to reduce state pension debt.
    Raja Krishnamoorthi: Entitlements are under attack on ideological grounds.
    Daniel Biss: Allow old age beneficiaries to also receive unemployment.
    Napoleon Harris: Allow old age beneficiaries to also receive unemployment.
    Bruce Rauner: Move state pensions towards a defined contribution system.
    Mike Bost: Opposes efforts to privatize, or increase the payroll tax.
    Richard Durbin: Simpson-Bowles got it right. put everything on the table.
    Jim Oberweis: Voted NO on increasing state employees' pension plans.
    Pat Quinn: Balance budget by reforming our public pension systems.
Tax Reform
    J.B. Pritzker: Property taxes must be seriously reduced.
    Mark Curran: Simplify tax code; against tax breaks for large corporations.
    Tammy Baldwin: Trump tax bill only helps rich who don't need the money.
    J.B. Pritzker: Fair income tax to shift burden to the wealthy.
    Chris Kennedy: Tax reform must shift burden to wealthy.
    J.B. Pritzker: Illinois needs progressive income tax.
    Daniel Biss: Initiate a state graduated income tax.
    Bruce Rauner: Reduce property tax for homeowners & businesses.
    Bruce Rauner: Reduce anti-competitive corporate tax & income tax.
    Mike Bost: Overhaul tax code to be less complicated.
    Richard Durbin: Close tax loopholes and gain $1.2T from the wealthy.
    Bill Enyart: No tax breaks for millionaires nor pledges against taxes.
    Pat Quinn: Shift from property tax to taxing ability to pay.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Extend $8000 homebuyer credit; one-year payroll tax holiday.
    Mike Bost: Flat tax structure for state income taxes.
Technology
    Richard Durbin: Fund science to protect food supply, cure disease, and more.
    J.B. Pritzker: Net neutrality is vital to free expression.
    Chris Kennedy: Infrastructure money good for jobs and new business.
    Daniel Biss: PhD from MIT; math professor at U. Chicago.
    Bruce Rauner: Increase state transparency: millions of documents online.
    Raja Krishnamoorthi: Modernize transportation with federal infrastructure bank.
    Tammy Duckworth: Longer-term government funding for infrastructure needs.
    Napoleon Harris: $15M for studying high speed rail.
    Bruce Rauner: Competitive bidding at Department of Transportation.
    Pat Quinn: Largest infrastructure construction program in IL history.
    Pat Quinn: Create next-generation jobs with "1871" digital hub.
    Jim Oberweis: Protect intellectual property rights, including lawsuits.
    Pat Quinn: Pay backlog of $280M for mass transit.
    Pat Quinn: Ban texting while driving.
    Alan Keyes: Transportation projects are top priorities in Illinois.
    Barack Obama: Invest on transportation and clean coal technology projects.
War & Peace
    Mark Curran: Sanctions & possible bombing, to stop spread of nuclear arms.
    Susan Rice: Small U.S. military presence in Syria fought ISIS threat.
    Mark Kirk: Ground troops against ISIS only with long-term exit strategy.
    Andrea Zopp: Supports the Iran nuclear deal.
    Tammy Duckworth: Iran is our enemy, but nuclear deal prevents Iranian nukes.
    Richard Durbin: Engage China to de-escalate North Korean nukes.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Stand firmly and unequivocally against Iranian aggression.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Expel al Qaeda from Afghanistan, then end commitment.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Withdraw all combat troops from Iraq by the end of 2010.
    Richard Durbin: We can’ afford $10B to $15B a month in Iraq.
    Steven Sauerberg: Critical to keep U.S. troops in Iraq to help Iraqis.
    Jim Oberweis: Stay the course; gradual withdrawal from the Iraq war.
    Alan Keyes: Iraq War reduced probability of attack from Saddam to zero.
    Alan Keyes: Naive to think Saddam has no connections to Al Qaeda.
    Barack Obama: Iraq War has made US less safe from terrorism.
    Barack Obama: Saddam has no connections to Al Qaeda nor to 9/11.
    Alan Keyes: Troops should stay in Iraq until they get the job done.
    Alan Keyes: Preemptive strike in Iraq is a right decision.
    Alan Keyes: There is no distinction between Afghanistan and Iraq.
    Alan Keyes: Bush didn’t have the wisdom of hindsight in the Iraqi War.
    Barack Obama: Terrorists are in Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Iran.
    Barack Obama: Invading Iraq was a bad strategic blunder.
    Barack Obama: We must make sure that Iraq is stable having gone in there.
    Barack Obama: Advance the training speed and get the reconstruction moving.
    Barack Obama: Democratizing Iraq will be more difficult than Afghanistan.
Welfare & Poverty
    Mark Curran: Access to food is a right and Congress must safeguard it.
    Mark Curran: Access to food is a right and Congress must safeguard it.
    Richard Durbin: Educate farmers about federal programs that can help them.
    J.B. Pritzker: Low minimum wage is sentence to poverty.
    Jim Oberweis: Tepid welfare reform is the best we can get right now.
    Pat Quinn: Hardest Hit program: Keep 6,550 families in their homes.
    Pat Quinn: Maintain human services even during the Great Recession.
    Mike Bost: Welfare funding to faith-based & private organizations.
    Rodney Davis: Advocate privately funded assistance to people in need.


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