Chicago Sun-Times Legislative Questionnaire

The Chicago Sun-Times, now owner in large part by labor unions sent the following questionnaire to legislative candidates:

  • Please tell us about your civic work in the last two years, whether it’s legislation you have sponsored or work you have done in other ways to improve your community. 
  • Please list three concerns that are specific to your district, such as a project that should be undertaken or a state policy related to an important local issue that should be revised. 
  • What are your other top legislative priorities? 
  • What is your position on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposed graduated income tax?
  • Illinois continues to struggle financially, with a backlog of unpaid bills that tops $6 billion. In addition to a progressive state income tax — or in lieu of such a tax — what should the state do to pay its bills, meet its pension obligations and fund core services such as higher education? 
  • Should Illinois consider taxing the retirement incomes of its very wealthiest residents, as most states do? And your argument is? 
  • What can Illinois do to improve its elementary and high schools? 
  • Mass shootings and gun violence plague America. What can or should the Legislature do, if anything, to address this problem in Illinois? Do you favor or oppose term limits for any elected official in Illinois? Please explain.
  • Everybody says gerrymandering is bad, but the party in power in every state — Democrats in Illinois — resist doing anything about it. Or do we have that wrong? What should be done? 
  • The U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago is investigating possible official corruption by state and local officials. This prompted the Legislature to pass an ethics reform measure to amend the Lobbyist Registration Act (SB 1639). It was signed into law in December. What’s your take on this and what more should be done? 
  • When people use the internet and wireless devices, companies collect data about us. Oftentimes, the information is sold to other companies, which can use it to track our movements or invade our privacy in other ways. When companies share this data, we also face a greater risk of identity theft. What should the Legislature do, if anything? 
  • The number of Illinois public high school graduates who enroll in out-of-state universities continues to climb. What can Illinois do to make its state universities more attractive to Illinois high school students? 
  • What is your top legislative priority with respect to the environment? 
  • What historical figure from Illinois, other than Abraham Lincoln (because everybody’s big on Abe), do you most admire or draw inspiration from? Please explain. 
  • What’s your favorite TV, streaming or web-based show of all time. Why?

State Rep. Allen Skillicorn decline to answer the questionnaire or to participate in an endorsement interview, writing,

“I’ll pass. Your paper is not what I would consider unbiased.”


Chicago Sun-Times Legislative Questionnaire — 2 Comments

  1. Just shows how arrogant Skillicorn is.

    Probably couldn’t answer the questions.

  2. These Questions are like a fishing expedition..?

    what gives here they are to stupid to think for themselves or have NO Common Sense ?

    why should one do their work for them i ask?

    Why do we pay these pigs at the trough?

    I’m sick of it if you can’t do the job or bother to work for it Get out and stop sucking off of us taxpayers…

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