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Welcome to Springfield Daily’s breakdown of all the political races relevant to Springfield and our Central Illinois viewership area. We have information on every candidate and featured some of the races and candidates below. Our readership area includes Sangamon County and the immediate surrounding areas, so our content is focused on those political races only.

Welcome to Springfield Daily’s breakdown of some of the hot-button issues for the 2018 election. These are some the main issues you’ll be hearing about in the news over the next several months. We asked the candidates for their responses to these issues, and have put their answers on the candidate pages. You can see how the candidates responded on their individual campaign sections, if they have submitted answers.

Climate Change

Climate Change, formerly referred to as “global warming,” focuses on three questions. First, how much, if at all, is the global climate changing? Second, how much, if at all, does human activity impact this change? Finally, what, if anything, should the United States do about it? The most recent global program designed to address climate change is the Paris Accord. President Trump withdrew the United States from the accord in 2017.




2017 Tax Reform Law

The recent tax reform law made a number of significant changes to the US tax code. It doubled the standard deduction for individuals, but also reduced or eliminated many but not all other deductions. Tax rates were lowered for both individuals and corporations. According to the House’s Ways and Means Committee, a typical family of four earning $73,000 per year will see a tax cut of $2,059.




DACA and the DREAM Act

DACA is a subset of the larger illegal immigration debate. DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is for individuals who were brought to the US illegally by their parents. There are numerous restrictions on DACA eligibility, including being employed or in school. The DREAM Act would provide a direct path to citizenship for DACA recipients. DACA recipients account for around 800,000 of the more than 11 million illegal immigrants in the US.




Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality is the principle that all internet traffic must be treated equally. This means all websites are transmitted at the same speed. The Net Neutrality principle was formally put into place during the Obama administration. In December, 2017, the FCC voted to repeal these rules, allowing for internet service providers to speed up or slow down websites as they see fit.




Legalizing Marijuana

Marijuana is currently a Schedule 1 Drug under the Controlled Substance Act, which means it has no recognized medical uses and is considered highly addictive. According to Federal law, marijuana is still illegal everywhere in the US. However, several states, including Illinois, have started medical marijuana programs. These programs, while technically illegal, are currently protected by the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment.  Other states, such Colorado have gone further and decriminalized possessing small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. Even when states decriminalize or legalize marijuana, it is still illegal under federal law.




Sanctuary State / Trust Act

Senate Bill 0031, or the Illinois Trust Act, placed restrictions on local and state law-enforcement agents to assist federal immigration services. State and local law enforcement agents can still enforce direct federal warrants, but cannot hold individuals just on the basis of their immigration status.




Term Limits

Illinois currently has no term limits for state officials. The Senate recently adopted rules limiting how long individuals can serve in some leadership roles; the House has no such limits. Term limits can restrict how many total terms an individual can serve, or how many consecutive terms an individual can serve.




Right to work

Right to work would prohibit making joining a union a requirement for employment. Even in places where formally joining a union is not mandatory, paying for “fair share” for union representation is often required. Right to work legislation would make both joining a union and paying any form of union due optional.




Tax Credits for private school scholarships

As part of the budget negotiations in 2017, Illinois created a tax-credit program to fund scholarships to private schools. These scholarships can be used to send low-income students to private schools, including religious schools. The program is capped at $100 million in donations, worth $75 million in tax credits. Although tax-credits are not directly tax dollars, offering tax credits does reduce the overall revenue the state generates.




Statewide Candidates

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Republican (incumbent) 

Bruce Rauner is the current governor of Illinois, and was elected in 2014. Before becoming governor, Rauner was a partner in the investment firm GTCR. Rauner is reported to be a billionaire.

Lt. Governor – Evelyn Sanguinetti (incumbent)

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Awaiting responses from candidate…




JB Pritzker

JB Pritzker

Democrat 

JB Pritzker is the co-founder of the Pritzker Group, an investment firm. He also created the 1871 business incubator, which focuses on technology companies. JB is a member of the Pritzker family and their Hyatt Hotel chain. He is a confirmed billionaire.

Lt. Governor – Juliana Stratton

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

I strongly oppose right to work, because it really means right to work for less money. When I’m governor, working families and the labor movement will always have a seat at the table as we work to raise wages and protect collective bargaining rights.

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Marijuana should be legalized in a safe way, and it’s time we do that in Illinois. Legalizing marijuana is a key component of reforming our criminal justice system and ending the era of mass incarceration. Legalizing marijuana also raises much needed revenue for the state.

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

I support term limits on legislative leaders.

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Illinois should be a state where everyone feels welcome, is treated with dignity, and is provided with the opportunity achieve their full potential. I believe the TRUST Act was an important step forward, but that Illinois must do more to protect its immigrant community. As governor, I will stand up to Donald Trump’s attacks on immigrant families and make Illinois a firewall against his racist rhetoric and bigoted policies.

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

No. I oppose private school vouchers, including the back-door voucher program Bruce Rauner forced into SB1 while holding school funding hostage. As governor, I will repeal that part of the compromise that was passed.




Kash Jackson

Kash Jackson

Libertarian 

Kash Jackson served 20 years in the Navy. He is currently working to complete his Bachelor’s in criminal justice; he already holds an Associate’s in Marine Engineering. In 2016 Jackson founded Restoring Freedom, a civil rights organization that focuses on parent’s rights.

Lt. Governor – (Sanj Mohip)

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Awaiting responses from candidate…




William Kelly

William Kelly

Constitution Party 

William “Bill” Kelly hosts the “Citizen Kelly Show” on the radio. He also served as the Executive Director of Taxpayers United of Illinois, a taxpayer watchdog group. Kelly also founded a chapter of the Knights of Columbus and has served on the finance council at the Irish American Heritage Center.

Lt. Governor – (Chad Koppie)

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Awaiting responses from candidate…




Kwame Raoul

Kwame Raoul

Democrat

Kwame Raoul is currently a State Senator in the 13th district, which he has held since 2004. He also serves as a partner at the Quarles & Brady law firm. Raoul earned his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Awaiting responses from candidate…




Erika Harold

Erika Harold

Republican

Erika Harold currently serves on the board of directors of Prison Fellowship, an outreach program for prisoners and their families. She is also an attorney at Meyer Capel in Champaign County. Harold earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Awaiting responses from candidate…




Bubba Harsy

Bubba Harsy

Libertarian

Bubba Harsy runs a general legal practice in Illinois. Harsy earned his J.D. from American University.

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state?

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Awaiting responses from candidate…




Susana Mendoza

Susana Mendoza

Democrat (incumbent)

Susana Mendoza is the current Illinois Comptroller, and has held the post since 2016. She had previously served as both a State Representative and as Chicago City Clerk. Mendoza earned her B.A. in Business Administration from Truman State University.

Claire Ball

Claire Ball

Libertarian

Claire Ball is currently a Senior Accountant for a not-for-profit charter school. She earned her Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance from DeVry University. Ball is a certified public accountant (CPA).

Darlene Senger

Darlene Senger

Republican

Darlene Senger is governor Rauner’s current deputy chief of staff for legislative affairs. She was previously at Illinois Policy. Senger also served in the General Assembly as a representative between 2009 and 2015.

Mike Frerichs

Mike Frerichs

Democrat (incumbent)

Mike Freriches is the current Treasurer for Illinois, and has held the office since 2015. Prior to becoming Treasurer, he served as a State Senator for District 52. Freriches is a Certified Public Finance Officer, and earned his BA from Yale University.

Jim Dodge

Jim Dodge

Republican

Jim Dodge currently works with advanced analytics for a private consulting firm. He is also a Village Trustee for the Village of Orland Park. Dodge chairs the Technology and Innovation Committee.

Mike Leheney

Mike Leheney

Libertarian

Mike Leheney is the Chair of the Kankakee County Libertarian Party. Leheney holds a degree in finance and has over 20 years experience in the field. He also involved with the Volunteer Illini Projects.

Jesse White

Jesse White

Democrat (incumbent)

Jesse White is the current Secretary of State, an office he has held since 1998. Prior to becoming Secretary of State, White spent 16 years in the Illinois General Assembly. Before becoming a politician, he was a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne.

Steve Dutner

Steve Dutner

Libertarian

Steve Dutner is the activism director for the Illinois Libertarian Party. Dutner earned his Bachelor’s in Management and Leadership from Judson University. He also serves as a Township Committeeman for Hanover Township.

Jason Helland

Jason Helland

Republican

Jason Helland has served as Grundy County’s State’s Attorney since 2012. He has also served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Kankakee County. Helland earned his J.D. from John Marshall Law School.

Federal Congress

Rodney Davis

Rodney Davis

Republican (incumbent)

Rodney Davis is the current Congressman from the 13th district, and has held the position since 2013. Davis served on the staff of Congressman John Shimkus prior to his own election. In 2013, Davis drafted the “Hire More Heroes Act” to incentivize businesses to hire veterans, which was signed into law in 2015.

Responses to important issues

Do you support tax cuts and other reforms in the 2017 Tax Reform Act? 

Should DACA recipients be given a path to citizenship?

How should the US respond to climate change?

Was the FCC right to remove the Net Neutrality regulations?

Should marijuana be recognized as having legitimate medical uses or be deemed safe for recreational use?  

Awaiting responses from candidate…




Besty Londrigan

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan

Democrat

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan is a Springfield native who attended Springfield High. She co-founded Women Rising to help get more progressive women elected. Londrigan has also worked for Senator Dick Durbin.

Responses to important issues

Do you support tax cuts and other reforms in the 2017 Tax Reform Act? 

The 2017 Tax Reform Act is a giveaway to the richest Americans and corporations, and doubles down on on “trickle-down” economics that have never worked for the middle-class- no, I don’t support this bill.

Should DACA recipients be given a path to citizenship?

Yes. I believe being a nation of immigrants is why this beautiful mosaic of a country stands as a beacon of light to people around the world. I want DACA recipients, including Dreamers protected by granting permanent residency and a path to citizenship through higher education, military service or employment.

How should the US respond to climate change?

The U.S. should continue to provide leadership on the response to climate change. Modernizing our infrastructure is an important step because aging bridges, levees, waterways, electrical grids become much bigger liabilities with the stresses of climate change and increasingly endanger our population. Investment in public transportation systems has the dual effect of reducing the numbers of cars on our already strained roads and bridges and providing a more affordable method of transport.

Was the FCC right to remove the Net Neutrality regulations?

No. Empowering a few corporate communication giants creates the opposite of our expectation of communicating openly and freely on the internet. Just like I don’t want my phone company telling me who I can and can’t talk to over my phone, I don’t want corporations telling me which content I can or can’t access on the internet.

Should marijuana be recognized as having legitimate medical uses or be deemed safe for recreational use?  

Yes, it should be recognized as having legitimate medical use and I’d like to have it deemed safe for recreational use with the addition of standardized labeling for safe consumption.




Darin LaHood

Darin LaHood

Republican (incumbent)

Darin LaHood is the current Congressman from the 18th district, and has held the post since 2015. He spent nine years working as a prosecutor at both the state and federal level. LaHood earned his J.D. from John Marshal Law School.

Responses to important issues

Do you support tax cuts and other reforms in the 2017 Tax Reform Act? 

Should DACA recipients be given a path to citizenship?

How should the US respond to climate change?

Was the FCC right to remove the Net Neutrality regulations?

Should marijuana be recognized as having legitimate medical uses or be deemed safe for recreational use?  

Awaiting responses from candidate…




Junius Rodriguez

Junius Rodriguez

Democrat

Junius Rodriguez has been an educator at Eureka College for more than 25 years. He has published several books on slavery in America. Rodriguez also serves on boards for local organizations that support youth and senior programs, and emergency shelter for women and their children.

Responses to important issues

Do you support tax cuts and other reforms in the 2017 Tax Reform Act? 

Should DACA recipients be given a path to citizenship?

How should the US respond to climate change?

Was the FCC right to remove the Net Neutrality regulations?

Should marijuana be recognized as having legitimate medical uses or be deemed safe for recreational use?  

Awaiting responses from candidate…




Illinois House

Tim Butler

Tim Butler

Republican (incumbent)

Tim Butler is the current State Representative in the 87th District, a post he has held since March 2015. Prior to his appointment to the General Assembly, he served as the District Chief of Staff for both Congressmen Rodney Davis and Ray LaHood. Butler earned his B.A. in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University.

Norine Hammond

Norine Hammond

Republican (incumbent)

Norine Hammond is the current State Representative for the 93rd District, which she has held since December 2010. She had been a Legislative Aide to Rep. Myers since 1997. Hammond also served as the Township Supervisor for Emmet Township between 2006 and 2014.

John Curtis

John Curtis

Democratic

John Curtis currently teaches at Western Illinois University. He has also served in the US Peace Corps. Curtis owns Barefoot Gardens CSA, which deals in organic produce.

Avery Bourne

Avery Bourne

Republican (incumbent)

Avery Bourne has served as a State Representative since 2015. She has a BA in American Studies from Columbia College in Missouri. At just 22, Rep. Bourne was also the youngest person to be sworn into the Illinois General Assembly when she was appointed in 2015.

Dillon Clark

Dillon Clark

Democrat

Dillon Clark is currently a compliance officer at Litchfield National Bank. He also serves on the Montgomery County Board. Clark earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois College.

Sue Scherer

Sue Scherer

Democrat (incumbent)

Sue Scherer is the current State Representative for the 96th District, and has held the post since 2013. Before becoming a politician, she was a teacher for 32 years. Scherer earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Eastern Illinois University.

Herman Senor

Herman Senor

Republican

Herman Senor is currently the Ward 2 Alderman in Springfield. He attended Costal Carolina University before joining the Navy. Outside of politics, Senor has worked in the Illinois Department of Transportation, Bureau of Construction.

Marc Bell

Marc Bell

Democrat

Marc Bell is a retired Illinois State Police Master Sergeant. He is currently on the Executive Board of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. Bell is also a School Resource Officer for the Ball-Chatham School District.

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state? 

Illinois should never become a Right to Work state.

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Illinois is ready for the legalization of marijuana.  It would create desperately needed new revenue for Illinois.

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

I would consider a resolution in the Illinois House of Representatives similar to the Illinois Senate Resolution 3 which limits leadership to 10 year terms.

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

I support the Illinois Trust Act. I am currently undecided on whether Illinois should be a Sanctuary State. I will be in a better position to make that determination when the Federal Government establishes an immigration policy which addresses the Dreamers and other undocumented immigrants.

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Public dollars should not be used to support private schools via tax credits.




Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy

Republican

Mike Murphy is the recently retired owner of Charlie Parker’s Diner in Springfield. Murphy has also served on the school board and village board in Divernon. He spent three years in the US Army, including one year in South Korea.

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state? 

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Awaiting responses from candidate…




CD Davidsmeyer

C.D. Davidsmeyer

Republican (incumbent)

C.D. Davidsmeyer has served as a State Representative since 2012. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Miami University of Ohio. Outside of government, he is the vice president of Illinois Road Contractors, Inc.

Illinois Senate

Bill Brady

Bill Brady

Republican (incumbent)

Bill Brady has served in the General Assembly since 1993, and as a State Senator since 2002. He is the current leader of the Senate Republicans. Outside of government, Brady has founded businesses in marketing and housing development.

Responses to important issues

Do you believe Illinois should be a right to work state? 

Is Illinois ready for the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Would you support changes to current term limit rules?

Should Illinois be a “Sanctuary State?”

Should public dollars be used to support private schools via tax credits?

Awaiting responses from candidate…




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Andy Manar

Democrat (incumbent)

Andy Manar has been the State Senator for the 48th district since 2012. In addition to his work in government, Senator Manar holds a teaching certificate. He has a BA in History from SIUE.

Seth McMillan

Seth McMillan

Republican

Seth McMillan started and runs McMillan Landscape Company. He is also the Christian County Republican Party Chairman. McMillan earned his degree from SIUC.

Steve McClure

Steve McClure

Republican

Steve McClure was an Assistant State’s Attorney before resigned to manage his campaign. McClure was the Vice Chairman of the Arizona College Republicans. He earned his J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law.

Sangamon County

Jack Campbell

Jack Campbell 

Republican

Jack Campbell currently works for the Sheriff’s Office, and has for the last 24 years. He is the undersheriff. Campbell is an alumnus of both UIS and the FBI National Academy.

Odie Carptenter Jr.

Odie Carpenter Jr. 

Democrat 

Odie Carpenter Jr. has more than four decades of law enforcement experience. He served as Chief of Police to the Illinois Commerce Commission. Carpenter was a detective in the East Saint Louis Police Department before moving to Springfield in the 1980s.

Don Gray

Don Gray

Republican (incumbent)

Don Gray is the current Sangamon County Clerk, and held the post since 2015.

Joe Aiello

Joe Aiello 

Republican

Joe Aiello is currently the director of vital records at the Illinois Department of Public Health.  Aiello also served as Sangamon County Clerk for 22 years.

Tom Raymond

Thomas Raymond 

Democrat 

Thomas Raymond currently works for the Illinois Department of Revenue’s Federal-State Exchange Unit. He previously worked as a Fiscal Administrator under Governor Quinn. Raymond also serves as the Treasurer of the Westside Democratic Club.

Tony DelGiorno

Anthony “Tony” DelGiorno 

Democrat (incumbent)

Anthony “Tony” DelGiorno is the current county board member in the 22nd district, and has held the post since 2012. He is a partner at Rammelkamp Bradney Law Firm, and focuses on elder law. DelGiorno earned his J.D. from Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C.

Mike Ketchum

Mike Ketchum 

Republican

Mike Ketchum works for the consulting firm Ketchum & Eves as a field foreman.

Abe Forsyth

Abe Forsyth 

Republican (incumbent)

Joe Aiello has represented the 27th district since 2000.  He owns a concrete, snow removal, salvage business. Forsyth also worked for the Illinois Secretary of State from 1991 to 1999.

Jon Hackler 

Democrat 

No biographical information has been provided.

#2 – Todd Smith Republican (incumbent)

#3 – David Mendenhall Republican (incumbent)

#5 – Pam Deppe Republican (incumbent)

#6 – Sam Snell Republican (incumbent)

#8 – Lori Williams Republican (incumbent)

#9 – Tom Madonia Jr. Republican (incumbent)

#15 – Tim Krell Republican (incumbent)

#20 – Linda Douglas-Williams Democrat (incumbent)

#21 – Clyde Bunch Democrat (incumbent)

#24 – A.D. “Andy” Van Meter Republican (incumbent)

#29 – Cathy Scaife Republican (incumbent)