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Illinois State House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 42

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Kathleen V. Carrier

Democratic
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Defend the rights of senior citizens
  • Work to strengthen Veterans services
  • Strengthen services for working families

Experience

Experience

Profession:Caregiver
Caregiver, Self (2006–current)
Precinct Committeeman, Wayne Township — Elected position (2003–current)
Chairwoman, Wayne Township Democratic Party — Elected position (2008–2010)

Education

National-Louis University BSM, Management (2003)

Questions & Answers

Questions from Chicago Sun-Times (15)

Do you support term limits for legislators? Do you support term limits for legislative leaders? Please explain.
Answer from Kathleen V. Carrier:

On the surface it sounds like a good idea.  Having term limits would eliminate entrenched politicians.  However, it also takes choice away from the constituent’s.  Keep in mind, if voters continue to elect the same person, perhaps it’s because they like and approve of them.  If they are unhappy with their current elected officials, find someone else to run and be sure to vote!  The same goes for legislative leaders.  If legislators are unhappy with the leadership, find someone else to run and vote accordingly.

Who do you think bears responsibility for the budget stalemate? Do you have your own ideas on how to resolve it?
Answer from Kathleen V. Carrier:

Springfield has become a very hostile environment. To move forward, one needs to take the first step.  Playing the “blame game” accomplishes nothing.  Start with the things you do agree on and go from there.  I will work to reach across the aisle in an effort to create dialog.

A June 3 New York Times op-ed was headlined “Higher Education in Illinois is Dying” because of significant funding cuts. Do you agree or not with Gov. Bruce Rauner that additional large cuts could be necessary?
Answer from Kathleen V. Carrier:

I do not think there should be cuts to education at any level.  So, no, I do not agree with Gov. Rauner.

How should the state’s school funding formula be changed to give all children a better chance at a quality education?
Answer from Kathleen V. Carrier:

I need to glean a better understanding of how the formula works before I could give any suggestions regarding changes. 

Without a budget, Illinois is spending much more than it takes in, leading to an ever-growing stack of bills, underfunded services and a growing deficit. What new revenue sources do you support to help fix this problem?
Answer from Kathleen V. Carrier:

We need to come up with creative ways to increase revenue without imposing additional burdensome taxes.  We need to cut spending.  However, not by cutting the social safety net out from under our most vulnerable citizens.  Illinois has some of the highest corporate tax rates.  However, because of tax loopholes, very few corporation actually pay at this high rate. If we were to close corporate tax loopholes, we might be able to lower the rates and still generate revenue.

A constitutional amendment is on the ballot that would require money raised for transportation not be spent elsewhere. Do you support this concept? Also, transportation planners say more money is needed for roads and bridges, Metra, CTA rail services and the like. Do you agree and, if so, where would you get the funding?
Answer from Kathleen V. Carrier:

I would support this concept.

In the last session, the governor and Legislature turned their attention away from pension reform. What initiatives do you support to reduce the costs of pensions?
Answer from Kathleen V. Carrier:

The unfunded pension liability is a multi-faceted issue which is literally decades in the making.  To come up with a “solution” is going to take an almost forensic-like examination of what is or is not taking place.  At the risk of sounding glib, an obvious answer would be increasing revenue and reduce spending.  When you say “reduce the cost of pensions” it implies you want to take benefits away from the retirees.  I would not be in favor of that. 

Do you support measures to reduce Illinois’ prison population and divert more money into community-based services?
Answer from Kathleen V. Carrier:

Yes.

There are calls to reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture system, which allows police and prosecutors to seize and take – permanently – property from someone who has not been convicted of a crime? What is your view?
Answer from Kathleen V. Carrier:

Yes, this needs to be reformed.  If the property was obtained legally, then it rightfully belongs to that person.  There is something morally and ethically wrong with this type of seizer.

Do you support allowing transgender persons born in Illinois to change the gender marker on their birth certificate without undergoing surgery first?
Answer from Kathleen V. Carrier:

Potentially, yes.  I think you might be referring to HB6073.  If so I need to read this bill as I have not done so yet.

What is your view on so-called “death with dignity” — physician-assisted suicide — which has become a contentious issue in other states? California’s End of Life Option Act took effect on June 9.
Answer from Kathleen V. Carrier:

One cannot possibly know what it’s like to see a loved one suffer with a fatal illness, unless you have been through it.  It is the most heart-wrenching thing one could possible endure. To tell someone who is fatally ill they do not have a choice but to suffer, is inhumane.  Death with dignity is something that should be initiated in Illinois.

What measures do you support to reduce levels of gun violence?
Answer from Kathleen V. Carrier:

65% of the guns used in violent crimes in Illinois are obtained from bordering states where gun laws are weak.  Perhaps we need to start a dialog with these states to try to come up with laws/better laws that address out-of-state purchases.  We also need to create licensing rules that would require gun owners to be tested every two to four years to keep their registration current.  Similar to a driver’s license.   In addition, gun owners should have to insure each gun they own.  Should one of their guns be used in a violent crime, the victim or victim’s family will have some kind of recourse.

A number of states and local jurisdictions (including Chicago) have recently increased the minimum wage. Do you support or oppose a statewide increase in the minimum wage? If so, what should the new minimum be, and by when? Should local jurisdictions be prohibited from passing their own minimum wage laws?
Answer from Kathleen V. Carrier:

I support an increase of the minimum wage to fifteen dollars per hour and I would like to see it happen sooner rather than later.  In doing so, people would have more disposable income that would be reinvested into their communities.  That, in turn, would bolster local businesses.  I would first need to know why a local jurisdiction would want to pass their own minimum wage laws before I would say yes or no.

In the past couple of legislative sessions, there has been a proposal to add a 1 cent tax on all sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Illinois. Do you support or oppose such a measure, and why?
Answer from Kathleen V. Carrier:

I would support such a measure.  Unless someone could show me otherwise, I don’t think a 1 cent tax would be burdensome on anyone and would generate much needed income.

In recent years, there has been a growing push to increase the development and use of renewable energy sources. Do you support or oppose these preferences?
Answer from Kathleen V. Carrier:

I support the use and development of renewable energy.

Videos (1)

— October 4, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times

Kathleen Carrier tells why she should be the state representative from the 42nd district.

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