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Illinois State House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 45

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Cynthia Borbas

Democratic
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Fighting to Freeze Property Taxes
  • Reducing Airplane Noise at O'Hare Airport
  • Passing a balanced budget without slashing vital services

Experience

Education

Northern Illinois University Bachelor of Science, Operations Management & Information Systems (1999)

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 Cynthia Borbas:

Yes, I support term limits for all legislators and constitutional officers. However, I would like to see the specific details of any term limit proposal before putting my full support behind it.

 

 

If I am fortunate enough, I pledge to serve no more than eight years in the Illinois House. 

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

Like most of my neighbors, I blame both sides of the aisle for the budget impasse. A budget requires compromise, which has been sorely lacking in Springfield. Sadly, the ongoing impasse has been hurting our state’s most vulnerable residents who need services the most. We must work together to root out wasteful spending while protecting the critical services that Illinoisans rely on. 

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 Cynthia Borbas:

I disagree with Gov. Rauner. Budget cuts and rising tuition coupled with greater difficulty in obtaining financial aid have made it virtually impossible for our families to send their children to Illinois public colleges. As a state Representative, I will fight for the state to properly invest in our schools and students, and make it easier for in-state students to obtain a college education in Illinois. This common-sense investment will benefit the communities that are home to our beloved colleges and universities, creating new job growth and economic development as well as greater financial certainty.

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

It’s a fundamental right for all children in Illinois to receive a quality education. I am committed to working with all stakeholders at the table to make education funding more equitable. However, I cannot support any plan that would take much needed dollars away from schools in my district.

 

I support a tax surcharge on people making over one million dollars per year to bring more dollars into classrooms across Illinois.

 

 

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 Cynthia Borbas:

I believe we can begin to tackle Illinois’ fiscal challenges by embracing common sense solutions such as eliminating pay for state boards and commissions and consolidating services provided by state agencies. I support a higher tax rate for millionaires and closing corporate tax loopholes. I am strongly opposed to placing any additional tax on middle-class families.

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 Cynthia Borbas:

Yes.

 

I believe we need more funding for infrastructure and transportation projects.  I would look to a millionaire’s tax and closing corporate tax loopholes as a source of revenue. Reductions include consolidating the offices of state comptroller and treasurer, instituting a ten percent pay cut for legislators and constitutional officers, eliminating the lieutenant governor’s office and eliminating duplicative boards and commissions as well as their pay.

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 Cynthia Borbas:

The pension crisis facing Illinois is very complex and has been exacerbated by years of underfunding by both parties and the Great Recession. Clearly, action needs to be taken to ensure the state’s pension systems remain solvent. Any changes must be fair to taxpayers and public workers and must be negotiated with all stakeholders at the table. To do otherwise would inevitably lead to more litigation and a delay that we cannot afford.  

 

 

In addition, I will not take a pension if elected state Representative and I support eliminating pensions for future elected officials. 

Do you support measures to reduce Illinois’ prison population and divert more money into community-based services?
Answer from Cynthia Borbas:

I do not support plans that would allow dangerous or potentially dangerous criminals to be released from prison early and into our neighborhoods.

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 Cynthia Borbas:

This is not an issue the voters in this district discuss when I am out knocking on doors. They are worried about keeping our neighborhoods safe, ensuring that people with severe mental illnesses cannot buy guns, and rising property taxes.   

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

I strongly support same sex marriage along with laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace. I would like to see more details about this proposal and work with stakeholders in addressing any concerns in a fair manner.   

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 Cynthia Borbas:

Physician-assisted suicide is a very complex issue and there are many questions that have yet to be answered about it. Furthermore, it is not an issue that voters discuss while I’m out knocking on doors. Voters are much more concerned about rising property taxes and being able to make ends meet. 

What measures do you support to reduce levels of gun violence?
Answer from Cynthia Borbas:

I support requiring background checks for anyone purchasing a gun, I will fight to strengthen mental health treatment and prevent the mentally ill from obtaining guns. We need more legislators in Springfield who will stand up to the National Rifle Association (NRA) and its out-of-touch agenda. 

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 Cynthia Borbas:

Yes, I support raising the minimum wage to $10 per hour. A strong majority of voters in the 45th District and across Illinois supported this increase in a 2014 ballot referendum to ensure that working families are better able to support themselves and their families. 

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 Cynthia Borbas:

Oppose. While I support reducing the consumption of soft drinks, especially by children, I do not support placing an added tax on its sale. 

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 Cynthia Borbas:

I support increasing the use of renewable energy sources in order to create a more sustainable environment for our children and future generations. However, any new programs must not increase the financial burden on hardworking middle-class families. Climate change is real and we must work with all levels of government and all stakeholders to protect the environment. By investing in clean energy technology and alternatives, Illinois can curb harmful emissions and create good paying jobs. 

Videos (1)

— October 5, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times

Cynthia Borbas tells why she should be the state representative from the 45th district.

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