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November 8, 2016 — Illinois Elección General

Illinois State House of RepresentativesCandidato para Distrito 35

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Frances Ann Hurley

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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Passing a full-year budget that protects schools and our most vulnerable citizens.
  • My personal commitment to advocating on behalf of victims of domestic violence.
  • Fighting for the rights and wages of working families.

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Elected Official
State Representative, State of Illinois — Cargo elegido (2013–current)
Aldermanic Aide, Alderman Matt Oshea City Of Chicago (2011–2013)
Aldermanic Aide, Alderman Virginia A Rugai (1995–2011)

Educación

St Xavier College ( now University ) Bachelor of Arts Degree , Criminal Justice (1982)

Actividades comunitarias

Board Member, Special Olympics Illinois (2015–current)
Board Member, Garden Center Services for Developmentally Disabled Adults (2014–current)
Event Coordinator , Y-Me Breast Cancer Reseach Softball Tournament (1994–current)
Event Coordinator Y-Me Breast Cancer Research Softball Tournament , Y-Me (1994–current)

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Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de Chicago Sun-Times (15)

Do you support term limits for legislators? Do you support term limits for legislative leaders? Please explain.
Respuesta de Frances Ann Hurley:

I do not support term limits for legislators but I do strongly support term limits on leadership positions.

Who do you think bears responsibility for the budget stalemate? Do you have your own ideas on how to resolve it?
Respuesta de Frances Ann Hurley:

Both the governor and General Assembly bear responsibility for the stalemate. The state budget crisis is a complex problem.  If it is to be addressed, we must focus solely on the budget itself.  Joining the state budget to other issues only makes reaching an agreement more challenging. As a member of the general services appropriations committee, I voted to cut spending in recognition of the larger fiscal woes facing the state. I do support additional revenue options, specifically expansion of the sales tax to luxury goods and services, a progressive income tax, and a millionaire’s tax.

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?
Respuesta de Frances Ann Hurley:

Additional cuts to higher education are not the answer. Gutting higher education will hurt the state's ability to produce job-ready graduates, which will further damage our economy. However, I would like to see additional scrutiny placed on administrative spending at Illinois institutions of higher learning -- including the practice of paying costly severance packages to college presidents who are forced from office. 

How should the state’s school funding formula be changed to give all children a better chance at a quality education?
Respuesta de Frances Ann Hurley:

Education funding should be allocated based on need.  Educating children living in poverty is certainly more challenging, and therefore more expensive, than educating affluent students.  The state should recognize that and allocate resources accordingly.

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?
Respuesta de Frances Ann Hurley:

I support a progressive income tax, expansion of the sales tax to luxury goods and services, and a millionaires tax.

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?
Respuesta de Frances Ann Hurley:

I support this constitutional amendment. I do agree we need another capital bill. Not only do we desperately need to improve our infrastructure, but a major investment in rebuilding roads and public facilities will boost our economy with good paying jobs. The revenue options previously mention could help fund this. 

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?
Respuesta de Frances Ann Hurley:

I voted for a variety of pension reform measures that have since been found unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.  That ruling significantly narrows the scope of what we can pass.  A “cash-out” provision, offering pension holders a lump sum payment at the time of retirement in lieu of their pension, should be explored and is something I would support.  Similarly, I would support proposals to offer pension holders a lump sum in exchange for accepting a simple instead of compounding COLA.  Finally, I would support re-amortizing pension debt to allow for a consistent payment over the life of the debt instead of the current ramp.  These approaches won't save as much as the reforms that I previously voted for, but they are likely constitutional. 

Do you support measures to reduce Illinois’ prison population and divert more money into community-based services?
Respuesta de Frances Ann Hurley:

Yes.  Though I oppose early release of inmates convicted of violent crimes, community based services are a far better approach for certain drug offenders. 

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?
Respuesta de Frances Ann Hurley:

I am open to reforming this system but would want to do so in conjunction with the law enforcement community.  As a matter of public policy, the practice of asset forfeiture should be geared only towards people who have been convicted. 

Do you support allowing transgender persons born in Illinois to change the gender marker on their birth certificate without undergoing surgery first?
Respuesta de Frances Ann Hurley:

I support the rights of transgender persons born in Illinois.  I am open to this concept but would need more information about the implications of such a shift. 

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.
Respuesta de Frances Ann Hurley:

I do not oppose physician assisted suicide.  However, strong protections and regulations are needed to ensure the system works as it is intended. 

What measures do you support to reduce levels of gun violence?
Respuesta de Frances Ann Hurley:

Illinois needs stronger gun regulations. The background check loopholes should be addressed at the state level and we should have stricter penalties for repeat gun offenders.  However, in addition to those reactive measures, the State must correct its flawed education funding system to allow resources to follow level of need.  Stronger schools will create more and better opportunities for young people and help break the cycle of violence and poverty in Illinois.

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?
Respuesta de Frances Ann Hurley:

I support a statewide minimum wage increase.  The level and timing should be determined through a collaborative discussion with representatives from the organized labor and business community.  Local jurisdictions should be prohibited from passing their own minimum wage laws; a uniform, statewide standard is best.

 

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?
Respuesta de Frances Ann Hurley:

I am open to new revenue sources, however I am reluctant to support a sugar-sweetened beverage tax due to its regressive nature and I am not convinced that it would effectively combate childhood obesity.  I would prefer to see the sales tax extended to luxury goods and services to generate revenue. 

 

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?
Respuesta de Frances Ann Hurley:

Support.  The development of this industry will have significant economic and environmental benefits for Illinois. 

 

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