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Illinois State SenateCandidate for District 29

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Benjamin Salzberg

Business Transformation Expert
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Generate fiscal responsiblity
  • Accountability
  • Encourage business owners to stay in Illinois by creating a business friendly environment in our state



Profession:Business Transformation Expert
Business Transformation Expert, PTD Partners (2013–current)
Board of Trustee, Oakton Community College — Elected position (2015–current)


National-Louis University Masters in Teaching, Education (2004)
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois Master of Business Administration , MBA/Quality (1994)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (1992)

Community Activities

Helping to support Shriners Hospitals for Children., Shriners of Illinois (2013–current)


Ben is deft in long term strategy planning, providing executive leadership and managing P & L responsibility. He has worked in multiple roles during his career and has delivered successful results consistently. Ben's core competencies include inculcating quality cultures, improving service quality, BPM, change manage​​ment, automation and designing quality metrics.

He has trained over 1000 staff on business transformation principles.  He is well versed with the latest standards, trends and techniques and a wide range of skills in optimization initiatives, technology, critical thinking, troubleshooting, problem analysis and resolution.  He has successfully  managed multiple responsibilities for improving efficiency by implementing robust processes, entailing continual improvement, service transition, design & strategy.  Ben's strengths include long term strategic planning and coaching of senior and upper management to achieve objectives with a proven track record of success in diverse business settings. 

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 Benjamin Salzberg:

I support term limits for both legislators and legislative leaders.  I want to encourage people to serve as legislators for a limited period of time and then return to other work so that they continually bring fresh ideas and experiences to public service.


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

Speaker of the Illinois House, Michael Madigan, and Illinois State President John Cullerton bear responsibility for the stalemate, along with the Democratic legislators. We need to use problem-solving strategies to identify inefficiencies and design and implement cost-saving solutions.





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 Benjamin Salzberg:

Education is extremely important to build talent and attract and retain businesses in our state. We need to assess options for increasing efficacy and affordability. 


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

Research suggests only a small percentage of our state school funding reaches our children.  We need to examine how much our current pension system burdens State school funding.


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 Benjamin Salzberg:

Before looking for a new revenue sources we need to identify and correct inefficiencies in our State government.


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 Benjamin Salzberg:

Anytime we raise money for a particular purpose, the money should be directed only toward that purpose.  We do not need a constitutional amendment for this issue.  Our infrastructure and public transportation system are critical to the success of our State.

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 Benjamin Salzberg:

We need to look at alternative products, such as 401ks.

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


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 Benjamin Salzberg:

I support reforming this system.

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

For people who are transgender, this is an extremely sensitive subject and deserves careful attention to address their concerns.  I do not believe that someone who is transgender must undergo surgery prior to being recognized as transgender.


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 Benjamin Salzberg:

Assuming appropriate safeguards and controls, families and their loved ones must be able to reduce suffering to the greatest extent possible.  In extreme cases, this should include a choice between different legal options.


What measures do you support to reduce levels of gun violence?
Answer from Benjamin Salzberg:

We need to create jobs and improve education to build stable families. 


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 Benjamin Salzberg:

We need more careful studies regarding the efficacy of minimum wage laws.  We should not take any action before we have a better understanding of the consequences of these laws.  Local jurisdictions should be aligned with the State.


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 Benjamin Salzberg:

Before we add any further taxes in Illinois, we must identify the root causes of our budget situation.


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 Benjamin Salzberg:

I support them.


Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Benjamin will leverage his extensive experience as an executive leading change throughout multinational corporations to help lead Illinois toward solvency and economic progress. His expertise in improving the efficiency of operations in organizations will provide critical new skills in the Illinois legislature, which can be used to maximize your tax dollars. He is a member of Shriners International, an organization that is dedicated to helping children with various medical conditions. He is also a current member of the Oakton Community College Board of Trustees. Benjamin is working with other board members to maintain rigorous education standards and to develop new educational programs, which will help our workforce meet the needs of a rapidly changing marketplace.

Videos (1)

— October 3, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times

Benjamin Salzberg tells why he should be the state senator from the 29th district.

Candidate Contact Info

Contact Name: Carey Rothbardt
Phone: 847-461-9421
1954 First Street
Suite 365
Highland Park, IL 60035

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