Illinois curtailed the spread of the virus and did their best to secure protective equipment. Closing the whole of Illinois down was not necessary in remote areas where cases were significantly low, if any at all.
How would I have done things differently?
Keeping the City of Chicago and other highly densely populated areas under shutdown was the correct thing to do, especially when it came to incoming traffic at the airport. I think each state district should have had a larger say in whether business fully needed to be shut down.
Prevention is better than cure
The need to focus on building immunity and preventative health measures. Remember: prevention is better than cure. There has not been enough dialogue around this. The need to shift billions away from unhealthy food processing and focus on building vitamin D supply. The need to make America healthier is apparent. We did not hear enough talk about this and required more briefings from doctors and nurses that were locally seeing cases and reporting to the public.
The closure of schools
Remote learning will benefit the state budget and expenditure when it comes to overheads for schooling being minimized. The safety of teachers and students matters. It would have been extremely difficult for students to be wearing masks and to be compliant with social distancing for the duration of a whole school day. I believe the main reason why classes are not on site at all is because of logistics.
I believe people have the right to choose whether they want to be vaccinated.
The need to generate income
An obligation of the government is to raise revenue and we have not done that. Corruption and waste is part of the problem as well. That is why I support the creation of a citizens’ auditing board, with investigative authority, to supplement the work of the auditor general.
Tax System Overhaul
The structural revenue problem is caused by the fact that Illinois has one of the most regressive tax systems. I propose a sales tax on speculative trading in Illinois, as occurs on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Board Options Exchange, Board of Trade and Stock Exchange. While even the poorest Illinoisans must pay steep sales taxes on necessities, the wealthy purchasers who spend tens of trillions of dollars on options, futures, credit default swaps and other derivatives do not pay any sales tax whatsoever on sales that occur at these Illinois facilities. A minuscule tax, of only a fraction of one percent on such transactions, would raise billions of dollars in new revenue. I also propose taxes or fees on emitters of pollution, including greenhouse gases.
The Public Bank
Also utilization of a public bank will allow the state to use the revenues it collects to invest in authorized projects that benefit the people of Illinois, and keep the interest collected for the benefit of the people-rather than enrich the private financial institutions that prey upon workers, homeowners and taxpayers. Such a bank could provide low-interest credit to Illinois-based businesses, farmers and college students, finance a Green capital bill, and help the state pay its bills without additional reliance on tax revenues. It could help moderate the effects of economic downturns by making credit more widely available at reasonable rates of interest. North Dakota has had a successful public bank that has helped it balance its budget since 1919.
The Fair Tax
I believe in the fair tax but have my reservations that they will try to hike up other taxes which will make it difficult for working class families.The bill is flawed in certain ways and that would need to be rectified.
The current problem with the tax system is that the wealthy have more of an ability to have write-offs in tax and, generally speaking, the middle class have a higher percentage to income ratio in payment of tax.
In its introduction, there needs to be shown where the taxes are going and how they plan to control spending, Perhaps if this tax is implemented, Illinoisans need to be shown where possible breaks in tax can be afforded.
People already feel like tax in Illinois is high and it is the worst possible time for introduction. People want relief in tax somehow and it seems great at a certain level but when you have the current Governor making statements admitting that there are no guarantees in future hikes is where people are legitimately concerned (Source ABC 7 interview April 23, 2019 Chicago). People that undergo divorce suffer the most financially and should have some form of relief when it comes to filing during the period it is getting court approval. Single parent families get hit the hardest. We need to be more accommodating of these scenarios too. Just because a family is married should not be a reason to increase tax either which is another proposal under this scheme.
People that utilize their land for vegetables and fruits should receive some level of break on their land tax bill. It contributes to a level of self sustainability which is a goal of mine for this District.
Law and Order
Everybody wants a peace of mind when
it comes to law and order. There is a need to feel safe. We can find that balance between community needs and not feeling like a totalitarian approach is at play.
I advocate for the demilitarization of techniques used by officers. A significant amount of the training that they receive is counter-terrorism training when they are dealing with civilians. This is not warfare. A large number of officers are recruited from the army and need to understand that the threat level is significantly less.
There should be greater transparency on both sides, which is best done with the use of body cameras. It will make officers think twice about acting inappropriately and it can offer the officers protection from accusations of misconduct. Therefore, it will reduce the number of cases that get shown and will replace cameras that are randomly placed on the streets which is an unnecessary cost and haven’t really proven to be much more effective. Plus, in a court of criminal law, we look to the standard of being, “beyond reasonable doubt.” This would assist those who investigate or a jury decide whether or not that standard is met. As far as funding towards this goes, I would end the 1033 program and reallocate funds to cameras, as those weapons are for military use.
Tough on causes of crime
To be truly "tough" on crime means attacking the causes of crime as much as possible, focusing on crimes that truly harm society, and focusing on turning offenders into productive, law-abiding citizens. Shootings have seen a recent spike.
Mayor Lightfoot attributes it to lockdowns, shutting of the economy, an area hit hardest by the virus and due to gang prevalence. The root cause of what contributes to this cultures is: lack of resources, access to education, jobs, broken families, seeing violence and a lack of hope or feeling of escape.
We have solutions and resources but need to create the political will to want to fix this.
The relationship with our planet
A holistic and sustainable approach to our relationship with this planet and all life that it supports must be one of the biggest goals I have.
What to do when we are in the wrong
For every tree taken down, there should be ones to replace it. There should be taxes on wasteful emissions.
Water is a human right
I am against the privatization of water, as it is a human right.
The real threat
Looking into the threats of agribusiness when it comes to the presence of toxic chemicals, radioactive waste and pesticides. Meanwhile, new challenges are arising, such as agribusiness corporations that are attempting to manipulate and control the genetic makeup of our food supplies. I stand for empowerment of local farmers and fresh produce for this reason and want to become more self sustainable in our food supply.
Take out the Corporate Money
Checks and balances operate so that they can be checked by the powers and it is unfortunate that corporate money funds a lot of policy. The reason why we do not have enough of a “check” is because both parties rely on corporate money to fund their campaign. We need Illinois politicians to commit to a standard where they do not receive corporate contributions. For instance, judge candidates can receive money from law firms. We need to ensure that our residents have fair access in the legislature and in the judiciary by having this taken out of the system so that legal decision making is not swayed by certain law firms and the clients that they represent.
Ethic reforms would begin when corporate money is taken out of politics and ensures that there are more choices on the ballot. Room for more fair ballot access and more parties running would also become another form of check and balance.
We need greater representation of the people and a two party system falls short of that.
Citizens Auditing Board
Corruption and waste is part of the problem when it comes to revenue in Illinois. That is why I support the creation of a citizens’ auditing board, with investigative authority, to supplement the work of the auditor general.
Bringing Power back to the people
My campaign is not corporate funded and that is my commitment to you. I am working for the people to represent the people.
Working across the aisle
Bipartisanship has not served the people. I bring a fresh perspective and voice that is authentic. I will work with anyone who is real, sincere and genuinely cares about the people.
Empowerment of people by self sustainability
I feel that people need to be more self sufficient within their household environments when it comes to work set up and even to ability to school and have produce within the community instead of relying heavily on the external.
COVID-19 should be a big wake up call when it comes to this. We need to be operating on an “abundance mindset” and to get there we need to realize that America has more than enough and needs to begin on relying on itself when it comes to jobs, food and other resources.
The future voice
I believe that the children in school should be given more time to work on their gifts and talents but also introducing ways in which they are able to handle and control finances from early on. Educating them at the highest institutional levels should be the pursuit of each individual growing up, as it helps to give back to the American people in the long term as well. We need to be able to help them and they can help us.