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Do Not Ask What Good We Do
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Ten Letters
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A Life of Trial and Redemption
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No Apology
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Young Guns
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The Path to Prosperity
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Promises to Keep
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The Audacity of Hope
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Dreams from My Father
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    Sharon Hansen: Life begins at conception, but listen to constituents.
    Jim Oberweis: Abortion procedure should be outlawed.
    Doug Truax: Calls himself "very pro-life" & supports limiting abortion.
    Pat Quinn: Support Roe v. Wade; oppose Parental Notice law.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Protect Roe v. Wade; fund prevention and contraception.
    Dick Durbin: Abortion is a private decision.
    Steven Sauerberg: Provide women with an alternatives to abortion.
    Steven Sauerberg: I’m pro-baby, pro-mother and pro-family.
    Steven Sauerberg: Born Alive Infant Protection Act is basic humanity.
    Alan Keyes: Pro-choice stance is the slaveholder’s position.
    Barack Obama: Moral accusations from pro-lifers are counterproductive.
    Alan Keyes: Running because of Obama’s extreme pro-abortion votes.
    Alan Keyes: Running because of Obama’s extreme pro-abortion votes.
    Barack Obama: Protect a woman’s right to choose.
    Mike Bost: Abortions should be illegal except for rape & incest.
Budget & Economy
    Mike Bost: Focus on "what to cut" instead of "how much to spend".
    Sharon Hansen: Free enterprise is the key to national prosperity.
    Pat Quinn: Hardest Hit: affordable homeownership in Great Recession.
    Pat Quinn: Restrain spending by $220B by Budgeting For Results.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Bush-Cheney policies bailed out banks & created crisis.
    Dick Durbin: Doing nothing in economic crisis abdicates responsibility.
    Steven Sauerberg: Opposes $700 billion rescue plan.
    Barack Obama: Bush’s economic policies are not working.
    Barack Obama: Supports federal programs to protect rural economy.
Civil Rights
    Bruce Rauner: Create minority enterprise small business investment program.
    Sharon Hansen: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
    Napoleon Harris: Ban sexual orientation conversion therapy for minors.
    Napoleon Harris: Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
    Jim Oberweis: Voted no on state-level same-sex marriage.
    Doug Truax: Uphold one-man, one-woman definition, but let states decide.
    Pat Quinn: Marriage equality is coming to Illinois.
    Pat Quinn: Make IL the leading employer of people with disabilities.
    Pat Quinn: Same rights for same-sex couples as heterosexual couples.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Repeal DOMA; make all civil marriages equal.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Narrow the pay disparity for women.
    Steven Sauerberg: Hired Log Cabin Republicans as press secretary.
    Alan Keyes: Gay marriage invalid because gay couples cannot reproduce.
    Barack Obama: Gays should not face discrimination but should not marry.
    Barack Obama: Defend freedom and equality under law.
    Mike Bost: Apply affirmative action to all state hiring & colleges.
    Rodney Davis: No affirmative action.
    Jim Oberweis: Corporations go overseas when taxes & governments bully them.
    Sharon Hansen: Lower corporate tax rates prevent companies going overseas.
    Pat Quinn: Reduce LLC fee from $500 to $39, the lowest in the nation.
    Pat Quinn: Advantage Illinois: microloans to MWOB minority firms.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Rein in financial institutions & stimulate small businesses.
    Alan Keyes: Protect workers’ pensions when companies declare bankruptcy.
    Barack Obama: Tax incentives for corporate responsibility.
    Barack Obama: Close tax loopholes for US companies relocating abroad.
    Napoleon Harris: Seal criminal records upon earning a GED, AA, or BA.
    Pat Quinn: Alternative sentencing for low-level non-violent offenders.
    Pat Quinn: Sold unused state prison to federal prison agency.
    Alan Keyes: Enforcement should target criminals, not social conditions.
    Alan Keyes: No conflict between pro life and pro death penalty stances.
    Alan Keyes: Sentencing gang members to death sends strong social message.
    Barack Obama: Passed 150 laws to toughen penalties for violent crime.
    Barack Obama: Restrict police entry rules, to protect our civil liberties.
    Barack Obama: Death penalty should be enforced fairly and with caution.
    Barack Obama: Death penalty should not discriminate by gang membership.
    Mike Bost: Supports death penalty & more prisons.
    Rodney Davis: Expand death penalty; limit aappeals.
    Rodney Davis: Mandatory life sentences for third-time felons.
    Napoleon Harris: Add PTSD to allowed compassionate use of marijuana.
    Napoleon Harris: Make marijuana possession a civil violation.
    Doug Truax: Medical marijuana is a state issue.
    Jim Oberweis: Who am I to say patients shouldn't use medical marijuana?
    Jim Oberweis: Let doctoral psychologists prescribe controlled substances.
    Mike Bost: Strengthen drug-related penalties, but consider alternatives.
    Rodney Davis: Strengthen penalties associated with drug-related crimes.
    Bruce Rauner: Let families choose traditional, charter, or private schools.
    Napoleon Harris: Supplemental state aid to low-income school districts.
    Jim Oberweis: Voted NO on sex education including contraception.
    Pat Quinn: Consolidate from 868 school districts to save $100M.
    Pat Quinn: Race to the Top: Invest in elementary & secondary education.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Invest in early childhood education.
    Alan Keyes: Parents, not schools, should be responsible for sex ed.
    Barack Obama: Sex education needed to help children discuss molestation.
    Barack Obama: Sponsored legislations that recruit and reward good teachers.
    Barack Obama: Address the growing achievement gap between students.
    Barack Obama: Will add 25,000 teachers in high-need areas.
    Mike Bost: Supports charters, corporate investment, and merit pay.
    Rodney Davis: Vouchers for public, private, and religious schools.
Energy & Oil
    Napoleon Harris: More renewable energy credit; more CO2 regulation.
    Mike Bost: Focus on exploration, to become energy independent.
    Sharon Hansen: No subsidies for wind and solar.
    Richard Durbin: Energy tax to fund infrastructure investment.
    Bill Enyart: Support the coal mining industry.
    Bill Enyart: Support the coal mining industry.
    Pat Quinn: $400M for IL as center of Midwestern high-speed rail network.
    Pat Quinn: Invest in both clean coal and wind power.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Put price on global warming pollution to spur investment.
    Barack Obama: Sponsored legislations that improve energy efficiency.
    Barack Obama: 20% nation’s power supply from renewable sources by 2020.
    Barack Obama: Invest in alternative energy sources.
    Barack Obama: Increase CAFE to 40 mpg.
    Barack Obama: Tradable credits for renewable energy.
    Barack Obama: Renewable Fuels Standard: require ethanol in fuel supply.
    Mike Bost: Develop and use of alternative fuels.
    Napoleon Harris: Exposing cats & dogs to extreme temperature is misdemeanor.
    Pat Quinn: Clean Water Initiative: $1B for wastewater & stormwater.
    Pat Quinn: Leave no child inside.
    Dick Durbin: Drives a Ford hybrid that gets 30 mpg.
    Steven Sauerberg: Drives a Lexus that gets 23 mpg.
    Mike Bost: Supports recycling but also cost/benefit analysis.
Families & Children
    Tammy Duckworth: Airports should all have 'lactation rooms' for breastfeeding.
    Pat Quinn: Birth to Five Initiative: prenatal care & early learning.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Strongly supports the Paid Parental Leave Act.
Foreign Policy
    Napoleon Harris: Shift focus of foreign aid from Mideast back to the Americas.
    Jim Oberweis: Obama's results are ok, but too often he does nothing.
    Doug Truax: End Obama's "lead from behind" approach to foreign policy.
    Dick Durbin: Ukraine should ally with European Union, not former Soviets.
    Jim Oberweis: To understand China, read the 5-year plans.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Remain unwavering partner with Israel in shared struggle.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Reunify Cyprus; bring religious freedom to Istanbul.
    Alan Keyes: Work with indigenous elements in Iran.
Free Trade
    Jim Oberweis: Challenge in China is lack of clarity on taxes.
    Jim Oberweis: Invest in Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, India, and China.
    Pat Quinn: Exports support 500,000 jobs in IL; double that in 5 years.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Eliminate $200B in tax loopholes that ship jobs overseas.
    Barack Obama: Fair trade should have tangible benefits for US.
Government Reform
    Napoleon Harris: Automatic voter registration when getting driving license.
    Bruce Rauner: Reduce lobbyist influence; push for term limits.
    Sharon Hansen: Photo ID for voting.
    Napoleon Harris: Allow voter registration on Election Day or at early voting.
    Doug Truax: Political class fails to put interests of taxpayers first.
    Pat Quinn: Online voter registration and no party in primary voting.
    Pat Quinn: Enact power of petition to recall a corrupt governor.
    Andrea Zopp: Voter ID laws are intended to limit the Black vote.
    Pat Quinn: Limits on campaign contributions and much more disclosure.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Public election financing reduces special interest influence.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Wasteful programs go hand-in-hand with campaign contributors.
    Alan Keyes: Reinstate that state legislatures elect US Senators.
    Barack Obama: Electing US Senators empowers people: keep 17th Amendment.
    Mike Bost: No political contributions from the gambling industry.
Gun Control
    Napoleon Harris: No concealed carry on private property, unless posted.
    Napoleon Harris: Ban 3D-printed handguns for personal use.
    Mike Bost: Right to bear arms must be preserved and defended.
    Sharon Hansen: Opposes more gun restrictions.
    Sharon Hansen: Don't bow down to money instead of our rights.
    Pat Quinn: Comprehensive plan for gun safety & violence prevention.
    Alan Keyes: Gun control mentality means crooks have all the guns.
    Barack Obama: Bush erred in failing to renew assault weapons ban.
    Mike Bost: More enforcement on laws on purchase and possession of guns.
Health Care
    Mike Bost: Increase insured without ObamaCare's government bureaucracy.
    Sharon Hansen: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility.
    Napoleon Harris: $50M to expand Medicaid services.
    Jim Oberweis: Repeal and replace ObamaCare; not just repeal.
    Jim Oberweis: Parent policy until age 26 good; pre-existing coverage good.
    Doug Truax: AdWatch: ObamaCare does more harm to middle class than good.
    Richard Durbin: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
    Jim Oberweis: Not a fan of ObamaCare, but it helps healthcare businesses.
    Pat Quinn: Comprehensive Medicaid reform: save taxpayers $550M.
    Pat Quinn: Independent review of denial of care by insurance companies.
    Pat Quinn: Allow women of color & low-income access to mammograms.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Supports quality, affordable health care for all.
    Dick Durbin: Large-scale expansion of taxpayer-subsidized coverage.
    Steven Sauerberg: Vouchers to make health care portable and less job-dependent.
    Alan Keyes: Give people generic drugs information to save their money.
    Alan Keyes: People should take care of their own health.
    Barack Obama: Allowing seniors to bulk purchase will save taxpayers’ money.
    Barack Obama: Crises happen in our lives and healthcare is necessary.
    Barack Obama: Believes health care is a right, not a privilege for the few.
    Barack Obama: Will expand health coverage & allow meds to be re-imported.
    Mike Bost: Guaranteed medical care is not a government responsibility.
Homeland Security
    Mike Bost: Any defense budget cuts directly impact strength of military.
    Sharon Hansen: Superior nuclear arsenal is unnecessary.
    Jim Oberweis: Supports funding cuts for the military.
    Doug Truax: Ok to interrogate jihadists using any means necessary.
    Richard Durbin: $48M to protect US Embassies around the world.
    Richard Durbin: Benghazi was a tragedy, but not a cover-up.
    Pat Quinn: Let military medics to obtain LPN licenses.
    Pat Quinn: Supports the Illinois Military Family Relief Trust Fund.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
    Dick Durbin: Veterans angry over accusations that Guantanamo like gulag.
    Steven Sauerberg: Apologized for saying Guantanamo is like gulag.
    Alan Keyes: Send a clear message to the entire terror network.
    Alan Keyes: Take preemptive action only if a probable threat exists.
    Sharon Hansen: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
    Doug Truax: First secure the border, then no comprehensive reform.
    Jim Oberweis: Visas for illegal immigrants, but no path to citizenship.
    Richard Durbin: Reform will increase coordination & reduce terrorism.
    Richard Durbin: Extend partner immigration rights to gay couples.
    Richard Durbin: Immigration reform bill makes America safer.
    Richard Durbin: Our border with Mexico is strongest it's been in 40 years.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Comprehensive reform with responsible path to citizenship.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Don't punish immigrant kids; DREAM Act yes; REAL ID no.
    Cynthia McKinney: Illegal immigration shouldn’t be a labor policy.
    Bruce Rauner: Raise minimum wage to $10 an hour over the next 7 years.
    Bruce Rauner: Create Right-to-Work zones; reform workers' comp.
    Dick Durbin: Raise minimum wage to $10.10 & same pay regardless of gender.
    Jim Oberweis: Minimum wage of $10 (and less for those under age 24).
    Sharon Hansen: No minimum wage; & no set pay based on gender.
    Pat Quinn: Reformed burdensome worker compensation system.
    Pat Quinn: Illinois Jobs Now! and Employer Training Investment Program.
    Pat Quinn: I want to be the "Building Governor".
    Alexi Giannoulias: Invest in clean energy jobs which cannot be outsourced.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Evaluate workers on their abilities, not their identities.
    Barack Obama: Overrode federal overtime rules and raised the minimum wage.
    Barack Obama: Fund Trade Adjustment Assistance for service workers too.
    Barack Obama: Tax cuts for the rich do not create jobs.
    Barack Obama: Obama will strengthen unions and workers’ rights.
Principles & Values
    Bruce Rauner: Moral duty to serve long-term interest of people of Illinois.
    Sharon Hansen: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
    Jim Oberweis: Milk Dud: poured dairy fortune into 5 failed campaigns.
    Pat Quinn: Say "no" to world of powerful feeding upon the powerless.
    Doug Truax: The Great Experiment known as America shines brightly.
    Richard Durbin: Bipartisan dialogue instead of gridlock.
    Steven Sauerberg: Put $1.3M of his own money into campaign.
    Alan Keyes: Great principles at stake: marriage & innocent life.
    Barack Obama: Seek common ground, not a moral crusade.
    Alan Keyes: Jesus Christ would not vote for Obama.
    Alan Keyes: Family and home important, but Obama needs opponent.
    Alan Keyes: Family and home important, but Obama needs opponent.
    Alan Keyes: Obama is likable but his liberalism needs opposition.
    Alan Keyes: Obama is likable but his liberalism needs opposition.
Social Security
    Napoleon Harris: Allow old age beneficiaries to also receive unemployment.
    Bruce Rauner: Move state pensions towards a defined contribution system.
    Mike Bost: Opposes efforts to privatize, or increase the payroll tax.
    Richard Durbin: Simpson-Bowles got it right. put everything on the table.
    Jim Oberweis: Voted NO on increasing state employees' pension plans.
    Pat Quinn: Balance budget by reforming our public pension systems.
Tax Reform
    Bruce Rauner: Reduce anti-competitive corporate tax & income tax.
    Mike Bost: Overhaul tax code to be less complicated.
    Richard Durbin: Close tax loopholes and gain $1.2T from the wealthy.
    Bill Enyart: No tax breaks for millionaires nor pledges against taxes.
    Pat Quinn: Shift from property tax to taxing ability to pay.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Extend $8000 homebuyer credit; one-year payroll tax holiday.
    Mike Bost: Flat tax structure for state income taxes.
    Napoleon Harris: $15M for studying high speed rail.
    Bruce Rauner: Competitive bidding at Department of Transportation.
    Pat Quinn: Largest infrastructure construction program in IL history.
    Pat Quinn: Create next-generation jobs with "1871" digital hub.
    Jim Oberweis: Protect intellectual property rights, including lawsuits.
    Pat Quinn: Pay backlog of $280M for mass transit.
    Pat Quinn: Ban texting while driving.
    Alan Keyes: Transportation projects are top priorities in Illinois.
    Barack Obama: Invest on transportation and clean coal technology projects.
War & Peace
    Andrea Zopp: Supports the Iran nuclear deal.
    Tammy Duckworth: Iran is our enemy, but nuclear deal prevents Iranian nukes.
    Richard Durbin: Engage China to de-escalate North Korean nukes.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Stand firmly and unequivocally against Iranian aggression.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Expel al Qaeda from Afghanistan, then end commitment.
    Alexi Giannoulias: Withdraw all combat troops from Iraq by the end of 2010.
    Dick Durbin: We can’ afford $10B to $15B a month in Iraq.
    Steven Sauerberg: Critical to keep U.S. troops in Iraq to help Iraqis.
    Jim Oberweis: Stay the course; gradual withdrawal from the Iraq war.
    Alan Keyes: Iraq War reduced probability of attack from Saddam to zero.
    Alan Keyes: Naive to think Saddam has no connections to Al Qaeda.
    Barack Obama: Iraq War has made US less safe from terrorism.
    Barack Obama: Saddam has no connections to Al Qaeda nor to 9/11.
    Alan Keyes: Troops should stay in Iraq until they get the job done.
    Alan Keyes: Preemptive strike in Iraq is a right decision.
    Alan Keyes: There is no distinction between Afghanistan and Iraq.
    Alan Keyes: Bush didn’t have the wisdom of hindsight in the Iraqi War.
    Barack Obama: Terrorists are in Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Iran.
    Barack Obama: Invading Iraq was a bad strategic blunder.
    Barack Obama: We must make sure that Iraq is stable having gone in there.
    Barack Obama: Advance the training speed and get the reconstruction moving.
    Barack Obama: Democratizing Iraq will be more difficult than Afghanistan.
Welfare & Poverty
    Jim Oberweis: Tepid welfare reform is the best we can get right now.
    Pat Quinn: Hardest Hit program: Keep 6,550 families in their homes.
    Pat Quinn: Maintain human services even during the Great Recession.
    Mike Bost: Welfare funding to faith-based & private organizations.
    Rodney Davis: Advocate privately funded assistance to people in need.

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