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Governor, Mayors and Pundits:


Pat Quinn on Government Reform
Democratic Governor: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Pat Quinn on other issues.
  • Online voter registration and no party in primary voting. (Feb 2013)
  • Enact power of petition to recall a corrupt governor. (Feb 2013)
  • Limits on campaign contributions and much more disclosure. (Jan 2010)

Senate:

IL 2014: 2014 IL Senate debate


Richard Durbin on Government Reform
Democratic Sr Senator (IL): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Richard Durbin on other issues.
  • Justices should not restrict our rights and freedoms. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted NO on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
  • Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Post earmarks on the Internet before voting on them. (Jan 2006)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Jul 2012)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
Sharon Hansen on Government Reform
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Sharon Hansen on other issues.
  • Photo ID for voting. (Sep 2014)
  • Stricter limits on political campaign funds. (Dec 2013)
Mark Kirk on Government Reform
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (IL-10): Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kirk on other issues.
  • Support a line item veto; cut spending across the board. (Oct 2010)
  • Apply campaign finance reform to corporations. (Aug 2010)
  • End pay-to-play: no contributions from earmark recipients. (Dec 2009)
  • Ban soft money; increase campaign donation accountablity. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Prohibit IRS audits targeting Tea Party political groups. (Feb 2014)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)
Jim Oberweis on Government Reform
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for Jim Oberweis on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Doug Truax on Government Reform
Republican Senate Challenger (lost primary): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Doug Truax on other issues.
  • Political class fails to put interests of taxpayers first. (Dec 2013)
  • Return to Confidence: stop expanding federal government. (Nov 2013)
  • Without accountability & transparency, power corrupts. (Oct 2013)

House:


Judy Biggert on Government Reform
Republican Representative (IL-13): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for Judy Biggert on other issues.
  • Voted NO on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Sunset Act: review every federal agency every 12 years. (Jan 2009)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)
Cheri Bustos on Government Reform
Democrat (District 17): Click here for Cheri Bustos on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Danny Davis on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (IL-7): Click here for 20 full quotes OR click here for Danny Davis on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Election reform is #1 priority to prevent disenfranchisement. (Jan 2001)
  • Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
  • Member of House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. (Mar 2011)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
  • Establish 15 days of early voting in all states. (Nov 2012)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
Rodney Davis on Government Reform
Republican (District 13): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Rodney Davis on other issues.
  • Supports banning funding of offensive art. (Oct 2012)
Bob Dold on Government Reform
Republican challenger (District 10): Click here for Bob Dold on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Tammy Duckworth on Government Reform
Democrat (District 8): Click here for Tammy Duckworth on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Bill Enyart on Government Reform
Democrat (District 12): Click here for Bill Enyart on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Bill Foster on Government Reform
Democrat: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Bill Foster on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks. (May 2010)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
Luis Gutierrez on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (IL-4): Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for Luis Gutierrez on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Keep campaign soft money; allow legal resident contributions. (Jun 2001)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Mar 2012)
  • Establish 15 days of early voting in all states. (Nov 2012)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
Randy Hultgren on Government Reform
Republican (District 14): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Randy Hultgren on other issues.
  • No Pork Pledge: decrease earmarking; increase transparency. (Aug 2010)
  • Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill. (Jul 2010)
  • Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them. (Jul 2010)
  • Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Jul 2010)
  • No recess appointments without Congressional approval. (Jan 2012)
Robin Kelly on Government Reform
Democrat (District 2): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Robin Kelly on other issues.
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
Adam Kinzinger on Government Reform
Republican (District 16): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Adam Kinzinger on other issues.
  • No recess appointments without Congressional approval. (Jan 2012)
Dan Lipinski on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (IL-3): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Dan Lipinski on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Mar 2012)
Mike Quigley on Government Reform
Democrat (District 5): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Mike Quigley on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Require Internet disclosure of all earmarks. (May 2010)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
Mel Reynolds on Government Reform
Democratic candidate (District 2): Click here for Mel Reynolds on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Peter Roskam on Government Reform
Republican: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Peter Roskam on other issues.
  • Voted NO on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit IRS audits targeting Tea Party political groups. (Jan 2014)
Bobby Rush on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (IL-1): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Bobby Rush on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Election reform is #1 priority to prevent disenfranchisement. (Jan 2001)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
Jan Schakowsky on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (IL-9): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Jan Schakowsky on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Criminalize false or deceptive info about elections. (Nov 2005)
  • Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
  • Establish 15 days of early voting in all states. (Nov 2012)
  • Establish "My Voice Voucher" small campaign contributions. (Feb 2014)
Brad Schneider on Government Reform
Democrat (District 10): Click here for Brad Schneider on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Aaron Schock on Government Reform
Republican (District 18): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Aaron Schock on other issues.
  • Tired of campaign negativity & disgruntled with government. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted NO on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Member of House Committee on House Administration. (Mar 2011)
  • Require Congressional certification of president's "Czars". (Jan 2011)
  • No recess appointments without Congressional approval. (Jan 2012)
  • Prohibit IRS audits targeting Tea Party political groups. (Jan 2014)
John Shimkus on Government Reform
Republican Representative (IL-19): Click here for 15 full quotes OR click here for John Shimkus on other issues.
  • Voted NO on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Require Congressional certification of president's "Czars". (Jan 2011)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
Joe Walsh on Government Reform
Republican (District 8): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Joe Walsh on other issues.
  • Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill. (Jul 2010)
  • Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them. (Jul 2010)
  • Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Jul 2010)
  • Member of House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. (Mar 2011)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • No recess appointments without Congressional approval. (Jan 2012)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Rod Blagojevich on Government Reform
Democratic IL Governor; previously Representative (IL-5): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Rod Blagojevich on other issues.
  • Supports McCain-Feingold campaign finance system. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
Jerry Costello on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (IL-12): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Jerry Costello on other issues.
  • Voted NO on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
Jesse Louis Jackson on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (IL-2): Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Louis Jackson on other issues.
  • How do we appeal to the 100 million who don't vote? (Oct 2003)
  • Voting-rights amendment to the Constitution. (Oct 2003)
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Election reform is #1 priority to prevent disenfranchisement. (Jan 2001)
  • Proportional IRV voting for Electoral College. (Mar 2001)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Require full disclosure of independent campaign expenditures. (Feb 2012)
Timothy Johnson on Government Reform
Republican Representative (IL-15): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Timothy Johnson on other issues.
  • Voted NO on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
Donald Manzullo on Government Reform
Republican Representative (IL-16): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Donald Manzullo on other issues.
  • Voted NO on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Sunset Act: review every federal agency every 12 years. (Jan 2009)
  • Require Congressional certification of president's "Czars". (Jan 2011)
  • No recess appointments without Congressional approval. (Jan 2012)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Bobby Schilling on Government Reform
Republican challenger 2014 (District 17): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Bobby Schilling on other issues.
  • Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill. (Jul 2010)
  • Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them. (Jul 2010)
  • Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (Jul 2010)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
George Ryan on Government Reform
Former Republican Governor (1999-2002): Click here for the full quote OR click here for George Ryan on other issues.
  • Reforms must respect state's rights to select electors. (Aug 2001)
James Thompson on Government Reform
Former Republican Governor (1977-1990): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for James Thompson on other issues.
  • Replace CIA director with new National Intelligence Czar. (Jul 2004)
  • End secrecy about national intelligence appropriations. (Jul 2004)
  • Replace "need-to-know" culture with "need-to-share". (Jul 2004)
  • Congressional oversight for intelligence is dysfunctional. (Jul 2004)
  • No new domestic intelligence agency-use FBI. (Jul 2004)
Philip Crane on Government Reform
Republican (Until 2004) (District 8): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Philip Crane on other issues.
  • Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
James Durkin on Government Reform
2002 Former Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for James Durkin on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Harris Fawell on Government Reform
Republican Former (1994-) (District 13): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Harris Fawell on other issues.
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Peter Fitzgerald on Government Reform
Former Republican incumbent; retired 2004: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Peter Fitzgerald on other issues.
  • Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (Mar 2002)
  • Voted YES on require photo ID (not just signature) for voter registration. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (Aug 1999)
Mike Flanagan on Government Reform
Republican Former (1994-) (District 5): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Mike Flanagan on other issues.
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Denny Hastert on Government Reform
Republican (Retired 2007) (District 14): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Denny Hastert on other issues.
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Restrict lobbyist gifts & disclose lobbyist info on Internet. (Dec 2005)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Alan Keyes on Government Reform
American Independent nominee for President; 2004 Republican challenger for IL Senate: Click here for 22 full quotes OR click here for Alan Keyes on other issues.
  • Strictly limit government to the Enumerated Powers. (Aug 2008)
  • Focus on moral sovereignty, tax reform, & sealing the border. (Dec 2007)
  • Campaign finance reform violates freedom of association. (Oct 2007)
  • Avoid incumbency protection: no union or corporate donors. (Oct 2007)
  • Terri Schiavo case was about judicial power over executive. (Oct 2007)
  • No representation for DC; it has a unique unifying status. (Sep 2007)
  • Disallow lawsuits that stop public officials invoking God. (Sep 2007)
  • Ok if church identifies candidates who favor its principles. (Sep 2007)
  • Reinstate that state legislatures elect US Senators. (Oct 2004)
  • We have surrendered our personal sovereignty to government. (Aug 2004)
  • Surrendering moral government to courts surrenders freedom. (Feb 2004)
  • Congress should have the last word, not the Supreme Court. (Oct 2003)
  • Obeying the dictate of federal judges means no Constitution. (Oct 2003)
  • Call halt to “War on this” and “War on that”. (Aug 1995)
  • Only valid reason to go to Washington is to break up power. (Aug 1995)
  • Campaign reform is hypocritical: leave office instead. (Mar 2000)
  • Campaigns: No union $, no corporate $, no foreign $. (Feb 2000)
  • “Dollar vote” only if you can “ballot vote”. (Jan 2000)
  • Wife Jocelyn’s issues: anti-poverty & anti-abortion. (Dec 1999)
  • Campaign reforms: unconstitutional “incumbency protection”. (Dec 1999)
  • Unlimited contributions, but only by people, & publicized. (Dec 1999)
  • Campaign reform: No $ limits; full disclosure. (Jul 1996)
William Lipinski on Government Reform
Democrat (Until 2004) (District 3): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for William Lipinski on other issues.
  • Voted NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform. (Jul 2001)
Carol Moseley-Braun on Government Reform
Former Democratic Senator (Until 1998): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Carol Moseley-Braun on other issues.
  • Provide an alternative message to the people. (Jun 2003)
  • Provide federal funding to states to cover unfunded mandates. (May 2003)
  • End high hurdles to leap for voting. (May 2003)
  • Rebuild America, both physically and spiritually. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted NO on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
Barack Obama on Government Reform
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008): Click here for 78 full quotes OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • No one should wait more than a half-hour to vote. (Jan 2014)
  • Waiting 6 or 7 hours to cast a ballot betrays our ideals. (Feb 2013)
  • OpEd: Achieve via regulation what was blocked in legislation. (Feb 2012)
  • OpEd: 2010 federal pay freeze was all smoke and mirrors. (Oct 2011)
  • Open Government Initiative on first full day in office. (Apr 2011)
  • OpEd: Broke promise to pay for every dime of new spending. (Jan 2011)
  • Constitution says what states CAN'T do to you. (Nov 2010)
  • Transition team ethics statement: "No Ego, No Glory". (May 2010)
  • Used signing statements, like Bush, 17 times in 2009. (May 2010)
  • OpEd: shunning Fox News is like Nixon's 1960s Enemies List. (Apr 2010)
  • We face a deficit of trust, not just a budget deficit. (Jan 2010)
  • FactCheck: Yes, set up first reverse-revolving door policy. (Jan 2010)
  • Economic agenda builds new foundation for lasting prosperity. (Feb 2009)
  • Eliminate government programs that no longer work. (Aug 2008)
  • FactCheck: Worked with McCain on ethics, but bill fell apart. (Aug 2008)
  • Cabinet members should hold national town hall meetings. (Jul 2008)
  • Need a government that listens to the people again. (Feb 2008)
  • Give D.C. the opportunity to elect its own representatives. (Feb 2008)
  • Bad idea to over-classify information. (Dec 2007)
  • Bush’s signing statements are a clear abuse of prerogative. (Dec 2007)
  • Public submits policy ideas on Obama’s “My Policy” website. (Oct 2007)
  • Prayer can’t prevent disasters; good policy can handle them. (Aug 2007)
  • Registered 150,000 new minority voters in Chicago in 1992. (Jul 2007)
  • Half of us don’t vote; time for taking it back. (Jun 2007)
  • Bush administration has done “great damage” to U.S. (Mar 2007)
  • Filibuster has long tradition, but used to harm civil rights. (Oct 2006)
  • Electing US Senators empowers people: keep 17th Amendment. (Oct 2004)
  • People are really ready for a message for change. (Jul 2004)
  • Campaign race baiting works in both directions. (Aug 1996)

    Campaign Finance Reform

  • Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United. (Aug 2012)
  • Ban insider trading by members of Congress. (Jan 2012)
  • Citizens United decision: major victory for Big Oil. (Sep 2010)
  • Only a few waivers on lobbyists in senior positions. (Jan 2010)
  • Post all earmark request online before each vote. (Jan 2010)
  • FactCheck: Yes, agreed to public financing, then declined it. (Oct 2008)
  • GovWatch: Promised public financing, and then retreated. (Jun 2008)
  • AdWatch: I opt out of broken public campaign finance system. (Jun 2008)
  • GovWatch: No, McCain & RNC don’t get much money from PACs. (Jun 2008)
  • Lobbyists & special interests have strangle-hold on agenda. (Feb 2008)
  • Ended corporate jet travel subsidized by lobbyists. (Feb 2008)
  • Never took money from federal lobbyists or their companies. (Jan 2008)
  • No lobbyist money; no PAC money; fund campaigns instead. (Jan 2008)
  • Money is the original sin in politics and I am not sinless. (Nov 2007)
  • Reduced cost TV ads for candidates; $85M presidential limit. (Oct 2007)
  • Ok to take $5 donations from drug company employees. (Sep 2007)
  • Public campaign financing with free television & radio time. (Aug 2007)
  • 1998: First law passed, 52-4, stripping legislator perks. (Aug 2007)
  • 2004: Used state money for seemingly political mailing. (Aug 2007)
  • No “bundled” money from federal-registered lobbyists. (Aug 2007)
  • Campaigns last too long & cost too much. (Aug 2007)
  • Doesn’t take PAC money or federal lobbyists’ money. (Jul 2007)
  • People know his “bundlers” because he pushed disclosure law. (Jul 2007)
  • FactCheck: no lobbyist money; yes from bundlers who lobby. (Jul 2007)
  • First bill ever passed was campaign finance reform. (Apr 2007)
  • FactCheck: no lobbyist money, yes from lobbyist spouses. (Apr 2007)
  • Hopefund PAC pushes government to honor sacred commitments. (Nov 2006)
  • Lobbyist influence comes from access, not money. (Oct 2006)

    Earmark Reform

  • Would love line-item veto, but start with earmark reform. (Jan 2010)
  • Freeze discretionary government spending for 3 years. (Jan 2010)
  • FactCheck: Yes, earmarks total $18B in this year’s budget. (Oct 2008)
  • Eliminating earmarks isn’t enough; but I’ll check every line. (Sep 2008)
  • Google for Government: let public track federal grants. (Jul 2008)
  • Use technology to shine a light on spending. (Jun 2008)
  • Consistently in favor of more disclosure around earmarks. (Feb 2008)
  • Created a publicly searchable database on earmarks spending. (Feb 2008)
  • Shine light on federal contracts, earmarks, & proposed bills. (Feb 2008)
  • Create “Google for Government” to track government spending. (Aug 2007)
  • Sponsored bill to disclose earmarks on Internet. (Oct 2006)

    Voting Record

  • FactCheck: Yes, Obama cast 130 “present” votes in IL Senate. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Election reform is #1 priority to prevent disenfranchisement. (Jan 2001)
  • Sponsored bill criminalizing deceptive info about elections. (Nov 2005)
  • Sponsored resolution rejecting photo ID for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Sponsored bill to post earmarks on the Internet. (Jan 2006)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)
Jack Ryan on Government Reform
Former Republican Senate challenger (2004): Click here for Jack Ryan on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Paul Simon on Government Reform
Former Democratic Senator (Until 1997): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Paul Simon on other issues.
  • Reduce the growth rate of federal government. (Jul 1996)
  • Long-terms solutions instead of polls. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted YES on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (Jul 1995)
Melissa Bean on Government Reform
Democratic Representative (IL-8): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Melissa Bean on other issues.
  • Voted NO on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform. (Jul 2001)
  • Prohibit non-legislated earmarks. (Jul 2005)
Roland Burris on Government Reform
Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2010): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Roland Burris on other issues.
  • Received admonition letter from Senate Ethics Committee. (Apr 2010)
  • Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (Jul 2009)
  • Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (Feb 2009)
  • Repeal automatic Congressional pay raises. (Jan 2009)
Cardiss Collins on Government Reform
Democrat (1973-1996) (District 7): Click here for Cardiss Collins on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Kathy Cummings on Government Reform
Green Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Kathy Cummings on other issues.
  • Stricter limits on political campaign funds. (Aug 2008)
Rahm Emanuel on Government Reform
Democratic Rep. (IL-5); Chief of Staff-Designee: Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Rahm Emanuel on other issues.
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted NO on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voluntary public financing for all general elections. (Aug 2000)
  • Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)
Lane Evans on Government Reform
Democrat (District 17): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Lane Evans on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted NO on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted NO on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
Thomas Ewing on Government Reform
Republican (District 15): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Thomas Ewing on other issues.
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Alexi Giannoulias on Government Reform
2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently State Treasurer: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Alexi Giannoulias on other issues.
  • I streamlined & cut Treasurer's Office staff by 17%. (Oct 2010)
  • Voice for the people, not the corporate special interests. (Aug 2010)
  • Public election financing reduces special interest influence. (Dec 2009)
  • Wasteful programs go hand-in-hand with campaign contributors. (Dec 2009)
Debbie Halvorson on Government Reform
Democrat (until 2010) (District 11): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Debbie Halvorson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
Phil Hare on Government Reform
Democrat: Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Phil Hare on other issues.
  • Supports public funding of campaigns. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Establish the United States Public Service Academy. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
Henry Hyde on Government Reform
Republican (District 6): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Henry Hyde on other issues.
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Mark Kirk on Government Reform
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (IL-10): Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kirk on other issues.
  • Support a line item veto; cut spending across the board. (Oct 2010)
  • Apply campaign finance reform to corporations. (Aug 2010)
  • End pay-to-play: no contributions from earmark recipients. (Dec 2009)
  • Ban soft money; increase campaign donation accountablity. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on Senate pay raise. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Ban stock trading based on Congressional insider knowledge. (Nov 2011)
  • Prohibit IRS audits targeting Tea Party political groups. (Feb 2014)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)
Ray LaHood on Government Reform
Republican Representative (IL-18): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Ray LaHood on other issues.
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Restrict campaign donations from foreigners or 3rd parties. (May 1999)
  • Reduce federal government size & scope, including military. (Sep 1998)
David Phelps on Government Reform
Democrat (District 19): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for David Phelps on other issues.
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Supports Shays-Meehan Campaign Finance Reform. (Jul 2001)
John Porter on Government Reform
Republican (retired) (District 10): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for John Porter on other issues.
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Restrict campaign donations from foreigners or 3rd parties. (May 1999)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Glenn Poshard on Government Reform
Democrat (District 19): Click here for Glenn Poshard on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Steven Sauerberg on Government Reform
Republican Challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Steven Sauerberg on other issues.
  • End the era of mismanagement by the career politicians. (Jun 2008)
  • One year moratorium on wasteful earmarks. (Feb 2008)
  • Use Executive Orders to cancel Congressional earmarks. (Dec 2007)
Larry Stafford on Government Reform
Libertarian challenger: Click here for Larry Stafford on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jerry Weller on Government Reform
Republican Representative (IL-11): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Jerry Weller on other issues.
  • Voted YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donations. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on granting Washington DC an Electoral vote & vote in Congress. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on protecting whistleblowers from employer recrimination. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits about obesity against food providers. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on limiting attorney's fees in class action lawsuits. (Feb 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting frivolous lawsuits. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)
  • Limit punitive damages; term limits on Congress. (Sep 1994)
  • Government is too big, too intrusive, too easy with money. (Sep 1994)
Sidney Yates on Government Reform
Democrat (retired 1998) (District 9): Click here for Sidney Yates on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Rod Blagojevich on Government Reform
Democratic IL Governor; previously Representative (IL-5): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Rod Blagojevich on other issues.
  • Supports McCain-Feingold campaign finance system. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on campaign finance reform banning soft-money contributions. (Feb 2002)
  • Voted NO on banning soft money donations to national political parties. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on banning soft money and issue ads. (Sep 1999)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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