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EDITORIAL BOARD QUESTIONNAIRES

Chris Miller

Republican candidate for Illinois House (110th district)

Chris Miller

Chris Miller

Republican candidate for Illinois House (110th district)

Education
Oakland High School--1972 Eureka College--1976 Lakeland College--1978
Occupation
Farmer/Cattle Rancher
Home
Oakland
Past Political/Civic Experience
None

Responses to our questions

Why do you think it has been so difficult for Springfield to get a balanced budget passed and signed?

Chicago Democratic politics have ruled Illinois for 45 years. Mike Madigan's machine politics have been implemented by the state of Illinois to benefit himself and his cronies who have helped him build his bureaucratic empire. We have been seeing and feeling the negative implications for the past few years of what one party rule, for far too long, has done to Illinois. In East-Central Illinois, we work as a team to come to agreements that benefit everyone not just one interest/group/organization that holds the majority of the money or power.

Do you believe the state budget can be balanced going forward without new sources of revenue?

Yes, this state does not have a revenue problem, our career politicians have a spending problem. We need true business reforms that will benefit all Illinoisans and lead to job creation and more of a tax base. Creating further sources of revenue in Illinois helps Madigan's Government Insiders, but hurts the great citizens of this state. We need Representatives that go to Springfield to stand up for all of Illinois, not just a few select individuals.

What new sources, if any, would you support? Please be specific.

I will not discuss any new revenue sources until true reform comes to fruition in Illinois. I'm not sure if real estate agents would be able to keep up with houses being put up for sale if more sources of revenue are created in Illinois.

Do you support a constitutional amendment favoring a graduated income tax? Please explain.

No!

Please list five areas where you would cut spending.

There are lot more than 5 areas where I would cut spending. However, I would start by focusing on Illinois' complex and redundant procurement processes and revitalize all agency's means of doing business more efficiently and effectively for our hardworking taxpayers.

Since the Illinois Supreme Court's 2015 decision tossing bipartisan pension reform, what can and should the legislature do to control pension costs, if anything?

New hires should have a defined contribution plan that is both fair for the state and for the employee.

Should all new state workers be moved into defined contribution plans?

Yes.

What should the governor do to control pension costs during union contract talks? What would you do?

A realistic assessment (a small business operating requirement) of revenue and expenses has to be done. We cannot keep spending more on government services than what our state is bringing in. Going forward, a complete analysis of all government agencies needs to be done to determine what jobs are necessary for our state to survive, what jobs can be eliminated/combined, and what jobs need to be created. Based on resources, expenses, statistics, and technology a comprehensive compromise needs to be achieved that satisfies both parties involved in negotiations.

Illinois lost more residents than any other state in 2016 and the trend appears to be holding for 2017. What is the No. 1 reason, in your opinion, for the exodus?

Extremely high taxes.

What should Illinois do — via tax policy, spending or other policy means — to keep residents from leaving?

Former citizens of Illinois have described their thoughts regarding our tax policy by putting their houses up for sale, packing up their family and belongings, and moving to states where there are more opportunities to flourish. We have to pass true reforms that entice good job creation here in Illinois which will stop good people from leaving this state and encourage many to move back.

What should Illinois do to promote job creation?

Be competitive with our neighboring states. Lowering taxes, eliminating burdensome regulations, and lowering worker's compensation rates are a good place to start.

Did you support the education funding reform bill that the governor signed in 2017?

Even though I'm not yet a current member of the General Assembly, I believe that providing a more balanced funding formula to all school districts within the state of Illinois is a good place to start with education funding reform. I want to be a leader that fights for our children's K-12 education.

What, if anything, should the legislature do to help Chicago Public Schools?

Once the Chicago Public School system proves that the education they provide is results driven they can begin asking the hardworking taxpayers for more support.

Do you support opportunity scholarships included in the funding reform bill? Or will you try, if elected, to eliminate that program?

I'm open to looking at any program that promotes excellence within our state's education system.

Should Illinois do more to regulate campaign fundraising? If so, what?

Campaign fundraising reform should be addressed in an acceptable manner that does not inhibit an individual's freedom of speech.

What help, if any, are you receiving from your party and its leaders, including staff help, advice, legal assistance, money and resources? Be specific.

At this time, our campaign's efforts are being carried out through grassroots activism. I look forward to working with several individuals involved locally and statewide with the Republican party and organizations alike.

If you are an incumbent, give an example of a time you worked across the aisle on an important issue.

N/A

If you are an incumbent, give at least one example of a time you did not vote with your party on a significant issue.

N/A

Do you support term limits? If so, will you commit to sponsoring legislation and/or lobbying your colleagues on behalf of a constitutional change?

I am in support of term limits.

Do you support changes to the redistricting process? If so, will you commit to sponsoring legislation and/or lobbying your colleagues on behalf of a constitutional change?

I am in support of changes to the redistricting process.

Tell us a little about your family.

I live in Oakland, Illinois, where I was born and raised. After graduating from Oakland High School, I attended Eureka College and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in education. I later attended Lakeland College and received an Associate's Degree in agriculture. I am a third-generation farmer and I raise Angus cattle. I'm married to Mary, my wife of thirty-seven years. We have seven children and fourteen grandchildren.

Tell us something about you that might surprise us.

I sold an Angus Bull, named Rush, to Mel Gibson and delivered it to his Bear Tooth Ranch outside of Columbus, Montana.

Candidates for Illinois House (110th district)

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