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Jonas Hicks Petty

Republican candidate for Illinois House (100th district)

Jonas Hicks Petty

Jonas Hicks Petty

Republican candidate for Illinois House (100th district)

Education
Pittsfield High School, Pittsfield, IL; Lincoln Land Community College; Southern Illinios University Carbondale - Bachelors in Structural Engineering
Occupation
CEO & Carpenter of J. Petty & Company

Responses to our questions

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

The current powers that be have very distinct visions for how to accomplish a balanced budget, and through the process have found comfort in blaming each other, i.e. Madigan vs. Rauner. Subsequently, our representatives have also found it easy to use the blame game and continue to be re-elected.

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

Yes, I do. The legislature just passed a tax increase so it is really not an option to raise them again. I am committed to all constituents who have made the sacrifice to work hard daily, pay their bills on time and pay taxes. They have done their part so it is up to us to make it work with the resources we have. I am committed to a policy of structural reform, regulation relief and lowering taxes to both reduce our expenses and allow the free market to drive an increase in our revenue sources.

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

Candidate did not respond

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

I can only say that I am committed to a tax structure that is fair and just, and one that promotes all Illinois citizens to have some skin in the game.

Please list five areas where you would cut spending.

Structural: Shrink the bloated state payroll and eliminate waste starting at the top. Medicaid: We must solve the unsustainable and ever increasing expenses tied to this program. Social Projects: We need to take an indepth look into programs that are not getting the desired results and consider ending them. Eliminate unnecessary boards and other consulting-type paid positions. Move all new state employees to a defined contribution plan.

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?

I believe all new employees should be put into a defined contribution plan, while at the same time creating the necessary resources to fund existing pensioners.

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

I believe all new employees should be put into a defined contribution plan.

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

First I would change how the money is managed, getting all of it into a low cost managed fund. We are paying way to much in fees for what we are currently getting. Secondly I would look at getting pension funds to purchase all State Buildings that are currently not owned by the state but leased. This would allow the pensioners to have some skin in the game making sure they are getting the best values, while at the same time making sure their tenant is in good financial condition. Lastly I would look at bureaucracy, starting at the top. Having worked for the State of Illinois in the past, the state can operate with many fewer employees at the bloated bureaucratic top.

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?

The environment along with better opportunities that far surpass what Illinois currently has to offer. When you think about the quality of life for a young professional, young tradesman or a young family the key components are upward mobility, security and education. So if you take just what was done in 2016 in support of these three key areas:

Upward mobility: we increased taxes to pay for poor management of the past along with funding social programs for poor decision makers of the future.

Security: just created a sanctuary state, which said to the citizens, we will do what we can for those that are here illegally, but those of you that work hard and pay taxes, we aren't going to do anything to drive down gun violence or opioid abuse in your communities.

Education: Funding schools that are failing, de-incentivizing results.

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

Candidate did not respond

What should Illinois do to promote job creation?

Candidate did not respond

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

There are portions I agree with and portions I disagree with.

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

Simply hold it accountable, stop passing legislation that bails it out.

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

Yes, I support the opportunity scholarship program that puts the power in the hands of parents to access the best education for their children.

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

Lets see, we have two billionaires that will battle it out. Pretty self explanatory! Something has to be done because there are too many special interests driving the message. My opponent here in West Central Illinois has taken thousands of dollars from Chicagoland Operators Union - why? Therefore reform is necessary.

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

My campaign will strictly be funded by me and individuals.

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?

Term Limits are a must. I will not be in office more than 8 years.

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?

Without question the redistricting process needs to be reformed.

Tell us a little about your family.

I was born and raised in Pittsfield. I am the youngest of 8. My Mom was a teacher's aide and I am blessed to still work with my Dad as a carpenter 3 to 4 days a week. Me and my wife, Jane Ann Petty, have 4 children (Finley 15, JJ 13, Mickey 7 and Jed 5) For the last 10 years Jane Ann and I have grown our company, which has 1 hotel in Pittsfield, 4 Coffee Shops in Pittsfield, Mt. Sterling and Springfield along with over 80 rental units. We love to work hard and are very passionate about our community. Jane Ann has sat on many boards as have I. We volunteer at our church (St. Mary's Catholic Church) and are committed to teaching our children about service to others.

My belief is we have too many politicians in Springfield and not enough public servants. Both parties have become to powerful in selecting candidates. For instance in my district C.D. Davidsmeyer is the third Representative in a row to be appointed, not elected by the districts Republicans. This has to change, the job is intended to be of service to others and through that being accountable and looking out for the best long term interest of your constituents, not yourself.

Tell us something about you that might surprise us.

I was born and raised in Pittsfield. I am the youngest of 8. My Mom was a teacher's aide and I am blessed to still work with my Dad as a carpenter 3 to 4 days a week. Me and my wife, Jane Ann Petty, have 4 children (Finley 15, JJ 13, Mickey 7 and Jed 5) For the last 10 years Jane Ann and I have grown our company, which has 1 hotel in Pittsfield, 4 Coffee Shops in Pittsfield, Mt. Sterling and Springfield along with over 80 rental units. We love to work hard and are very passionate about our community. Jane Ann has sat on many boards as have I. We volunteer at our church (St. Mary's Catholic Church) and are committed to teaching our children about service to others.

Candidates for Illinois House (100th district)

REPUBLICAN