Illinois Governor Candidate (D) Robert Marshall on the Issues

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Question 1. What was your very first job?
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Working a farm in the Dayton, Ohio area. I did not live on a farm but I was surrounded by farms and I worked at various jobs on these farms, taking care of farm animals, bailing hay and other various farm jobs. I was a member of 4-H and took steers to the Dayton County Fair.

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Question 2. IF elected and IF you only got one thing accomplished in your tenure, what do you hope that is and how do you plan to make it happen?
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Legalize marijuana throughout the state.

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Question 3. Give a scenario outside of politics that sheds light on how you will be able to get things done in office.
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Working as a physician for almost 50 years.

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Question 4. What compromises are you willing to make to make sure a budget stalemate doesn't happen again?
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The State government should learn to live within its means. I would decrease expenditures equally across the board to balance the budget.

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Question 5. How does the state make up the payments to social services/schools, etc. from the last budget stalemate?
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I have plan to divide the State of Illinois up into three new states. These states would be 1. Chicago, 2. Suburbs and collar counties north of Route 80. 3. The rest of Illinois south of Route 80. Previous debts, unpaid bills and pensions could be renegotiated by each of these new states. Each state would be entirely separate from the other with its own Governor, two Senators, new Constitution, news laws, etc.

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Question 6. How should the state continue to pay for the rising pension costs of public workers?
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See response to Question #5

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Question 7. Where do you stand on medical marijuana legalization? Recreational marijuana legalization?
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I favor legalization of recreation marijuana.

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Question 8. What kind of tax plan do you support and what yield would it have?
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I do not support any increase in state taxes, including graduated tax, sales income tax, alcohol, tobacco, firearms and gasoline taxes.

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Question 9. Do you support term limits for legislators/governors?
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I support term limits for legislators and governors. Ten years for governors and state representatives and 12 years for senators.

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Question 10. Tell us one thing on an issue you think the opposing party got right?
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I cannot think of anything that Governor Rauner has done correctly.

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Question 11. As the conversation continues nationally about school safety and gun control, what would you propose to make sure our schools are even safer for all students in Illinois?
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The schools have to make it more difficult for shooters to penetrate doors in each classroom. Arming the teachers would be foolish.

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Question 12. Where do you plan to look first in curbing gun violence?
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To curb gun violence, we have to take the money out of the drug trade throughout the state, especially Chicago. We therefore should legalize recreational marijuana and allow more treatment for cocaine and opioid addicts.