Illinois Governor Candidate (D) Bob Daiber on the Issues

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Question 1. What was your very first job?
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My first jobs were farm work, grass cutting, and umpiring baseball. My first hourly paying job was a maintenance worker at Triad District #2. My first professional career was as a Technology Education Teacher at Triad High School.

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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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If elected, the most important thing I hope to get accomplished is to properly fund K-12 education as well as higher education. I plan to do this by passing a progressive income tax.

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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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As the President of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendent of Schools, I had the ability to work with a diverse group of professional in which we accomplished many difficult tasks including overriding a governor's veto which took a bipartisan effort.

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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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I will submit a budget to the General Assembly on time that will be open to compromise and collaboration.

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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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My first appropriation bill would be to fund education and I will work to reinstate social service programs that have been cut from the budget with additional income tax revenue.

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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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We must issue state bonds to stabilize pension liability debt. I will promote a progressive income tax to gain designated revenue to pay pension obligation and negotiate pension debt as a shared cost with annuitants and participating members.

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Question 7. Where do you stand on medical marijuana legalization? Recreational marijuana legalization?
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I fully support legalization of medical marijuana. I also support legalization of recreational marijuana that must be voted on by a referendum vote of the people.

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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 support a progressive income tax plan to make the wealthy pay more. I am the only candidate to put numbers to a model. It would yield one billion dollars.

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Question 9. Do you support term limits for legislators/governors?
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I support term limits for all constitutional offices, and for leadership of the General Assembly.

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Question 10. Tell us one thing on an issue you think the opposing party got right?
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Members of the General Assembly from the opposing party who voted to override the governor’s veto of the state budget, got it right.

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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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We must have up to date school crisis management plans with first responders. We need to make available school resource officers in all schools. I would do that by making Health, Life, Safety funds which they cannot currently use be available for the cost. Third, I would encourage all schools to secure entrances with polyvinyl film on all glass.

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Question 12. Where do you plan to look first in curbing gun violence?
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I support the passage of the gun dealers licensing act. I also support House Bill 1467 which supports a ban on bump stocks. I further support curtailing ammunition and the sales of rifles and other weapons that were designed for military use to the general public e.g. AR 15s.