Hello, my name is Tim Arview and I'm running for State Representative in Illinois District 117. I have lived in southern Illinois my whole life and am very aware of the issues that concern my fellow citizens.
The primary issues of my campaign are the economy and a return to traditional, conservative family values. Both of these issues are important, especially right now.
When it comes to the economy, we must lower taxes for both corporations and individuals to ensure that companies can provide jobs and that people can afford to live where they work.
When it comes to traditional family values, it is important for our government to allow parents to raise their children without forced initiatives that go against their beliefs. As a conservative, I will fight for limited government involvement in school choice and religious institutions, so that our values are not tainted by the values of those who don't live here.
Dave Severin has shown us that he is not a conservative.
After looking at his record, I had to wonder why he had run unopposed in the 2018 primary. You can see his votes for yourself here. The American Conservative Union rated him at only 71%. To compare, Brad Halbrook received a 98% rating. The NRA rated him at 64%. The Illinois Parent-Teacher Association rated him 60%.
Severin voted to increase the power of unions by requiring public employers to provide employee names and addresses to unions, even if those employees do not wish to participate. He voted to expand casinos in Illinois. He voted to increase many of our taxes, including the gas tax hike that increases each year without any further votes. He voted for an egregiously unbalanced budget.
Most of the bills he has sponsored have been resolutions. Things such as HR425, referred to as the "Go Green Day" resolution, which he co-sponsored with Democrat representatives Ann Williams, Robyn Gabel, and - of course - Speaker Michael J. Madigan. The only bill for which he is listed as chief sponsor in the House that has become law is SB1055, a bill that places water treatment facilities under the jurisdiction of the Department of Revenue rather than the Department of Natural Resources, a bill that was ACTUALLY sponsored by State Senator Dale Fowler, not Dave Severin.
When people ask me what I will do when I get to Springfield, my answer is, I will show up and I will speak up and I will not play the political games that have plagued our state for far too long. I won't "play ball." I will vote according to the will of God, the tug of my conscience, and the will of the people in this district - as opposed to the will of Chicago Democrats. I believe that a candidate should state where he or she stands on a particular issue and if a voter agrees with those beliefs, vote for him or her. If not, then don't. I do not and will not compromise my values based on public opinion. But I have learned from speaking with many in this district that I share your concerns and your values.
When I voted for Dave Severin in 2016 and again in 2018, I thought he held those same values. I am running for state representative because I want to be a conservative voice for southern Illinois in Springfield. It's what we deserve.