I believe, as did our Founding Fathers, that every human being has the right to live. I also believe, based on Jeremiah 1:5, that the life of a human being begins at or before conception. Therefore, I do not believe that any person has the right to take the life of an innocent child under any circumstances. There are many couples who are unable to have children who would be thrilled to have a child. Therefore, adoption is a much preferred alternative if a mother finds herself unable to care or provide for a child.
The concept of marriage is a biblical one. It is a religious institution designed by God to be a union between one man and one woman. It is not a civil right, but a religious one. This institution is meant to represent the marriage between Jesus Christ and His Church. The roles of these two individuals in the context of a family are clearly spelled out in Scripture, and the government has no place in that relationship. Yet, recent legislation has created an environment where government is not only involved in the marriage covenant, but actually regulates it, requiring religious leaders - and others - to act in opposition to their religious beliefs to recognize gay marriage as a legitimate marriage. As your representative, I will fight to correct the travesty that has befallen our state by supporting the removal of legislation designed to control the church under the guise of civil rights.
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees all citizens the right to keep and bear arms. Arms, in this instance, refers to armaments of all sorts, including but not limited to handguns, rifles, and shotguns. So-called “red flag” laws have the potential of creating an opportunity for citizen rights to be violated simply because an individual decides those rights CAN be violated. There are currently laws in place to prevent dangerous individuals from acquiring guns. More zealous enforcement of these laws is likely sufficient for controlling access to guns.
It has often been said that we are a country of immigrants, and this is true for all countries, including the United States. However, as with all nations, we are also a nation of laws and we have laws to govern the process by which immigrants may legally enter the United States and become citizens. No one is allowed to bypass these laws and violators must be deported in order to protect our nation from subversive invasion, as we saw on September 11, 2001.
The current structure of our state legislature is such that - unlike the United States - it is unrepresentative of its populace. Our bicameral legislature actually holds two redundant chambers, a general assembly and state senate in which legislators are numbered solely by population. As a result, Cook County has 21 state senators and 42 representatives while 13 southern Illinois counties share a single state senator and 2 representatives. This is not the way our Founding Fathers designed our federal government. In our federal legislature, we have a House of Representative filled by population and a Senate filled equally by each state. Our founders, of course, envisioned state government as a way to test other governmental designs in order to find improvements to our current government. However, it was believed that the experiments would be short and, if found to be lacking, these state governments would quickly be changed to reflect a more effective and representative government. It is for this reason that I support the creation of a new state constitution in which our state senate would be filled equally by each county. This would provide a more sensible and fair representation of the people - ALL of the people - of Illinois.
Additionally, because of its rampant corruption and crimes against the people of this state, I support HB0101, proposed legislation that would remove the so-called “Chicagoland” area from Illinois, making it the 51st state.
On July 1, Governor Pritzker, with help from our southern Illinois elected representatives Dave Severin, Terri Bryant and state senator Dale Fowler, doubled Illinois' gas tax from $0.19 to $0.38 per gallon.
The new law also ties the state’s gas tax to inflation, meaning it will automatically rise in future years without lawmakers facing any constituent backlash.
This is just the latest tax increase Illinoisans have faced in recent years. Illinois ranks as the 2nd highest in property taxes*. Corporate income tax is 9.5%, 5th highest in the nation*. Overall, Illinois ranks as the highest in effective total state and local tax rates in the country at 38% above the national average*.
Southern Illinois taxpayers are tapped out, which is why I'm fighting to be your representative in Springfield.
I will work with other TRUE CONSERVATIVES to repeal these burdensome taxes and put money back in the pockets of hardworking southern Illinois families.
* Source: https://www.wallethub.com
I support any constitutional amendment that would place term limits on state legislators, particularly those in leadership roles, such as speaker of the house, senate president, and the minority leaders in both chambers.