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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • 100% from Right to life (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Bobby Schilling voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan B. Anthony List. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Bobby Schilling in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Bobby Schilling in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Bobby Schilling voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Acceptable bigotry: prejudice against the child in the womb. 19 January 2011. "When you look at life, without life, we have nothing. A big reason that I am pro-life is that when we look at all of the doctors, all of the people who could invent something for this great Nation, I remember growing up in 1973 when this became legal, it was considered a blob of tissue. Today we pull them out by their feet first to save the life of the mother when the mother's life is in danger. And I just can't even imagine what transpires there, and sometimes don't want to. But I believe that as Americans, we need to defend life to its fullest. I believe life begins at conception and it ends at our natural death. I have talked to people who have had an abortion. The hurt goes on with women who have had abortions. I think we need to focus in on educating folks and giving them that alternative." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Illinois Elections: Q&A with Bobby Schilling. 9 October 2010. "We should promote a culture of life in America and work to reduce the incidence of abortion. I am pro-life, and I believe natural law tells us that life is sacred." (illelections.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Issue Position: Protecting Life. 22 November 2011. "Life begins at conception. Abortion takes life -- approximately 1.2 million unborn babies' lives each year in this country. The most basic rule of law tells us that it is wrong for one person to take the life of another person, no matter what stage of life they are at." (www.votesmart.org)
  • 100% from Right to life (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Bobby Schilling voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Susan B. Anthony List. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Susan B. Anthony List endorsed Bobby Schilling in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Bobby Schilling in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Bobby Schilling voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Acceptable bigotry: prejudice against the child in the womb. 19 January 2011. "When you look at life, without life, we have nothing. A big reason that I am pro-life is that when we look at all of the doctors, all of the people who could invent something for this great Nation, I remember growing up in 1973 when this became legal, it was considered a blob of tissue. Today we pull them out by their feet first to save the life of the mother when the mother's life is in danger. And I just can't even imagine what transpires there, and sometimes don't want to. But I believe that as Americans, we need to defend life to its fullest. I believe life begins at conception and it ends at our natural death. I have talked to people who have had an abortion. The hurt goes on with women who have had abortions. I think we need to focus in on educating folks and giving them that alternative." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Illinois Elections: Q&A with Bobby Schilling. 9 October 2010. "We should promote a culture of life in America and work to reduce the incidence of abortion. I am pro-life, and I believe natural law tells us that life is sacred." (illelections.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Issue Position: Protecting Life. 22 November 2011. "Life begins at conception. Abortion takes life -- approximately 1.2 million unborn babies' lives each year in this country. The most basic rule of law tells us that it is wrong for one person to take the life of another person, no matter what stage of life they are at." (www.votesmart.org)

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  • "Americans need to keep as much of their hard earned money in their pockets. By cutting taxes, we will ignite the economy by creating good paying, high quality jobs and allowing people to spend their money on the goods and services they desire." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Bobby Schilling, pledge to the taxpayers of the 17th district of the state of Illinois and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • "Adopt a simple and fair single-rate tax system by scrapping the internal revenue code and replacing it with one that is no longer than 4,543 words--the length of the original Constitution." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I, Bobby Schilling, pledge to the taxpayers of the 17th district of the state of Illinois and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Schilling. Video: CCC Part 6 (What is the #1 problem in America, education). 7 October 2010. "The government can really create one thing here in Illinois and across the country is, they can create an environment that make[s] it to where people want to expand their business. You know of course they can create some tax payer funded jobs, things like that, but what we need to do is focus more on the private sector and get people back to work." (youtu.be)
  • Bobby Schilling. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 14 March 2010. "I did not support the bailouts in any aspect." (primaries2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Schilling to Hare: 131,000 Jobs Lost Is Not Emerging From Crisis. 9 August 2010. "The policies that Congress has promoted simply haven't worked. It's been 18 months since the stimulus package was passed, and we have yet to see any results from it. These people don't know how to create jobs or stimulate an economy. It's time to get people back to work, yet Congress continues to promote policies that are causing people to be laid off." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. "I would have voted against the stimulus as well: not because I reject the idea that government does not have a responsibility to stimulate the economy and not because I don't believe that government cannot stimulate the economy. Rather, my complaint is that this stimulus was not particularly effective, in no small part because Congress and the administration conflated legitimate stimulus programs with their attempt to radically transform the economy. Keynes warned Roosevelt that stimulus and reform should be distinct or neither will benefit the economy in the long run, and his dictum still holds." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Rep. Schilling Reacts to State of the Union Address. 25 January 2011. "We've already seen that reckless spending doesn't create jobs." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Schilling: "Stimulus Hasn't Put Illinois to Work". 29 August 2010. "It's been 18 months since the passage of the stimulus, and we're still waiting for these new jobs...Actually, we've lost more jobs. We spent $787 billion our country couldn't afford on a bill that made a bad economic situation worse. People are starting to realize that raising taxes and spending excessively is not the way out of a recession. It's time for representation that will do what it takes to bring jobs to the 17th District. I will fight for low taxes, for fiscal responsibility, and for the needs of the people of this district." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Video: CCC Part 6 (What is the #1 problem in America, education). 7 October 2010. "The government can really create one thing here in Illinois and across the country is, they can create an environment that make[s] it to where people want to expand their business. You know of course they can create some tax payer funded jobs, things like that, but what we need to do is focus more on the private sector and get people back to work." (youtu.be)
  • "Reducing out-of-control government spending and working towards a balanced budget is also vital. We can't continue to rack up more and more debt. Spending more than the government takes in year after year is a gigantic drag on the economy. I am proud to say that my first year in Congress was the first year in modern times that we actually cut spending from the year before." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 14 March 2010. "I did not support the bailouts in any aspect." (primaries2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Schilling to Hare: 131,000 Jobs Lost Is Not Emerging From Crisis. 9 August 2010. "The policies that Congress has promoted simply haven't worked. It's been 18 months since the stimulus package was passed, and we have yet to see any results from it. These people don't know how to create jobs or stimulate an economy. It's time to get people back to work, yet Congress continues to promote policies that are causing people to be laid off." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. "I would have voted against the stimulus as well: not because I reject the idea that government does not have a responsibility to stimulate the economy and not because I don't believe that government cannot stimulate the economy. Rather, my complaint is that this stimulus was not particularly effective, in no small part because Congress and the administration conflated legitimate stimulus programs with their attempt to radically transform the economy. Keynes warned Roosevelt that stimulus and reform should be distinct or neither will benefit the economy in the long run, and his dictum still holds." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Rep. Schilling Reacts to State of the Union Address. 25 January 2011. "We've already seen that reckless spending doesn't create jobs." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Schilling: "Stimulus Hasn't Put Illinois to Work". 29 August 2010. "It's been 18 months since the passage of the stimulus, and we're still waiting for these new jobs...Actually, we've lost more jobs. We spent $787 billion our country couldn't afford on a bill that made a bad economic situation worse. People are starting to realize that raising taxes and spending excessively is not the way out of a recession. It's time for representation that will do what it takes to bring jobs to the 17th District. I will fight for low taxes, for fiscal responsibility, and for the needs of the people of this district." (www.votesmart.org)
  • "Reducing out-of-control government spending and working towards a balanced budget is also vital. We can't continue to rack up more and more debt. Spending more than the government takes in year after year is a gigantic drag on the economy. I am proud to say that my first year in Congress was the first year in modern times that we actually cut spending from the year before." (votesmart.org)

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  • "Teaching students takes place at the local level, and that is where decisions regarding instruction and funding need to be made. The A-PLUS Act, which has been introduced in Congress, would return authority to the state level by allowing states to opt out of No Child Left Behind. States and local governments would have greater control of federal education funds to use on local priorities. States could end ineffective or inefficient federal programs and direct funds toward greater needs. There would be less adminis­trative costs and less bureaucracy to deal with. States, rather than the federal government, would establish standards and assessments and be responsible for publicly reporting results." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Washington Post: Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.). "Schilling is mostly in favor of the Obama administration's education efforts, especially supporting vouchers, an emphasis on teacher accountability and the Race to the Top fund." (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 14 March 2010. Responded: "The number one thing that we need to do, in order to ensure that our students succeed, is make sure that they get the funding that they need. Without proper funding, schools are doomed to failure. Giving schools the proper funds will allow them a better chance at creating a productive learning environment. This could mean better books, updated classrooms or even smaller class sizes and more teachers" to the question: "The Obama administration has committed $4.35 billion for education reform through its Race to the Top program. It's not clear yet if Illinois will qualify for this money. Please give us your views on how to improve public education in the U.S. and in this state. Do you support performance pay for teachers? Charter schools?" (primaries2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Issue Position: Education 25 November 2011. "Parents must take responsibility for their children's education and lawmakers must take a step back from creating more regulations that make it harder for teachers to teach. Teaching students takes place at the local level, and that is where decisions regarding instruction and funding need to be made." (www.votesmart.org)
  • "Teaching students takes place at the local level, and that is where decisions regarding instruction and funding need to be made. The A-PLUS Act, which has been introduced in Congress, would return authority to the state level by allowing states to opt out of No Child Left Behind. States and local governments would have greater control of federal education funds to use on local priorities. States could end ineffective or inefficient federal programs and direct funds toward greater needs. There would be less adminis­trative costs and less bureaucracy to deal with. States, rather than the federal government, would establish standards and assessments and be responsible for publicly reporting results." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Washington Post: Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.). "Schilling is mostly in favor of the Obama administration's education efforts, especially supporting vouchers, an emphasis on teacher accountability and the Race to the Top fund." (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. 14 March 2010. Responded: "The number one thing that we need to do, in order to ensure that our students succeed, is make sure that they get the funding that they need. Without proper funding, schools are doomed to failure. Giving schools the proper funds will allow them a better chance at creating a productive learning environment. This could mean better books, updated classrooms or even smaller class sizes and more teachers" to the question: "The Obama administration has committed $4.35 billion for education reform through its Race to the Top program. It's not clear yet if Illinois will qualify for this money. Please give us your views on how to improve public education in the U.S. and in this state. Do you support performance pay for teachers? Charter schools?" (primaries2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Issue Position: Education 25 November 2011. "Parents must take responsibility for their children's education and lawmakers must take a step back from creating more regulations that make it harder for teachers to teach. Teaching students takes place at the local level, and that is where decisions regarding instruction and funding need to be made." (www.votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby was a major advocate for the Keystone XL Pipeline (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "2. Reject Cap & Trade Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation's global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Bobby Schilling voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • "2. Reject Cap & Trade Stop costly new regulations that would increase unemployment, raise consumer prices, and weaken the nation's global competitiveness with virtually no impact on global temperatures." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Bobby Schilling voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will continue to be a staunch defender of gun rights in Washington" (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Schilling Praises Supreme Court 2nd Amendment Ruling. 29 June 2010. "It has been proven that areas that restrict 2nd amendment rights of law abiding citizens have many more cases of violent crimes. Criminals are less likely to commit violent crimes if they know the person they are robbing might be armed." (www.votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Bobby Schilling in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Letter to Governor Quinn, Attorney General Madigan, Speaker Madigan, Representative Cross, Senators Cullerton and Radogno. 30 August 2011. "Self defenses is a fundamental right, and the Supreme court has recognized that in two recent rulings. In District of Colombia v Heller (2008) the Supreme Court rules that the Second Amendment guarantees and individuals right to possess a firearm. In McDonald v Chicago (2010), they rules that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for self defense in one's home is fully applicable to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment. We agree with the Supreme Court and believe that the citizens of Illinois deserve to have the same protections afforded tot hem as the citizens of the other 49 states." (www.votesmart.org)
  • "I will continue to be a staunch defender of gun rights in Washington" (votesmart.org)
  • Rick Moll. Central Illinois Proud: 17th District Candidate: Gun Control. 3 October 2012. "As we count down to election day in November, we're looking at where local candidates stand on the issues. In the race for the 17th Congressional District seat Democrat Cheri Bustos faces Republican Incumbent Bobby Schilling. We asked both candidates if we need stricter gun control laws in the U.S. to prevent situations like that in Aurora, Colorado." [¦] "What we need to do is to enforce the laws that are already on the books. You know, I believe in conceal and carry. I believe that the constitution of the United States of America is very clear. It says the right to keep and bear arms, and if you look at the definition of bear, it means on your person. So, I think if we enforce the current laws, that should take care of the problems that we're having." (centralillinoisproud.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Schilling Praises Supreme Court 2nd Amendment Ruling. 29 June 2010. "It has been proven that areas that restrict 2nd amendment rights of law abiding citizens have many more cases of violent crimes. Criminals are less likely to commit violent crimes if they know the person they are robbing might be armed." (www.votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Bobby Schilling in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Letter to Governor Quinn, Attorney General Madigan, Speaker Madigan, Representative Cross, Senators Cullerton and Radogno. 30 August 2011. "Self defenses is a fundamental right, and the Supreme court has recognized that in two recent rulings. In District of Colombia v Heller (2008) the Supreme Court rules that the Second Amendment guarantees and individuals right to possess a firearm. In McDonald v Chicago (2010), they rules that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for self defense in one's home is fully applicable to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment. We agree with the Supreme Court and believe that the citizens of Illinois deserve to have the same protections afforded tot hem as the citizens of the other 49 states." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Rick Moll. Central Illinois Proud: 17th District Candidate: Gun Control. 3 October 2012. "As we count down to election day in November, we're looking at where local candidates stand on the issues. In the race for the 17th Congressional District seat Democrat Cheri Bustos faces Republican Incumbent Bobby Schilling. We asked both candidates if we need stricter gun control laws in the U.S. to prevent situations like that in Aurora, Colorado." [¦] "What we need to do is to enforce the laws that are already on the books. You know, I believe in conceal and carry. I believe that the constitution of the United States of America is very clear. It says the right to keep and bear arms, and if you look at the definition of bear, it means on your person. So, I think if we enforce the current laws, that should take care of the problems that we're having." (centralillinoisproud.com)

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  • Bobby Schilling. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Bobby Schilling voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Bobby Schilling voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • voted to repeal (votesmart.org)
  • voted to repeal (votesmart.org)

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  • Bobby Schilling. Washington Post: Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.). "Schilling believes in securing U.S. borders, in partnership with neighboring nations, and not rewarding people who enter the country illegally. He thinks immigrants who have entered illegally should be given the opportunity to return to their country of origin, with the option of applying for legal entry into the U.S." (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Issue Position: Immigration. 23 November 2011. "Our nation's immigration laws must be respected and enforced. We must secure our borders to ensure illegal immigrants do not enter this country, we must not reward people who do enter illegally, and we must work with our neighbors on border law enforcement and to promote economic opportunity in their countries, in order to prevent illegal immigration for economic reasons. People who are here illegally, but otherwise have obeyed our laws, should be given the opportunity to return to their country of origin, with the option of applying for legal entry into the U.S. This is a matter of preserving our national security, protecting federal, state, and local budgets; and reducing stress on our country's job markets. I will not support any bill that contains amnesty." (www.votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Washington Post: Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.). "Schilling believes in securing U.S. borders, in partnership with neighboring nations, and not rewarding people who enter the country illegally. He thinks immigrants who have entered illegally should be given the opportunity to return to their country of origin, with the option of applying for legal entry into the U.S." (www.washingtonpost.com)
  • "People who are here illegally, but otherwise have obeyed our laws, should be given the opportunity to return to their country of origin, with the option of applying for legal entry into the U.S. This is a matter of preserving our national security, protecting federal, state, and local budgets; and reducing stress on our country's job markets.I will not support any bill that contains amnesty. Phil Hare talks about giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship -- this sounds a lot like amnesty, and that can not stand." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Issue Position: Immigration. 23 November 2011. "Our nation's immigration laws must be respected and enforced. We must secure our borders to ensure illegal immigrants do not enter this country, we must not reward people who do enter illegally, and we must work with our neighbors on border law enforcement and to promote economic opportunity in their countries, in order to prevent illegal immigration for economic reasons. People who are here illegally, but otherwise have obeyed our laws, should be given the opportunity to return to their country of origin, with the option of applying for legal entry into the U.S. This is a matter of preserving our national security, protecting federal, state, and local budgets; and reducing stress on our country's job markets. I will not support any bill that contains amnesty." (www.votesmart.org)
  • "People who are here illegally, but otherwise have obeyed our laws, should be given the opportunity to return to their country of origin, with the option of applying for legal entry into the U.S. This is a matter of preserving our national security, protecting federal, state, and local budgets; and reducing stress on our country's job markets.I will not support any bill that contains amnesty. Phil Hare talks about giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship -- this sounds a lot like amnesty, and that can not stand." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Bobby Schilling in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Illinois Elections: Q&A with Bobby Schilling. 9 October 2010. "I believe and support a traditional definition of marriage between a man and a woman, and I support the federal marriage amendment." (illelections.com)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Bobby Schilling in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • 100% from CCA (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Illinois Elections: Q&A with Bobby Schilling. 9 October 2010. "I believe and support a traditional definition of marriage between a man and a woman, and I support the federal marriage amendment." (illelections.com)
  • 100% from CCA (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The government's greatest responsibility is to protect its citizens. Our military must continue to have superior training and equipment, and our civilian leadership must be as committed to our security as our soldiers are. We must continue to defeat terrorists in Afghanistan, Iraq, and wherever else they may be, and help those countries strengthen themselves in order to maintain peace. This will lead to the withdrawal of our troops and long term stability in these countries, the United States, and around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • "America needs a firm, proactive foreign policy in order to deal with problems before they become crises. We must be realistic about current threats and deal with them using a strategy of respect, endurance, intelligence, power, and historical knowledge." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Issue Position: National Security. "The government's greatest responsibility is to protect its citizens. Our military must continue to have superior training and equipment, and our civilian leadership must be as committed to our security as our soldiers are. We must continue to defeat terrorists in Afghanistan, Iraq, and wherever else they may be, and help those countries strengthen themselves in order to maintain peace. This will lead to the withdrawal of our troops and long term stability in these countries, the United States, and around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • "The government's greatest responsibility is to protect its citizens. Our military must continue to have superior training and equipment, and our civilian leadership must be as committed to our security as our soldiers are. We must continue to defeat terrorists in Afghanistan, Iraq, and wherever else they may be, and help those countries strengthen themselves in order to maintain peace. This will lead to the withdrawal of our troops and long term stability in these countries, the United States, and around the world." (votesmart.org)
  • "America needs a firm, proactive foreign policy in order to deal with problems before they become crises. We must be realistic about current threats and deal with them using a strategy of respect, endurance, intelligence, power, and historical knowledge." (votesmart.org)
  • Bobby Schilling. Issue Position: National Security. "The government's greatest responsibility is to protect its citizens. Our military must continue to have superior training and equipment, and our civilian leadership must be as committed to our security as our soldiers are. We must continue to defeat terrorists in Afghanistan, Iraq, and wherever else they may be, and help those countries strengthen themselves in order to maintain peace. This will lead to the withdrawal of our troops and long term stability in these countries, the United States, and around the world." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bobby Schilling. Illinois Elections: Q&A with Bobby Schilling. 9 October 2010. "I do not support raising the retirement age, lowering benefits for seniors, increasing payroll taxes or privatizing the Social Security Trust Fund." (illelections.com)
  • Bobby Schilling. Illinois Elections: Q&A with Bobby Schilling. 9 October 2010. "I do not support raising the retirement age, lowering benefits for seniors, increasing payroll taxes or privatizing the Social Security Trust Fund." (illelections.com)
  • "I believe that Social Security must be preserved and protected for current and future generations." (votesmart.org)
  • "I believe that Social Security must be preserved and protected for current and future generations." (votesmart.org)

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