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Rod R. Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Rod R. Blagojevich
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Patti; 2 Children: Amy, Annie
Birth Date: 12/10/1956
Birth Place: Chicago, IL
Home City: Chicago, IL
Religion: Eastern Orthodox
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What is the Political Courage Test?

Illinois Gubernatorial Election 2006 National Political Awareness Test

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles

I believe that women's rights and freedoms should be protected in Illinois even if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

As Governor, I have funded women's health initiatives to ensure that all women across our state have access to reproductive health services, including contraceptives. It is important that we continue to provide adequate family planning resources to all women to protect their long-term reproductive health and to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.
a) Education (Higher)
b) Education (K-12)
c) Emergency preparedness
d) Environment
e) Health care
f) Law enforcement
g) Transportation and highway infrastructure
h) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories

Four years ago, in the face of a $5 billion deficit, I balanced the budget through a series of tough budget cuts, by reducing the size of state government by over 12,000 workers and by closing corporate loopholes.

State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
a) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
f) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
g) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
h) Property taxes
i) Sales taxes
j) Vehicle taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
l) Should the state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
m) Should accounts such as a “rainy day” fund be used to balance the state budget?
n) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
o) Should college students in Illinois earning a B average receive a $1,000 annual tax credit in their first two years of college?
p) Should there be a $500 sales tax rebate on the sale of certain fuel-effcient cars in Illinois?
q) Other or expanded principles

I kept the promise I made to not raise the income tax or sales tax because I felt it was wrong to take more money out of the pockets of the working people of Illinois. I will not raise the income tax or sales tax on the hard working people of Illinois if I am re-elected and will continue to find ways to do more for less, to improve health care, increase education funding and support our police and other vital services.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Illinois governors?
b) Do you support limiting the number of terms for Illinois state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to gubernatorial candidates?
1) Individual
2) PAC
3) Corporate
4) Political Parties
d) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
e) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
f) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
g) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in Illinois are closed?
h) Should Illinois recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
i) Other or expanded principles

I proposed legislation year that would have created a McCain-Feingold type of campaign finance system for Illinois. Illinois is one of only five states with no limits on contributions. The legislation I proposed would have eliminated contributions from all corporations and unions. It would have also limited individual contributions to $2000 per election. I do not accept contributions from state employees.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
b) Maintain the moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois.
c) Support the death penalty in Illinois.
d) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
e) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
g) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
h) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
i) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
j) Require that crimes based on race, ethnic background, religious belief, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation be prosecuted as hate crimes.
k) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
l) Increase state funding for state and local emergency agencies to prevent or respond to terrorism.
m) Strengthen sex-offender laws.
n) Support the restriction of the sale of products used to make methamphetamine (e.g. tablets containing pseudophedrine, ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine).
o) Other or expanded principles

I oppose the abolition of the death penalty, but I also believe that lifting the moratorium at this time would be unwise. We need time to see whether or not the criminal justice system can work again in capital cases.

I have made reducing recidivism and re-entry assistance one of my top priorities. We have reopened the Sheridan Correctional Center as a facility to rehabilitate drug offenders. And, in my recent Budget address, I also proposed creating a specialized prison and treatment facility for meth addicts at the Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
e) Increase funds for hiring additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
g) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) Require public schools to administer high school exit exams.
i) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
j) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
k) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
l) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Other or expanded principles

My plan includes extending the school year, merit pay for teachers, mandatory after school tutoring, taking over failing school districts, school construction, parental involvement initiatives, textbook replacement, full day kindergarten, new school technology, and new accountability measures...

Under my administration, we have increased education funding from the state by more than $2.3 billion over the past three years and a total of $3.8 billion including the current budget... This includes increasing funding for preschool by nearly $30 million a year for the last three years....

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers and teach skills needed in today’s job market.
b) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
d) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Illinois' anti-discrimination laws.
g) Increase the state minimum wage.
h) Other or expanded principles

I have invested in the State's existing workforce, because I believe that there is no greater business asset in Illinois than our highly productive workers. So, I have invested almost $50 million in job training programs to upgrade workers skills and train our workforce for new careers in high-demand areas.

We have also raised the minimum wage in Illinois, from $5.15 to $6.50, to help working families make ends meet.

Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies’ decisions on:
a) Public employment
b) State college and university admissions
c) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles

I support affirmative action as a means to help end discrimination.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
a) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
b) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
c) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
d) Increase funding for improvements to Illinois' power generating and transmission facilities.
e) Support funding for open space preservation.
f) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
g) Other or expanded principles

I have been a strong supporter of ethanol and the development of alternative fuels. I supported a proposal under which owners of hybrid and other fuel efficient cars would earn a $500 tax as well a proposal would limit toxic mercury emissions by 90 percent by 2009. I have also worked to promote Southern Illinois' coal and educational resources in order to secure the FutureGen project.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
b) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
e) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
f) Require a license for gun possession.
g) Other or expanded principles

I have ben a leading advocate in the fight for safe gun laws in Illinois and our nation. My position rests on keeping guns out of the wrong hands: criminals, children and other who cannot legally possess firearms. We have been successful in passing the gun show loophole and my vetoes last summer that prevented the weakening of gun laws were all upheld. Banning assault weapons is one of my key priorities in the upcoming legislative session.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
a) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
b) Transfer current Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
c) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
e) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
f) Legalize physician assisted suicide in Illinois.
g) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
h) Require pharmacists who stock contraceptives to disperse emergency contraception without delay to anyone with a prescription for it.
i) Other or expanded principles

I believe that access to affordable quality health care is one of the greatest issue facing citizens in Illinois. We have been able to provide health care coverage for over 400,000 more working families and children though the expansion of FamilyCare and KidCare. Under my All Kids legislation all children in Illinois will have access to affordable accessible health insurance. We have been able to help Illinois residents without prescription drug coverage get more affordable drugs from Canada, England, and Ireland through the I-Save Rx program. We have also created Illinois Cares Rx which covers the gaps in drug coverage for low income seniors created by the new Medicare drug program.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
a) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
b) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
c) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
d) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
e) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
f) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
h) Other or expanded principles

Since I became Governor, we have been able to provide health care coverage for over 400,000 more working families and children though the expansion of FamilyCare and KidCare. I have also invested almost $50 million in job training programs to upgrade workers skills and train our workforce for new careers in high-demand areas.

Please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
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