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Al Riley

Al Riley's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Al Riley
Office: Supervisor (Rich, IL) - At-Large, Democratic
State House (IL) - District 38, Democratic Assistant Majority Leader
Last Elected: 2010
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for State House - District 38
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 18, 2014
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 03/04/1953
Birth Place: Chicago, IL
Home City: Olympia Fields, IL
Religion: United Church of Christ
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What is the Political Courage Test?

Illinois State Legislative Election 2012 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-choicea) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Nob) Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Noe) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Nof) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Nog) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
Noh) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
i) Other or expanded principles:
1) State Spending:
Using the key, indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Education (higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Environment
Greatly Increased) Health care
Maintain Statuse) Law enforcement/corrections
Greatly Increasef) Transportation/infrastructure
Slightly Increaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories:
2) State Taxes:
Using the key,indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increasec) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusd) Gas/Oil taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Property taxes
Maintain Statusf) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (mid-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Other or expanded categories:
3) Budget Stabilization:
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Illinois's budget.
Yesa) Establishing a "rainy day" fund
Nob) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Noc) Reducing or eliminating public worker collective bargaining
Nod) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
Noe) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
f) Other or expanded principles:
4) Public Pensions:
To mitigate Illinois's public pension shortfall, do you support:
Noa) Raising the retirement age for current and future employees?
Yesb) Increasing employee contributions by current and future employees?
Noc) Reducing cost-of-living adjustments for current and future employees?
d) Other or expanded principles:
a) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) Political Action Committee
Yes3) Corporate
Yes4) Political Party
No5) Legislative Leader
Yesb) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yesc) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Nod) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
Noe) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
Nof) Do you support term limits for state legislators?
g) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Yesc) Do you support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
Nod) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Noe) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Nof) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesb) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Yesc) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Nod) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Yese) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Yesf) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
Yesg) Should video gambling be legal in Illinois?
h) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
Nob) Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
Yesc) Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
Nod) Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
Yese) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Yesf) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nog) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Illinois high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
h) Other or expanded principles:

The children of undocumented workers who graduate from high school should be eligible for in-state tuition

Yesa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesb) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Yesc) Do you support state funding for improvements to Illinois's energy infrastructure?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Yese) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
f) Other or expanded principles:
Yesa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Noc) Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Should a license be required for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles:

If the proposed Illinois concealed carry bill did not pre-empt home rule, i.e., such communities like Chicago could carve out their own their own regulations, the bill would have already passed. That one point determines the palatability

Yesa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Yesd) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
Noe) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yesf) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
g) Other or expanded principles:
Noa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Yesc) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Illinois's anti-discrimination laws?
Yesd) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Illinois's anti-discrimination laws?
e) Other or expanded principles:
In the following area, on an attached page, or via e-mail, please explain in a total of 100 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.

I want to continue development of efficient transit options for our residents. The South suburbs have the longest times to work of any region in the metropolitan area. That is a proxy for the dearth of jobs in the region and sub-optimal modes of transit. Strengthening our schools includes continuing the fight for education funding reform. Doing so will address inequities of funding based on the EAV of the School district, while lessening reliance of local property taxes to fund our K-12 schools. We also must insure that local governments have the state support that they reasonably can be given.

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