CARMAN, Ill. — Three candidates are vying for Illinois’ 17th District Congressional seat. Democrat Phil Hare is the incumbent, running for his third term, with Republican Bobby Schilling being his strongest opponent. The Green Party comes in quietly, supporting Roger K. Davis.
Phil Hare first came into the seat in 2006, and was re-elected without opposition in 2008. He is savvy to the needs of the local community, seeing the real and valid need to protect farmers and river communities from flooding of the Mississippi and other rivers in the area. He also aims to modernize the system of locks and dams in order to keep area agriculture open to the global market. He is commonly recognized as a strong supporter of local agriculture.
Energy is another strong pursuit for Phil Hare. In this realm he is an advocate of renewable and domestically produced energy. Again looking to harness local resources, producing hydroelectric power through the use of local waterways is also on his plate. Overall, he is a proponent of the use of technologically advanced forms of energy to reduce foreign dependency.
Hare is a member of the Rural Health Care Coalition, and thus a strong advocate of rural health care programs. He supports health care for all Americans, and lowering costs to achieve this. He also promotes state health insurance for children, extending his health care and economic concerns into the local business community.
He sees that the state infrastructure needs improving, including highways and waterways, thus looks to enhance these systems and to create jobs by doing so. To create additional jobs in the community, he is supportive of President Obama’s Four-Part Rescue Plan for the Middle Class.
Hare is a member of the House Committee on Education and Labor, and the House Committee on Infrastructure and Transportation. He and his wife have two grown children.
Bobby Schilling is seen as a family man, though he has a lot of business expertise. He currently owns a pizza parlor, and has also had success with real estate. He and his wife have 10 children and one grandchild.
Bobby Schilling states his desire to have more local control in areas such as education. Here, he advocates a state level of authority and control, as opposed to federally mandated programs and funding.
Health care is also a strong concern for Bobby Schilling. He is against government control of the health care system. Instead, he stands for increasing the number of doctors and nurses, creating small business association health care plans to lower costs, and is also an advocate of a certain level of self-responsibility for individuals. He is strongly anti-abortion.
He sees Medicare as in need of attention, and says considering less coverage is always an option. As he shares it, chronic care takes most of the money anyway, so this is where the focus should be for its expenditures.
Cutting taxes is the way he would like to create jobs in the community, and also to be in support of local agriculture – with cutting the estate/death tax for this realm. He is strongly in favor of subsidies for local agriculture.
Schilling’s views on energy are still a bit outdated. He is for opening up the pristine and protected areas of the United States, such as Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and harvesting whatever energy might be available from the earth in these places. He is also for using coal and other non-renewable resources to help reduce costs in America.
He is committed to increasing the capacity of the state’s infrastructure, as well as its diversity in serving the needs of bicyclists, pedestrians, and the like.
Schilling sees the welfare system as in need of reform to reduce the number of recipients. He promises that, if elected, he will not take any pay raise, nor will he sign on for congressional health care or accept the 5-year pension.
Roger K. Davis
Roger K. Davis is currently being encouraged to fill out the Political Courage Test, which will elaborate on his political views concerning the issues that will likely be faced by the district. This test is due by August 4th.
Voting is on Nov. 2.
Friends of Phil Hare
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