Republican Congressman Peter Roskam and Democratic Challenger Leslie Coolidge Bo

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Republican Congressman Peter Roskam and Democratic Challenger Leslie Coolidge Bo


Byline: Marni Pyke mpyke@dailyherald.com

Republican Congressman Peter Roskam and Democratic challenger Leslie Coolidge both cite job creation as a priority. But in separate interviews with the Daily Herald, the two candidates for the 6th Congressional District differed on how to get people back to work.

Wheaton attorney Roskam says jobs will come if the government stops imposing costly regulations on business, builds the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada to Texas oil refineries and reforms the tax code.

"If you raise taxes now in an economy begging for mercy where we have maybe 1 percent growth, its going to have a very significant impact on job creation," Roskam said.

Coolidge, a retired Barrington Hills accountant, counters that "to make sure we get people back to work, you need to spend in an economic downturn to get the economy strong again and then you repay."

She advocates investing in infrastructure, education and scientific research, citing Fermilab in Batavia. Its "important in terms of innovation and creating new jobs," she said.

Coolidge said the iconoclastic debt reduction plan spearheaded by Democrat Erskine Bowles and Republican Alan Simpson has merit. "I respect it, I view it as balanced," she said. "I need to spend more time understanding the details behind it. …

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