Candidates Tackle State's Top Issues: Abortion, Education, Casinos
Editor's note: To help readers understand the candidates and issues in the March 19 Republican primary, the Daily Herald is highlighting questions of interest to the community and the candidates' responses.
Below are answers from candidates running for representative of the 54th House District.
The district includes Palatine and portions of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg and South Barrington.
What is your position on abortion? What is your view of the parental notification law in Illinois, and how would you vote on a bill to ban third-trimester abortions and end Medicaid funding for abortions?
Suzanne Bassi: Government does not belong in the bedrooms of its citizens. However, parents have a right to know if a child is undergoing a medical procedure. I would expect that those unfortunate enough to need a third-trimester abortion for severe medical complications would have that option available to them.
Bernard E. Pedersen: I am pro-life and pro-family. I supported the parental notification law as an essential part of strengthening and rebuilding families' values. While abortion is the law of the land, I would like to see greater pre- and post-abortion trauma counseling.
I favor restrictions banning third-trimester abortions, and the so-called "partial birth" abortions, except in cases when mothers' lives are at risk. I oppose abortions as a means of sex selection or birth control. Additionally, I strongly oppose the use of tax dollars to fund abortions.
Can Illinois fund education, pay its backlog of bills and catch up on underfunded state pensions and schools without raising its income tax? If so, how? If not, what kind of increase could you support?
Suzanne Bassi: Illinois grants $3.4 billion of tax expenditures. It also has more governmental units than any other state in the union. As a state, we must look at restructuring the duplication of services.
We must also take a hard look at the tax structure to provide a better balance and to address the overreliance on property tax. …