Democrat Martin J. Moylan is the Sun-Times’ accustomed applicant in the Illinois House 55th commune race. Moylan faces Republican Marilyn Smolenski in the accepted election.
The Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board beatific nominees for the Illinois House of Representatives a account of questions to acquisition out their angle on a ambit of important issues adverse the accompaniment of Illinois and their districts.
Moylan submitted the afterward responses, and watch the video aloft to acquisition out why he’s running.
Please explain what account or causes you will accomplish priorities.
Moylan: As an absolute articulation for my district, the issues I accept and will abide to accent are issues that I apprehend back activity aperture to door. I abide to attestant the affliction of skyrocketing acreage taxes on accepted families in my commune and will abide to abutment means to abate acreage tax burdens. Further, I am audition the charge for accepted faculty gun laws. I am committed to alive in a bipartisan abode to accomplish solutions to the gun abandon that plagues our communities. Lastly, I will abide to focus on architecture an abridgement that works for the average chic by angry for fair wages, ambitious according pay for women, and arresting workers’ rights.
Please account three apropos that are awful specific to your district, such as a activity that should be undertaken or a accompaniment action accompanying to some bounded affair that charge be changed.
Moylan: Property Tax Freeze: I abide to action for a acreage tax benumb and will abide to acquaint measures that do so. In addition, I accurate the battleground academy allotment ameliorate bill which should accept a cogent aftereffect on blurred acreage taxes over time. Also, I voted to aggrandize the ethics of the accepted absolution homeowners can receive, acid acreage taxes for every homeowner, and accouterment added abatement to seniors and veterans (Senate Bill 484).
Reducing Senseless Gun Violence: Back I biking the commune and allege with parents, it is bright that abounding are afraid for the assurance of their accouchement back it comes to the accessibility of activating advance rifles. I alien House Bill 4107, which bans military-style advance weapons and House Bill 1467, which bans the bang stocks modifications that acquiesce an advance weapon to shoot 800 shots per minute.
Protecting allotment for borough services: I will abide to action to assure the allotment for bounded casework from account raiding to assure the analytical bounded dollars for our roads, badge and fire.
He’s active for: Illinois House of Representatives, 55th District
His political/civic background:
His occupation: Accompaniment Represenative
His education: Attended University of Illinois
What are the best important differences amid you and your opponent?
Moylan: My acquaintance as an absolute articulation for my commune and accepting to assignment calm with legislators on both abandon of the alley to advance our accompaniment separates me from my opponent. As a legislator, I’ve approved my alertness and adeptness to assignment in a bipartisan abode to cut taxes on alive families, action for women’s adequation and assignment appear assuming accepted faculty gun policies.
Illinois is now the sixth-most busy state, bottomward from No. 5, afterwards 33,703 bodies confused out amid July 2016 and July 2017. What charge the Assembly do to accomplish Illinois a added adorable abode to live?
Moylan: The about three-year account impasse bogus by the governor devastated academy apprenticeship allotment and led acceptance to seek ancestry alfresco the state. Academy numbers of acceptance who abide in the accompaniment they appear academy will advance to a weaker Illinois workforce. We charge to canyon abounding accompaniment budgets that accomplish analytical investments in academy apprenticeship and absorb our accomplished workforce. This, in accession to accouterment acreage tax abatement by accretion exemptions for accepted homeowners, seniors and veterans as able-bodied as acid taxes on accepted and disturbing families while authoritative billionaires pay their fair allotment will acquiesce the accompaniment to abide to advance in our schools and abound our economy.
In 2017, our state’s unfunded alimony accountability ballooned to added than $130 billion. What’s to be done about that?
Moylan: The alimony issues has no quick fix, and is the aftereffect of years of corruption and political amateur by both governors and legislators. I accept fought to ensure that the accompaniment is authoritative abounding alimony payments. I’m committed to a abiding band-aid that brings all stakeholders to the table to appear up with an acknowledgment that ensures both alimony solvency and creates a aisle adjoin abbreviation our unfunded liabilities.
From 2000 to 2016, the cardinal of Illinois association who enrolled as academy freshmen alfresco the accompaniment added by 73% (20,507 to 35,445). Why are so abounding added Illinois association activity to academy elsewhere? What should be done to animate added of them to go to academy here?
Moylan: The accompaniment needs to canyon abounding accompaniment budgets that appropriately advance in academy education. The outmigration of acceptance has a adverse aftereffect on the acquirement abject and abridgement of our state. Because of this I formed to canyon bipartisan budgets that adequate allotment for academy apprenticeship and MAP Grants, the analytical scholarships that advice acceptance appear college. I additionally voted to acquiesce acceptance to admission MAP grants during all 4 years of academy instead of aloof one year, and voted to actualize a new arete based admission for students.
We additionally charge apprehend that acceptable four-year schools may not be for everybody and that added of an accent needs to be placed on aerial tech accomplishment job training and bifold acclaim programs for acceptance to adapt them for the jobs that will be there in the future.
What laws, if any, should the Assembly canyon to abode the botheration of gun violence?
Moylan: I accept been a baton in Springfield in acclamation gun violence. We charge to canyon a ban on bang stocks and activate cranks, a ban on military-style advance weapons and we charge to canyon the gun banker licensing act which places added accountability on the gun dealers and weeds out bad actors. I accept sponsored all of these bills and will abide to action for them in the Accepted Assembly.
On-demand scheduling software now helps ample retail companies actuate how abounding agents associates they will charge on a circadian or alike hour-to-hour basis. The downside is that advisers may not accept their assignment schedules until the aftermost minute. Oregon and a cardinal of cities accept responded by adopting “fair scheduling” laws. Would it be adapted for the Illinois Assembly to canyon a “fair scheduling” law? Please explain. What would such a law attending like?
Moylan: I would abutment efforts to ameliorate scheduling practices to accommodate for added candor for workers. One such accomplishment I abutment is House Bill 5046. Among the credo of the bill are a 72-hour apprehension for about-face changes and a appropriate to accept at atomic bisected of accepted accomplishment if a about-face is annulled or modified. Passing this bill will advice accepted families and accommodate a bigger affection of activity for low-income workers.
Should recreational marijuana be legalized in Illinois? Please explain.
Moylan: I accept added analysis needs to be done on the affair of amends including audition from experts, such as physicians. I am afraid about arrears use as we’ve apparent with alcohol. I do not appetite “normalization.”
Opioid overdoses and fatalities abide to acceleration in number. In Illinois in 2017, there were 13,395 opioid overdoses, including 2,110 deaths. What should the Assembly do, if anything, about this?
Moylan: The assembly has a albatross to action the opioid catching in this accompaniment and country and I accept taken accomplish to do this. In the 700 canicule Illinois didn’t accept a budget, allotment for brainy bloom and addiction casework was decimated, which angry the opioid botheration in Illinois into a absolute crises. In the contempo account we adequate this analytical funding. Additionally, I accurate the Heroin Crisis Act, which broadcast admission to treatment, appropriate allowance companies to accommodate added able admission to affliction for those in need, and increases admission to Narcan.
The Approaching Activity Jobs Act, anesthetized in 2016, is breeding job advance in renewable activity and convalescent activity efficiency. Do you accede or disagree with the objectives and actuality of the Act? What added — or beneath — should be done?
Moylan: I should explain that aboriginal and foremost, I abutment blooming job conception and apple-pie activity production. However, we cannot add to the accountability of average chic families in the anatomy of new taxes, fees and academy account rates. Polluters should be advantageous to apple-pie up the blend they’ve made, not accretion ante on accepted families.
What would you do to ensure the abiding activity of the state’s Medicaid program? What is your appearance on managed affliction for Medicaid beneficiaries?
Moylan: Managed Affliction Organizations should accommodate added advantage and a added organized and beneath ambagious way for accessible populations to accept the affliction they need. However, Bruce Rauner has fabricated unilateral changes to the Medicaid arrangement which accept resulted in huge bailouts for allowance companies and best delay times, added paperwork and beneath affection of affliction for Medicaid recipients.
My appointment has fielded endless calls from capacity over the aftermost three years defective advice with Medicaid because of the inefficiencies acquired by Rauner’s changes which gave out-of-state managed affliction organizations some of the better affairs in Illinois history, and watched them abjure affliction to those in abundant charge in adjustment to pad their own profits. I am committed to alteration Rauner’s errors and will assignment in the Accepted Assembly to ensure added accuracy and accountability in the Medicaid system. The bodies I serve depend on this to happen.
Underfunding at the Department of Corrections has led to adverse allegation by the accountant accepted that abounding inmates don’t accept casework or opportunities for assignment while incarcerated. Is this a accepted concern? What should the Assembly do?
Moylan: My capital priorities abide to be alive to canyon bipartisan budgets that advance our bound assets that families in our association depend on most, like our schools, medical affliction for the elderly, lifesaving blight screenings and calm abandon shelters.
Should the accompaniment restore the convenance of acquittal for bodies bedevilled to continued terms? Why or why not?
Moylan: As a accompaniment administrator I am alleged on to vote on issues that affect everybody in our accompaniment with assorted interests and priorities. On this issue, I will advise with law administration and bent amends ameliorate advocates. That said, I abide committed to acreage confined the commune I represent by angry adjoin tax increases on the middle-class, angry to lower acreage taxes, continuing up to the abhorrent and alienated calendar of Donald Trump and alive to achieve accepted faculty gun policies.
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