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1996 General Candidate Questionnaire Barack Obama Supports Gun Ban Legislation


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ryI-IPO General CandidateQuestionnaire


1. Do you sttpport:
      a. moving the primary electiondate? Yes.
      b. keepingvoters' party preferences the primary secret?Yes.
      c. eliminating straightparty voting in generalelections?Yes.
      d. appointmentof year-roundadministrative   electionjudges? Yes.
      e. any other changes?Campaignfinancereform legislation.

2. ShouldIllinois citizensbe requiredto completeseparateforms to registerto vote in
   Stateand Federalelections?  No, we needa unitary system.

3. Do you supportMerit Selection

       Yes, although it would be important to constructa systemthat ensuresadequate
minority representation the bench- perhapsmerit selectionwithin sub-circuits.

4. Do you believethat appointments judicial vacancies
                                  to                shouldbe basedon
   nominationsfrom local review panels? Yes.


5. Do you support:

       a. a graduated incornetax? Yes.
       b. maintainingcurrentcorporate/individualratio? Yes.
       c. increasingthe $ 1,000personalexemption? Yes, as part of shift to higher
          income tax.
       d. increasingincometaxesto relieve or replacelocal propertytaxes? Yes.

6. Will you vote to increasestatefunding to at least 50% of public educationcosts?

7. Do you supportvouchersor other meansof public funding for private or parochial

8. Do you support:

        a. public financing of electioncampaigns?
        b. extendingthe samecampaigndisclosure   requirements ward and township
           committeemen   throughoutthe states?Yes.
        c. permitting stateemployees hold otherpublic sector
                                       to                   jobs concurrently?No.
                                             for cook county? Nd'
9. Do you supportland-based riverboatgambling

                                                  referenda the stateor local level
r0. will yoll supporttegislationrequiring citizen
                                                          Yes, at the local level to
    beforeland-based riverboatgambling is expanded?
    maximize local inPut.

Civil Rights & Civil Liberties
                                                    Rights   Act? Yes. Do you favor
t r. Do you favor adding sexual orientationto Human
     domesticpartnership legislation? Yes'

                           professionalRegulation legislation to prohibit discrimination
12. Do you favor amending
    againstboard-certifiedgraduates foreign schools?Yes'

                                                     or employment?No'
 13. Do you supportmandatoryAIDS testingfor insurance

                                                           private sectoremployees? only
 t4. Do you support mandatory drug testing for public or
                                -                                     nuclearsafetyworker
     in thoserare circumstances i.e. airline pilot, railroad engineer,
     - in which lives may be threatenedby failure to perform'

                                                        to test DUI on groundsother
 15. Shouldstatepolice be allowedto stopvehicle operators
     than probablecause?No.

                                     legislationpermitting employersto eavesdrop
 16. Do you supportthe recentlypassed
     the telephoneconversations their employees?No'


  17.Do you favor comparableworth for stateemployees?Yes'

  18. Do you supportthe right of public employees strike?Yes'

                                                      public employment?Yes'
  19. Do you supportbanningthe replacement strikersin

  20. Do you supportfamily leave legislationfor private employment?

  2t. What is YouPositionon:

         a. raising the minimum wage?I supportit'
         b. establishing lower minimum wage for minors? Opposed'
                                                                        labor laws?
         c. including farm workers and householdemployeesunder existing
Health & Human Services

22. Will you supporta single-payer  healthplan for lllinois? Yes, with Medicaid
    incorporatedinto a single, gtaduatedsystemof servicescovering all workers, so as
    not to createdisincentivesto work.

23. What proglam changes,if any, do you supportto improve the presentstatemental
    health program? Increasedfunding, and a thorough review of current servicedelivery

24. Do you support:

       a. Medicaid funding for abortions? Yes.
       b. insurancecoverageof abortionsfor stateemployees?   Yes.
       c. parentalconsenVnotificationfor minors seekingabortions? Dependson how
          young - possibly for extremelyyoung teens,i.e. 12 or 13 year olds.
       d. any other restrictionson abortions. No.

2s. Do you supportadditionalfunds forthe DCFS to enablethe hiring of sufficient

26. Do you support:

       a. cost of living adjustmentfor public aid recipients?Yes.
       b. workfare?Yes, if combinedwith training, child care,and health care
       c. restrictions welfare benefitsfor teenmothers?No.
       d. restrictions benefitsfor women who have childrenwhile on welfare?No.
       e. repealof the six month limit for receivinggeneralassistance?
       f. restorationof the Aid to the Medical Indigent program.Yes.
       g. energyassistance   programsfor the poor? Yes.

27. Would you support"repair and deduct" legislation? Yes.

Energy & Environment

28. Do you supportthe retail rate law? I didn't supportit, and am pleasedit was repealed.

 29. Do you supportan electedICC? Yes.

 30. On balancing environmentalprotectionand economicdevelopment: believe the two
     are compatible,particularly to the extent that we attempt to channeleconomic
     developmentactivity (a) into those environmentallyfriendly sectorsof the growth
     economysuchas recycling and wastemanagement          throughstatepurchasingpractices,
   etc.; and (b) work with industry to fmd the most economicaland efficient
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   complying with oru environmentalgoals, even as we provide the
   authority it needsto enforceEPA statutes'

31. Do you support a third Chicago, south suburbanCook County or Peotone

32. Do You suPPort:

       a. inter-citY high sPeedrail? Yes.
       b. the current formula for allocation of funds to CTA, Metra, and PACE? No
          CTA is shortchanged.

Criminal Justice

33. Do You suPPort:

       a.    admissibility of illegally obtainedevidence?No.
       b.    electronicevesdroPPing?    No.
       c.    police radar? Yes, unlessit is abused?
       d.    prior govefilment restraintson the press? No'
       e.    statecensorshiP the arts?No'

34. Do you suPPort:

        a.   capital Punishment?No.
        b.   criminal prosecutionofjuveniles as adults?No.
        c.   mandatory sentencing? No
        d.                                                            Yes.
             work release,home monitoring, other alternativesentencing?

 35. Do you supportstatelegislationto:

        a. ban the manufacture,sale and possession handguns?
                                                  of        Yes.
        b. ban assaultweaPons? Yes.
        c. mandatory waiting periodsand backgroundchecks?Yes.

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