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Carol Ammons

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Carol Ammons
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Candidate for
Illinois House of Representatives, District 103
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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Campaign website
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Carol Ammons is a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 103 of the Illinois House of Representatives.

Biography

Ammons' professional experience includes working as a staff member for the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, for Catholic Charities, for the READY Program, Regional Office of Education and as a consultant for a Social Service Agency.[1]

Issues

Campaign issues

2014

Ammons's campaign website highlights the following issues:[2]

Education

  • Excerpt: "I advocate shifting reliance on K-12 financing from property taxes to a graduated state income tax. That revenue source should be used to equalize funding across state school districts and to increase state funding for higher education."

State Pensions

  • Excerpt: "State workers who have been promised pensions should be able to collect them in full when they retire. The decrease in the cost of living adjustment for state retirees (except judges who will rule on the legality of the measure!), and the new requirements for retirees to refund a portion of their pensions to the state for their group health policies, is a further degradation by the legislature of its constitutional and moral obligation to those who have worked for the state."

Collective Bargaining and Wages

  • Excerpt: "I support the right to unionization and collective bargaining in both the private and the public sectors. I support living wages that will permit working people to lead decent lives above the poverty level without needing recourse to public assistance like food stamps. The present state minimum wage is insufficient to meet this goal. It needs to be increased."

Environment

  • Excerpt: "As a county board member and city council member, I have been, and will continue to be, opposed to dumping and mining threats to our precious supply of ground water and out lakes and streams. I support a shift from our strong reliance on fossil fuel to wind and solar energy sources. I have also been a strong proponent of urban and community organic gardening."

Economics

  • Excerpt: "I fully support Representative Naomi Jakobsson’s proposal for a constitutional amendment for a progressive income tax referred to as the Fair Tax Amendment. Like Jakobsson, I would have voted against the way the legislature has abused its obligation to fully fund the state pension systems as a way to generate revenue for completely extraneous purposes. I will continue to explore other sources of revenue to help pay the State’s bills."

Fair Tax Amendment

  • Excerpt: "I support the Fair Tax Amendment to the Illinois Constitution which, if approved by voters, would establish a progressive tax for Illinois. The federal government and 35 of the 43 states that have state income taxes use a graduated tax rather than a flat tax. The flat tax puts a greater burden on middle and lower income households than a graduated income tax."

Jobs – Averting Growing Inequality

  • Excerpt: "I will work with my colleagues in Springfield and with the business community to devise a plan for developing greener job training initiatives and programs that seek to increase the competency and skills of people in the workforce who need living wage jobs. We need to increase manufacturing jobs, assist with small to medium size business creation and facilitate growth of renewable energy equipment jobs. I plan to work with local government and business officials to identify opportunities to recruit other large employers into our community. We need to establish an economy that revitalizes our communities, protects the right of workers to join unions, and expands economic prosperity."

Small Business Development and Job Creation

  • Excerpt: "As State Representative, I will work with the Small Business Administration and the Association for Enterprise Opportunity to create legislation that will support the growth of micro-businesses in the 103rd District."

Reproductive Rights

  • Excerpt: "I am 100% pro-choice and believe that decisions about pregnancy, birth control, fertilization and in-vitro fertilization should be left to each individual woman to make, in consultation with her physician, without government interference. Health plans should not treat abortion differently than any other medical procedure. I will vote in favor of the Reproductive Health and Access Act and will vote to repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act."

LGBT Equality

  • Excerpt: "I am proud to be running for the seat of retiring Representative Naomi Jakobsson, a supporter of marriage equality for same-sex couples and a champion of civil rights for LGBT people. I plan to continue in that tradition, working for equal rights in education, public accommodations, employment, housing and credit for all people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity."

People with Disabilities

  • Excerpt: "Independent living should be a choice for every person with a disability who prefers to live in his or her own home than in a residential facility. It is actually more cost effective for the State to provide funding for personal assistants and rent assistance to keep people in their homes than to maintain institutional facilities. It is equally important to make sure that safe, quality residential facilities are available for people with severe disabilities who cannot or do not want to live on their own. I applaud changes in voting systems to allow every voter, regardless of disability, to cast a ballot at his or her own polling place. I will work with disability rights advocates to ensure equality for people with disabilities."

Health And Human Services

  • Excerpt: "Providing proper funding for human services and expanding and improving Medicaid coverage for the poor are essential. As a member of the Champaign County Board, I saw the difficulties imposed on the county nursing home when state Medicaid payments lagged behind sometimes as much as nine months. I will also advocate for greater investment in mental health services. Too many people with mental health problems wind up homeless or in jails or prisons. This is not a compassionate, nor cost effective, approach that respects human rights."

Criminal Justice Reform

  • Excerpt: "I will work on legislation that will put more resources into a comprehensive approach to help ex-offenders gain control of their lives and contribute positively to our communities. We need to ensure continued case management after an offender’s release, including drug treatment, vocational rehabilitation, and psychological counseling. I support exploring alternatives to mass incarceration for non-violent offenders. The cost of Illinois’ prison system is starving our educational system."

Transportation

  • Excerpt: "Creating safe, affordable and reliable transportation options is one of my top priorities. I will work with other legislators to secure the private-public partnerships needed to build high speed rail which will connect our community to Chicago. This important effort to improve transportation will also create jobs and continue the recovery efforts in Illinois."

Voting Rights

  • Excerpt: "I support the right of every citizen to vote, free of undue burden or harassment. Illinois must consistently work toward leading the nation in voter turnout without fraud. I will oppose legislation that requires all voters to show photo identification or other, similar measures that impose unnecessary barriers to voting. I support expanding further the concept of grace period registration and voting to allow people to register to vote or update the address of their registration on election day as is allowed in Minnesota, Wisconsin and several other states."

Housing

  • Excerpt: "In the General Assembly, I will work to promote development of more housing that is affordable to our most vulnerable citizens -- people with disabilities, senior citizens and the working poor. I support foreclosure protection to help homeowners stay in their homes. I will also work to secure revenue for rebuilding neighborhoods in the 103rd district that have been affected by the housing crisis."

Elections

2014

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place March 18, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Carol Ammons defeated Samuel A. Rosenberg in the Democratic primary, while Kristin Williamson ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Ammons and Williamson will face off in the general election.[3][4]

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Ammons's endorsements include the following:[5]

  • Association of Federal, State, and County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 900
  • Equality Illinois PAC
  • Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT)
  • Independent Voters of Illinois (IVI-IPO)
  • Personal PAC, Illinois' Leading Pro-Choice Political Organization
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU),Local 73
  • Graduate Employees Organization (GEO), Local 6300
  • Janet Anderson, Former Champaign County Board Member
  • Patricia Avery, Former Chair, Champaign County Board
  • Dr. Jim Barrett, Professor of United States History Astrid Berkson, Champaign County Board

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