|Illinois House of Representatives, District 71|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Iowa State University|
|J.D.||University of Iowa|
|Place of birth||Davenport, Iowa|
Wozniak earned his bachelor's degree in Finance from Iowa State University and his J.D. from the University of Iowa. His professional experience includes working for an insurance agency, as a Legislative Correspondent for Senator Charles Grassley, as a Felony Assistant State's Attorney in the Rock Island County State's Attorney's Office and as a teacher in India for one year.
Wozniak's campaign website highlights the following issues:
- Excerpt: "I will lead by example and I will refuse to take a pension when elected to the Illinois House. Every candidate to the House and Senate should make that same promise. I will also explore every option of overhauling the pension system, including moving the State toward defined contribution plan for new government workers. I was also bring forward legislation that will end the practice of “pension spiking” for those who are politically connected."
- Excerpt: "The taxes of Illinois are too high, plain and simple. Illinois has a higher state income tax rate than the bordering states of Iowa and Indiana. These taxes coupled with higher gasoline taxes, wireless service taxes, sales taxes, amongst others, put Illinois at a severe disadvantage to compete for businesses and residents. It is no wonder that Iowa and Indiana ended 2013 with a budget surplus and Illinois had on of the worst budget deficits of any state at over $40 billion dollars. We must lower taxes. We need major tax reform in Illinois now, and we can start by repealing the income tax increase that went into effect a few years back. I will fight to lower taxes in Illinois."
- Excerpt: "As a gun owner I will fight to expand the rights of law abiding citizens to carry firearms in Illinois to protect themselves and others. I will support hunting rights and I will fight against those who see the weapon as the problem rather than the bad person who may hold it."
- Excerpt: "I will strengthen the criminal laws that outlaw gang members, felons, and those adjudicated with mental issues from possessing guns. I will support increasing the penalties for those criminals possessing guns who should not do so, and I will support a re-dedication of police resources to enforce the numerous laws Illinois has in place."
Infrastructure and School Funding
- Excerpt: "With lower taxes and pension reform the State of Illinois will be in a stronger financial position to invest in its future. The State of Illinois has received a D grade on its infrastructure quality. Better roads, bridges, water supplies, and power grids means a better state to live in and more attractive to businesses to locate it."
- Excerpt: "Infrastructure development also means jobs and an increase in the value of properties utilizing those pieces of infrastructure. This will only help the State to prosper."
- Excerpt: "We also need to make sure that our schools offer the best education opportunities for our young minds. In addition, the public universities of Illinois are not competitive in price with similar situated Midwest institutions. We need to overhaul the public university system in Illinois to make it more economically feasible for students to attend school in Illinois and to stay in Illinois."
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 be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. Incumbent Mike Smiddy ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Jim Wozniak was set to face Jeff McKinley in the Republican primary, but McKinley withdrew from the race on January 27, 2014, leaving Wozniak unopposed. Smiddy and Wozniak will face off in the general election.
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- Official campaign website, "About Jim Wozniak," accessed March 3, 2014
- Official campaign website, "Issues," accessed March 3, 2014
- Illinois Secretary of State, "Official candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
- Illinois Board of Elections, "General Primary Election Official Canvass," April 18, 2014
- Illinois Secretary of State, "Official general election candidate list," accessed March 18, 2014
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