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Samuel A. Rosenberg

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Samuel A. Rosenberg
Illinois House of Representatives, District 103
Former candidate
Bachelor'sUniversity of Chicago
J.D.University of Illinois
Campaign website
Samuel A. Rosenberg was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 103 of the Illinois House of Representatives.


Rosenburg earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from the University of Illinois. His professional experience includes working as a trial lawyer with the firm of Thomas, Mamer and Haughey LLP in Champaign.[1]


Campaign themes


Rosenberg's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]


  • Excerpt: "As the State Representative for the 103rd District, job creation will be my number one priority. Illinois has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, with the 103rd district’s unemployment rate near 9%. That is simply too high for Champaign-Urbana, and it affects our tax base, our crime rate, and our overall economic strength. As Representative, I will not only be a strong advocate for our district in Springfield, but I will actively work to recruit business to our region. We are a great community, and we offer a highly educated, skilled, and committed workforce that is valuable to both manufacturing and tech industries. Building upon that strength through the funding and implementation of workforce development programs will allow our workforce to continue competing on a global level. Coordinating these efforts with our existing business needs and our established educational institutions will be an integral part of my tireless campaign to bring high quality jobs to the 103rd District."

The University of Illinois

  • Excerpt: "As one of the main economic engines in central Illinois and as the largest employer within the 103rd District, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is vital to the success of our community. As State Representative for the 103rd District, I will fight for the University of Illinois, for the future of our district, and our state, is largely dependent upon our educational strength. Without a vibrant and growing University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, our community and our state will be irreparably harmed."


  • Excerpt: "Champaign-Urbana comprises urban and suburban settings and is adjacent to rural agricultural areas. For this reason, the environmental concerns of the 103rd District are extensive and unique. Although physically outside of the 103rd District, I stand committed to preventing the establishment of the Bulldog Coal Mine and to preventing the placement of PCB waste on top of the Mahomet Aquifer at the Clinton Landfill. While much of the world is desperately trying to find ways to clean water supplies, we cannot compromise our own great water resources. The long term trade-off between jobs and the environment is largely a myth; we can only exchange short-term incremental profits now for tax-supported cleanup costs in the future. I look forward to promoting policies that increase incentives for renewable energy, protect our natural surroundings, increase habitat preservation, and provide new employment opportunities without sacrificing the future of our lands."
  • Excerpt: "In conjunction with protecting the environment, I will work to sustainability utilize our region's resources. Securing the necessary funding to complete the Kickapoo Rail Trail and the establishment of a Regional Food Hub will be priorities of my office. Coupled with increased support for the University of Illinois Extension, small farmers will be able to turn to my office for business resources and assistance. While we should be proud of what communities within the 103rd District have accomplished, we cannot rest. As State Representative, I will labor to make sure that Champaign-Urbana continues to set the standard for environmental stewardship."

Income Inequality & Poverty

  • Excerpt: "With the recent passage of Pension Reform in Senate Bill 1, citizens throughout the 103rd District are facing even more dire financial straits. In addition to campaigning against such legislation, I will be available to educate those who are impacted by such laws. For long term economic strength, I support the Fair Tax Amendment and raising the minimum wage to $10.00 per hour. While the Fair Tax Amendment will lower the taxes for approximately 90% of Illinois residents, it must be coupled with extensive economic development initiatives to rebuild Illinois' Middle Class. It is a disgrace that many families below the poverty line pay more than twice as high a percent of their income on state and local taxes as families with an income of a million dollars a year. Under a progressive tax schedule that I would support, low-income families would each receive hundreds of dollars a year in much-needed tax relief."

Reproductive Rights

  • Excerpt: "A woman’s right to choose is not up for debate; pro-choice is the only choice. Americans are facing an unprecedented attack on reproductive rights. Legislation is threatening to restrict and deny access to legal abortions as well as access to the most commonly used forms of birth control. In Illinois, the Parental Notice of Abortion Act is one such threat that I will work to repeal."


  • Excerpt: "Whether it is high speed rail, air travel, or road improvements, Champaign-Urbana should be a focal point of any transportation network. Infrastructure spending returns nearly $2 in stimulus for every $1 in spending and goes toward improvements that are necessary in the long run. Within our community, immediate needs range from expansion of the Illinois Terminal to the reconstruction of Windsor Road. As State Representative, I will make sure that our community gets the infrastructure funding it deserves, allowing our area to maintain existing transportation, to expand responsibly, and to flourish for decades to come."

Nonprofit Hospital Taxation

  • Excerpt: "While I believe that hospitals should pay taxes, Illinois recently passed law governing property tax exemptions for nonprofit hospitals. This change allows medical facilities to be exempt from property tax to the extent of the value of the charity care they provide. Unfortunately, this law is flawed, putting the burden of the charity care for an entire region on a few taxing districts. Additionally, the law does not articulate which facilities would be involved in charity care and puts no mechanism in place to appropriately value the charity care provided. One of the largest aspects of this problem is the relationship between the Carle Foundation Hospital and Urbana. Carle is a regional medical center, and accordingly, the tax burden that this new legislation places upon Urbana is disproportionately high in comparison to other areas within Carle’s service region."
  • Excerpt: "Because increased accessibility to healthcare benefits the entire community, it is worthwhile to provide incentives for private healthcare organizations to engage in charitable care. We must, however, balance the financial burden so that it does not fall completely on a small number of taxing districts when that charitable care reaches outside their boundaries. I propose that communities benefiting from Carle’s services share the tax burden based upon the residency of Carle patients. As the law is currently written, these communities do not absorb any of the lost property tax revenue from Carle’s physical presence in Urbana. I support legislation to mitigate this law, as the Carle Foundation Hospital is a vital part of the region, and there must be a regional solution to the tax burden that has been placed upon Urbana."



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][5]



In 2014, Rosenberg's endorsements include the following:[6][7]

  • The Illinois Observer
  • J. Steven Beckett, Champaign County Board Member, 2000 – 2010
  • Scott Bennett, Democratic Precinct Committeeman, Cunningham 23
  • Thomas E. Betz, Champaign County Board Member, 1996 – 2012
  • Marci Dodds, Champaign City Council Member, 2005 – Present
  • Don Gerard, Mayor of Champaign, 2011 – Present
  • Matthew Gladney, Champaign County Board Member, 2006 – 2010
  • Josh Hartke, Champaign County Board Member, 2012 – Present
  • Eric Jakobsson, Urbana City Council Member, 2010 – Present
  • Naomi Jakobsson, 103rd District State Representative, 2002 – Present
  • Diane W. Marlin, Urbana City Council Member, 2009 – Present
  • Dannel McCollum, Mayor of Champaign, 1987 – 1999
  • Brendan McGinty, Champaign County Board Member, 2004 – 2012
  • Susan McGrath, Champaign County Board Member, 1978 – 1994
  • Jean Paley, Urbana Resident, 1959 – Present
  • Laurel Prussing, Mayor of Urbana, 2005 – Present

  • Andy Quarnstrom, Champaign Firefighter & City of Champaign Township Supervisor, 2013 – Present
  • James Quisenberry, Champaign County Board Member, 2010 – Present
  • Julia Rietz, Champaign County State’s Attorney, 2004 – Present
  • Tod Satterthwaite, Mayor of Urbana, 1993 – 2005
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 149
  • Illinois AFL-CIO
  • Citizen Action / Illinois
  • Personal PAC
  • National Association of Social Workers - Illinois Chapter
  • Associated Firefighters of Illinois
  • Laborers International Union of North America, Local 703
  • Equality Illinois
  • Illinois Education Association (IEA / NEA)
  • GPAC Illinois

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