Steven A. Andersson
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 65|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||Northern Illinois University|
|J.D.||Northern Illinois University|
|Profession||Small business owner; Lawyer|
Andersson earned his bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois University in 1986 and his J.D. from Northern Illinois University in 1992. His professional experience includes owning his own businesses and being a partner in the law firms of Mickey, Wilson, Weiler, Renzi & Andersson, P.C. and the Elder law Center, P.C.
Andersson's campaign website highlights the following issues:
- Excerpt: "The General Assembly voted to raise personal and corporate income tax rates in 2011. That hike will roll back in January 2015 unless lawmakers vote to keep it in place. I oppose attempts to allow this temporary tax hike to remain in place."
- Excerpt: "I strongly oppose a graduated income tax for Illinois As noted in a recent editorial in the Daily Herald, the progressive tax is not aimed at making the tax system more fair, but simply to raise more revenues rather than make required cuts."
- Excerpt: "I would propose that until the budget is balanced and there are available funds for programs, no new program should be instituted or created, or if such a program is created, a commensurate reduction of another program must be made."
Zero Based Budgeting
- Excerpt: "I would also propose that we engage in a zero base budgeting process. Each department and agency should be required to challenge assumptions and look for ways to consolidate programs and staff. We could commission an independent, forensic audit so we can correctly assess current spending and find ways to eliminate waste. We should also have a 5 year outlook to assess future spending."
- Excerpt: "I would propose that for all programs, except education and capital infrastructure improvements, that a 10% cut to the budget be made. As the Treasurer of the Geneva Library Board I advocated for and passed a significant reduction in the library budget last year. This forced the library and its departments to find areas to economize and find new efficiencies. This effort was successful without a reduction in staffing or the quality of service."
- Excerpt: "We need to review the myriad of state programs and determine which ones give us the most "bang for our buck" and which do not. Ones that rate highly in effectiveness and low in cost should be given priority over the ones that rate low in effectiveness and high in cost. Then, based on the resources we have we need to reduce or cut funding to low priority programs."
- Excerpt: "We need to create a pro-business environment that encourages investment and new business to come to Illinois. We also need to encourage a well-built educational system to insure that there is a strong and capable workforce. The focus should not be on raising the minimum wage, but on creating a business environment and having a skilled workforce that will make well above the minimum wage by using their skills and efforts. If the State can lower its tax burden and show that it can live within its own budget constraints, business will be attracted to Illinois again."
- Excerpt: "I believe term limits will help address the severe problems caused by legislators who stay in office so long they become too powerful and cannot be controlled or removed. I strongly support term limits on all elected offices in state government."
- Excerpt: "The legislative districts in Illinois are the poster child for gerrymandering. A map designed in an objective way based on population rather than political demographics will re-entitle the voters to make the decision of who to elect instead of the political parties. Political parties function best when there is real competition for the seats in office. When most districts are solidly in one party’s control or the other there is no competition and abuse will occur. I support an objective, scientifically based map system for Illinois legislative districts."
- Excerpt: "Education has always traditionally been handled at the local level and I support local control. I also support the important concept of Charter schools. Charter Schools provide options for families, foster innovation, competition and can carve out a niche for a specific vision or type of curriculum. Similarly vouchers would allow families to escape intolerable educational systems. Finally tax credits for sending children to private schools would reward those families who voluntarily took some of the burden off of local schools."
- Excerpt: "Illinois’ pension liability is over $100 billion. The reform passed last year may save the taxpayers some money, but not enough to sustain the current unfunded liability and may not be constitutional. I believe that common sense reforms can be enacted without affecting already earned benefits such as...
- No double dipping
- Interests paid on expiring bonds being paid back into the system
- Allow an opt in, 401K option for employees wishing to manage their own retirement
- For new hires, require a shift to a defined contribution system rather than a defined benefit system."
2nd Amendment and Concealed Carry
- Excerpt: "I am an avid supporter of the Second Amendment and support concealed carry. Guns aren’t the problem; gun violence is the problem, and effort need to be put into enforcement of existing laws and supporting treatment for the mentally ill."
- Excerpt: "I am Pro-Life with an exception for the life of the mother."
- Excerpt: "As a local prosecutor for our communities, I have experience in prosecuting illegal aliens for over 20 years. While immigration policy decisions are made by our Federal leaders, it falls to the state and local government law enforcement agencies (and local prosecutors like me) to actually apprehend and prosecute these people. I favor strict enforcement of our existing laws. I have worked with our local states’ attorneys’ office to prosecute illegal aliens when and where we find them."
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. Steven A. Andersson defeated Debbie Miller and Daniel J. Ugaste in the Republican primary and is unchallenged in the general election.
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 65 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Steven A. Andersson||44.7%||4,891|
|Daniel J. Ugaste||31.8%||3,481|
- The Illinois Observer
- Daily Herald
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- Official campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Steven A. Andersson on Twitter
- Steven A. Andersson on Facebook
- Official campaign website, "About," accessed February 19, 2014
- Official campaign website, "Issues," accessed February 19, 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
- www.illinoisobserver.net, "Illinois House and Senate 2014 Primary Endorsements Part II,” accessed February 19, 2014
- Daily Herald, "Endorsement: Andersson in House District 65," accessed February 19, 2014
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