William "Bill" Kilquist
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|Former candidate for|
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 115|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
Kilquist's professional experience includes working as the Jackson County Sheriff for six terms, as warden at Illinois Youth Center in Murphysboro and a trustee at John A. Logan College.
In an article with the Daily Egyptian, Kilquist highlights the following issues:
- Excerpt: "Kilquist said he does not have an issue with medical marijuana use but opposes recreational use and said he needs more information on why legalization would be beneficial. Kilquist thinks law enforcement should focus on other drugs because their usage is increasing."
Small business/ local economy
- Excerpt: "The main issues Kilquist hears from locals, concerns jobs, pensions and taxes. He said the 115th District has a lot to offer and keeping local labor is important. Kilquist said the goal is to make sure southern Illinois businesses aren’t overburdened and make sure citizens aren’t overtaxed. He said job creation needs to happen because businesses want to invest in our community, not because government forces job creation. Giving businesses incentives to come into southern Illinois needs to be monitored, Kilquist said. He said if companies take incentives then leave, the district deserves those incentives back."
Illinois budget issues
- Excerpt: "Kilquist said the state budget needs to be reduced every year. He said removing ineffective programs and lowering spending can accomplish this, but it will take time. The government needs to keep its promises so the people can believe in it again, Kilquist said."
- Excerpt: "Anyone affected by pension bills should have a say in how their pensions will be impacted, Kilquist said."
Monetary Award Program grants
- Excerpt: "Kilquist said he supports MAP grants because they provide vital funding for students trying to further their education and that education needs to be a top priority for the state."
Affordable Care Act
- Excerpt: "Kilquist said he has heard arguments both for and against the act, but thinks the issue is a national program and should only be discussed at a federal level."
Elections for the office of Illinois House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 18, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was December 2, 2013. William "Bill" Kilquist defeated Tony Mayville in the Democratic primary, while Terri Bryant defeated Robert "Bob" White in the Republican primary. Bryant then defeated Kilquist in the general election. Gary Shepherd (G) filed to run but was removed from the ballot following an objection.
|Illinois House of Representatives District 115, General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||William "Bill" Kilquist||38.9%||13,649|
|Green||Gary Shepherd (write-in)||0.3%||106|
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 115 Democratic Primary, 2014|
|William "Bill" Kilquist||59.2%||4,052|
|Illinois House of Representatives, District 115 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Robert "Bob" White||34.7%||3,186|
In 2014, Kilquist's endorsements included the following:
- The Illinois Observer
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- dailyegyptian.com, "District 115 candidates voice stances: Bill Kilquist," accessed February 20, 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
- The Chicago Tribune, "Results List (Unofficial)," accessed November 5, 2014
- www.illinoisobserver.net, "Illinois House and Senate 2014 Primary Endorsements Part II,” accessed February 19, 2014
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