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Kenneth Dunkin
Kenneth Dunkin.jpg
Illinois House of Representatives District 5
Incumbent
In office
2003-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2013
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$67,836/year
Per diem$111/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2002
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sMorehouse College
Associate'sHarold Washington College
Master'sUniversity of Chicago
Personal
Place of birthChicago, IL
ProfessionConsultant
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Kenneth Dunkin is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing District 5. He was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Biography

Dunkin earned his A.A. from Harold Washington College, his B.A. in Political Science from Morehouse College and his M.A. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. His professional experience includes working as a Consultant with the Chicago Department of Health and Department on Aging, a community advisor/liaison, and Director of the Robert Taylor Boys and Girls Club of Chicago.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Dunkin served on the following committees:

Illinois Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations-Higher Education, Chair
Elementary & Secondary Education
Financial Institutions
Insurance
International Trade & Commerce
Tourism & Conventions, Chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Dunkin served on the following committees: Appropriations for General Services

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Dunkin served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

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

Jobs

  • Excerpt: "Nothing is more important than creating good paying jobs for the hard working citizens of my district. I support the implementation of a capital improvement plan which will create thousands of sorely needed jobs rebuilding our outdated schools, roads, other infrastructure needs. I have worked tirelessly to secure funding for local programs including: $128 million for CTA improvements, Fuller Park, Children's Memorial Hospital, Dearborn Park and many worthy projects. I am committed to ensuring companies that get tax breaks from the state of Illinois keep jobs in the state of Illinois. I was a leader in implementing the film production tax credit, which not only has brought thousands of jobs, but has shown off our great city in such popular movies as Batman: The Dark Night, the Vow, Transformers and many others. I helped overhaul our outdated workers compensation system and to institute a two-tiered pension system for new employees, saving businesses millions of dollars a year. These last two reforms were specifically requested by the business community, and promise to make Illinois a more competitive, business-friendly state."

Education

  • Excerpt: "As the chairman of the Higher Education Appropriations Committee and former social worker, I take the issue of educating our youth very seriously. I was a leader in creating SB 7, which allows for schools to have more control over the evaluation, and eventual hiring and firing of teachers. No longer will reductions in the educational workforce be based primarily on tenure. The best teachers will be retained and promoted, the poorest will be re-evaluated. I support a longer educational school day so children can maximize their opportunities to learn. And even in these difficult times for our state's budget, I secured level funding for many critical education programs."

Budget

  • Excerpt: "During these difficult economic times, everyone must share in the sacrifice, especially our government. As chairman of the Higher Education Appropriations Committee, I worked with my colleagues going line-by-line through the budget making the tough choices on which programs to keep, reduce or eliminate. We cut over $2 billion from the governor's request, and $4 billion from the previous year's budget in what is the most responsible stewardship of the people's money in many years. It has taken decades of unsound budgeting by my predecessors to get us to this point. I am working hard to get us back on track, but it's a process that cannot be completed overnight. I have proven my willingness to cut the budget and lower the deficit. I will do this again during the upcoming session."

Protecting Seniors

  • Excerpt: "I am a strong supporter of maintaining funding for Social Security and Medicare. Unlike other legislators who want to cut the budget for these vital programs, I am steadfast in my belief that these programs remain adequately funded. Furthermore, I have helped uphold such critical senior assistance programs as: circuit breaker, Illinois Cares Rx, the senior homestead exemption, free rides for seniors, and C.E.D.A. These programs are often times the only means of support, or so important to the livelihood of residents that their absence would have a devastating impact on our seniors."

Crime

  • Excerpt: "Crime has a devastating effect on our neighborhoods. Once vibrant communities, many of my residents live in fear daily. I have taken a tough stance on crime. Over the past 10 years, I have built strong relationships with police chiefs, the cops on the beat, and local residents to help fight crime where it happens and keep our communities safe. I have sponsored legislation to increase the penalties for sex offenders, requiring lifetime supervision for the most dangerous child sex offenders. Additionally, I voted to require those convicted of sexual assault of a child to wear an electronic monitoring band, so the public can be protected at all times."

Pensions

  • Excerpt: "Illinois, like many other states, faces a difficult situation regarding our state's pension funding obligations. We all know that the current path is unsustainable. I voted to create a two-tiered pension system for new employees which will save the state billions of dollars moving forward. Furthermore, I want to make this clear, I have not voted to cut the benefits of current pensioners. However, even with these changes, we are on an unsustainable fiscal path in regards to our pension obligations. As a former social worker, I believe in the power of discussion and working together to solve problems. I call on current pensioners to step up to the table and discuss with the state viable solutions to our pension problem."

Ethics Reform

  • Excerpt: "Illinois has an all too recent and sad history of serious ethics problems. I am committed to cleaning up Springfield and ensuring that the people's government works openly and honestly. I voted to impeach former governor Blagojevich. I have worked to eliminate pay-for-play in Illinois. Furthermore, I voted to institute the most comprehensive set of campaign finance reforms in the history of Illinois, which place strict spending caps and transparency requirements for all candidates and lobbyists."

2012

Dunkin's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "I envision a healthcare system that is affordable and accessible to all people without exception."
  • Crime Prevention
Excerpt: "With a sudden increase of shootings targeted at Chicago Public School students, I worked with the Office of Governor to bring together local ministers and community leaders to stop the violence."
  • Senior Citizens
Excerpt: "Our older residents built our cities, our neighborhoods, and defended our nation in times of war. They deserve to be taken care of in the same manner they have taken care of us."
  • Tourism
Excerpt: "As Chairman of the House Committee on Tourism and Conventions, I am actively involved in promoting Illinois’ attractions."

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. Incumbent Kenneth Dunkin ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Collin Johnson ran unopposed in the Republican primary. Dunkin and Johnson will face off in the general election.[4][5][6]

2012

See also: Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2012

Dunkin won re-election in the 2012 election for Illinois House of Representatives District 5. He defeated Dori Collins in the Democratic primary on March 20, 2012 and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKenneth Dunkin Incumbent 100% 36,210
Total Votes 36,210
Illinois House of Representatives, District 5 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKenneth Dunkin Incumbent 78.3% 8,200
Dori Collins 21.7% 2,267
Total Votes 10,467

2010

See also:Illinois House of Representatives elections, 2010

Dunkin won re-election to the 5th District Seat in 2010 with no opposition. He defeated David Schroeder (3,643 votes), and Gwen Drake (2,330 votes) in the Democratic primary on February 2nd. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[9]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 5 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kenneth Dunkin (D) 19,273 100.0%

2008

On November 4, 2008, Democrat Kenneth Dunkin won the election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 5. He ran unopposed receiving 30,964 votes.[10]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 5 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kenneth Dunkin (D) 30,964

2006

On November 7, 2006, Democrat Kenneth Dunkin won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives District 5 receiving 17,958 votes ahead of Republican Keely Drukala who received 2,853 votes.[11]

Illinois House of Representatives, District 5 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kenneth Dunkin (D) 17,958
Keely Drukala (R) 2,853

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Dunkin is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Dunkin raised a total of $947,246 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 18, 2013.[12]

Kenneth Dunkin's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Illinois State House, District 5 Won $260,360
2010 Illinois State House, District 5 Won $109,320
2008 Illinois State House, District 5 Won $202,145
2006 Illinois State House, District 5 Won $164,338
2004 Illinois State House, District 5 Won $77,301
2002 Illinois State House, District 5 Won $133,782
Grand Total Raised $947,246

2012

Dunkin won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Dunkin raised a total of $260,360.
Illinois House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kenneth Dunkin's campaign in 2012
Hold on Communications$48,017
Democratic Party of Illinois$24,438
Mado Management$20,700
Illinois Education Association$12,000
Stand for Children$10,361
Total Raised in 2012$260,360
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Dunkin won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Dunkin raised a total of $109,320.

2008

Dunkin won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Dunkin raised a total of $202,145.

2006

Dunkin won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Dunkin raised a total of $164,338.

2004

Dunkin won re-election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Dunkin raised a total of $77,301.

2002

Dunkin won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Dunkin raised a total of $133,782.

Scorecards

Illinois Opportunity Project

See also: Illinois Opportunity Project's Legislative Vote Card

The Illinois Opportunity Project, "an independent research and public policy enterprise that promotes legislative solutions in advance of free markets and free minds," annually releases its Legislative Vote Card, grading all members in both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly on the basis of their support of "pro-growth economic policies that increase personal freedom and reign in expansive government."[13][14]

2012

Dunkin received a score of 12.50 out of 100 in 2012 for a grade of F according to the IOP’s grading scale. His score was tied for the 111th highest among all 120 members of the Illinois House of Representatives included in the Vote Card. [14]

Personal

Dunkin and his wife, Yolanda, have three children. He is a member of the Chicago International Film Festival Associate Board, Lawson Young Men's Christian Association, and Near North Health Services Corporation.[1]

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