A guide to cook county voting

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By Tom Holmes

Contributing Reporter / Religion Blogger

A pocket guide to voting next Tuesday

 

            Do you have an idea where Mark Kirk stands on a woman's right to choose?  Do you know what Tammy Duckworth wants to do with Obamacare?  Do you have a clue regarding which judges we should retain and which we should fire?

 

            I noticed that because Trump and Clinton have dominated the news this fall, I knew very little about where Mark Kirk and Tammy Duckworth stand on the issues and nothing at all about which judges to vote for.  So I did some research, the results of which follow.  Feel free to clip and take with you next Tuesday.

 

            To start off, here's a little quiz.  Which candidate, Mark Kirk or Tammy Duckworth, holds the following policy positions?  [Answers at the end of this column]

  1. Believes abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
  2. Favors legally requiring the hiring of women and minorities
  3. Is comfortable with same sex marriage
  4. Opposes the absolute right to gun ownership
  5. Favors a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
  6. Favors making voter registration easier

 

From On the Issues website.

On the Issues categorizes Kirk as a moderate and Duckworth as a liberal.

Kirk and Duckworth were asked if they favor or oppose the following statements:

 

Issue 1: Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right.

            Kirk strongly favors

            Duckworth strongly favors

Issue 2: Legally require hiring women and minorities.

            Kirk favors

            Duckworth strongly favors

Issue 3: Comfortable with same sex marriage.

            Kirk strongly favors

            Duckworth strongly favors

Issue 4: Keep God in the public sphere

            Kirk favors

            Duckworth strongly opposes

Issue 5: Extend Obamacare

            Kirk opposes

            Duckworth strongly favors

Issue 6: Privatize Social Security

            Kirk favors

            Duckworth strongly opposes

Issue 7: Vouchers for school choice

            Kirk favors

            Duckworth strongly opposes

Issue 8: Society bears cost of pollution

            Kirk strongly opposes

            Duckworth is neutral

Issue 9: Stricter punishment reduces crime

            Kirk favors

            Duckworth is neutral

Issue 10: Absolute right to gun ownership

            Kirk opposes

            Duckworth strongly opposes

Issue 11: Higher taxes on the wealthy

            Kirk strongly opposes

            Duckworth strongly favors

Issue 12: Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens

            Kirk favors

            Duckworth strongly favors

Issue 13: Support and expand free trade

            Kirk favors

            Duckworth is neutral

Issue 14: Support American exceptionalism

            Kirk strongly favors

            Duckworth is neutral

Issue 15: Expand the military

            Kirk favors

            Duckworth opposes

Issue 16: Make voter registration easier

            Kirk strongly favors

            Duckworth favors

Issue 17: Avoid foreign entanglements

            Kirk opposes

            Duckworth strongly favors

Issue 18: Prioritize green energy

            Kirk favors

            Duckworth favors

Issue 19: Marijuana is a gateway drug

            Kirk strongly favors

            Duckworth is neutral

Issue 20: Stimulus better than market led recovery

            Kirk opposes

            Duckworth favors

 

 Evaluation of Judges by the Illinois Bar Association

 

The vast majority of judges were recommended or rated qualified.  Listed below are only the judges who were not recommended or rated unqualified.

 

First Subcircuit

Rhonda Crawford not recommended

Second Subcircuit

D. Renee Jackson not recommended

Fifth Subcircuit

Daryl J. Jones not qualified

Eleventh Subcircuit Contested Election

Thomas William Flannigan not qualified

Twelfth Subcircuit

Janet Cronin Mahoney  not qualified

Thirteenth Subcircuit

Kevin O'Donnel not qualified

Circuit court

Fourteenth Subcircit

Matthew Link not recommended

 

[answers to quiz: BOTH]

 

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