2014 Illinois Senate debates
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from 2014 IL Senate debate (number of quotes indicated):
- Dick Durbin (2)
- Doug Truax (9) Republican Senate Challenger (lost primary) Illinois
- Jim Oberweis (17) Republican Senate Challenger Illinois
- Richard Durbin (12) Democratic Sr Senator Illinois
- Sharon Hansen (13) Libertarian Challenger Illinois
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Illinois Senate debates: (March 18 primary)
- Chicago Tribune, "Senate candidates diverge on wage, tax issues", by Kim Geiger and Katherine Skiba, 10/13/2014
- Congressional Quarterly Roll Call magazine, "Oberweis Testing Theory That Persistence Pays Off", by David Hawkings, March 23, 2014
- WUIS 91.9 FM interview of Jim Oberweis, 3/11/2014
- Daily Herald, "Oberweis bristles at Truax attacks during debate", by Jake Griffin, 3/3/2014
(debate organized by the Sun City Community Association of Huntley ahead of the March 18 primary)
- Daily Herald, "Oberweis wouldn’t back federal medical marijuana law", by Marty Hobe, 2/12/2014
- Chicago Tribune, "GOP Senate candidates differ on policy, politics", by Kim Geiger, Feb. 10, 2014
- Natasha Korecki in Chicago Sun-Times, "Pension vote", 12/4/2013
- Stateline & WTVO/WQRF reporting on Doug Truax video, 11/12/2013
- AdWatch on Press release: Truax Veterans Day message, 11/11/2013
- Charles Crumm in Michigan Daily Tribune, on Republican National Committee email campaign, Nov.5, 2013
- Illinois Review, Sharon Hansen comments on United Nations' Arms Trade Treaty, Oct. 2013
- CNN "State of the Union" interview of Sen. Durbin, January 6 and May 5, 2013
- Meet the Press interviews of Sen. Durbin, April 21, August 4, and Oct. 13, 2013
- Fox News Sunday interview of Sen. Durbin, April 14 2013
- CBS "Face the Nation" interview of Sen. Durbin, March 3, May 12, and Dec. 15, 2013
- Forbes Magazine interview, "President of Oberweis Asset Management", 1/5/2012
- Daily Herald, "McCain, Oberweis stand united", by Lisa Smith, 2/21/2008
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Sharon Hansen: Life begins at conception, but listen to constituents.
Jim Oberweis: Abortion procedure should be outlawed.
Doug Truax: Calls himself "very pro-life" & supports limiting abortion.
Budget & Economy|
Sharon Hansen: Free enterprise is the key to national prosperity.
Sharon Hansen: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
Doug Truax: Uphold one-man, one-woman definition, but let states decide.
Jim Oberweis: Corporations go overseas when taxes & governments bully them.
Sharon Hansen: Lower corporate tax rates prevent companies going overseas.
Doug Truax: Medical marijuana is a state issue.
Jim Oberweis: Who am I to say patients shouldn't use medical marijuana?
Energy & Oil|
Sharon Hansen: No subsidies for wind and solar.
Richard Durbin: Energy tax to fund infrastructure investment.
Jim Oberweis: Obama's results are ok, but too often he does nothing.
Doug Truax: End Obama's "lead from behind" approach to foreign policy.
Dick Durbin: Ukraine should ally with European Union, not former Soviets.
Jim Oberweis: To understand China, read the 5-year plans.
Jim Oberweis: Challenge in China is lack of clarity on taxes.
Jim Oberweis: Invest in Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, India, and China.
Sharon Hansen: Photo ID for voting.
Doug Truax: Political class fails to put interests of taxpayers first.
Sharon Hansen: Opposes more gun restrictions.
Sharon Hansen: Don't bow down to money instead of our rights.
Sharon Hansen: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility.
Jim Oberweis: Repeal and replace ObamaCare; not just repeal.
Jim Oberweis: Parent policy until age 26 good; pre-existing coverage good.
Doug Truax: AdWatch: ObamaCare does more harm to middle class than good.
Richard Durbin: AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare.
Jim Oberweis: Not a fan of ObamaCare, but it helps healthcare businesses.
Sharon Hansen: Superior nuclear arsenal is unnecessary.
Jim Oberweis: Supports funding cuts for the military.
Doug Truax: Ok to interrogate jihadists using any means necessary.
Richard Durbin: $48M to protect US Embassies around the world.
Richard Durbin: Benghazi was a tragedy, but not a cover-up.
Sharon Hansen: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
Doug Truax: First secure the border, then no comprehensive reform.
Jim Oberweis: Visas for illegal immigrants, but no path to citizenship.
Richard Durbin: Reform will increase coordination & reduce terrorism.
Richard Durbin: Extend partner immigration rights to gay couples.
Richard Durbin: Immigration reform bill makes America safer.
Richard Durbin: Our border with Mexico is strongest it's been in 40 years.
Dick Durbin: Raise minimum wage to $10.10 & same pay regardless of gender.
Jim Oberweis: Minimum wage of $10 (and less for those under age 24).
Sharon Hansen: No minimum wage; & no set pay based on gender.
Principles & Values|
Sharon Hansen: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
Jim Oberweis: Milk Dud: poured dairy fortune into 5 failed campaigns.
Doug Truax: The Great Experiment known as America shines brightly.
Richard Durbin: Bipartisan dialogue instead of gridlock.
Richard Durbin: Simpson-Bowles got it right. put everything on the table.
Richard Durbin: Close tax loopholes and gain $1.2T from the wealthy.
Jim Oberweis: Protect intellectual property rights, including lawsuits.
War & Peace|
Richard Durbin: Engage China to de-escalate North Korean nukes.
Jim Oberweis: Stay the course; gradual withdrawal from the Iraq war.
Welfare & Poverty|
Jim Oberweis: Tepid welfare reform is the best we can get right now.
The above quotations are from 2014 Illinois Senate debates.
- Outsider in the House, by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I, VT)
- The Little Plaid Book, by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R, TN)
- Cowboy in Caracas, by Senate nominee Charlie Hardy (D, WY)
- The New Black Politician: Cory Booker, Newark, and Post-Racial America (D, NJ)
- Now or Never: A Call to Reclaim America, by Rep. Jody Hice (R, GA-10)
- The Case for Polarized Politics, by Senate candidate Jeff Bell (R, NJ)
- Born To Fly, by Senate candidate Shane Osborn (R, NE)
- A Tribute to 101 Incredible Women, by Senate candidate Joyce Dickerson (D, SC)
- The Debt Bomb, by Senator Tom Coburn (R, OK)
- A Fighting Chance, by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D, MA)
- Winning Right, by Senate candidate Ed Gillespie (R,VA)
- Planned Bullyhood, by Senate candidate Karen Handel (R,GA)
- The Tea Party Goes to Washington, by Senator Rand Paul (R,KY)
- Governor`s Travels, by Senator Angus King (I,ME)
- This Is Not Florida, biography of Senator Al Franken (D,MN)
- The Truth (with jokes), by Sen. Al Franken (D, MN)
- Planned Bullyhood, by Senate candidate Karen Handel (R, GA)
- Republican Leader, biography of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R, KY)
- The Man Behind The Mask, by Senate candidate Andy Martin (R, NH)
- In the Company of Men, by Senate candidate Nancy Mace (R, SC)
- Be the Change!, by Senate candidate Michelle Nunn (D, GA)
- The Greatest Hoax, by Sen. James Inhofe (R, OK)
- Unite and Conquer, by Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D, AZ)