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Meet the candidates running for Illinois’s 2nd Congressional District

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18 people are in the running to replace the seat vacated by Jesse Jackson Jr in Illinois’s 2nd Congressional District.

The primary is February 26 and the general election is April 9.

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John Hawkins is running to offer the voters of the Second Congressional District “an alternative to the do-nothing politics of the Democratic and Republican parties”.  Running on the Socialist-Workers Party platform, Hawkins contends that his party is the only party which has a plan that will truly improve the economy.

Jobs/Economy

  • The number one issue.
  • Unemployment is a crisis for the working people.

Peotone Airport

  • Supports the Peotone Airport Project.

Gun Control

  • Supports 2nd Amendment rights.
  • Existing gun control laws are sufficient.

Immigration

  • Undocumented workers deserve immediate legalization.

Reverend Larry Pickens is involved in this Congressional race because he wants “to make a difference.” As a pastor of the Southlawn United Methodist Church and a DePaul Law School graduate, Reverend Pickens intends to bring his diverse experiences to bear on the Second Congressional District if elected.

Jobs/Economy

  • Economics, crime and education go together.
  • Job creation is linked to educational resources.

Peotone Airport

  • Parties must be brought together to address issues of control and authority.

Gun Control

  • Supports an assault weapons ban.
  • Supports a ban on high capacity ammo cartridges.
  • Supports mental health background checks.

Immigration

  • Supports the DREAM Act.
  • Enhances economic situation of the United States.

Mel Reynolds is no stranger to Washington. During his term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Reynolds served on the prestigious Ways and Means Committee.  Since his time in Congress, Mr. Reynolds has worked in the area of mortgage foreclosures, saving people’s homes.

Jobs/Economy

  • Job creation is the number one issue.
  • The mortgage foreclosure rate is a problem.

Peotone Airport

  • Supports the Peotone Airport Project.
  • Tax benefits will help citizens.

Gun Control

  • For increased gun control.
  • Co-Author of 1994 Assault Weapons Ban.

Immigration

  • Immigrants must be allowed to stay and work here.

Alderman Anthony Beale believes his experience serving Chicago’s 9th District has prepared him for Capitol Hill.  Since his election 1999, Alderman Beale has addressed the issues of job creation, public safety and education and asserts that this has trained him for U.S. Congress.

Jobs/Economyanthonybeale

  • The number one issue.
  • Peotone Airport Project can be a job creator.

Peotone Airport

  • Supports the Peotone Airport Project.
  • Could be the anchor for the South Suburban area.

Gun Control

  • Ban on assault weapons.
  • Ban on high capacity ammo clips.
  • Supports background checks.

Immigration

  • For immigration reform – Must be done now.
  • Must develop a path to citizenship.

Robin Kelly has 20 years of governmental experience on various levels.  From serving in municipal government to her election to the Illinois House of Representatives, Kelly is accustomed to the world of politics.  Kelly previously served as Alexi Giannoulias’ Chief of Staff and Toni Preckwinkle’s Chief Administrative Officer, and now aspires to represent Illinois’ Second Congressional District.

Jobs/Economy

  • Supports tax incentives to small businesses.
  • There is a need to identify and remove impediments to business.

Peotone Airport

  • Supports the Peotone Airport Project.
  • The issue with the project is governance.

Gun Control

  • Gun safety is a necessity.
  • “I am very proud to have a F from the NRA”
  • Too many young people are dying- not against guns but “enough is enough”.

Immigration

  • Need to provide a pathway for immigration.
  • Can help the economy through an increase in tax revenue.

First and foremost, Paul McKinley is an activist, not a politician.  As an activist McKinley has worked to remedy violence and poverty within his community.  According to McKinley, he is campaigning against the Democratic Machine’s control of the Second District.

Jobs/Economy

  • A corrupt political system has perpetuated economic devastation in the Second District.

Peotone Airport

  • Against Peotone Project.
  • Supports the use of the Gary International Airport.

Gun Control

  • No new laws are needed.
  • Law abiding citizens should be able to defend themselves.

Immigration

  • Opposed to opening boarders.
  • Must deal with social problems that are plaguing existing U.S. Citizens.

Clifford Eagleton has an extensive history in education and education administration.  As an individual who has witnessed both “excellent leadership in this country and leadership that has been less than noble”, Eagleton asserts that he would work to restore integrity to the Second Congressional District.

Jobs/Economy

  • The Economy is broken.
  • Jobs can be created through Public Works Programs and revitalizing manufacturing.

Peotone Airport

  • Against the airport.
  • Would destroy valuable farmland.

Gun Control

  • Supports the 2nd Amendment.
  • Some weapons should only be used by the military, not civilians.

Immigration

  • Mass deportation is inhumane and practically infeasible.
  • Good citizens must learn the English language.

Ernest B. Fenton is a United States Army Veteran with a Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School.  As the managing partner of The Law Office of Ernest B. Fenton, Attorney Fenton routinely represents people in the areas of bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, as well as other areas of transactional and civil litigation.

Jobs/Economy

  • Stabilize communities in order to attract businesses and employers.

Peotone Airport

  • Supports the Peotone Airport Project.
  • Skeptical of the idea of a private-public partnership.

Gun Control

  • Gun Control measures must be taken.
  • Not for a ban on assault weapons, but they must be regulated.
  • Culture must be addressed.

Immigration

  • “America the Melting Pot”
  • Must enforce existing laws.
  • Families should not be dismantled due to deportation – must find a better policy.

In more than 20 years of public service, Anthony W. Williams has gained tremendous experience dealing with issues such as health care, education, economic development and pensions.  Williams asserts that his body of work speaks for itself and urges voters to visit his website.

Jobs/Economy

  • Entrepreneurship will be pivotal in creating jobs.
  •  Infrastructure projects can put people to work.

Peotone Airport

  • Against Peotone Airport.
  • Supports the use of Gary International Airport.

Gun Control

  • Supports 2nd Amendment Rights. Guns don’t kill, people kill.
  • Gun buyers should be subject to a psychological exam.
  • Supports band on assault weapons

Immigration

  • Supports the DREAM Act.
  • Must ensure fairness for those undocumented immigrants already in the United States.
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