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14th Congressional Rep. (Republican)
Randall M. Hultgren
Incumbent: No
Occupation: • Vice-President, Performance Trust Investment Advisers • Senator, Illinois General Assembly (2007-Present) • Republican Precinct Committeeman (1990-Present)
Age: 53
Address: Winfield, Illinois
2010 candidate
CANDIDATE INFORMATION
Family
Married, four children
Education/degrees
• Wheaton Academy (1984)
• Bethel College (BA) (1988)
• Chicago-Kent College of Law (Juris Doctorate) (1993)
Civic Involvement
Member of: Batavia Area Chamber of Commerce, Naperville Chamber of Commerce, St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, West Chicago Chamber of Commerce, Warrenville Chamber of Commerce, Winfield Chamber of Commerce; Board Member, Metropolitan Family Services; President, Wheaton Academy Alumni Board; Member, Advisory Board for Family Shelter Services
Elected/appointed offices held
• Senator, Illinois Senate (2007-Present)
• Representative, Illinois House of Representatives (1998-2007)
• DuPage County Board Member and DuPage County Forest Preserve Member (1994-1998)
• Chairman, Milton Township Republican Central Committee (2000-2002)
• Republican Precinct Committeeman (1990-Present)

Candidate's Key Issues
Key Issue 1 Create jobs. We need pro growth policies to help small businesses do what they do best - create jobs.
Key Issue 2 Cut taxes. The Democrats want to raise taxes; we actually need tax reductions to create jobs and stimulate economic growth.
Key Issue 3 Get the federal government’s fiscal house in order. With the annual budget deficit having already passed the $1.5 trillion mark, it is imperative there be prudent reductions in federal spending, accompanied by tax cuts to stimulate growth and hence rising revenues, to get us back to the balanced budget we need. And after many years of out of control deficit spending - by both parties - balancing the budget is just the first step toward ultimately reducing the massive federal debt. This year the interest we pay on our debt will come to $220 billion. In 10 years, that interest will grow to $700 billion.
Questions & Answers
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1. Define your view of health care reform, addressing how to pay for it, the potential impact on health workers, insurers, and the economy. Do you support a public option? If not, how should uninsured be handled? Define your view of public abortion funding.
I am opposed to a new government bureaucracy as part of the solution to reduce health care costs. Current unfunded entitlements amount to over $100 trillion dollars, and we cannot add another non self-sustaining program to that. Several countries (Switzerland, for example) have successfully achieved high rates of access to health care with efficient delivery at reasonable costs, all without a government insurance option.
If health care costs come down, the problem of access will largely disappear as most of the access problems are based on in-affordability.
My specific policy proposals to curb the growth in cost of health care spending while improving health care access and delivery are as follows:
• Remove the twin costs of widespread litigation and defensive medicine through comprehensive tort reform.
• Create price transparency. An aspirin shouldn’t cost $10 for one person, $20 for another, and $50 for a third. It’s no different for an MRI. This should be done through the AHRQ which should be ordered through legislation to report on the specific type of information individuals, hospitals and insurers need at their fingerprints to make good decisions. Based on those findings the agency should be authorized to compel that information’s release.
• Encourage primary and preventative care using both tax credit and regulatory based mechanisms.
• Allow Americans to buy their health insurance from anywhere in the country, and take it with them regardless of whether or not they change their job, lose their job, marry, or retire.
• Allow small businesses better pooling mechanisms to negotiate the same group health insurance rates that larger organizations have available to them.
We must not pay for health care reform with a tax increase or new bureaucracy. The entire point of reform is to save money; it’s baffling that Democrats think the way to spend LESS money is to raise taxes and spend MORE money. We must also be mindful of making these reforms, without upsetting the current structure of nearly 1/6 of our entire economy. This means reforms like those outlined above which largely aim to reduce costs, and do so with a relatively low impact on health workers, patients and the economy.
I am vehemently opposed to the public funding of abortion, and I’ve been endorsed in this current race by both Illinois Citizens for Life and Illinois Federation for Right to Life.
2. Do you think the stimulus package has helped Chicago's suburban area? If so, point out specific projects. If not, indicate your ideas for better results. Include specifics for solving unemployment, raising salaries and suburban job creation.
In the long run, I do not think the stimulus package has helped Chicago’s suburban area. Any temporary boost in infrastructure spending is far outweighed by the increase in the national debt and rise in taxes (now or in the future) required to pay for it.
To jump start our economy, reduce unemployment, raise salaries, and create suburban jobs, I support an extension, creation, or increase in the following items:
• A job creating tax credit offered to small, medium and large businesses.
• A ten-year extension of the R&D tax credit to spur innovation and let companies mark long-term hiring plans.
• Expansion of the New Markets Tax Credit to encourage investment in severely troubled areas.
• Renewal of the 2003 tax cuts, whose upcoming expiration will discourage businesses from making long-term hires.
• Extension of the $125,000 expensing limit for small businesses.
• Scrapping the Pelosi Health Care Bill, which the Joint Committee on Taxation has said will likely hit 40 percent of small businesses with a crippling tax increase.
• For families, an expansion of the child tax credit, and reduction in rates for married couples.
• For large companies, credits for both domestic production and foreign taxation: this will encourage job creation at home and increase sales of American goods abroad.
My prescription to return to a balanced budget is:
• Cut spending. I want across the board zero based budgeting, with the requirement for the next 10 years that each Federal Department and Sub Agency cut spending by 0.1% to 5.0.% depending on the agency and its mission.
• Increased economic growth from the above list of economic reforms. Reduced economic growth and a shrunk base has been the second biggest cause of the current fiscal crisis.
• Take seriously the already diagnosed and much needed cuts listed by well respected organizations such as Citizens Against Government Waste.
• While it’s not a short term solution, we need a constitutional amendment allowing a Presidential line-item veto.
3. Clearly state your position on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Where should the U.S. go from here? If you support continuing either war, what are your specific goals? If not, outline your strategy for withdrawal and the U.S.'s relations with each country.
The U.S., starting with General David Petraeus’ troop surge, successfully turned the situation around in Iraq. Despite pockets of violence, the Iraqi state is no longer threatened and the fabric of their civil society is growing stronger by the day. We need to continue to responsibly bring our troops home following a job well done.
In Afghanistan, we need to get Gen. Stanley McChrystal the resources he needs to win his battles. But the military front is only part of the war. We also need to have the State Department more aggressively develop Afghan civil society so they can take pride and ownership in their own communities. We must put pressure on Hamid Kharzai and the Afghan government to end the corruption and mismanagement that has fueled the Taliban’s resurgence.
To bypass the corrupt and ineffective government in Kabul, we should:
• Directly deal with regional and local figures by addressing their needs and channeling resources directly to them.
• An effective model for rebuilding Afghanistan will have our soldiers protecting communities from the Taliban, while our civilian diplomats and NGOs foster civil society and reconstruction at the community/village level.
• Stop the wasteful and ineffective practice of channeling billions of dollars of aid money through Kabul, where it has been slowly siphoned off by corruption, infighting and ineptitude that characterize the Karzai kleptocracy.
My specific goals for Iraq have been made; and I think we need to set similar goals for Afghanistan: a country where the existence of the state is no longer in question, that the local army and police forces have the power and organization skills to effectively combat the insurgencies, and where civil society and the rule of law are on the rise.
President Obama has not done the promised job of engaging our allies in Europe to carry more of the burden stabilizing Afghanistan, but I do commend his recent redoubling of the effort and resisting liberal Democrats in Congress by ordering a sizeable increase in troop levels.
4. State what you see as the most pressing transportation needs in the suburbs. How would you address these needs? What solutions would you propose to help Illinois with its infrastructure challenges?
We need to improve Route 59, Route 47, Route 34 and other local roads. We need to use federal and state funds to address safety concerns and ongoing grid-lock on these roads.
5. Describe how your positions fall in line with your party. Also, detail at least one way in which they diverge from the party platform.
I am a traditional small government Republican, and I firmly follow the party line on small government, limited spending, the right to life and strong support for the second amendment. My frequent endorsements and high ratings from groups such as the NRA, Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business, Illinois Citizens for Life, and Illinois Federation for Right to Life all point to that firm holding of the Republican Party line.
However, I think we as Republicans have failed to adequately talk about the importance of being good stewards of our environment and leaving a clean world for our children and grand children. I am deeply opposed to irresponsible and dangerous policies such as Cap and Trade; but I think our inability as Republicans to talk about this issue has left open room for liberal Democrats to try and push through these dangerous policies. We need to empower our technology and energy companies with the tools and business environment conducive to innovation, not treat them as villains. We as Republicans agree on our opposition to policies like Cap and Trade, but I would like to see us as a party talk more about the importance of innovating to a cleaner future for our children.
I also refused to tow the party line on supporting the culture of earmarks under our previous leadership in Washington. When we were recently in control of Congress, some of what we did with the growth in earmarks and culture of corruption was not much better than what the Democrats are doing now. I think many members of my own party need to be reacquainted the principal of fiscal responsibility.