Candidate Full Name:Anthony W. Williams
Office: 2nd Congressional District of IL
Web Site: www.voteanthonywwilliams.com
Campaign Name:Anthony W. Williams for Congress
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1. How would your representation of your constituents be different from what they've experienced the past 17 years? I would actually serve the people and keep them involved in the decisions being made. My representation would be open, accountable and transparent. I would come to each part of the district to find out the constituents' concerns and expectations. I would also form committees within each community to make communication easier and to begin a problem-solving campaign. For all congressional votes, I would hold a town hall meeting in the community(s) affected by that particular vote. The seat belongs to the people and they are the ones that have the say in the decision.
2. Can the budget deficit be controlled only by spending cuts or does the federal government need to raise more revenue? I recommend raising more revenue. I suggest a federal lottery whereas all the proceeds would go toward the federal deficit, as opposed to education as it does on the state level. After the deficit has been paid off, the proceeds would be divided into four areas, aid to veterans, HUD, education and the Head Start program, and a reserve for the federal government. If you favor more revenue, should there be a general tax hike? If a federal lottery is implemented, there won't be a need for a tax hike.
3. How would you help create jobs in your district? I would promote entrepreneurship and get congress to offer tax incentives to NEW SMALL business owners for their first 2 years in business. I would also move to bring back all jobs related to American infrastructure. As a matter of national security, all projects having to do with infrastructure must be handled here on American soil. In addition, any company starting a major project in the district MUST hire people who live in the district. I would demand a certain percentage of the crew hired for any particular project be residents of the community in which the work is being done.
4. Do you support stricter guns laws? If so, what would you propose? I would require standardize background checks and psychological evaluations, in addition to licensing. To obtain a drivers' license you must take a written exam, an eye exam and do a road test. Isn't handling a gun just as critical, if not more, as handling a vehicle? Gun licenses should be renewable after a certain amount of time. Just like the written exam and eye exam are required at the Department of Motor Vehicles every so often, you must have a psychological evaluation every so often as well.
5. Do you support changes to transportation infrastructure, such as extending the CTA Red Line to 130th Street or building a third airport in Peotone? I absolutely support the extension of the CTA Red Line, as it would bring much needed jobs to the community. However, I think there needs to be a suburban train connection that extends to 159th Street (encompassing Burnham, Calumet City, Dolton and Lansing) similar to Pace connecting to CTA. I do not however, support an airport in Peotone. Our third airport is Gary Chicago International Airport, the one in which the city of Chicago pays millions of dollars to help support. I am vehemently against the proposed Abraham Lincoln National Airport Commission in Peotone, IL. According to Illinois' Soil Conservation Service (SCS), 90% of Illinois' farmland is "prime," meaning it falls into the top two or three categories of soil classification used to grade soils. It is the BEST there is. Only 5% of the soil in the United States has this high rating, and 1/5 of that is in Illinois. Some 9% of all such prime soils in the U.S. lies between Illinois' borders. Building this airport and roads leading to it (proposed Illiana Expressway) will destroy this IRREPLACEABLE rich soil.