His office represented my office as Sheriff in a sub-par manner and he subsequently tried to damage my reputation and those of the dedicated men and women of the LCSO. My primary opponents also attempted to mislead the public on the reality of how legislation works by implying we can have everything and give up nothing. Yes, because these programs have failed and ultimately made us less free. While partisan fights often receive the most attention, I have a history of working in a bipartisan manner on issues important to our country and the State of Illinois, including delivering billions of dollars to Illinois to help create jobs and grow economic opportunity in our state. Heading into the 2020 campaign season, Republican leaders were concerned about finding a strong candidate to challenge Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. I have pushed for Comprehensive Immigration Reform despite the political danger in doing so. The Office was known for wrongful convictions. David Black, a retired attorney, is running as a member of the Green Party to unseat Durbin. Also, I have also been a strong proponent for prison reform since I spent a week in my own jail as Lake County Sheriff in 2008. Many young people subscribe to socialism as they look at the inherent unfairness within our nation. Some of my primary opponents attempted to incite opposition against me by trying to rally some of the public, with fear and prejudice, against the entire undocumented community. I have already signed the U.S. And we can and must do something about gun violence. I will work toward helping local officials understand how their policies of higher taxes and more regulations create an unfavorable climate for attracting business. The Democrats want something for the undocumented population. Mark Curran Vs Dick Durbin Daily Herald Debate September 18, 2020 This debate was hosted by the Daily Herald Editorial Board Name: Mark Curran Jr. If you support a government-related insurance plan, how would you pay for it? China has had two decades of double-digit increases in military spending. The Affordable Care Act is failing Americans and Illinois residents due to flaws that were written into the system and Republican efforts to undermine it, Black said, calling for "improved Medicare for all.". For starters, we need to immediately offer a social security opt-out option in order to limit future liabilities and allow people to keep the money they earn. Also, I have worked toward reforming our criminal justice, holding bad law enforcement officers accountable, and advocating for much-needed change to our immigration system and will continue to do so as your next senator. I am open to reforming both Social Security and Medicare long term, but we cannot diminish benefits for existing retirees and those that are approaching retirement. Not to mention the financial burden. Both can be adequately funded by making the wealthy pay in their fair share. Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mark Curran, from left, incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and independent challenger Willie Wilson. I have a record of working across the aisle to address the solvency of Social Security and Medicare--I worked for months on a comprehensive plan more commonly known as the Simpson-Bowles Commission report to try to address these issues. Readers can learn more about each candidate by reading their Tribune questionnaires, posted here: Why should voters elect you and not your opponent(s)? Some of the obvious examples of wasteful spending at the federal level include agencies and their end of the year improper spending. What I witnessed truly saddened me. Mark Curran: Simplify tax code; against tax breaks for large corporations. The federal government does not have the authority to “secure health insurance” for American workers, nor could it successfully achieve such a goal if it did. Small businesses are the key to the future of America and American success. But we also must build on the ACA by bringing down the cost of prescription drug prices and creating a public option to further reduce health care costs. I will work to represent the needs of all Illinoisans. The Chicago businessman unsuccessfully ran for Chicago mayor in 2015 and 2019. We need to unleash the power of the free market and limit the government’s footprint in the industry in order to allow for more affordable care. David F. Black Mark C. Curran, Jr. Richard J. Durbin Danny Malouf Willie Wilson Why should voters elect you and not your opponent(s)? Five straight days on one Supreme Court nominee, not a minute being spent to find the solution to this coronavirus challenge.". My highest priority for Illinois is to help get the Illinois economy back on track. I have the most significant experience in defending and upholding the Constitution as the former Lake County Sheriff from 2006-2018 and as a prior county, state, and federal prosecutor before that. Mark Curran called for the reopening of the state in May, and in March he even questioned whether the state and national response to the pandemic “had gone too far.” In May, Dr. Wilson said we should reopen churches immediately, one of the most irresponsible actions we could have taken at the time. I have introduced a bill that would finance low-interest loans and grants for projects that help transition the U.S. to a clean energy economy. Senator Durbin has also been an enemy of the middle-class voting in favor of favorable trade deals with China, supporting NAFTA, and working with lobbyists on behalf of special interests, the wealthiest corporations, and individuals. Many American’s believe their Constitutional Rights are under attack. Previously, I have spoken and written about how increased competition will help lower healthcare costs. Mark Warner (DEM) Daniel Gade ... Dick Durbin (DEM) Mark Curran (GOP) View 2020 Illinois U.S. Senate Election; 2020 Minnesota U.S. Senate Race * = Incumbent. Before that, he served in the U.S. House. I plan on raising issues in line with the Green Party platform. Vice President Joe Biden is a leader who will listen to the experts around him--whether it be public health experts to address the pandemic, foreign policy experts to ensure the U.S. returns to its position of leadership in the world, or economic experts about how we address the recession created by the pandemic to ensure we put people back to work and address economic inequality that has been made worse by this recess. Election Day is Tuesday. Mark Curran is running to represent the ignored middle class taxpayers in Illinois “I’m Mark Curran and I am running for U.S. Senate in 2020 because our faith, our freedoms and our values are under assault from establishment elites including political dinosaur IL- D Sen Dick Durbin, who once said he believes the Constitution is ‘fatally flawed.’ In 2006, when I first ran for Lake County Sheriff, I ran as a Democrat. Not only were these bailouts unconstitutional, but they were wasteful and immoral, and the short-term gain will eventually be overshadowed by the long-term pain. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home orders and offered to pay fines for churches that violated the order. Many more were subject to forced sterilization. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Calls For Trump's Removal As 'Unfit' Ramp Up After Capitol Seige, 'The President Is Unfit:' Kinzinger Calls For 25th Amendment, Trump Mob Attacks Capitol; 4 Deaths; 69 Arrests; FBI Seeks Tips, Chaos, Violence, Mockery As Pro-Trump Mob Occupies Congress, 'A Friend To All': Sandy Hook First Responder Dies Of Coronavirus. Tina Smith What specific reforms would you be willing to support? The economy is in serious danger. Both Black voters and Latino voters were more likely to back Durbin … In 2008, I became a Republican. Unfortunately, the Democratic Party has yet again, made a poor choice for their candidate. Challenging Durbin are: Republican Mark Curran Jr. of Libertyville, an attorney and former Lake County sheriff; businessman Willie Wilson of Chicago who is running under his own third party; David Black of Rockford, a member of the Green Party; and Danny Malouf of Woodstock, a libertarian. In 2001, it was my “blue slip” that allowed U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s name to go forward in committee. Due to the pandemic, millions of families are struggling and economic experts tell us this recession is likely to have a long tail, meaning we should not expect a quick recovery. Another community that has been ignored by my opponent is our farmers. Each of these make us less free and less safe. I have a lifetime of advocacy on behalf of the poor and most vulnerable. We should be rolling back onerous regulations, lowering taxes, and cutting spending in order to stimulate the economy and more easily survive shortages due to COVID-19. The United States faces a host of international threats, many of which do not respect international boundaries and require collective actions. Five candidates for U.S. Senate are on the ballot for the seat occupied by Democrat Dick Durbin, who has represented Illinois in the Senate since 1997. As a result of my position on this issue, I had my opponents in the primary consistently distort my record. What Congress needs the most is open communication between all sides. We must do both. Joe Biden will unite this country instead of dividing us. More than 2,000 people have been shot in Chicago this year. On the issue of Iranian nuclear proliferation, I was the original sponsor along with former Republican Senator Gordon Smith of a Senate bill -- the Iran Counter Proliferation Act -- key components of which became the basis for the strict petroleum sanctions regime that helped bring Iran to the negotiating table over its nuclear weapons program. I will continue to listen and learn more about the candidates and their plans for the future of this country. This built upon another law I worked with Republicans to enact into law in 2010, the Fair Sentencing Act, which reduced the unjust sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine, and was the first legislation ever to reduce federal drug sentences. Many in the FBI were exposed using the tremendous power entrusted in them in a partisan manner. The problem with healthcare in the United States is the ever-increasing costs. We created a bipartisan screening committee co-chaired by two former federal judges, and we put out a public call for candidates to apply for and receive consideration. I will work across party lines. I voluntarily spent a week in my own jail as Sheriff in 2008 and used that moment to speak to reforming prisons and our criminal justice system. To avoid devastating consequences for millions of families we need to provide the financial assistance they need to put food on the table, keep a roof over their head, and access vital health care services. These giant corporations have the wealth and resources to comply with the burdensome and unnecessary regulations that a smaller business cannot afford to comply with. ... View all candidates Collapse candidates: 14% of counties (14 of 102) have reported absentee votes. The Republicans want border security. While the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect, we must defend the law from Republican efforts to attack and weaken its protections, including protections for those with pre-existing conditions. Return to Patch for tonight's local election results and subscribe for free news alerts and updates. We should encourage a shift in awarding contract to local, small, minority-owned businesses, suppliers and contractors. I have consistently worked for world peace and favor a drastic cut in military spending. The US is able to offer the best healthcare in the world due to competition. Illinois is at the bottom in many economic categories including the number of citizens leaving, debt, taxes, and credit rating. The pay structure in a small business is much fairer than a large corporation where the top executives receive wages many times that of the average worker. When Fitzgerald stepped down in 2012, I invited Republican Senator Mark Kirk to establish a bipartisan process to consider candidates to replace him. Wilson said during the NBC 5 forum that he has handed out 27 million masks so far. These are unconstitutional and unwinnable wars that we should end immediately. I believe every American should have health insurance and I believe it should be the goal of the Government to provide health insurance to those who cannot afford it. Black's platform also supports a $20 federal minimum wage, affordable housing for all, 75 percent spending cuts for the military and a variety of green-infrastructure initiatives, including electric mass transit, environmentally beneficial buildings and a ban on fracking. RealClearPolitics - Election 2020 - Illinois Senate - Curran vs. Durbin This historic agreement halted Iran’s nuclear weapon program and established an intrusive inspection programs of key Iranian sites to guard against cheating. During a recent NBC 5 candidate forum, Black said he believes "we need to get away from private insurance," particularly after millions of people lost their health coverage over the past seven months as they were laid off from their jobs. We are living in arguably the most lawless period in American history. She’s not perfect, but she’s who this country needs in order to have liberty in our lifetime. We live in a country where the top 1% has more wealth than the bottom 90%. Here is how the two candidates stand on ag issues. We need to expand background checks and to close the gun show loophole. Oh, and Jo Jorgensen is the only candidate without a sexual harassment claim against her. With 97% of precincts reporting, Curran wound up with 42% of the … We cannot reopen or stimulate the economy unless we get the virus under control—but getting the virus under control and stimulating the economy is not an either-or proposition. Submit a letter, of no more than 400 words, to the editor here or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune… The group rated Mark Curran as most prolife with a "1." The problems with Medicare are tied to the problems with health care in America. SenateMatch. I had my screening commission update their review, and they gave Mr. Lausch their recommendation and I gave him my support. Republican Mark Curran said his experience as an elected official makes him the best pick to run against Democrat Dick Durbin this November. I will not sell out. IL politicians: Archives; ... Durbin(D,incumbent) vs.Curran(R) vs.Stava-Murray(D) Identify 3 national security threats to the United States. IL Senate Race: Dick Durbin Takes On 4 Challengers - Across Illinois, IL - The Nov. 3 election pits Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin against challengers Mark Curran… If you are a newcomer, tell us how you as a rookie would keep from being a backbencher. I would join with those who have already signed on to pending legislation. Debt that is not only crippling our nation but will cripple future generations. He was the only candidate that did not say pre-existing conditions should be covered under all insurance plans. Many businesses will not be able to reopen even when they’re finally allowed to reopen. Unlike his competitors, Malouf said he did not see an issue with the U.S. Supreme Court taking another look at the ruling in the landmark Roe v. Wade case that protects a woman's right to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restrictions. Malouf said he supports ending all government-mandated shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic. Or, mistakenly paying out approximately $140 billion including monies to deceased individuals. This effort encourages hospitals to address health disparities and the lack of opportunities in their communities through local hiring and investment, community programming, and health initiatives. I think the government has a responsibility to ensure that all Americans have access to health care. The economy needs to be rebuilt. MARK CURRAN. "What we need to understand is the government is not the solution to our problems; the government is the problem," Malouf said during the NBC 5 forum, calling for governments to "localize decision-making and spending as close to the individual as possible.". I believe that achieving equity for all communities in tax spending to ensure the proportionate use of tax dollars to enrich all communities, is the single, budget neutral, action that can be taken to ensure development occurs equally for all of our citizens. Curran, a longtime Democrat turned Republican, is hoping to pull off the upset and believes Wilson will draw votes from Durbin. "Here’s the truth: The president caused this. Curran, a Pittsburgh native, attended Spring Hill College in Alabama for his bachelor’s degree before coming to … I am the only candidate who will uphold their oath of office, and the only candidate willing to tell the truth about how nearly all of the problems we face today are a result of the federal government being way too big. I have also been speaking to folks in places like Dick Durbin’s hometown of East St. Louis and communities he’s forgotten, like Cairo. I will also work to get the government off of the backs of small businesses. Curran is … The reality is nobody will get anything they want, unless there is compromise. I do not know how you can support law enforcement and teachers and do otherwise. The reality is that, without any action, Social Security will be unable to fulfill its promise to its beneficiaries in 14 years--and delaying action on these difficult decisions will only make changes more disruptive. Do you support the creation or continuation of a program, such as Medicare for All or Obamacare? But we also need to invest in affordable housing, like the bill I introduced with Senator Harris that would provide $70 billion to upgrade and maintain public housing from Chicago to East St. Louis to Cairo. Since it’s inception, the federal government has had over 50 years to get it right, and after decades of intervening in the healthcare market with trillions of dollars spent and thousands of regulations created, what do we have to show for it? These also need to be addressed to rein in the ever-increasing healthcare costs in the United States. I have mended fences with the new Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim, but at one time I announced my intention to run against him for that position. The bill would provide support to help families and businesses, including farmers, transition to a zero carbon emission economy, which would be funded by a fee on carbon once we are no longer in economic turmoil. So, while the other candidates are arguing over who will better run your life, your money, and the economy, I’m saying: I don’t want to run your life, I don’t know how to run your life, and the Constitution doesn’t permit me to run your life. One item I would be willing to learn more about and possibly consider is increasing or eliminating the tax cap on Social Security. The president is unfit, and the president is unwell," the Republican congressman said. Sometimes tough decisions need to be made as to what the US can and cannot afford. We can’t just print and spend money and expect it to create real sustainable growth. We have approximately $26 trillion in debt and even with tax cuts in 2019, our budget was still a trillion dollars out of whack. Attorneys are the chief federal prosecutors in their district, charged with enforcing federal laws in a fair and impartial matter. However, since then, Republicans in Congress have sought to cut our safety net by gutting funding, limiting benefits, and constricting eligibility--and the most recent Republican tax cut and ACA repeal efforts targeted the solvency of Medicare. The incumbent senator has raised just under $10 million for his re-election campaign and has spent $8.6 million. I was under budget 12 years in a row as Lake County Sheriff. Editorial: Concede or resign, President Trump. The ceiling on withholding needs to be raised. He has called for states to reopen, warning about the long-term effects of shutdowns on small businesses. I would be a freshman United States Senator, but I do not know anyone that knows me and thinks I would be a back bencher. People are living longer than ever before, and we are constantly adding to the number of people eligible for Social Security. Choose one and explain your approach to dealing with that threat. Unlike Dick Durbin, I will remember that I am here to represent the people of Illinois and not my personal partisan interests. I have a proven track record of operating a large office, with a multi-million dollar budget, and coming in under budget every single year. Illinois needs to create a climate where workers will want to move to Illinois and that means we’ll have to lower taxes and have fewer regulations. We should target resources to those communities hardest hit by the pandemic, of which many are communities of color that were already feeling the impacts of health disparities due to systemic racism in our health care system. That means improving federal assistance to help make health insurance more affordable for working families, expanding Medicaid in all states, allowing all individuals the option of purchasing a private or public health insurance plan, ensuring better availability of dental and mental health care, and reducing the cost of prescription drugs. I was under budget 12 years in a row as Lake County Sheriff. Dick Durbin is also an unapologetic partisan and is the Minority Whip for a reason. They need greater congressional oversight. Social Security was a promise that needs to be protected for Americans that currently receive it and are counting on it for the next couple of decades. Trump concedes to Biden and condemns violent mob as Capitol siege forces painful new questions across government, ‘The biggest mistake I’ve ever made’: Former Missouri Sen. 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My whole career has been about showing independence. To reduce the high costs of health care, we must address high prescription drug costs. Welfare & Poverty Mark Curran: Access to food is a right and Congress must safeguard it. Social Security and Medicare programs are part of a commitment we make to protect seniors and the most vulnerable among us. Unfortunately Obamacare is failing. I will use my position as Senator to forge relationships and build bridges between parties in order to promote healthy discussion and real solutions. I will work to lower the tax rate for small businesses helping them to be able to keep more of their earnings to reinvest in the business and their employees. It’s no surprise that my Democrat and Republican opponents both supported the wasteful spending bills that have passed as a result of COVID-19, as most of the money went to big banks and corporations who support the GOP and DNC. We need to implement a science-based, national strategy to contain the virus, including ramping up testing and the production of personal protective equipment. The lives, limbs, and liberty lost as a result of these wars has not been worth it. Ensuring families have access to quality, affordable health care has never been more important, especially as we face a once-in-a-century public health crisis and pandemic. Nobody should have to live in the squalor of East St. Louis. The voters of Illinois decided to give Mark Curran the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. The IL Right to Life Action group gave incumbent U.S. In the race for U.S. Senate, incumbent Democrat Richard Durbin was preferred over Republcian Mark Curran among voters under 45. I will call out hypocrisy and dereliction of duty and will inform the public when wrongdoing is happening. China’s dictatorship also poses military and economic threats to the United States and its interests around the world. That is why I’m fighting for an extension of enhanced unemployment benefits, rental and housing assistance, another direct cash payment for families, hazard pay for frontline workers, and support for small businesses struggling to stay afloat. Plaintiff’s lawyers are a large part of the Democrats base of contributors and until tort reform is addressed, we will not sufficiently address the costs of healthcare. The incumbent Democratic senator is facing Republican Mark Curran, Green Party candidate David F. Black, Libertarian Danny Malouf and Willie Wilson, who is running under the Willie Wilson Party banner. However, many young people also subscribe to the concept of entrepreneurship. We need to rein in spending. He also ran for president in 2016. I am the only Pro-Life candidate in the race. Health care workers across Illinois are also "looking for a helping hand from Washington," Durbin said Monday in an interview with PBS NewsHour. Campaign finance records show Durbin has significantly out raised and outspent his four opponents. For the March 2020 IL GOP primary, the group rated former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran as most "pro-life." I do not support a single-payer system or Medicare For All. There is sufficient evidence that the CCP stopped travel from Wuhan to other parts of China while allowing travel from Wuhan to anywhere else on the globe. All of this jeopardizes the future of Social Security. I became a national leader on Immigration Reform, receiving numerous awards and traveling the country to work toward the passage of a bipartisan immigration bill. As evidenced by the last few days, right wing militias pose an internal threat. There are countless issues where there are clear distinctions between myself and my opponents--but the top three are health care, COVID-19, and who should be President. I became a Republican in 2008, but I continued to work in an independent fashion. And we must address the root caucus of gun violence by reversing the decades of underinvestment in the communities hardest hit by gun violence, poverty, and the lack of opportunity. In the race for U.S. Senate, Richard Durbin was preferred over Mark Curran among both voters under 45 and older voters. It cut our state’s uninsured rate in half, provided peace of mind to millions of Illinoisans with a pre-existing condition by ending discriminatory insurance practices, and helped seniors by lowering prescription drug costs and extending the solvency of Medicare. We need to provide additional resources to health care and other workers, who are on the frontlines of fighting this virus. In 2011, I publicly criticized the Office of the Lake County State’s Attorney. He is the only candidate in the field to advocate for a single-payer health care system. 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