Democrat Delia Ramirez is active accustomed in the accepted election. Afore the March primary, we asked her why she’s active for the Democratic choice in the Illinois House of Representatives 4th District.
My name is Delia Ramirez. I am active in the 4th House Commune in Illinois. I accept lived my absolute activity in the 4th Commune and ran a brace of nonprofits. Center for Alteration Lives, a nonprofit alignment allowance bodies experiencing homelessness and banking hardships, and I’m the admiral of the Logan Square Adjacency Association, and I am currently the admiral of LUCHA, an affordable accommodation alignment in the 4th District.
I would say that my specific causes would be abiding accommodation and abiding jobs and attainable safety. And attractive at attainable assurance not aloof from a law administering perspective, but from a angle of absolutely attractive at the basis causes of abandon and how we ensure that we’re acclamation the issues both at the basis but additionally in the way in which we chronicle with badge and access.
As I’ve talked to bodies in the 4th District, housing, apprenticeship and attainable assurance are priorities. Bodies appetite to be able to accumulate the home they lived in all their life. Bodies appetite to be able to abide to hire from the freeholder that has busy to them best of their life. I appetite to accomplish abiding that I am alive on acknowledging the acreage owners but additionally stabilizing hire so bodies that alive there can break there.
I say the added affair is the affiliation to schools and the accent of acknowledging our bounded schools and allotment them. We’ve done a acceptable job but we accept so abundant added to do. The affiliation amid accommodation and apprenticeship is critical, and I appetite to accomplish abiding we are allotment schools and able resources. And finally, it is attainable assurance again. We charge after-school programs. We charge amusing casework in abode and we charge to be able to abide to body relationships amid badge and community.
The Chicago Sun-Times additionally beatific the candidates gluttonous nominations for the Illinois House of Representatives a account of questions to acquisition out their angle on a ambit of important issues adverse the accompaniment of Illinois. Ramirez submitted the afterward answers to our questionnaire:
ANSWER: Stable accommodation & abiding schools:
I accept accommodation is a animal right. I accept a constant charge and clue almanac of alive to abode homelessness and ensuring all accept admission to housing. I accept attainable action and government assets should ensure a abiding accumulation attainable and affordable accommodation so that all the associates of our association can alive afterwards abhorrence of displacement. As a accompaniment legislator, I will apostle for allocating accompaniment assets to abate displacement by allowance families abide affordable home buying and rentals in the clandestine accommodation market. For example, I appetite to ambition bristles years of acreage tax abatement to landlords who accumulate their tenants’ rents abiding through those bristles years, with alone actual bound hire increases. I accept that bounded governments should accept the adeptness to accomplish hire ascendancy ordinances to balance accommodation markets and abate displacement. I will additionally abutment bounded initiatives to action displacement such as association allowances agreements for new developments, accommodation set-aside requirements for clandestine developments, and acreage tax abatement forth the 606.
As a artefact of Chicago Attainable Schools, I apperceive that our attainable apprenticeship arrangement is the courage of a able community. I accept we charge advance added in attainable apprenticeship which, admitting contempo legislation at the accompaniment akin to accomplish greater equity, is still actuality clumsily funded. I accept that a well-resourced attainable education, including admission to childcare and pre-k, k-12 education, and academy education, should be affirmed to every adolescent in Illinois behindhand of what association they abound up in. The accompaniment of Illinois has connected underfunded its attainable apprenticeship arrangement and I am committed to change this while angry adjoin efforts to privatize our public-school systems. Specifically, I accept that Chicago needs an adopted adumbrative academy lath accompany about greater accuracy and accountability in the administering and allocation of assets in CPS. I accept that our accompaniment government charge access revenues to added abundantly armamentarium attainable apprenticeship statewide. Furthermore, I accept that accompaniment legislation should be anesthetized to acquiesce TIF revenues to be acclimated to armamentarium schools and added attainable services. I additionally abutment a adjournment on allotment academy expansion. Afterwards decades of amplification and research, there is no bright affirmation that allotment schools action any bigger than adjacency attainable schools. Illinois is not abundantly allotment our adjacency attainable schools, and this charge be our top priority.
Reliable and amenable government:
I accept that government should assignment to accommodated the needs of people. Government casework should be reliable, transparent, and revenues to armamentarium them should be calm in a fair and amenable manner. It is unacceptable that our budgets are actuality counterbalanced by acid amusing casework and programs which serve the best accessible associates of association while affluent individuals and corporations are accepting tax cuts. I will action to accession able revenues to armamentarium the attainable casework we all charge and use, aing tax loopholes that acquiesce the affluent to abstain advantageous their fair share, and assignment to get big money out of politics.
Specifically, I will best fair acquirement behavior in which those who accept added pay added for the casework that account everyone. I accept that the Illinois assembly charge abode a election on the election for a built-in alteration to accomplish a accelerating assets tax breadth those with academy incomes pay a academy amount and those with lower incomes pay lower rates. I abutment closing accumulated tax loopholes (as proposed in HB4004) and eliminating the Carried Absorption loophole. I additionally accept that we charge assignment to get big money out of backroom through legislation that establishes a baby donor attainable analogous armamentarium as proposed in SB1424.
Public assurance and amends reform:
I accept invested my able career in the amusing casework and nonprofit sector. Through this acquaintance I apperceive actual that abandon is absolutely a attainable bloom issue. I accept that proactive approaches that abode the basis causes of abandon charge be put into convenance instead of reactionary behavior of locking bodies with no opportunities for rehabilitation. I will action to accumulate our communities safe by advocating for association based approaches to abate violence, alive to canyon laws that accumulate accoutrements out of our communities, and catastrophe the aeon of backsliding by accretion opportunities for bodies with annal to accretion accommodation and employment. Furthermore, I accept that we charge assignment to restore the community’s assurance in law administering so that a accurate community-police accord can be artificial to actualize neighborhoods breadth anybody feels safe.
Specifically, I will apostle for greater advance into accurate abandon blockage strategies that ambition the needs of the adolescent bodies best at accident for actuality victims or perpetrators of violence. We charge accent investments into programs that abode the basis causes of abomination and abandon such as adolescence mentoring, artery action initiatives, brainy bloom and actuality corruption treatments, and alleviation amends programs that advice adjustment corruption afterwards defective to criminalize people. I will additionally abutment Gun Dealer Licensing legislation (SB1657) and added astute gun laws that will advice abate the breeze of actionable accoutrements into our communities. I accept we charge additionally aggrandize opportunities in housing, education, and application for bodies abiding from the bent amends arrangement to be able to accord to their communities and end the aeon of abomination and recidivism. Finally, to restore association assurance in law administering I accept we charge accomplish accompaniment legislation that makes removes barriers to filing a complaint of badge misconduct. Accompaniment legislators should additionally actively analyze accompaniment licensing for affidavit accord admiral to improve the policing profession and set conduct and training standards which will acquiesce departments to added finer action abomination while actuality able to authority bad actors accountable.
Running for: Illinois House of Representatives 4th district
Political/civic background: President, Logan Square Adjacency Association (2005-07)
Chair, Commune Advisory Council, 14th Badge Commune (2005-08)
Emerging Baton Fellow, Chicago Association Assurance (2013)
Campaign Chair, Irizarry for 26th Ward Alderman (2014-15)
President, Latin United Association Accommodation Association (2016-present)
Occupation: Public action apostle & administrator:
Deputy Director, Association Renewal Association (Jan 2016 – Dec 2017)
Campaign Manager, Common Account Illinois (2015)
Administrator, Humdt Park United Methodist Church (2013-14)
Social account bureau director:
Executive Director, Center for Alteration Lives (2004-13)
Education: B.A., Amends Studies, Northeastern Illinois University
Campaign website: deliaforstaterep.com
ANSWER: Housing stability:
In ample genitalia of the 4th District, low- and moderate-income families are at accident of displacement – both as renters and as homeowners – due to skyrocketing acreage taxes and rents. For ten years, as authoritative administrator of the Center for Alteration Lives, I oversaw an emergency accommodation for abandoned men as able-bodied as capricious apartments for women and children. Added recently, as a homeowner a the Bloomingdale Trail (The 606), I led a attack for acreage tax abatement and accommodation adherence that sparked Adjacency Accommodation Casework to accommodate $1 actor in forgivable loans for banal families to adjustment their baby rental barrio and single-family homes. I accept that accommodation adherence is the best important claiming adverse the 4th commune and will abode a cogent allocation of my time as a accompaniment administrator advocating for attainable behavior that will ensure bodies can allow to break in their homes.
Funding attainable schools:
Through my years of account in the 4th commune I accept consistently heard that parents and agents are anxious over the woefully bare resourcing of their attainable schools. This is one of the best cogent affidavit bodies are abrogation Chicago in such aerial numbers. I am acutely committed to our attainable academy arrangement and accept we charge action to accumulate aerial affection attainable apprenticeship accessible to all accouchement in the 4th district. To do this, we charge accede that cogent added investments are needed, and we charge be accommodating to accession able revenues to pay for the affection attainable apprenticeship we desire. It will be one of my priorities as a accompaniment administrator to see that accompaniment revenues for attainable apprenticeship are decidedly increased.
As I allocution to my neighbors in the 4th district, I consistently apprehend apropos over gun violence. Parent’s are aflutter that their accouchement cannot airing to and from academy cautiously and this is acutely unsettling. Through my assignment in the nonprofit sector, I apperceive that there is no one abracadabra band-aid to abbreviation abomination and abandon but that a holistic attainable bloom access is needed. This requires not alone stronger gun laws, but absolute allusive investments into attainable casework agencies that are alive to anticipate abomination and abandon afore it occurs. I am committed to ensuring our communities are safe by advocating for proactive blockage in the anatomy of adolescence mentoring, jobs, afterwards academy programs, and amusing services. I will additionally apostle for responses to abomination and abandon that abode the basis causes of why a abomination was committed and not artlessly focus on locking bodies up afterwards a plan for rehabilitation.
ANSWER: Clearly, Illinois charge abode its alimony liability. Currently, we pay three times added adjoin alimony debt (including interest) than we pay anniversary year into the alimony arrangement itself. Years of alimony holidays and borrowing because of a abnegation to accession able revenues are the absolute account of our alimony crisis and we charge solutions that abode this botheration arch on. Illinois and Chicago charge added revenues on the advanced end to balance the accretion payments that are advancing due.
I abutment the re-amortization of alimony liabilities to about-face the way we pay alimony debt from a accelerating acquittal to a collapsed anniversary payment. I argue a built-in alteration that would abate the accountability of the alimony debt. Proposals to cut pensions don’t get at the absolute account of the crisis – the abortion to accomplish appropriate and able payments and the consistent debt.
The all-inclusive majority of accompaniment advisers are not covered by Amusing Security, and their pensions are reasonable. Unfortunately, there are legislators who try to agilely dispense their own pensions. Their accomplishments attenuate attainable abutment for a alimony arrangement that helps the accompaniment absorb accomplished employees. If elected, I will acquaint a Legislative Alimony Sunshine Act, acute at atomic seven alive canicule of abundant attainable apprehension above-mentioned to access of any legislation that alters the alimony of a accepted or aloft legislator. I will additionally advance to aing added loopholes in the arrangement that accept been exploited to actualize disproportionately ample pensions for a baby cardinal of individuals.
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ANSWER: I support, and accept advocated for, a $15 minimum allowance in Illinois. My mother is a home affliction artisan who does not accomplish a active wage. For abounding years, my assignment and advance account accept put me in aing acquaintance with abounding added bodies whose adamantine assignment is not compensated with a appropriate wage. Raising the minimum allowance is amid the best important things we can do to abutment workers and low-income families. In Illinois accomplishment accept stagnated while the amount of housing, bloom affliction and adolescent affliction accept added sharply. Underemployment is a aloft account of homelessness. A distinct actuality in Illinois earning our accepted minimum allowance has to assignment 85 hours a anniversary to affordably hire a bashful one-bedroom apartment, according to 2017 abstracts aggregate by the Civic Low Assets Accommodation Coalition.
I would accept accurate SB 81 aftermost year, but I would adopt a bill afterwards the exclusions that were added to SB 81. Those exclusions would accept accustomed administering to pay adolescence beneath 18 abundant beneath than the all-embracing minimum allowance if they formed beneath than 650 hours per year. Part-time application is an important antecedent of assets for abounding adolescent people. The exclusion would incentivize administering to cap abounding teens’ hours at 650 per year.
ANSWER: Yes. Back my teens, I accept formed with low-income families and abandoned individuals in Humdt Park, Logan Square and the surrounding area. I’ve apparent how marijuana administering disproportionately criminalizes atramentous and amber people, authoritative it difficult for them to abutment families and accord to their communities. A adapted arrangement of legalized, burdened marijuana would abate these impacts while creating a aloft new antecedent of acquirement for Illinois.
ANSWER: I would accent several added acquirement streams aloft added bank or racino licenses in Illinois, but I could abutment added licenses as allotment of a accommodation that decidedly expands all-embracing acquirement and creates living-wage, head-of-household jobs. At the aforementioned time, we charge accede that new casinos will not magically break our state’s banking problems, and they will actualize new animal costs – such as bankruptcies and the amusing impacts of addiction – that will crave added accompaniment expenditures.
ANSWER: I argue a statewide acreage tax freeze. I accept announced out on account of my neighbors forth the 606, abounding of whom are actuality displaced by rapidly accretion acreage taxes. And I am appreciative that an alignment I already led, the Logan Square Adjacency Association, is one of two groups suing Cook Canton Assessor Berrios over arbitrary assessments. But a benumb would do added corruption than good. Amid shrinking allotment from the accompaniment and federal levels, bounded governments charge the adeptness to burden acceptable taxes to abutment capital services. As the Civic Federation has noted, “Freezing acreage taxes, and appropriately attached municipalities’ revenue, would crave added legislation to help balance their books.” The alone way to abate acreage taxes while attention schools and bounded government casework is to articulation acreage tax reductions to a accelerating assets tax and added increases in accompaniment acquirement – and abundant greater accompaniment abutment for attainable education.
ANSWER: Yes, Illinois charge absorb added on schools. In contempo years, Illinois has ranked 50th of the 50 states in the allotment of K-12 attainable academy allotment provided by the state, accidental beneath than 20%, while the civic boilerplate for states is 45%. And we are not a poor state. As a result, academy districts accept relied on acreage tax payers to accomplish up the difference, which contributes to bigotry amid poor and affluent districts. (The academy allotment disinterestedness legislation anesthetized aftermost summer moves us in the appropriate direction, but we still accept a connected way to go.)
In the best term, this allotment should appear primarily from a accelerating assets tax. Because that will crave a Built-in amendment, we additionally charge added readily accessible allotment sources in the abbreviate term. I support:
Expanding sales taxes to awning added services. (Iowa, for example, taxes hundreds of services, while Illinois taxes beneath than 50.)
Closing accumulated loopholes in our accompaniment tax system. (Now, as corporations are assertive to account from lower federal taxes, is the time to act on this.)
Legalizing and demanding recreational marijuana.
ANSWER: I spent nine years arch an bureau confined abandoned and at-risk Chicagoans, and I apperceive actual the admeasurement to which addictions are a account of homelessness and the confusion that addiction causes throughout our communities. Acclamation the problems of opioid abuse—and the abounding ambit of biologic addictions–must be a able approach: alteration medical decree practice, accretion medication-assisted analysis and accessible of emergency balance antidotes, amusing casework and abiding analysis options for those addicted, and crackdowns on actionable distribution. Illinois already has some advantageous laws on the books, and a contempo accompaniment address frames a absolute approach. The assembly needs to ensure that acceptable allotment is accessible for implementing absolute laws and initiatives. Allotment biologic analysis is abnormally vital. In addition, we should accomplish added legislation in band with accepted analysis and best practices in added states. For example, the breadth of aboriginal prescriptions for opioids for affliction abatement acerb associate with anticipation of continuing opioid use. Some 24 states now bind the abundance of aboriginal prescriptions. Illinois needs to chase suit.
ANSWER: Yes. Silencing or blurred the complete of gunshots endangers anybody breadth shots are actuality fired—reducing peoples’ adeptness to get out of harm’s way, calls to police, and added actual responses.
ANSWER: Yes. Today, gun dealers in Illinois face beneath licensing requirements than attach salons or car dealerships. Mandatory licensing for gun dealers, including requirements for recordkeeping, and accomplishments checks for advisers and licensees, is a analytical basic of authoritative actionable gun purchases and distribution. I abutment SB 1657 to actualize licensing requirements for gun dealers. (The Senate anesthetized SB 1657, and it anesthetized out of board in the House, but the abounding House did not vote on it.)
ANSWER: Yes. Ancestors associates are in a able position to apperceive back a afflicted ancestors affiliate may affectation a crisis if in control of a gun.
ANSWER: I acerb abutment connected Medicaid expansion, which has been a lifesaving change for bags of bodies beyond Illinois. It’s additionally an important way for our accompaniment to advice save the Affordable Affliction Act. I abutment a civic single-payer bloom affliction program. But appropriate now, accustomed the adventuresome adventure by Admiral Trump and Congressional Republicans to abort the ACA, we charge be accessible to act at the accompaniment level.
To access the acquirement we need, our best analytical assignment is to accomplish a accelerating accompaniment assets tax. Because that will crave a connected process, we charge access added acquirement appropriate away. I abutment closing accumulated tax loopholes, which could accomplish hundreds of millions of dollars annually for the state. I additionally abutment accretion our sales tax to accommodate a added ambit of services, abnormally affluence services.
I allotment the apropos of abounding legislators about the six-year, $63 billion managed affliction arrangement that Governor Rauner afresh negotiated. Aloof a few months earlier, the Rauner administering had projected a $30 to 40 billion contract. I abutment Comptroller Mendoza’s alarm for a attainable audition on the affair and for the Governor to alone testify.
I abutment acceptance Illinoisans to buy into a attainable bloom affliction option. Illinois should be a baton in efforts to accomplish a civic “Medicare for All” system.
ANSWER: I’m a alum of a attainable university, Northeastern Illinois. I was able to acquire my amount there while confined my association as a agents affiliate for a amusing account agency. I amount our attainable academy apprenticeship arrangement and accept it is acute that we restore the allotment that has been cut and actualize dependable acquirement streams that acceptance can calculation on for their abounding academy careers. I abutment added (and on-time) allotment for attainable academy education. I additionally abutment added (and on-time) allotment of MAP (Monetary Award Program) grants to advice low- and moderate-income acceptance go to college. If we are to abide aggressive in a growing all-around economy, we charge to abundantly and consistently advance in our attainable academy apprenticeship arrangement so that we can recruit and absorb the best accomplished acceptance to Illinois.
I do not accept that Illinois has too abounding accompaniment universities. The altitude of ambiguity at our universities was anon acquired by the state’s accidental account crisis. That’s why we absent adroitness and students. We don’t see added states closing their universities. John C. Austin of the Brookings Institution has afresh appear a alternation of accessories assuming that the attainable universities and association colleges are one of the key drivers of bread-and-er awakening in the Rust Belt. Illinois’ bread-and-er approaching depends on able attainable academy education.
ANSWER: I accept agreed with Governor Rauner on:
His accommodation to assurance HB40, attention a woman’s appropriate to accept in Illinois alike if the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade accommodation does not abide in force.
His abutment for the Illinois TRUST Act, which keeps clearing administering abstracted from bounded law enforcement, acceptance badge to body assurance and admit association cooperation.
His abutment for automated aborigine registration. As a agents actuality at Common Account Illinois in 2015, I alone advocated for this legislation in Springfield. The Accepted Assembly anesthetized it, and, to his credit, the Governor active it.
I accept disagreed with Governor Rauner on:
His assurance to authority the accompaniment account earnest to his brainy positions on unions and added non-budget policies, consistent in, amid added things, astronomic affliction and adversity for Illinois’ best accessible and disadvantaged association and analytical amusing account infrastructure.
His abnegation to advance adjoin compromise. For example, he accustomed aboriginal on that Illinois bare added revenue. But back the Senate came aing to a bipartisan accommodation including that new revenue, Rauner pressured Republicans to abjure from the negotiations.
His abridgement of articulation and administration at the federal akin on affairs analytical to Illinois. Back added governors – including Republican governors – batten out adjoin changes to the Affordable Affliction Act, Governor Rauner remained silent, abdicating his albatross to be an apostle for the needs of Illinois. Similarly, he has been bashful on the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and on accoutrement in the new federal tax legislation that will abnormally affect Illinoisans.
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