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Heather Steans
State Senator, 7th District

I am thankful for the responses to the legislative survey you recently received in the mail. Below are the results, with the percentage of respondents answering indicated in parentheses after each option.

I read your responses and comments with great interest. They are extremely helpful to me in considering how I can best represent you. Thank you again.

What kind of school board would be most effective for Chicago Public Schools?
a.    All members elected. (45%)
b.    All members appointed by the Mayor. (6%)
c.    A combination of elected and appointed members. (49%)

What is the best way to address the lack of affordable housing in Chicago?
a.    Repeal the law that disallows rent control in Illinois. (27%)
b.    Incentivize or require developers to provide more affordable housing. (27%)
c.    Increase state funding for affordable housing, even if it means an additional tax. (9%)
d.    I think there is sufficient affordable housing in my area. (17%)
e.    Other__________ (19%) Please see the constituent comments below.

Do you think Illinois should switch to nonpartisan primaries wherein the two candidates with the most votes would run against each other in the general election, regardless of political party, or should the state continue to use a partisan primary system?
a.    Yes, I think the state should switch to nonpartisan primaries. (45%)
b.    No, I think the state should continue to use the partisan primary system. (47%)
c.    Other__________ (8%) Please see the constituent comments below.

Should Illinois move to a ranked-choice voting system, in which voters rank candidates in their order of preference and the winner is determined by the majority of voters?
a.    Yes, I support ranked-choice voting. (34%)
b.    No, winners should be determined by getting the most votes in a race, regardless of majority support. (21%)
c.    I’m not sure, but I’d like to learn more about the options. (45%)

What do you believe is the most effective and fair way to draw legislative districts?
a.    An independent commission draws the maps. (95%)
b.    The majority party of the legislature draws the maps. (2%)
c.    A commission of appointed politicians draws the maps. (2%)

Comments and Suggestions:

Below is a compilation of the comments and suggestions I received. I also indicate how many people shared similar thoughts.


Lower taxes/tax reform (4)
Living wages (1)
Reduce cost of doing business/attract new jobs (1)

State spending

Reduce wasteful spending (4)
Reduce pension costs/pension reform (8)
Invest in infrastructure (1)
Require a budget to be passed on time (1)
Equal school funding (1)


Remove zoning restrictions or relax zoning laws for affordable housing (1)
Increase requirements for developers to develop affordable housing (1)
Don't allow aldermen in Chicago to refuse affordable housing (1)
Rent control (1)
More affordable housing for people with disabilities (1)
Improved access to housing case managers (1)

Health care

Create rules from Illinois Department of Public Health for Registered Nurses to open practices (1)
Rate increase for direct care professionals (1)
Improved access to mental health clinics (1)

Government reform

Create an instant runoff voting system (2)
Keep primaries partisan for federal offices but nonpartisan for state offices (1)
Eliminate corruption (1)
Term limits/change in leadership (4)
Change the way legislative districts are drawn (2)

Criminal justice reform

Place fewer non-violent offenders in prison (1)
Reform registration requirements for sexual offenders (1)
Help ex-offenders get jobs (1)
Test all rape kits within 30 days of collection (1)


Student loan assistance/forgiveness (1)
Address climate issues/mitigate damage from climate change (1)
Create transparent laws regarding online gambling (1)
Legalize adult-use cannabis (2)

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