Candidates debate for IL House of Representative District 94 seat in Quincy
QUINCY, IL —
Two candidates vying for the Illinois House of Representatives District 94 seat met in Quincy Tuesday night for a candidate forum.
Republican incumbent Randy Frese and Democratic challenger Richard Cramsey spoke about education, infrastructure and the Illinois Veterans Home.
"We are one of the top 10 most taxed states and citizens in the state of Illinois, in the entire nation, in the top 10. My idea has always been we need to reduce taxes,” Frese explained. “Reducing taxes doesn't mean you bring in less revenue, it grows the economy.”
"I have been assured if somebody has an adjusted gross income of less than $250,000 there will be no net increase or decrease,” Cramsey explained. “Now, that seems not to be something that they want to band you about and I don't know if I have heard this indiscreetly or not but that is what I was told because that was the first thing I asked about when I was slated.”
Candidates were also asked about the Illinois Veterans Home.
Frese believes the state continues to bring in resources and commends the efforts by everyone. He said the vets home hasn’t had a legionella diagnosis in more than eight months.
"When you have those deaths from the legionaries disease and anytime you have a death that is not a good thing specially in a public facility, plus when you’re talking about people who went and put their life on the line.” Cramsey explained.
Both candidates were asked if they believed in term limits.
Cramsey said he believes in term limits but he’s not sure how many terms it should be.
"Leaders should be term limited,” Frese shared. “Illinois would have benefited greatly over the course of the past 42 years if we would have had term limits on leadership."
Both candidates also discussed infrastructure and needed repairs to Highway 57, Route 34 and the need to turn the new Macomb Bypass into four lanes.
District 94 represents counties along the Mississippi River in West Central Illinois.