Dinora Ruiz, Illinois House 86th District 2022 Primary Election Questionnaire – Shaw Local

Full Name: Dinora Ruiz

What office are you looking for? Illinois State Representative from the 86th District

What offices, if any, have you already held? Nothing

City: Joliette

Occupation: Seamstress

Education: Seamstress, Midwife, Doula

Campaign website: www.dinoraruizillinois.com

What are the main issues facing your district and what would you like to do to address these issues?

Pension – The looming pension crisis must be resolved. Government employees accumulating pensions do not help the pension system. Tackling this problem would ease the pressure on the private sector. This is why I will be refusing a pension as a state representative from the 86th district of Illinois.

Roads and Bridges – What to Say? If you’ve ever walked any roads or bridges in Illinois’ 86th District, you’d know this. Advocating for funds, communicating with community leaders, and supporting the workforce to get the job done will propel our community to growth.

Taxes – Need I say more? People are moving by the thousands to more tax-friendly states. Reducing unnecessary spending, solving our pension crisis and paying down the debt are legislative measures that I will defend. If it’s not good for individuals to be in debt, it’s not good for our state.

If COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths increase again, what mitigation measures, if any, should the state pursue?

First, the state must respect what is already stipulated in Illinois law, namely that a governor can issue an emergency order, not exceeding 30 days. After such a period of time, the governor must consult with the legislature to extend an emergency order.

Second, where should the number of hospitalizations and percentages of deaths be to justify state mitigation?

Third, no mitigation can replace primary care physicians and their patients for individualized care.

In light of Michael Madigan’s indictment, what steps should the legislature take to address corruption and ethics issues in the state?

Everyone, whether you are in the private or public sector, must be held accountable for their actions. There must be clear and impartial agreement on the definition of corruption and clear lines that cannot be crossed. If I can be arrested for shoplifting, how much more for someone with their indictment?

If there was one bill you could push through the Legislative Assembly next year, what would it be?

Pension – The looming pension crisis must be resolved. Government employees accumulating pensions do not help the pension system. Tackling this problem would ease the pressure on the private sector. This is why I will be refusing a pension as a state representative from the 86th district of Illinois.

If there was a recently passed law that you could repeal, what would it be?

I would repeal SAFE-T or HB 3653. Crime is on the rise in Illinois and especially in my area. If an officer can’t even evict someone who trespassed on my property for a class B misdemeanor because they don’t appear to be “violent,” that’s outrageous. Not to mention the other laws in this act that prevent the police from keeping our community safe and keep criminals away from the consequences.

Do you support term limits? If so, why and what would they look like? And if not, why not?

Yes and No to both.

Yes, I support term limits IF the Illinois Legislature creates career politicians.

No, I don’t support term limits IF there was a way to stop career politicians.

For example, a legislature that does not collect a pension is less likely to stand for election continuously. The legislature that has dedicated itself to public policy work as a legislature will do the job and function despite the money.

Inflation across the country has had a huge impact on the price of gasoline, food, and other supplies. What should the legislator do to solve these problems?

Help people help themselves. Pay off the debt. Create goods. Support small businesses. Build a garden.

The inflation we see today is a nationwide problem. The tax freeze only makes us worse by not solving the problem.

Taxes are a major concern for Illinois voters. What do you see as the underlying issues and how would you propose to address them?

The underlying issues include irresponsible spending that is wasteful and leads to debt.

Illinois needs to spend wisely, retain only necessary services, and create different revenue streams instead of relying on raising taxes.

What three things could the state legislature do to promote better fiscal accountability in state government?

Spend less than we earn. Create more revenue streams without raising taxes. Stick to a concise and detailed budget agreed upon by all political parties.

How would you propose to resolve issues with the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services?

Start by thoroughly investigating the allegations already made against all DCFS workers. Begin replacing DCFS workers under criminal investigation.

What can be done at the state level to fight crime?

Encourage neighborhood policing and normal police interactions

Support the police

Counseling and family and individual therapy in prisons and/or visits

Training for jobs in prisons

Did Joe Biden win the 2020 election?

Yes, he is the president, isn’t he?

What is your position on the January 6, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol?

January 6 helped me see the need for our local towns to have the manpower and equipment to handle the rioters. Our small businesses as well as state and national buildings must be protected from illegal activity. My thoughts and prayers are with the families who have suffered losses from the events.

Illinois has seen significant revenue growth from marijuana sales and enhanced gambling. Are there other industries the state should consider to increase its revenue?

Double fold. Encourage employers to develop businesses here and encourage residents to come and stay. Create more opportunities for tourism outside of Chicago. (uncovered pyramids, French fort)

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