First Congressional Forum, 16th District IL

Ch. 23 WIFR had its first Congressional Forum for candidates running for the 16th district of Illinois. Here are some questions that viewers wrote and here are the candidates responses:

HEALTH CARE:

1.) Linda writes: "Don't you think the Senate and Congress would work harder for health care reform, taxes going out of sight and to protect people's pensions, if they had to pay their own???
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FEDERAL BUDGET:

2.) Michael writes: "What are your ideas for balancing the federal budget and paying off the national debt?"
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ELECTION:

3.) Floyd writes: "When Mr. Manzullo first got elected, you said you would run for only two terms and that's all someone should be in office, but now it's your fourth time running."
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METRA:

4.) David writes: "Are you willing to fight hard to get metra into the Rockford area? Our economy would be better and we could pay for it quickly."
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EDUCATION:

5.) M. Dawes writes: "How do you feel about school vouchers for home schooling?"
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PAPER BALLOTS:

6.) Barb writes:"Recently a bill was introduced requiring a paper ballot backup system. Mr. Manzullo voted against this bill, how do you feel?"
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ELECTION:

7.) Carla writes: "There will be a question in the fall to vote on a constitutional convention in 2010. Do you support this?"
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EDUCATION:

8.) Anonymous writes: "Many parents are not home-schooling their children correctly. Other states have stricter rules. Why doesn't illinois? With no child left behind, some are left behind when parents are not home-schooling correctly."
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INFRASTRUCTURE:

9.) Mike writes: I'm a democrat-leaning voter who would agree with Mr. Abboud on most issues. However, I think Congressman Manzullo has done a good job working with Senator Durbin in bringing things like the federal courthouse and airport expansion to Rockford. Mr. Abboud, how can you convince me you'll be as strong an advocate for Rockford?."
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