Democrat Leslie Coolidge is facing incumbent Republican Peter Roskam. Coolidge, a Harvard educated CPA, says she has the fiscal wherewithal to help make the economy a priority in Washington. Roskam campaigns in a Democrat-drawn district which largely keeps a Republican stronghold of voters. The district includes portions of McHenry and Kane counties.
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Leslie Coolidge says she would like to see investment in research projects such as Fermi Lab. Coolidge is opposed to right-to-work laws, and believes in the right of unions to collectively bargain.
- Coolidge would like to see an overall plan focusing on reducing consumption. She points to the new fuel economy standards as a model for a solution to reducing energy consumption.
- She also would like to see the production tax credit continue.
- Coolidge is supportive of the Obama administration and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's stances on foreign policy.
- She sees a need to maintain a strong military, but says using those assets should be the "last course of action."
- Roskam has stated the federal government can be competitive with other countries by overhauling its tax code.
- Roskam supports strong sanctions on Iran.
- Coolidge says from a civil perspective, she believes people should have the right to marry who they choose.
- She says it is discriminatory for same-sex couples to be denied the ability to file a joint tax return
- Roskam supports the Defense of Marriage Act as current law.
- Coolidge favors offering women access to contraceptives and education in order to make abortions more rare. Ultimately though, Coolidge says it should be a women's decision with her doctor.
- Roskam opposes abortion.
- Coolidge does not support turning Medicare into a voucher system.
- According to his website, Roskam wants to give people the ability to purchase insurance across state lines and expand the use of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).