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Candidate Bio: Dennis Anderson - 14th District

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Dennis Anderson is seeking to represent the 14th Congressional District in the U.S. House.

He is running against incumbent Republican Randy Hultgren in the 2012 election.

Anderson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he earned degrees in Economics and Political Science. Anderson also attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin in Public Administration and at Loyola University in Chicago in Theology.

Anderson has been married to his wife, Susan, for 38 years. The couple live in Gurnee, Illinois.

On The Issues

Health Care - Anderson supports a single-payer health care system. In absence of a single payer system, he supports the provisions of the Obama Administration's Affordable Care Act (ACA), the benefits of which, in spite of the slow implementation of the program, are already being seen in such areas as coverage for young adults under parental plans, the closure of the drug loophole, coverage of annual preventive visits, elimination of lifetime caps on coverage, and elimination of exclusion based on pre-existing conditions. Read more...

Jobs and Employment - Pass the Senate's version of the transportation reauthorization bill which supports nearly 2 million jobs. Provide incentives for companies that create jobs here at home, and penalize those that send jobs overseas. Increase small business access to credit and grants to expand and to undertake the development of new technologies. Read more...

Debt and Deficit - There is general agreement that the National debt and deficit require attention and must be reduced. There is great disagreement on how to accomplish this. What we must do is ensure that the prospects for long term growth and recovery are enhanced, and that essential services are preserved. Recovery will require both cuts and increases in revenue, and should include increased investment in some vital areas of the economy. Read more...

Energy - The first, and most important step that we must take is conservation. Numerous studies have shown that some very simple steps, such as raising the CAFÉ standards, can result in tremendous savings. Also, increase investment in mass transit. Ensure that oil and gas production in the U.S. is sufficiently controlled to ensure protection of the environment. Read more...

Income Taxes - It is no secret that the current income tax system benefits those at the higher income end of the spectrum more than at the lower end. Republicans argue that those at the upper end of the scale are the "job creators," and yet a decade of lowered tax rates provides scant evidence that those cuts have much benefitted the economy. In fact, the economy was performing much better before the cuts were made. What we need is a fair, progressive tax system. Read more...

Corporate Taxes - While Republicans are fond of arguing that U.S. corporate taxes are the highest in the world, they fail to address the issue of the effective rates. According to Citizens for Tax Justice, thirty Fortune 500 companies paid nothing in federal income tax during the three-year period 2008-2010. According to a March 2011 report by the Congressional Research Service, the effective U.S. corporate tax is slightly lower than the average of the 34 nations of the Organization for Cooperation and Development. Read more...


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