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Marijuana, Taxes and Gambling: Take Rep. Kosel's Constituent Survey

Renee Kosel (R-New Lenox) said she'll use the feedback to "represent the district effectively" when the General Assembly returns for its spring session Jan. 31.

Weeks before the state General Assembly goes back to work, Rep. Renee Kosel (R-New Lenox) is asking contituents about some of Illinois' pressing issues.

The nine-question survey covers a wide range of issues, including job creation, income taxes, schools and more. Kosel said she'll use the feedback to "represent the district effectively" when the General Assembly returns for its spring session Jan. 31.

“Hearing directly from my constituents on the issues that matter most to them and their family is an invaluable resource for me,” Kosel said in a news release.

Take Kosel's constituent survey here.

One of the focuses of the survey is the economy, asking for ways to stimulate job growth in Illinois and whether the government should repeal , which increased personal income tax from 3 percent to 5 percent.

Kosel voted against the increase, saying what it "fails to recognize most is that families are hurting."

She also asks about and save about $100 million by reducing administrative redundancies. Kosel was skeptical of that plan last year.

"It could function well downstate," Kosel said. "But a Will County district? Oh my goodness. It would be too big to be efficient. I can't fathom that. I can't see how the state can mandate one size to fit all school districts across the state."

There are also questions about high-speed rail, gambling, gun control and the legalization of marijuana.

Kosel is running uncontested in the 37th state House District. For a full rundown of area elections read "."

You can contact Kosel's district office by calling 708-479-4200 or emailing rkosel@ilga.gov.

alski January 09, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Something needs to be done and quickly. Raising taxes and eliminating jobs by consolidating school districts is NOT the answer. Pat Quinn is talking out of both sides of his mouth.He speaks of getting businesses back to Illinois but in the mean time will save money by eliminating jobs and charging people more of what they don't have and that's money.There's an old saying "you can't get blood from a stone" and Governor you're bleeding us all to death. News story just this morning told of how Illinois State Lottery winners had their prize checks bounce due to insufficient funds. What happened to the idea that some of that revenue was supposed to help the schools? The IPASS reduced the number of manual tollbooths which in turn eliminated the cost of paying people and providing benefits yet the tolls increased to the tune of almost 80%. I'm not a politician but I do know that sucking the people dry of every spare cent they have and overcrowding classrooms by reducing staff and forcing districts to discontinue certain school activities such as band, athletics, the arts. This is not the answer.
JM of NL January 09, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Totally agree with Tony. This country needs to make money. We need to get into the money making business without affecting an existing industry. We need to sell something that there is a demand for. Marijuana would be perfect. Marijuana is about as harmful and addictive as alcohol and cigarettes. Private industry sells trillions a year. My point is, in this country, the only way we get more money when we come up short is to raise taxes. That's it! We try to cut spending but then end up spending it somewhere else. Or invade a country in the name of liberty. All still cost money. We are a country of capitalism and free enterprise. Let's practice what we preach. Of course responsibly. And if you don't want to purchase any, then just don't.
alski January 09, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Another story this morning in a Chicago newspaper reads " Feds find failures in Cook Co. homeland security project " it claims Cook County's $45mil. project is more a disaster than it is a defense. Illinois has gone from two Governors who were obviously less than honest to one who simply feels if I don't do anything, I can't do anything wrong. Taxes, gasoline prices, tolls. All went up while I was informed I'd be working under a two year wage freeze. Desperate times call for desperate measures.When the new concealed carry laws went into effect in our sister state to the North. Fifty six thousand people applied for permits at fifty bucks a pop in less than one week. Illinois needs money and the people of this state want nothing more than a fair chance. We have one of the highest crime rates because the odds are against the people and the criminals know it. All I know is I'm not voting for this guy. Illinois needs to take some drastic action. We can sit here and talk gun law reform and legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana laws until we're blue in the face. Get off your keester Gov. Grow a pair.
alski January 09, 2012 at 07:05 PM
High speed rail ?? Really ?? I know people (as I'm sure many of the readers do) from several different states across the country.....They are in no hurry to get back here.
Tony January 09, 2012 at 10:13 PM
It will be used by people leaving not coming and Quinn and his Army of political leaches he pays for votes can have the State to themselves. The bad thing is that a lot of this Cook County voting abuse is spreading to some of the other Countys due to the exodius of people who can no longer afford to live in Cook County, some of this redistricting is going to put some of these politicians in smaller Counties and with there paid Army of voters they are going to displace some of the honest politicians with Cook County Crooks. Maybe a new County called Crook will crop up out of the mess.

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