Running for: Illinois State House of Representative – 17th District
Political party affiliation: Republican Party
Political/civic background: Village of Skokie Human Relations Commissioner
Occupation: Neiman Marcus Amore Pacific Counter Manager & Win TV Global Leaders Network TV Host
Education: DePaul University (Master in Public Administration) & Northeastern Illinois University
Campaign website: yoonyesoe.com
The Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board sent nominees for the Illinois House of Representatives a list of questions to find out their views on a range of important issues facing the state of Illinois and their districts. Yesoe Yoon submitted the following responses:
1. The COVID-19 pandemic has hammered the finances of Illinois. The state is staring at a $6.2 billion budget shortfall in this fiscal year. What should be done? Please be specific.
Our State government should cut spending by 2.5 percent in every department this year, and each additional fiscalyear in order to cover the gap of the budget shortfall. I do not support raising any taxes in Illinois since we have almost the highest taxes in the nation. Also, State pensions are out of control. Fixing that will improve the State’s credit rating and allow us to issue bonds at a much lower rate of interest. This would be a short-term solution to a budget deficit.
2. What grade — “A” to “F” — would you give Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic? Please explain. What, if anything, should he have done differently?
I would give an “F” since Gov. J.B. Pritzker did not cooperate with the federal government to solve the coronavirus problems strategically, but instead he had been focusing on attacking President Trump that did not help us at all. Some of our citizens could not receive any assistance when COVID 19 hit Illinois very hard in April. Our citizens were struggling to get unemployment insurance as well as assistance from damages of the looting. Also, Illinois’ law enforcement has been weakened. The focus has to be on the citizens rather than the power game of political agenda.
3. In the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, legislatures in some states have taken up the issue of police reform. Should Illinois do the same? If so, what would that look like?
It depends on what kind of reforms, but defunding the police is not a wise decision. I defend our police. Our legislatures should support allowing our police to give them better training and recommending to take simulation tests in order to prevent incidents like George Floyd.
4. Should the Legislature pass a law requiring all law enforcement officers to wear body cameras? Why or why not?
I disagree since there is no privacy for the police.
5. Federal prosecutors have revealed a comprehensive scheme of bribery, ghost jobs and favoritism in subcontracting by ComEd to influence the actions of House Speaker Michael Madigan. Who’s to blame? What ethics reforms should follow? Should Madigan resign?