Running for: State Representative of District 78
Political party affiliation: Libertarian
Political/civic background: Campaign Consultant/Volunteer
Occupation: Insurance Consultant
Education: BA JARVIS CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
Campaign website: https://www.votejoshflynn.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. Joshua Flynn 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.
I am completely against raising taxes as it will give us less revenue in the long run as we lose citizens and business. Illinois must make-up the shortfall with a combination of federal government support and reduction in state spending. I believe we must press the federal government to make up 80% of the shortfall in our state and other states and Illinois must reduce our spending by 20% of the shortfall ($1.24 billion).
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 Governor Pritzker an A. I believe he acted quickly and decisively to close Illinois and the results speak for his good work. He has opened the state prudently and deliberately.
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?
Yes. Reform would look like this:
1. Improved pay and working conditions for police to keep its best people and attract more strong people to the force.
2. Enhanced training for all officers on the proper use of force, de-escalation techniques, and racial sensitivity.
3. Consistent community and police engagement so that police officers know the community and the community knows its officers.
4. Body cameras required for officers who interact with the public in the community or streets to protect officers and the community.
5. Police, court, and prison resources focused more on violent and property crimes and less on personal choice crimes like drug use and prostitution. The death of Breonna Taylor would have been avoided with a reduced focus on drug use crimes.
4. Should the Legislature pass a law requiring all law enforcement officers to wear body cameras? Why or why not?
Yes. the legislature should pass a law requiring all officers who interact with citizens to wear body cameras to protect themselves and protect citizens.
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?
The Illinois legislature has a history of corruption