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Pat Quinn on Education
Democratic Governor: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Pat Quinn on other issues.
  • Charter schools give parents more options to ensure success. (Sep 2011)
  • Consolidate from 868 school districts to save $100M. (Feb 2011)
  • Race to the Top: Invest in elementary & secondary education. (Jan 2010)

Senate:

IL 2014: 2014 IL Senate debate


Richard Durbin on Education
Democratic Sr Senator (IL): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Richard Durbin on other issues.
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted NO on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted NO on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Sharon Hansen on Education
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Sharon Hansen on other issues.
  • Vouchers for school choice. (Dec 2013)
Mark Kirk on Education
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (IL-10): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kirk on other issues.
  • Improve public education with local Education Advisory Board. (Dec 2009)
  • Encourage flexible federal funding & local control. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Jim Oberweis on Education
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jim Oberweis on other issues.
  • Voted NO on sex education including contraception. (May 2013)
Doug Truax on Education
Republican Senate Challenger (lost primary): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Doug Truax on other issues.
  • Allow parents and students more choices. (Feb 2014)

House:


Judy Biggert on Education
Republican Representative (IL-13): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Judy Biggert on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 50% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
  • Supported funding for teacher training & other initiatives. (Jul 1999)
Cheri Bustos on Education
Democrat (District 17): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Cheri Bustos on other issues.
  • Well-equipped schools with well-paid teachers. (Nov 2012)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Danny Davis on Education
Democratic Representative (IL-7): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Danny Davis on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Sponsored 10/10 Loan Forgiveness: cancel college loans after 10 years. (Mar 2013)
  • Sponsored supporting the contributions of Catholic schools. (Jan 2013)
Rodney Davis on Education
Republican (District 13): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Rodney Davis on other issues.
  • Vouchers for public, private, and religious schools. (Nov 1996)
Bob Dold on Education
Republican challenger (District 10): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bob Dold on other issues.
  • Supports local control & growth-model testing. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
Tammy Duckworth on Education
Democrat (District 8): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Tammy Duckworth on other issues.
  • Vouchers undermine long-term public school improvement. (Nov 2012)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Bill Enyart on Education
Democrat (District 12): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bill Enyart on other issues.
  • Provide support for our classrooms & our educators. (Nov 2012)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Bill Foster on Education
Democrat: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bill Foster on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Luis Gutierrez on Education
Democratic Representative (IL-4): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Luis Gutierrez on other issues.
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Teacher development grants to improve math & science classes. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
Randy Hultgren on Education
Republican (District 14): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Randy Hultgren on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Supports education vouchers for public or private school. (Aug 2010)
  • Sponsored $110M per year to teach abstinence in public schools. (Feb 2013)
  • Denounce the Common Core State Standards. (Feb 2014)
Robin Kelly on Education
Democrat (District 2): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Robin Kelly on other issues.
  • Sponsored 10/10 Loan Forgiveness: cancel college loans after 10 years. (Apr 2013)
Adam Kinzinger on Education
Republican (District 16): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Adam Kinzinger on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
Dan Lipinski on Education
Democratic Representative (IL-3): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Dan Lipinski on other issues.
  • Fully fund NCLB if we expect students to meet the goals. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • $110M per year to teach abstinence in public schools. (Feb 2013)
  • Support the contributions of Catholic schools. (Jan 2013)
Mike Quigley on Education
Democrat (District 5): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Mike Quigley on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Mar 2013)
Mel Reynolds on Education
Democratic candidate (District 2): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Mel Reynolds on other issues.
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Peter Roskam on Education
Republican: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Peter Roskam on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
Bobby Rush on Education
Democratic Representative (IL-1): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Bobby Rush on other issues.
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Teacher development grants to improve math & science classes. (Jan 2001)
  • Opposes requiring schools to allow school prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Sponsored 10/10 Loan Forgiveness: cancel college loans after 10 years. (Apr 2013)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
Jan Schakowsky on Education
Democratic Representative (IL-9): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Jan Schakowsky on other issues.
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
  • Comprehensive sex ed for sexually-active adolescents. (Feb 2013)
  • Sponsored 10/10 Loan Forgiveness: cancel college loans after 10 years. (Apr 2013)
  • Sponsored extending subsidized federal student loan rates until 2015. (Apr 2013)
  • Supported funding for teacher training & other initiatives. (Jul 1999)
Brad Schneider on Education
Democrat (District 10): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Brad Schneider on other issues.
  • Help states transform their most challenged schools. (Nov 2012)
  • Supports federal grants for education reforms. (Sep 2012)
Aaron Schock on Education
Republican (District 18): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Aaron Schock on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
John Shimkus on Education
Republican Representative (IL-19): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for John Shimkus on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 25% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Joe Walsh on Education
Republican (District 8): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Joe Walsh on other issues.
  • Vouchers force competition & provide better education. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Rod Blagojevich on Education
Democratic IL Governor; previously Representative (IL-5): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Rod Blagojevich on other issues.
  • Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Teacher development grants to improve math & science classes. (Jan 2001)
Jerry Costello on Education
Democratic Representative (IL-12): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Jerry Costello on other issues.
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Jesse Louis Jackson on Education
Democratic Representative (IL-2): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Louis Jackson on other issues.
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • $25B to renovate or repair elementary schools. (Sep 2011)
Timothy Johnson on Education
Republican Representative (IL-15): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Timothy Johnson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 58% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
Donald Manzullo on Education
Republican Representative (IL-16): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Donald Manzullo on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
  • Voted NO on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Constitutionally guarantee parent's right to educate kids. (Jan 2011)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Bobby Schilling on Education
Republican challenger 2014 (District 17): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bobby Schilling on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship program. (Mar 2011)
George Ryan on Education
Former Republican Governor (1999-2002): Click here for George Ryan on other issues.
    No stance on record.
James Thompson on Education
Former Republican Governor (1977-1990): Click here for James Thompson on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Philip Crane on Education
Republican (Until 2004) (District 8): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Philip Crane on other issues.
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted NO on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Rated 25% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
James Durkin on Education
2002 Former Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for James Durkin on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Harris Fawell on Education
Republican Former (1994-) (District 13): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Harris Fawell on other issues.
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Peter Fitzgerald on Education
Former Republican incumbent; retired 2004: Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Peter Fitzgerald on other issues.
  • Voted NO on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on Educational Savings Accounts. (Mar 2000)
  • Voted YES on declaring memorial prayers and religious symbols OK at schools. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (Mar 1999)
  • Rated 18% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Mike Flanagan on Education
Republican Former (1994-) (District 5): Click here for Mike Flanagan on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Denny Hastert on Education
Republican (Retired 2007) (District 14): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Denny Hastert on other issues.
  • Voted NO on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 25% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Alan Keyes on Education
American Independent nominee for President; 2004 Republican challenger for IL Senate: Click here for 29 full quotes OR click here for Alan Keyes on other issues.
  • Sex education is private responsibility; not for school. (Oct 2007)
  • Impeach judges for barring legislature prayers to Jesus. (Sep 2007)
  • Present scientific facts that support creationism. (Sep 2007)
  • Equal funds for abstinence as contraceptive-based education. (Sep 2007)
  • Schools forfeit funds if they expose kids to gay propaganda. (Sep 2007)
  • Parents, not schools, should be responsible for sex ed. (Oct 2004)
  • Violence in schools due to loss of moral heritage. (Dec 1999)
  • Sex education should be abstinence-based. (Jan 1999)
  • Black education historically focused on family & church. (May 1996)
  • Government corrupts higher education. (Feb 1996)
  • College tuition rises due to taxpayer subsidies. (Feb 1996)

    School Choice

  • Parents & local citizens know better than educrat masters. (Oct 2007)
  • Empower parents to choose schools that reflect their values. (Sep 2007)
  • Break up the government monopoly on public education. (Sep 2004)
  • Replace the Department of Education with parental control. (Jan 2000)
  • Pro-voucher; govít out of K-12 education. (Jan 2000)
  • Schoolís bureaucratic monopoly hurts teachers & students. (Jan 2000)
  • Money should follow parentsí education choices. (Dec 1999)
  • Value-free public education is brainwashing. (Jan 1999)
  • Empower parents against the monopoly of public schools. (Jan 1999)
  • Let communities decide school rules like all-male academies. (May 1996)

    School Prayer

  • We allowed the judges to drive God out of our schools. (Dec 2007)
  • Prohibiting school prayer is symptom of deeper problem. (Oct 2007)
  • Tax-credited programs for Christian schooling. (Sep 2007)
  • Pray in the classroom, pray in the hallways, pray everywhere. (Aug 2004)
  • Use bully pulpit to advocate prayer, not coerce it. (Dec 1999)
  • Let God into schools to keep Columbine shooters out. (Jul 1999)
  • The Constitution does not forbid prayer in schools. (Jan 1999)
  • We need prayer in schools and by educators. (Jan 1999)
William Lipinski on Education
Democrat (Until 2004) (District 3): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for William Lipinski on other issues.
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Rated 50% by the NEA, indicating a mixed record on public education. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
Carol Moseley-Braun on Education
Former Democratic Senator (Until 1998): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Carol Moseley-Braun on other issues.
  • More federal funds to rebuild our crumbling schools. (Nov 2003)
  • Replace property tax with national payments for schools. (May 2003)
  • Voted NO on education savings accounts. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on school vouchers in DC. (Sep 1997)
  • Voted NO on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
Barack Obama on Education
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008): Click here for 71 full quotes OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • Race to the Top for our youngest: pre-K available to all. (Jan 2014)
  • Re-equip high schools to train for jobs right now. (Feb 2013)
  • We reformed schools in 46 states, with their governors. (Oct 2012)
  • Recovery Act avoided layoffs; now hire more teachers. (Sep 2012)
  • 100,000 new science & math teachers over the next decade. (Sep 2012)
  • Educate to Innovate: new national STEM Master Teacher Corps. (Sep 2012)
  • To make a difference for kids, become a teacher. (Feb 2011)
  • Educate to Innovate campaign: make US top in math & science. (Sep 2010)
  • Quitting high school is quitting on your country. (Feb 2009)
  • Invest in early childhood education and higher education. (Aug 2008)
  • Fight for social & economic justice begins in the classroom. (Jul 2008)
  • Make math & science policy a national priority. (Jul 2008)
  • We need real commitment to education; instead we got NCLB. (Jun 2008)
  • $10 billion to guarantee early childhood education for all. (Jun 2008)
  • Evolution & science arenít incompatible with Christian faith. (Apr 2008)
  • Mother home-schooled Obama in English while in Indonesia. (Apr 2008)
  • Childrenís First Agenda: zero to five early education. (Feb 2008)
  • Put billions of dollars into early childhood education. (Jan 2008)
  • Need after-school and summer programs with good parenting. (Jan 2008)
  • Get parents re-engaged in educating the children. (Dec 2007)
  • Nationwide program to reconstruct crumbling school buildings. (Sep 2007)
  • STEP UP: summer learning opportunities for disadvantaged. (Aug 2007)
  • We left the money behind for No Child Left Behind. (Aug 2007)
  • Supreme Court was wrong on school anti-integration ruling. (Jul 2007)
  • Cut banks out and add $4.5 Billion to college loans. (Mar 2007)
  • Guarantee affordable life-long, top-notch education. (Jun 2006)
  • Race to the Top: 46 states competed for creative reform. (Oct 2005)
  • Sex education needed to help children discuss molestation. (Oct 2004)
  • Provide decent funding and get rid of anti-intellectualism. (Jul 2004)
  • Address the growing achievement gap between students. (May 2004)
  • Will add 25,000 teachers in high-need areas. (May 2004)

    College

  • College Scorecard: compare schools by affordability. (Feb 2013)
  • 2 million more slots in our community colleges. (Oct 2012)
  • Cut out the middleman on student loans from banks. (Oct 2012)
  • More education funding from early childhood thru Pell grants. (Sep 2012)
  • Michelle: We were so young, so in love, and so in debt. (Sep 2012)
  • Make community colleges into community career centers. (Jan 2012)
  • OpEd: Study visas for foreigners means brain drain abroad. (Jan 2011)
  • Jobs today require at least a bachelor's degree. (Sep 2010)
  • $10K college tax credit; forgive loans for public service. (Jan 2010)
  • $2,500 tax credit for all four years of college. (Feb 2009)
  • Refundable $4000 tax credit for community college tuition. (Aug 2008)
  • To compete, students need at least H.S. & college degree. (Jun 2008)
  • Pay for college education for those who commit to teaching. (Jun 2008)
  • $4,000 college tuition for 100 hoursí public service a year. (Feb 2008)

    Merit Incentives

  • Romney education stances compared to Obama. (Jan 2012)
  • FactCheck: Race to the Top has only rewarded 12 states. (Jan 2011)
  • Race to the Top: reward innovation in public schools. (Jan 2011)
  • Reward successful schools, instead of funding the status quo. (Jan 2010)
  • Volunteer in your neighborhood & we help pay for college. (Feb 2009)
  • Merit pay ok if based on career instead of a single test. (Apr 2008)
  • Pay ďmaster teachersĒ extra, but with buy-in from teachers. (Aug 2007)
  • Incentives to hire a million teachers over next decade. (Jun 2007)
  • Pay teachers more money & treat them like professionals. (Jun 2007)
  • More teacher pay in exchange for more teacher accountability. (Oct 2006)
  • Free public college for any student with B-average. (Jul 1998)

    School Choice

  • Opposes D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. (Feb 2012)
  • Increase school choice & accountability within NCLB. (Feb 2011)
  • I doubled charter schools in Illinois; but no vouchers. (Oct 2008)
  • Vouchers donít solve the problems of our schools. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: McCain for national reforms & also DC vouchers. (Oct 2008)
  • Supports charter schools; itís important to experiment. (Feb 2008)
  • We need a sense of urgency about improving education system. (Sep 2007)
  • Sends kids to private school; but wants good schools for all. (Jul 2007)
  • Public school system status quo is indefensible. (Oct 2006)
  • Supports charter schools and private investment in schools. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • First Senate bill: increase Pell Grant from $4,050 to $5,100. (Aug 2007)
  • Sponsored legislations that recruit and reward good teachers. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)
Jack Ryan on Education
Former Republican Senate challenger (2004): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Jack Ryan on other issues.
  • School choice within Chicago-area public schools. (Jun 2004)
  • Parochial scholarships for students at failing schools. (Jun 2004)
  • Support funding of charter schools. (Jun 2004)
  • Keep ďunder GodĒ in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jun 2004)
Paul Simon on Education
Former Democratic Senator (Until 1997): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Paul Simon on other issues.
  • Expand school year from 180 days to at least 210. (Jul 1996)
  • Investing in education results in high living standards. (Jul 1996)
  • End adult illiteracy. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on $75M for abstinence education. (Jul 1996)
  • Voted NO on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (Jul 1994)
  • Voted YES on national education standards. (Feb 1994)
Melissa Bean on Education
Democratic Representative (IL-8): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Melissa Bean on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
Roland Burris on Education
Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2010): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Roland Burris on other issues.
  • Don't count combat pay against free school lunch. (Mar 2009)
Cardiss Collins on Education
Democrat (1973-1996) (District 7): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Cardiss Collins on other issues.
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
Kathy Cummings on Education
Green Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Kathy Cummings on other issues.
  • Vouchers segregate schools by income level. (Aug 2008)
Rahm Emanuel on Education
Democratic Rep. (IL-5); Chief of Staff-Designee: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Rahm Emanuel on other issues.
  • OpEd: Faced down teacher's unions to push needed reforms. (Mar 2013)
  • Provide more choices within the public school system. (Jan 2009)
  • Increase college graduation rates, like all other countries. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Offer every parent Charter Schools and public school choice. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 100% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Lane Evans on Education
Democrat (District 17): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Lane Evans on other issues.
  • Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Rated 92% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Thomas Ewing on Education
Republican (District 15): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Thomas Ewing on other issues.
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
Alexi Giannoulias on Education
2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently State Treasurer: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Alexi Giannoulias on other issues.
  • No prayer in public schools; separate church & state. (Aug 2010)
  • Invest in early childhood education. (Dec 2009)
Debbie Halvorson on Education
Democrat (until 2010) (District 11): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Debbie Halvorson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
Phil Hare on Education
Democrat: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Phil Hare on other issues.
  • More school funding; more teacher mentoring. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
Henry Hyde on Education
Republican (District 6): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Henry Hyde on other issues.
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Supports requiring schools to allow prayer. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 20% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Mark Kirk on Education
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (IL-10): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kirk on other issues.
  • Improve public education with local Education Advisory Board. (Dec 2009)
  • Encourage flexible federal funding & local control. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on $40B for green public schools. (May 2009)
  • Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 27% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Ray LaHood on Education
Republican Representative (IL-18): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Ray LaHood on other issues.
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted NO on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Focus educational resources to help those with greatest need. (Jul 2001)
  • Require state standards, regular assessments, and sanctions. (Jul 2001)
  • Support Ed-Flex: more flexibility if more accountable. (Jul 2001)
  • Rated 18% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer. (May 1997)
David Phelps on Education
Democrat (District 19): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for David Phelps on other issues.
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Let schools display the words "God Bless America". (Oct 2001)
John Porter on Education
Republican (retired) (District 10): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for John Porter on other issues.
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
Glenn Poshard on Education
Democrat (District 19): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Glenn Poshard on other issues.
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted YES on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
Steven Sauerberg on Education
Republican Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Steven Sauerberg on other issues.
  • No unfunded mandates for our public school system. (May 2008)
  • Donít simply throw money at education problems. (May 2008)
Larry Stafford on Education
Libertarian challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Larry Stafford on other issues.
  • Donít promote prayer in school, but also donít ban it. (Mar 2008)
  • Schools need competition to improve. (Mar 2008)
Jerry Weller on Education
Republican Representative (IL-11): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Jerry Weller on other issues.
  • Voted NO on allowing Courts to decide on "God" in Pledge of Allegiance. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on $84 million in grants for Black and Hispanic colleges. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted YES on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Rated 17% by the NEA, indicating anti-public education votes. (Dec 2003)
Sidney Yates on Education
Democrat (retired 1998) (District 9): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Sidney Yates on other issues.
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Voted NO on giving federal aid only to schools allowing voluntary prayer. (Mar 1994)
  • Make employee educational assistance tax-deductible. (Jan 1993)
Rod Blagojevich on Education
Democratic IL Governor; previously Representative (IL-5): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Rod Blagojevich on other issues.
  • Voted NO on allowing school prayer during the War on Terror. (Nov 2001)
  • Voted YES on requiring states to test students. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on allowing vouchers in DC schools. (Aug 1998)
  • Voted NO on vouchers for private & parochial schools. (Nov 1997)
  • Reduce class size to 18 children in grades 1 to 3. (Mar 2001)
  • Teacher development grants to improve math & science classes. (Jan 2001)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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