State Representative James Lanham 2022 Primary Election Questionnaire – Shaw Local

State Representative, 86th District candidate James Lanham answered Shaw Local’s election questionnaire for the State Representative’s primary election.

Voting ends for the primary election on the evening of June 28.

Full name: James Lanham

What office are you looking for? State Representative District 86

What offices, if any, have you already held? None

Town: Joliette

Occupation: Private security service

Education: Wilmington High School 1991

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What are the main issues facing your district and what would you like to do to address these issues?

Taxes. Unnecessary expenses. Crime. Cancel the FOID. the loophole that allows REGISTERED CHILD SEX OFFENDERS to live within 500 feet of a school.

If COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths increase again, what mitigation measures, if any, should the state pursue?

This ship has sailed. We cannot live forever in fear.

In light of Michael Madigan’s indictment, what steps should lawmakers take to address corruption and ethics issues in the state?

Vote for ALL associated with it.

Regulate lobbyists.

Regulate the activities of legislators while in office so that they cannot profit from the laws they pass. Also limit what they can do when leaving office.

If there was one bill you could push through the Legislative Assembly next year, what would it be?

I would close the loophole in current registered sex offender laws that allow convicted registered sex offenders who have been “only” convicted of criminal sexual abuse or sexual abuse to live within 500 feet of a school or being in public parks. It’s disturbing that someone even thought and voted for these exemptions.

If there was a recently passed law that you could repeal, what would it be?

The so-called Safe T Act.

Its restrictions on the use of force are unconstitutional. Cashless bail only re-victimizes victims when offenders walk away without consequences. He imposed unfunded mandates on every municipality.

Defend the police, don’t fund them. 120,000 people signed minutes AGAINST this bill. Lawmakers IGNORED this and instead voted what Mike Madigan told them to do.

Do you support term limits? If so, why and what would they look like? And if not, why not? it a number of years? Number of mandates? Not sure..

It should be proposed as a state constitutional amendment.

Inflation across the country has had a huge impact on the price of gasoline, food, and other supplies. What should the legislator do to solve these problems?

Suspend the national fuel tax.

I asked JB Pritzker this via Twitter with no response.

He is, however, very busy tweeting about the GOP.

Taxes are a major concern for Illinois voters. What do you see as the underlying issues and how would you propose to address them?

Unnecessary spending kills…

We have to decide what is really a government obligation.

Things that are the work of an individual or a charity are pinned to the government and your taxes.

What three things could the state legislature do to promote better fiscal accountability in state government?

Less taxes. Reduced fees. Eliminate unnecessary expenses

How would you propose to resolve issues with the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services?

The worst state agency. Is it a lack of funding? Lack of skill? Too much bureaucracy? I couldn’t tell you where to start but it needs a total disassembly.

What can be done at the state level to fight crime?

Start holding criminals accountable. Stop preventing the police from doing their job. End cashless bail before it even begins. Stop giving offers to repeat criminals. Electronic monitoring is a joke because it doesn’t even seem to be enforced. Also, it shouldn’t count as time served pending trial. Repeal the Safe T Act.

Did Joe Biden win the 2020 election?

This question has nothing to do with this election. It’s 2022.

What is your position on the January 6, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol?

This question also has nothing to do with this election.

Illinois has seen significant revenue growth from marijuana sales and enhanced gambling. Are there other industries the state should consider to increase its revenue?

We have a big horse industry here. If the system around it were better, we could be at the level of other states. We can also make better use of hunting and fishing states. Cultivate and enhance our natural resources. Tourism boom.

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