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Key Senate Race Watch – Illinois Manufacturers: Which Senate Candidate Are YOU Voting For in November?


Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican, is the current Illinois junior U.S. Senator. Previously, he represented Illinois’s 10th district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also served in the United States Navy Reserve as a Direct Commission Officer.

Representative Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat, is the U.S. representative for the 8th district of Illinois. Prior to being elected, Duckworth was the Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Department of Veterans Affairs, and worked as the director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Below are Senator Kirk and Representative Duckworth’s history and position on a few priority issues for manufacturers:

Domestic Energy: Both Kirk and Duckworth support the Clean Power Plan, which would strictly regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants and force the closure of a substantial portion of the current electric power grid.  

Health Care: Kirk voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and also co-sponsored legislation to repeal the Medical Device Tax. He co-sponsored the Forty Hours is Full Time Act, which would restore the work week to its traditional 40 hours.

Duckworth voted against repealing the Affordable Care Act, but believes some elements are flawed. She voted to repeal the Medical Device Tax and supported the Forty Hours is Full Time Act.

Both Kirk and Duckworth voted to repeal the Employee Benefits Tax (also known as the Cadillac Tax).

Infrastructure: Both Kirk and Duckworth support authorizing funds for federal aid highways.

Trade: Kirk supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Duckworth is opposed to the TPP.

Illinois manufacturers, who are you voting for in November? 

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