SPRINGFIELD - The 2012 questionnaire posed to legislative candidates by a coalition of conservative organizations and posted on Illinois Review was the topic of Bernie Schoenberg's political column concerning Republican gubernatorial candidate State Senator Kirk Dillard.
Schoenberg honed in on one of the 55 questions on a substantial array of topics: "Do you support/oppose the repeal of the civil unions law?” Senator Dillard said he supported repealing the civil unions law - which allows same sex and opposite sex couples to establish a legal relationship - and added by hand that “It is a litigious nightmare!!”
“Senator Dillard has not changed his position on any of the issues,” said campaign spokesman Wes Bleed. “On the question of civil unions, he was responding to a (yes-no) question. He is against the current legislation and would want to replace it with a law that would protect religious liberties.”
Then Schoenberg explored a few of the other 54 answers in which Senator Dillard said he supports repealing the 2011 income tax increase; supports “civil or criminal sanctions against legislators who lie about legislation during committee hearings or floor debate”; and supports “replacing the current pension system with a 401(k)-like plan for new and future public employees” and “raising the retirement age for public employees.”
He supports repeal of the Illinois Motor Voter program, which has people registering to vote at secretary of state facilities; and supports a law requiring a photo ID to vote.
“I have always been concerned about potential vote fraud and people standing in longer lines at the driver’s license facility,” Dillard said in a statement to me. “But I am open to discussing Motor Voter going forward.”The Dillard 2012 questionnaire is available on Illinois Review HERE.