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6th Congressional District: Roskam

In Illinois’ 6th Congressional District, three-term Republican incumbent Peter Roskam of Wheaton is running against Democratic newcomer Leslie Coolidge of Barrington Hills.

After redistricting, the new 6th District includes Algonquin Township in McHenry County, southwest Lake and northwest Cook counties, and northeast Kane County through the center of DuPage County.

If elected to another term, Roskam, who serves in a leadership role as chief deputy whip of the U.S. House, wants to simplify the U.S. tax code, ending certain loopholes that favor some industries over others, and creating incentives for businesses to keep and grow jobs in the U.S.

He favors repealing President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act and replacing it with a series of reforms aimed at cutting costs, including tort reform that would cap monetary awards from lawsuits and reduce defensive medicine costs, and expanding state-run insurance pools for those with pre-existing conditions. He supports Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s Path to Prosperity budget plan that cuts federal spending and, over time, tackles the nation’s massive debt.

Coolidge is a retired CPA. She supports a mix of spending cuts and tax increases, particularly on the wealthy, to balance the budget. She also supports Obama’s health care reform package and tougher environmental regulations.

We recommend Roskam.

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