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Our view: 14th Congressional District: Randy Hultgren

Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren of the 14th Congressional District listens to a question from the Northwest Herald Editorial Board on Sept. 19 in Crystal Lake.
Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren of the 14th Congressional District listens to a question from the Northwest Herald Editorial Board on Sept. 19 in Crystal Lake.

In the 14th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren is facing his toughest opponent since he defeated incumbent Democrat Bill Foster in 2010.  

Democrat Lauren Underwood, 32, of Naperville said she opposes Hultgren because of his opposition to the Affordable Care Act, a law she worked to implement during her time as a senior adviser in the federal Department of Health and Human Services during President Barack Obama’s administration.  

Hultgren, 52, counters by pointing out that the ACA has failed to provide real health care options for residents of the district, which includes most of McHenry County, excluding communities in the southeast, such as Cary, Fox River Grove, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills and part of Crystal Lake.   

He points out, correctly, that in parts of the district, including DeKalb, McHenry and Kendall counties, there only is one insurance carrier for residents to choose – Blue Cross Blue Shield. People often end up buying high-deductible plans that still leave them with high out-of-pocket costs for health care.  

Hultgren also supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which has spurred economic growth nationwide. Although this bill capped the deduction for state and local taxes at $10,000 a year, Hultgren said 90 percent of district residents will see a tax cut as a result of the legislation, and added that many will not have to itemize their taxes at all because the standard deduction has increased to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for married couples.  

Hultgren remains committed to enforcing immigration laws, including by building a wall along the nation’s border with Mexico if necessary, but takes issue with the Trump administration’s cutbacks on accepting refugees, as well as the tariffs imposed that could hurt American farmers and manufacturers. He supports the Second Amendment rights for Americans and is against abortion.  

His concern for stopping human trafficking is an example of the kind of compassionate, conservative approach representative of the district. We believe most residents of the 14th District want lower taxes.

They want affordable and efficient health care and a system that works. They want our country to enforce immigration laws and stop looking the other way as those laws are flouted.

Although Underwood is a promising candidate with a clear message on an important issue, we believe Hultgren best represents the district.  

We endorse Hultgren. 

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