Breen Releases Results of 2016 Legislative Survey

State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) recently surveyed constituents within Illinois’ 48th Legislative House District. Close to 200 individuals responded to the survey and the results indicated clearly that citizens favor term limits for legislators and statewide office holders, structural reforms to be enacted before any tax increase and decreased spending across the board as a budget balancing tool.

“I appreciate folks’ willingness to share their views in our annual survey,” said Breen. “These results show that the residents of the 48th District want to see commonsense reforms, spending discipline, and term limits from Springfield. I will vigorously voice those views during the upcoming term of the General Assembly.”

With regard to whether legislators and/or statewide office holders should be subject to term limits, an overwhelming 81% reported being in favor of term limits for legislators and statewide office holders, while an additional 6% favored term limits only for legislators and another 3% favored term limits only for statewide office holders. Just 8% of the respondents said they were not in favor of term limits, and 2% of those taking the survey skipped the question.

When asked if structural reforms should be implemented before a tax increase is considered, 86% of those who completed the survey said yes to reforms before taxes. Only 8% said reforms should not precede a tax increase, while 5% reported being undecided and 1% of the respondents skipped the question.

“I’ve worked hard to advocate for both term limits and structural reforms for our state over the past two years,” Breen said. “These survey results strengthen my resolve to increase those efforts for the next two years.”

The majority of those who took the survey also said they would favor an across-the-board percentage decrease in funding for all budget line items, as a way to help balance the budget. 55% of the respondents answered in favor of the across-the board reductions, while 29% did not want any spending reductions. 14% of the people who participated in the survey reported they were undecided on the issue, and 2% skipped that question.

Similarly, when given the options of reforming how services are provided, cutting services and raising taxes as tools for balancing the budget, 52% of the respondents said reforms should take place first, while 33% said that reducing the level of services should be the first course of action. 15% of those who took the survey recommended raising taxes as their first choice for balancing the budget.

Those who completed a survey were also invited to provide additional, open-ended comments. “As I reviewed the surveys, it was not surprising to read that many of my constituents want bipartisanship in Springfield and simply want lawmakers to do their job,” said Breen. “I share their frustration and believe an agreed budget is possible. I am very willing to do this, and I have spoken to many colleagues from the other side of the aisle who also want to solve this budget crisis for the long term.”