Outcome: More businesses and people moving to Illinois
Our property taxes are the second-highest in the nation. Sully will not allow the legislature to raise taxes to compensate for a pension system that is a drag on our state’s ability to attract and retain people and businesses. We must build a tax structure that makes it easy for Illinoisans to start small businesses here at home, attract corporations from afar, and help people stay in Illinois, rather than move elsewhere.
Outcome: Increased public trust in a government that works for the people
The current system privileges politicians over regular people. Illinois needs strict term limits that prevent career politicians from getting rich off of politics. We need actual ethics reform that does more to prevent the revolving door of legislators making money off of lobbying their friends. And we need to end partisan gerrymandering so politicians in power cannot choose their own voters.
Outcome: Dramatic reduction in violent crime in Illinois
Public safety is the most fundamental responsibility of our state government – and we are failing. Families should not have to worry whether their kids will come home at night, and business owners should not have to worry about whether their stores will be looted. We must support our law enforcement officials, while ensuring that justice is served equally – with equal protection under the law regardless of race, gender, or creed. Most violent crime is committed by repeat violent offenders; we must do more to keep known repeat violent offenders off the streets.
Outcome: Protect the lives of our most vulnerable, and the livelihoods of all
Sully believes that freedom and responsibility are the foundational principles of our state. Sully opposes top-down mandates that impose centralized control and take authority away from local leaders who know what is best for their communities. Sully is vaccinated, as is his pregnant wife – he believes vaccines are effective in limiting the spread and severity of COVID-19 infection, and encourages all who are able and willing to get vaccinated, if they so choose.
Pensions & Fiscal Responsibility
Outcome: A system that allows current and future public sector workers to retire with dignity
A benefit earned is a promise made; we cannot violate our obligation to retired pensioners. That said, we cannot afford to dig a deeper hole – our state’s unfunded pension liability is preventing us from spending on other critical priorities. We must make common sense reforms to future benefits that give our state the freedom to spend on essential priorities like education and public safety. We must transition to a private sector style retirement plan as quickly as possible for new members.
Outcome: An education system that gives all students a chance to succeed – regardless of wealth or zip code
Our education system is broken – your ZIP code should not determine your future. Our teachers are essential to our economy and our children. Parents deserve to have a say in where and how their children are educated.
Outcome: More small businesses starting, growing, and creating jobs in Illinois
Small businesses are the lifeblood of Illinois. From high taxes to overly-harsh, untargeted COVID restrictions, Illinois small business owners have been through a lot. As an entrepreneur and an investor, Sully understands the challenges small business owners face, and will work to make Illinois the best place to launch a business in our nation.
Outcome: Safe, legal gun ownership for self-defense and sport
Growing up hunting, and having served in Afghanistan, Sully understands the importance of the right to bear arms. He carries the same sidearm at home that he did when overseas. We must protect the rights and reduce the barriers of law-abiding citizens to access firearms. And we must go after criminals who illegally acquire and possess firearms, especially in Chicago, where illegal guns are driving the current crime spike.
Outcome: More parents bringing children into loving homes
Sully’s faith has taught him the sanctity of life and the need to protect our most vulnerable, including the unborn. Sully also believes we have a responsibility to support young mothers, advocate for the responsibilities of fatherhood, and improve the foster care and adoption systems that are currently failing our children and families.
New Finance & Cryptocurrency
Outcome: The future of the internet created here in Illinois, and all the jobs that come with it
A robust and thriving economy needs a strong financial infrastructure. Blockchain technologies offer the potential to improve business processes, increase efficiency, and promote transparency in numerous industries – including government. As governor, Sully will encourage and foster the development of blockchain businesses and innovative products, while ensuring that consumers are educated and protected, without negatively harming this nascent industry.