Deb Conroy of Villa Park is running for the Illinois House in District 46 against Gordon ‘Jay’ Kinzler of Glen Ellyn in the November 6, 2018 election. Despite repeated inquiries, she so far has not responded to a candidate questionnaire that was submitted to her campaign by the Daily Herald. Biographical information presented below has been updated by the Daily Herald from her 2016 questionnaire.


Name: Deb Conroy

City: Villa Park



Facebook: @DebConroy46

Office sought: Illinois House, District 46

Party: Democrat

Age: 49

Family: Husband, Tim, and four son

Occupation: State legislator

Education: York Community High School. Courses at College of DuPage and Columbia College.

Civic involvement: York Student Enrichment Team Co-Founder; former Religious Education teacher at Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church; Elmhurst Children’s Assistance Foundation Board Member; Cool Kiddie Cars charity event project manager

Elected offices: District 205 School Board, 2007-2011. State Representative, 46th District, 2013-present.

Questions & Answers

Would you vote to approve a graduated income tax? If so, what qualifiers would you impose and where would you set the brackets? What would the top tax rate be?

How big a problem is the level of property taxation in Illinois? If you view it as a problem, what should be done about it?

What is your evaluation of Gov. Rauner’s job performance? Please specify what you view as its highs and lows.

What is your evaluation of Speaker Michael Madigan’s job performance? If you voted for him for speaker (president) in the last legislative session, please explain your vote.

Should there be term limits for legislative leaders? If so, what would you do to make that happen? What other systemic changes should be made to strengthen the voice of individual legislators, limit the control of legislative leaders, encourage bipartisanship?

How concerned should we be about Illinois’ population loss? What needs to be done to reverse the trend?

Please provide one example that demonstrates your independence from your party.

What other issues are important to you as a candidate for this office?

In addition, here a few questions meant to provide more personal insight into you as a person:

What’s the hardest decision you ever had to make?

Who is your hero?

Each amendment in the Bill of Rights is important, but which one of those 10 is most precious to you?

What lesson of youth has been most important to you as an adult?

Think back to a time you failed at something. What did you learn from it?

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October 13, 2018 at 03:19PM