- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Key issues as seen by Illinois lieutenant governor candidates Paul Vallas of the Democratic Party and Evelyn Sanguinetti of the Republicans.

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Does the office of lieutenant governor need to exist?

Sanguinetti and Vallas both say it should, especially now that state law calls for gubernatorial candidates to pick their running mates.

“I’ve always felt that the lieutenant governor should be selected by the governor,” Vallas said.

Sanguinetti said the fact that she and her running mate are a team means “the taxpayers will be getting a bang for their buck.”

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What would be your role in office?

Vallas said he would help implement the governor’s budget plan and sees himself as a “problem solver” as he has been in running Chicago Public Schools and other governmental entities.

Sanguinetti said she would carry on traditional roles of the office and “be working as Bruce Rauner’s partner,” which could include touring the state and helping evaluate needs of agencies. “As a former assistant attorney general, I’ve counseled a lot of units of government, so I feel very comfortable stepping into that role,” she said.

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Any differences with your running mate?

Vallas has pushed charter schools, but he said he and Quinn agree that “you’ve got to invest in your traditional public schools to be effective.” He said he and Quinn both favor abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

Sanguinetti is anti-abortion, while Rauner backs abortion rights, with parental notification in the case of young girls. Sanguinetti believes marriage should only be between a man and a woman. Rauner says he is OK with the current same-sex marriage law.

“Bruce and I have no social agenda,” she said. “Our agenda is purely fiscal.”

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Source: The (Springfield) State-Journal-Register, http://bit.ly/ZP1K34

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Information from: The State Journal-Register, http://www.sj-r.com

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