Illinois Libertarian Candidates Share Their Platforms

During the 2014 statewide elections, the eyes of most Illinoisans have been trained on the Republican and Democratic candidates for various state offices. But third-party candidates, members of the Libertarian Party, will also be included on Illinoisans' ballots Nov. 4. Some of the candidates shared their hopes for governing with Reboot Illinois.

From Libertarian candidate for attorney general Ben Koyl:

The Libertarian Party and libertarians also believe that we have a right to have physical autonomy from everyone else including agents of the government. This means among other things, that the government cannot throw you in jail for failing to pay income taxes; that violent crimes are prohibited; that no one has the right to tell you what you can and cannot do in the privacy of your own bedroom; no one has a right to tell you what you can or cannot consume while in the privacy of your own home; no one has the right to spy on you while you are in the privacy of your own home without a Constitutionally valid warrant. The Libertarian Party has been for gay marriage for decades. We are consistently anti-war, regardless of who is President. The list goes on and on, but suffice it say that the Libertarian Party does not pay lip service to these principles. If elected, I will implement these principles to their fullest extent to the Office of the Attorney General.

From Libertarian candidate for secretary of state Chris Michel:

I am saddened by the state of the state we live in. We have a balanced budget amendment but can't pay our bills. Elected officials continue to raise taxes and regulate our freedom away. I cannot sit idle and watch this happen. It seems the only way to fight back is to run for office and represent the liberty we are due....There needs to be serious talk about cutting the size of the government or the number of governing bodies. The Secretary of State office could disband the Secretary of States Police and could decentralize the library grant program. There's no reason for the continued growth of our government.

From Libertarian candidate for comptroller Julie Fox:

Unlike my opponents I am not a career politician nor am I beholden to either of the two major political parties. My opponents have no incentive to expose wasteful spending in the state that was brought about by members of their own parties. As a Libertarian I have every incentive to expose pork barrel spending and other blatant misuse of taxpayer funds. As a CPA with accounting experience in both the public and private sectors, I have the knowledge and expertise to read through the numbers games played in our state in order to do just that.

From Libertarian candidate for treasurer Matthew Skopek:

When it comes to who one should choose to become our Illinois State Treasurer and why, for which I would be honored to be chosen for, I ask the citizens of Illinois for a close inspection of their candidates. I ask that voters take a very close look at our character and beliefs and to determine if they live by them daily and regularly acted on. For the last 5 years, I have volunteered my time to my community, while maintaining a full time job, currently as an accountant, to serve my town and state. For this election, I have used primarily my own income to invest in my efforts to campaign for the state of Illinois. I have faith that we, as a society, can have certainty that the best and most constitutionally principled candidate will be chosen for Illinois State Treasurer. An elected official, much like an accountant, must be transparent to maintain the integrity of the position entrusted with them.

See the rest of these candidates' cases for why Illinoisans should vote for them at Reboot Illinois.