Illinois- Rafael Him has joined the election race for State Senate in the 54th district. In addition to announcing his candidacy, Him has also shown great displeasure with HB-40. In the latest actions on the bill Governor Rauner signed an amendment allowing for legislation to state health insurance, and medicaid for abortions. according to the Illinois General Assembly, the latest amendment ” Removes a provision prohibiting the non-contributory portion of a program of health-benefits from including the expenses of obtaining an abortion.
“Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Removes a provision excluding abortions or induced miscarriages or premature births from the list of services provided under the State’s medical assistance program.”
“Removes language providing for the adoption of rules to prohibit a physician from providing medical assistance to anyone eligible for medical assistance benefits if the physician has been found guilty of willfully and wantonly performing an abortion procedure upon a woman who was not pregnant at the time of the procedure.”
Following the latest actions Him issued a statement on the matter saying, “I’m highly disappointed in the Governor’s decision to sign HB-40 to take tax payer money to take innocent lives. This decision goes against my beliefs and the beliefs of many in the district. I cannot morally standby this decision and will fight to reverse it if elected. ”
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Rafael Him, Republican from New Baden, has announced he is running for State Senate in the 54th District. No stranger to politics and government, he’s a 22-year combat veteran and serves on the Clinton County Board along with having served as a trustee for the Village of New Baden. He said his experiences in the Air Force taught him accountability, teamwork, leadership and a passion for mission accomplishment.
Him is running because of his love for Illinois, “I can no longer sit back and watch the people of Illinois suffer from poor politics and corruption so I decided to take action. We are currently in a state of emergency with an out of control budget and a declining population. We have to get back on track and advocate for reform. It’s critical that we protect citizens and businesses from unfair and excessive taxation. Every time you increase taxes, you’re eroding personal freedoms and the ability of the people to provide for their families.”
I look at things from a holistic view. First, what is good for the people? Second, what is good for the state? “I want to help everybody, not just a select few”. If you focus on good management and teamwork, your people will be taken care of and the state will start to heal. We need to change the way our state does business and address why people are leaving. You can start with mismanagement then follow through with tax reform. We need to look at reducing business regulations and stopping the spending and borrowing culture as well.
It’s time for new management and a conscientious individual who serves the people. I will promote conservative free market ideas that will grow our economy and start to heal our state. We need ideas that will bring prosperity to our local communities and state, encouraging families to stay and invest in Illinois.
I have the experience to help reform our state, I have served my nation for over 26 years. I also realize that teamwork is necessary and that no one can accomplish anything great by themselves. I have lived the motto of “Integrity, Service Before Self and Excellence” in all we do and have the record to prove it. I have voted on and passed three balanced budgets and helped guide my county to be debt free by the end of 2017 despite state budget cuts. I humbly ask for your vote and support as I work to heal our state. It will be a hard fight but I am confident I will win it. I will always fight for you.
My Contract with the People
- Put citizens above politicians, each law passed should apply to those who passed it
- Fight for fiscal responsibility and accountability
- Fight for a “real” balanced budget
- Fight for term limits.
- Fight for tax reform