Your Choices For Congress: Tim Wolfe, 9th District

Get to know the candidates for Congress who will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. Tim Wolfe, a Republican, is running against incumbent Jan Schakowsky in the 9th Congressional District.

Patch: As you go around the 9th district, which issues are people talking about the most? What is it that has people worried or concerned?

Tim Wolfe: One of the major concerns is the representation they’ve had. They haven’t seen Schakowsky in their district campaigning, or just on a normal basis. I think a big issue is kids getting out of college and not being able to find a job or having to move to different state.

How would you address those issues in Congress?

Wolfe: It boils down to getting the economy moving and it has to be by private sector jobs being created. We have to get government out of the way. We shouldn’t look at government as a job creator.  What we need to do is simplify the tax code, make it more straightforward, lower rates, reduce regulations. I don’t think peope understand the magnitude regulations have on businesses. The cost of regulation is $7.5 trillion per year. That’s substantially greater than all the income taxes collected.

Congress has to do its job and pass laws. Now it’s just allowing regulations to be written by the executive branch-- it's abdicating responsibility.  An example is the Health and Human Services mandate that all insurance policies have to cover women’s contraceptives in health insurance policies.  Obamacare needs to be repealed, but because the executive branch has been writing regulations, that needs to stop.

What is the best way to get the economy growing again and create jobs?

Cutting out the federal government to the extent possible, lowering tax rates, having a better tax code. There are specific areas ripe for job growth. The energy sector. In North Dakota through fracking, there’s job growth, and related to it, real estate growth. Those are the types of things that can be right for a growing economy.

What approach do you favor to provide health care to citizens?

Insurance has to be provided through the private market. We have to get rid of Obamacare. Two years later, we’re still trying to figure out what’s in that law. It takes away our rights to choose. Government is mandating certain coverage. Those mandates of the federal government are just going to continue to grow. The issues it’s trying to addesss, such as preexisting conditions, interstate coverage, can be handled outside this huge bureaucracy. They can be handled in the private sector.

How would private business cover preexisting conditions? 

To cover interstate sales of policies, there has to be a law passed. And the government can pass a law covering preexisting conditions. I’m not saying there’s no role for government. Another thing that needs to be done is tort reform.  (putting caps on the amounts of what doctors can be sued for). 

I think we need to get rid of Obamacare, but preexisting coverage, interstate sales and tort reform, we do need the federal government and private markets working together. Once those are in place, private markets can innovate and come up with better products to sell. Certainly a better policy, and maybe a better premium.

What can be done to prevent random shootings such as at the Batman movie in Aurora, Colo.?

We can’t legislate everything. We need to have some gun laws. But in a country of over 300 milion, not everything can be legislated, especially when people are bent on destruction.  Our culture is involved in terms of personal responsibility and caring for others. Once we start to get people working and putting government in its place—it’s involved in so many things that are invasive in our lives—when people are busy and responsible, it creates a better society.  Even in the 60s before government grew, these things happened. These things can’t be prevented. Hopefully you can minimize them, but they can’t be absolutely prevented.

Many college students are getting into tremendous debt, and will be saddled with these debts as they graduate into a sluggish economy. What can be done about this?

Get the federal government out of the educational loan business.  Because federal government is involved in college loans, anytime money is taken, there are strings attached, so the federal government is almost dictating what’s offered in colleges and universities.  When the federal government’s involved in loans, say a Pell grant or an education loan, the federal government requires institutions to do certain things. For example, disability access—I’m not saying that’s wrong, but the federal government requires schools to follow certain procedures that make the cost of education greater.

One other thing that’s important. Some in Congress have said we need everybody to have a college education. Well, not everybody needs a college education. We need to rethink our priorities in terms of how important college education is in terms of each individual person’s life. 

To some degree we need to have a higher quality education starting in middle and high school, so people don’t necessarily have to go to the perceived best schools. Those things are just driving up the cost of education.

Due to partisan politics, it has become increasingly difficult for political parties to work together, compromise and get things done. What can be done about this?

There’s no doubt this is a tough issue. One of the key points I’m running on is that we have to be Americans first. We need to be partisan toward this country, whereas people are partisan toward the Republican or Democratic party. We need a president, Congress, Senate which looks at representing America first. We all should have principles, but we have to look at, what does the Constitution tell us to do.  We need to get back to smaller and more limited government, to change our mindset as to what the priorities are and what our government is.

Any other issues you'd like to comment on?

We have too many people in Washington who are professional politicians and that’s their priority, it’s not America. I’m running to make a difference. I think this country is on the wrong path. We’re almost 16.5 trillion in debt. There’s nothing with the Obama administration that will change that.  I want to rein it in.

To keep going the way we are--we’ve got Taxmageddon coming up. The Bush tax cuts are expiring Dec. 31, and we’ve got more Obamacare taxes coming in. So as of Jan. 1, we’ve got this gigantic tax burden that’s coming in.  The Heritage Foundation estimated that in the 9th district it will be a $300 monthly increase per tax filer. I believe something will be done, but the point is, everybody knew the Bush tax cuts were expiring. Why just right before the election is there an argument about what should be done?

They should extend the Bush tax cuts and put in place a new tax system for 2013. That’s exactly why we need to replace people in Congress because people are not serious about doing what needs to be done.  Another alternative is let’s extend the Bush tax cuts and make proposals on what to do in 2013 in terms of a new tax system. Tie spending cuts to any change in the tax rules.  We need spending cuts today, not 10 years down the road. There’s a lot of waste in government.

In regards to taxes, I would be open to alternative taxes, such as a flat tax or national sales tax.

Tell us about yourself.

I’m 58, from Bloomington Ill, and hold a bachelors in business adinistration   from Illinois Wesleyan in 1975. I received a second bachelors from Illinois State University in accounting 1978, then I got my masters in taxation from Northern Illinois in 2003.  I’ve been self employed for 20 years, and have a tax and accounting firm in Mount Prospect. I’m married to Kyle and we have two daughters. We’ve lived in Arlington Heights for over 30 years. I’m a certified public accountant and certified financial planner.

Why did you decide to run?

Last year I was listening to the debt limit increase discussion and President Obama started talking about social security recipients not being paid and the military not being paid, and it hit me the people in Washington are not serious about getting the economy moving. I started to ask myself, what can I do? I’ve never run for office before. I found out redistricting was taking place, and I found out my new Congressperson would be Jan Schakowsky, and I found out she’s one of the more liberal people in Congress and supports more government and more taxes. I looked around to see who else was running and no one else was. I thought maybe this was an opportunity to serve my country. It’s a financial mess and somebody needs to step up.

I'm financing my campaign through private contributions. There’s no PAC I’ve received money from, certainly no super PAC.  I’ve put some money in through traveling around, but I have’t put any loans in.  My time is pretty valuable and that’s my contribution.  When I made the decision to run, I knew it wouldn’t be good for my business. I didn’t campaign before April 17, and I can’t go out and look for new business, but what’s most important is doing something for this country.

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David Lewis September 20, 2012 at 02:56 AM
For voters interested in learning more about Tim Wolfe and other Republican candidates, a "Meet The Candidates Open House" is scheduled for Sunday September 23 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at 8010 Lowell Avenue (Lowell & Oakton Street) in Skokie. The event is free and open to everyone.
Deep Dish Pizza September 20, 2012 at 10:25 AM
I'm pretty sure Jan Schakowsky is on the ballot, not her husband. Besides, in his first response this Wolf guy flat out lied. He said "They haven’t seen Schakowsky in their district campaigning, or just on a normal basis." Wrong. Jan Schakowsky was at Hearts of Gold in Arlington Heights LAST JANUARY and I've seen her around Arlington MANY times since then at different locations -- train station, etc. Why would the Republicans nominate a guy whose first response to the first question is to lie???? Even an infant knows better.
Deep Dish Pizza September 20, 2012 at 10:31 AM
Or a better option would be the League of Women Voters where you can see ALL the candidates, not just one side. Candidate Forum: 9th Congressional District Sunday, October 7 2:00pm Oakton Community College 1600 Golf Road, Room 1600 Des Plaines Campus Candidates: Jan Schakowsky (D), and Tim Wolfe (R) This event is co-sponsored by all of the Leagues in the 9th Congressional District and Oakton Community College. To volunteer at the forum, please contact Kate Julian (phone: 847.905.0517).
CK September 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Nice to know that Deep Dish realizes that Schakowsky the female and not the ex-con husband is on the ballot. Why would Wolf be lying if he said that he hadnt seen Schakowsky??????????????????? He didn't see her. Period. I want to ask what Jan saw when she signed the IRS form with her husband. O, maybe she was too bust helping the world to notice any cheating. She always says she and her bo are partners so I guess a vote for her is a vote for an excon. The dish may be deep but not the analysis.
Guido McGinty September 20, 2012 at 03:03 PM
"The two are not exclusive of each other" Of course not. But we haven't had a competent public sector in my lifetime. Words you can substitute for competent: Crushing, leeching, thieving, bloated, coercive, violent, warmongering, monopolistic, regulation-happy, corrupt, etc.
Danni September 20, 2012 at 03:44 PM
To "Pizza" and "Joe"-there is something to question. I am greatly concerned and fearful for this country. There is so much about Jan Schakowsky that makes me afraid of her-her record of voting shows me how dangerous she is to the principles of this of country and her part in the damage that has occurred. You can search for the detail on your own, if you wish-but I would be happy to be enlightened if you can show me how her record PROVES she supports a "vibrant" private sector, I, too, "understand the need for" and if I were in Congress my voting record would be the opposite that of JS' because I SUPPORT the vibrancy. I too understand the need for a "competant public sector." Understanding this need does not mean one understands how to fulfill this need. After 7 terms, if you can attribute JS' "hard work" as having accomplished anything, PROOF of her executed and demonstrated competancy must be reflected in the state of this nation.
Danni September 20, 2012 at 03:57 PM
I am one of those people who follow, search and stays intensely informed-also one of those called “radical" because of my positions, which exist only because I see, so clearly, what is happening to this country. I am sick at heart, honestly. I would like nothing more than to be convinced otherwise-but, that doesn't occur, because one must draw conclusions from facts. The facts indicate a grim and doomed future with this current leadership. The grimness is here- the ever-growing oppression in ever-increasing small ways: each other’s fear of one another, our restricted movement, eroding our personal funds which the government permits us to keep, our individual weaker financial well-being, a two-class citizenry, us and the elected who have different rights and benefits, different laws, different pensions, different health care-and they are wealthy-all of them. These are the seeds of revolution. They know this-this is why they want us disarmed.
Tim Wolfe September 20, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Deep Dish Pizza- I appreciate your reading the article. And yes I stand by my statement that Ms. Schakowsky has not been out in the district campaigning, although she has been seen a few times. In fact I met her in West Rogers Park (Chicago) a month or so ago. But being seen a few times does not change the basic substance of what i said. And certainly there is no doubt that she is spending more time, energy and money working in Congressional Districts outside of the 9th District. Finally, if she is really interested in campaigning why doesn't she agree to debate her opponent so her prospective new constituents can get to know her. She has turned down at least two debate offers.
Tony September 21, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Danni, Sadly, the people in our district either don’t know how far to the left Jan is or they condone it. If her supporters believe that she is in any way pro-constitution or pro-business, then they are delusional and can’t be reasoned with. If her supporters claim to believe in the constitution, then they likely believe in the phony “living and breathing” one that allows them to twist it for their own means. All we can hope for is that there is another wave election where people come to the understanding that entrenched incumbents need to go. Keep the faith.
Danni September 21, 2012 at 04:25 AM
to Tony-the numbers are showing a marked shift away from enemy support. Our enemy just sent 33,000 troops to join the 68000 already in Afghanistan. Why are we sending our men to be killed maimed and injured to fight these insurgents. Is it not time to leave? Is this part of the "continue to destroy america plan"? Cannot people understand the futility of this action if not the evil?
John Sullivan September 21, 2012 at 09:58 PM
I think that if we are going to have a competent public sector, incumbents have to go. These creatures didn't get their 10% approval rating because they are competent.
David Lewis September 22, 2012 at 02:47 AM
One of the most important qualities Tim Wolfe brings to the table is his knowledge of budgets. As a CPA and a Certified Financial Planner he has the professional background and experience to understand and attempt to correct the overwhelming financial problems our State and country are facing. Unlike his opponent, Tim is NOT a professional politician. He deserves our support.
Deep Dish Pizza September 22, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Except CK Mr. Wolf didn't say "he" didn't see Rep. Schakowsky. He said the people of the district "haven’t seen Schakowsky in their district campaigning, or just on a normal basis." And that is a lie. People in this district, including me, have seen her. Both campaigning and on a normal basis. Whether a Member of Congress spends time in their district or not is such an easy thing to verify that it's a very petty thing to lie about.
Deep Dish Pizza September 22, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Mr. Wolfe, You just proved I am correct in calling you out on your lie. You yourself said you met her a month or so ago. I've seen her in town much more often than I've seen you. And yes, I have met you also. I make a point of trying to meet candidates from both sides. Finally, now you are piling on with another lie by claiming she hasn't agreed to a debate. Or did you forget that the League of Women Voters is hosting BOTH you and Rep. Schakowsky on Oct. 7th at Oakton Community College? You might want to spend more time campaigning and less time posting fibs to newspaper blogs. -- Mr. Sullivan, you do realize that if the incumbents are thrown out the Democrats will gain solid majorities in the House and Senate, yes? And seeing as how no one can figure out which way Mitt Rmoney will actually go maybe the moderate Massachusetts Mitt will get in or maybe the 2012 Tea Party version of Mitt will get in. Or maybe he'll just flip flop by the hour and send America down the drain like the Tea Party leaders like Grover Norquist said.
Deep Dish Pizza September 22, 2012 at 03:44 AM
I agree. Speaker Boehner does give voters pause and makes us think the Tea Party he's leading will send us on a grim and doomed future because of his current leadership.
Deep Dish Pizza September 22, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Oh noes. Now you're calling your fellow Americans "delusional". I'm sure that will help Mr. Wolfe win more votes. Keep it up.
Deep Dish Pizza September 22, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Paul Ryan introduced the "Continue to Destroy America Plan" in the Tea Party Congress. All the Republicans from Illinois voted for it. And now Mitt Rmoney is attacking retirees and veterans by saying they think they're victims who need government handouts. Huh?
Deep Dish Pizza September 22, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Mr. Wolfe supports the Paul Ryan plan which bankrupts Medicare in 4 years, blows a huge hole in the national debt and doesn't even do anything about deficits for longer than any Democratic plan on the table. And why does he deserve our support for all that GOP mumbo jumbo fuzzy math?
Keith September 22, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Deep Dish pizza, Yes, Mr. Wolfe said that the people of his district haven't seen Schakowsky around lately. He's reporting feedback that he supposedly has received. So neither you nor I nor anyone else knows that it is a lie. So you sir, are guilty of an unsupportable extrapolation, akin to slander. If you were a reporter, that would be yellow journalism. But my guess is that you're either a Schakowsky operative or simply a partisan hack. You simply cannot go around calling people on "lies" that you simply cannot prove. Please go crawl back under your rock.
Danni September 22, 2012 at 02:24 PM
To David Lewis, Keith, Tony, CK-as we know, the media distorts information. When we blog, we are able to distort information. Ethical individuals will try to present factual information. The facts: Medicare is predicted by certain trustees and actuaries as insolvent by 2016-bankruptcy is a legal term and inapplicable at this point in time. Some officials say the insolvency takes place in 2024, however this calculation has been questioned as it is based upon payment reduction of 31% to providers, increased taxes and excludes the $716 billion cut for ACA. The fact is, Ryan and Rommey support the Obama cut, to be achieved through reduction in payments for services, fraud and waste. Paul Ryan has no such plan to "bankrupt" medicare by 2016. But, I remain open to correction, Mr. Pizza, with verifiable facts..
David Lewis September 23, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Deep Dish Pizza: There is a major difference between a debate and a candidate's forum. In a debate format the participants have the ability to directly ask questions of each other; in a candidate's forum the participants respond to questions asked by the moderator. The fact is that Congresswoman Schakowsky has declined to debate Mr. Wolfe just as she declinded to debate Joel Pollak in the previous election.
CK September 23, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Of course she wont debate. She is afraid of being asked something she would have to explain. These Democrat congressmouths are nothing but talk. Schakowsky is a talking mouth with no substance. She has even been known to sign fake IRS forms and then claim ignorance but it doesnt stop her from raising our taxes. THROW HER OUT.
CK September 23, 2012 at 05:58 AM
This pizza must be made with flakes. The nerve to say we should see ALL the candidates. More baloney from the not so deep thinker. Maybe Schackowsky has a busy schedule cuze she fixing her tax returns. Schakowsaky for Congress? THROW HER OUT.
Ustuss C September 23, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Without honest open debate we will continue to let career and machine backed politicians like D'Amico and Schakowsky run unopposed (in the D'Amico case) or without much of a challenge, in the case of Schakowsky. If they don't feel public debate is not worth their time, they are not worth my vote.
John September 29, 2012 at 02:58 PM
http://www.ntu.org/on-capitol-hill/ntu-rates-congress/2011-ntu-rates-congress.pdf The National Taxpayers Union gives Jan Schakowsky an F based on every roll call affecting fiscal policy. We are heading towards fiscal collapse. Why would we renew her contract?
John October 07, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Tim, good luck at the voter's forum at Oakton CC. I hope it is covered by the local media--Patch, Roundtable, Review, Sun Times and Trib. I also hope it will be videotaped so that those who couldn't attend have a chance to see for themselves what their choices are.
TakeBackIllinois October 07, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Tim Wolfe and listening to his plans for his Congressional district. My vote is with this candidate, a veteran and small business owner, who is pro-small business growth, understands finance, accounting and taxes and appears to understand the concept of a balanced budget. In contrast, Ms. Schakowsky's "progressive" (her own words) ideology and ideas of growth through much greater government expansion is and has been a disaster for small business creation in her District. is out of touch with the deep needs of private sector jobs in this Congress. Time for a change with Tom Wolfe.
TakeBackIllinois October 08, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I want to correct my post above. I contacted Tim Wolfe this morning to discuss how I may help him with his campaign, as I was impressed with his presentation at our meeting on Saturday. Tim clarified for me that he is not a veteran, as I assumed and read elsewhere, and I apologize for that error. It still does not dissuade my conviction that Tim represents a clear and better choice for the Congressional District than his ultra-left opponent.
John October 11, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Tim, congratulations on your endorsement from the Chicago Tribune. I hope all readers of the patch will read the Tribines endorsement of Tim Wolfe
Dan Cox October 16, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Tim Wolfe has my Vote, I'm tired of Lame Duck Schoskyosky


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