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Election 2018 candidate: Gordon (Jay) Kinzler, 46th Illinois House District

46th Illinois House District candidate Gordon (Jay) Kinzler
46th Illinois House District candidate Gordon (Jay) Kinzler

Political party




Town of residence

Glen Ellyn

Current occupation and employer

Kidney Transplant Surgeon Elmhurst Hospital and Christ Hospital, Colonel in Army Reserve


Loyola Chicago Bachelors of Science
Loyola Stritch School of Medicine M. D.


1976-1980 Loyola University of Chicago
Major: Biology
Degree: B.S. 5-80
Graduation Honors - Cum Laude


1980-1984 Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL. M.D. 5-84


1984-1985 Intern in Surgery, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois
1985-1986 Surgery Resident, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois
1986-1990 Urology Resident, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois
1990-1991 Renal Transplant Fellow, St. Vincent's Medical Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

Immediate family

Wife Jennifer
Daughter Allie
Son Andrew


Civic involvement and volunteer work

Village of Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission Member 4-28-03 to 8-08  

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 10-20-05

The American Legion Post # 3 Glen Ellyn, IL,1-16 to present.

Buy a Vet a Beer Night, 11-9-16, Glen Ellyn, IL

Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, # 2801, Villa Park, IL, 11-13-17 to present.

Honor Flight Chicago, chaperone, 9-13-17, Washington D.C.

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Chicago, IL,

Physician volunteer at Health Fair, 11-12-17, Bartlett, IL

Previous elected offices held

Glen Ellyn Park District Commissioner elected 4-09 to 5-2-17
Glen Ellyn Park District Vice President 4-11 to 5-7-13
Glen Ellyn Park District President 5-7-13 to 5-6-14 and 5-3-16 to 5-2-17

What should Illinois do to improve its business climate and promote job growth?

Lowering property taxes.
Lowering income taxes.
Eliminate corruption by getting rid of Madigan and his cronies.
Lowering expenses.
Reduce or eliminate mandates and regulations like the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act.
Championing reform and making the tough choices.
Support core services
Winning this district and several others across the state and depose Madigan as Speaker of the House. ...

We need to make the state welcoming to businesses who create jobs. Make reasonable changes to the state’s restrictive labor policies. Decrease state mandated regulations and suffocating taxes. ...

We have the nation’s 7th-highest workers compensation costs that are driving companies to other states. ...

I will reduce workers compensation costs. Vote for property tax caps and reduce many of the state’s mandates and regulations. 

I will make Illinois competitive again so we can prosper and enjoy the growth in our state economy that other states around us are already enjoying. More successful businesses mean more high paying jobs and more investments in our communities and our residents.

What gun control measures do you support at the state level?

We need to be proactive and use common sense when it comes to preventing gun violence. There are many laws in the books particularly in Chicago, yet Chicago residents see more gun violence than anywhere in the country. Laws need to be enforced. We need to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, domestic abusers and the mentally ill. I think there needs to be reasonable checks to make sure guns cannot be purchased by those who will do harm to others with them. Family members should be empowered by the courts to be able to petition for the temporary removal of guns from emotionally or mentally disturbed people who may be a danger to themselves or others. I don’t think the emotionally or mentally disturbed should even have guns. Background checks. Do not allow any modification of a firearm that would make it automatic.

What are your thoughts on the steps Illinois has taken to address its pension crisis? What additional reforms are necessary?

... Specifically, the legislature needs to:
1. Pass an amendment changing the pension protection clause of the state constitution. Pension benefits for services not yet delivered by government workers should be able to be modified.
2. All new hires enter a 401(k)-style self-managed plan. Lawmakers don’t have to create a new, untested 401(k)-style plan. We can use a plan similar to the State Universities Retirement System’s Self-Managed Plan for all state workers. It is a 401(k)-style plan that’s been operating for nearly 20 years and is used by over 20,000 members.
3. Re-negotiate pension obligations with current workers and retirees. We need to protect current plans from insolvency. All stake holders need to sit down together in order solve this problem once and for all.

Madigan and my opponent just sit by and wait for the inevitable disaster to occur. I will fight for our current police, fire and state employees and retirees so they have financial security in the future.

I have taken a pledge not to take a legislative pension.

The current political climate across the United States seems more divided than ever. What will you do to foster cooperation and compromise among members of the Illinois General Assembly?

As a Glen Ellyn Park Board Commissioner, I worked with fellow commissioners who were Democrats. Together we balanced our budgets, created surpluses, and reduced the tax levies. All while cutting expenses and improving services. They elected me president of our board twice because they believed in me. We will need everyone working together to save Illinois. I believe we can do it.

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