Candidate Profile
Chris Balkema

Republican , Illinois


Chris Balkema
U.S. Rep., Dist. 11

Panel Rating




Campaign for Working Families, Illinois Center Right Coalition

Reported by Candidate

(None listed.)

Selected Contributions


Adam Kinzinger, Timothy E. Scott







Other Information

Illinois Family Institute 2014 Primary Voter Guide: Illinois Citizens for Life 2014 Primary Candidate Ratings:


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

1. Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.

Strongly Agree

2. It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

3. The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.

Strongly Agree

4. Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

Strongly Agree

5. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.

Strongly Agree

6. Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

7. Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

Strongly Agree

8. Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

9. Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

10. Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.

Strongly Disagree

11. More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

12. The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.


13. People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

14. Briefly list three (3) political or legislative issues of most concern to you, and explain why each is important to you.

I’m running for US Congress in 11th District of Illinois because we need to save our country. I’m excited to take my 20 years of Caterpillar leadership experience and get to work for the people in Illinois' District 11. 1) The federal government cannot continue to spend twice as much money as they take in. Our biggest security risk is now our national debt. I will lead the charge to create a path to balance the budget. 2) Obamacare is unsustainable and it will lead the United States of America to financial destruction. We must repeal it and replace with free market health care principles - like allowing insurance to be sold across state lines and eliminating the bureaucratic “insurance exchanges”. 3) We need term limits to get rid of the narcissistic career politicians that hinder our nation’s progress. I will lead effort to pass a law that restricts an individual from serving more than three terms in Congress.

15. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?

I am prolife.

16. Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

God, Constitution, Voters, Congress, Supreme Court, Industry, Academia, Media, Professional Sports

17. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I accepted Christ as my savior as a child. I grateful to have been able to serve Him for many years.


  • Taylor University, Upland, IN, Business Systems, 1993
  • Bradley University, Peoria, IL, MBA - Business Administration, 2002
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Lions Club - Minooka, IL, Member
  • Grace Bible Church, Elder Board
  • The Village Christian Church, Lead Team
  • Caterpillar, Multiple leadership positions
  • Minooka High School Board, Held 2009 - 2010
  • Grundy County Board - currently in my 2nd term, Held 2010 - present

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