Candidate Profile
James "Jim" Acklin

Republican , Illinois


James "Jim" Acklin
State Rep., Dist. 102

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Illinois Family Institute Voter Guide:


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

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Strongly Agree

Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.


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

Strongly Disagree

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


People should be able to vote without photo identification.


Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.


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

Strongly Agree

Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.

Strongly Agree

There should be a strict constitutional spending limit for state and local governments that would tie the rate of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.


Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.


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


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.

Strongly Agree

Free-market competition for education dollars, rather than a government monopoly, would create a better education for all students.


Where minor children are involved, divorce laws should be reformed to include mutual consent of both parents and an increased waiting period, unless there is fault or abuse.


The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings.


Business owners should be required by law to bake cakes, provide flower arrangements, etc., for same-sex weddings, even when these activities would infringe on their sincerely-held religious beliefs.


Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.


Physician-assisted suicide should be legal.


The more people live by Judeo-Christian values, the less government is needed.


Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with public funds.


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

Strongly Disagree

Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.


What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

To avoid tyranny under British rule, our founding fathers set up a careful system of separation of powers. To avoid tyranny again, whether it be from the federal government, state government, or outside influences, the careful balance needs to be balanced and enforced as our founding fathers visioned it.

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 Industry Supreme Court Congress Professional Sports Media Academia

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

I am a pro-life Christian that believes the protection of life is one, if not the most important job of our public servants. Abortion should only be allowed if the health of the mother is in severe jeopardy.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a devout Christian, worshiping at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Urbana with my family. My children have been raised to love and respect the word of God above all else and I could not be more proud to call myself a Christian father with a Christian family.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?

Very Conservative

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

Publicly available there is very little since I am not a career politician. Serving as a school district superintendent and a school board member, I always fought to ensure balanced budgets, fair negotiations to the taxpayers, and local control of curriculum. However, I can frequently be seen in public at my parish, St. Patrick's, practicing the word of God.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you. 1 (217) 552-7424

Additional comment from candidate:

Springfield needs more leaders, not more politicians.


  • Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Specialists in education, 1998
  • Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Masters in Education, 1994
  • Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Matersi ni Biology, 1987
Work & Military
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  • St. Joseph Masonic Lodge, Member
  • Illinois Association of School Administrators, Member, President of Illini Division
  • School Board Member, PVO Grade School, Held 2006
  • School Board Member, Ogden Grade School, Held 2004-05

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