Candidate Profile
William "Sam" McCann

Republican , Illinois


William "Sam" McCann
State Senator, Dist. 50

Panel Rating



Liberal Organizations

Citizen Action IL, 2013-14:  30%, 37%





Illinois Family Action


Illinois AFL-CIO

Selected Contributions


Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, Rodney Davis, State Republican Party Organizations
Christopher "C.D." Davidsmeyer, Dale Righter, State Republican Party Organizations


International Union of Operating Engineers, Laborers International Union of North America, Service Employees International Union, Transportation Trades Department







Other Information

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.

Strongly Agree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Agree

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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 Disagree

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

No Answer

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.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

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.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Disagree

Physician-assisted suicide should be legal.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Agree

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.

Strongly Agree

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

The Founders envisioned a form of government that would stand strong against the test of time and tyrants. They knew that our status as free souls comes from God, not other men. The Constitution would become an employment agreement between the governed (the Employers, as in "We the People) and the governors (the employees, as in the elected officials). They knew that the natural and eventual result of PURE democracy is anarchy and then monarchy. A balance of power was seen as mandatory.

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

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

To prevent the death of the mother.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Born-Again Christian. I believe that God exists as the Divine Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

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.

I believe that my voting record shows that I have always voted to protect the Judeo-Christian values and principles that our nation was founded upon. I have been in the Illinois Senate for five years. I have always voted to uphold Judeo-Christian founding principles, from gaming to life to traditional marriage to Senate Leadership.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you. 217-854-6576

Additional comment from candidate:

Explanation for #12: The Founders did not establish a pure democracy. A pure democracy would mean that everybody would vote on every issue - every single issue. As one can imagine, that would be very inefficient. They gave us a Constitutional Representative Republic. That is why we have a bicameral Legislative Branch (which votes to make laws) and two other branches, Executive and Judicial, to balance the power. The Legislative Branch is designed to be the closest to the People. And all of this is why an engaged, informed electorate (The People) is vital to a socially and economically healthy and prosperous state and nation. Explanation for #13: I feel the issue you are broaching is far bigger than ONE question. I believe in charter schools when they are properly authorized by locally-elected school boards. But, another Foundational Document of this great nation is the Northwest Ordinance. It was clear in its direction that public education is core, and thusly, conservative.


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Work & Military
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  • Illinois Legislative Prayer Caucus, Founder/Chairman
  • State Senator, Held 2011-Present
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