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Illinois Senate District 43

(Vote for 1)The Illinois State Senate is the upper chamber of the Illinois General Assembly. It is made up of 59 senators elected from individual legislative districts determined by population.To be eligible to serve as a member of the General Assembly, a person must be a United States citizen, at least 21 years old, and for the two years preceding his election or appointment a resident of the district which he is to represent.As of the 2020 Census, Illinois state senators represented an average of 217,161 residents.[Source: https://ballotpedia.org/Illinois_state_legislative_districts#Senate]Salary: $69,464 [Source: https://ballotpedia.org/Illinois_State_Senate ]

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    Diane M. Harris
    (Rep)

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    Rachel Ventura
    (Dem)

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What is a major challenge facing your constituents and how will you address it?

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Campaign Mailing Address 424 Buell Ave
Joliet, IL 60435
Campaign Phone 815-733-0579
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Campaign Website http://www.electventura.com
Campaign Email hello@electventura.com
Campaign Twitter Handle @@electventura
Campaign Mailing Address 617 N Raynor Ave
Joliet, IL 60435
Campaign Phone 815-714-9456
In addition to being an elected official and having legislative experience, I am a mathematician and former business director for Legendary Games. Being a single mother of teenage daughters is a qualification that will keep me grounded in the needs of working families. I will never be bought and paid for, and have rejected corporate campaign contributions my entire time in public life. Winning my WCB election by knocking on doors and talking to voters proved that people can get elected without big money. A few accomplishments include securing long-term clean water for 800 families living in Fairmont, pushing and adopting the Greenest Region Compact, enabling future green projects such as the capture and re-use of methane from our landfills. As Chair of Public Health and Safety Committee, our county hired both a Director of Vaccinations and a Health Equity Manager. These efforts resulted in 88% of individuals 65+ years old to receive one vaccine shot, and 65% of 12 years old or below.
I am going to focus on three, interconnected problems. Climate change poses a threat to all humanity, but the shifting economy from fossil fuels to renewables will impact workers in IL 43rd more than other districts. I will fight to make sure that people stay employed and thrive with new green-collar jobs in wind, solar and the energy efficiency field. Joliet has a water crisis and is in need of significant infrastructure upgrades. Additionally, we need to restore public water services in Bolingbrook. Excessive truck traffic and intensive infrastructure damage are major issues in the 43rd district because of the world’s largest inland port, CenterPoint. I’m opposed to another massive warehouse project known as NorthPoint because we have yet to deal with existing infrastructure problems The residents and tax payers do not want this and the building trade unions don’t seem to care that an overwhelming majority of these warehouses don’t pay workers a living wage.
The most significant thing we need in Springfield is to shut down the pay-to-play system. We need good governance and representation for the voters and fix the broken system. Illinois’ corruption problem leaves the wealthy driving the agenda and prevents the will of the people from being fully represented in our state government. One of my primary goals is to push for meaningful ethics reforms that mirror the 2010 reform commission’s recommendations. Secondly, Illinois needs to tax the rich and pass on the budget savings to property tax owners. A graduated income tax and capital tax on high-frequency trading on CME or CBOE (Illinois’ Wall Street) would stabilize the Illinois budget. Finally, Illinois needs to improve on the recently passed Clean Energy Jobs Act that offered significant incentives for Illinois residents to buy an electric vehicle or move to solar. We need to shut down Prairie State Coal and move more quickly to address the climate crisis.