(Vote for 1)The Illinois House of Representatives is the lower house of the Illinois General Assembly. It is made of 118 representatives elected from individual legislative districts for a two-year term with no term limits.As of the 2020 Census, Illinois state representatives represented an average of 108,580 residents.The state legislature has the power to make laws and impeach judges. Lawmakers must be at least 21 years of age and a resident of the district in which they serve for at least two years. [Source: https://ballotpedia.org/Illinois_state_legislative_districts#House]Salary: $69,464 [Source: https://ballotpedia.org/Comparison_of_state_legislative_salaries]
I am a legislator, a lawyer, a small business owner, a wife, a mother, and an advocate for children and people in need.
In my two terms in Springfield, I have fought for property tax fairness, public school excellence, fiscal responsibility, and infrastructure investment. I have passed important new protections for victims of domestic violence and stalking. I also have been a leader in passing laws to protect every woman’s right to reproductive freedom.
I took a stand when allegations of corruption and abuse of power were leveled against leaders in my own party. In the face of threats and intimidation from fellow Democrats, I did the right thing: I held firm and called on House Speaker Mike Madigan to step down, helping to bring about the end of Machine-era politics as usual in Springfield.
As a representative, I have tried to set a new standard for openness and accountability. I have held dozens of town hall meetings, constituent coffees, and public seminars.
Our broken property tax system is far and away the biggest issue I hear about from my constituents.
It is wrong, on so many levels, that the State of Illinois has shirked its responsibility to our public schools for so long, resulting in our unfair and unbalanced property tax system. The school funding reform bill was an important step in the right direction, but we need to fine-tune it to avoid harming high-performing districts.
Every student in Illinois should have access to a good public education, regardless of zip code. The Illinois Constitution says very clearly: “The State has the primary responsibility for financing the system of public education.” But instead of meeting that responsibility, we have piled the cost of public schools on the backs of homeowners.
Funding schools primarily through property taxes is unfair to everyone. Families should not have to choose between good schools and reasonable tax bills when they’re deciding where to live and bring up their children.
My priorities have remained constant throughout my term in the Legislature. 1) Education: Public education is cornerstone of our communities. When we fund our schools, we’re making an investment in the future that helps everyone in Illinois, because those kids grow up to be our employees (or, sometimes, our bosses.) That early investment in education yields decades of enormous returns – in shared prosperity, in an expanded tax base, and in greater opportunities for everyone.
Everybody in Illinois deserves clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. I stand with our environmental community in the fight to protect our open lands and natural resources and to promote renewable energy sources that will help us battle climate change.
3) Women’s Rights and Reproductive Health:
Without Roe v. Wade, it is even more critical for Illinois to protect our right to make our own decisions about our reproductive health. I am proud to be a pro-choice leader in the General Assembly.
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