All Illinois residents deserve affordable, quality health care.
Even before the budget crisis began taking a toll on health care, residents in many areas of the state had limited access to medical attention. The breakdown in state funding made this situation worse, driving facilities to lay off staff or close their doors. Many health care workers choose to serve at clinics like these because of a deep commitment to their mission, and often for lower pay than they might receive elsewhere. The damage to clinics that lost these dedicated employees when they are forced to look for work elsewhere could take years to repair.
I support full and equal rights for all women.
The Equal Rights Amendment reads: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” When the Illinois House voted 72-45 this spring to ratify the ERA, my opponent voted no. Tom Morrison opposes the constitutional protection of equal rights for women.
Our flat income tax rate is unfair and I will work to change it.
To make sure we have the resources to educate our kids, fix our roads and bridges, support our first responders and fund essential social services for our most vulnerable citizens, we need comprehensive change in how we tax ourselves. I want to restructure the way we pay for education in Illinois to alleviate our reliance on property taxes, and I favor a constitutional amendment that would establish a graduated income tax.
Our public schools are vital to preparing all our children for rewarding, productive lives.
As a graduate of District 15 and 214 schools, I owe a great debt to my parents’ generation and their commitment to a quality education for all. My years at Central Road Elementary, Carl Sandburg Junior High, and Rolling Meadows High School prepared me well for my next steps in life. Today’s kids deserve the same chance to follow their dreams.
The economy, our property values, our very health and well-being depend on protecting our environment.
I’ve served as the bicycle liaison to the city’s Traffic Committee, drawing upon my decades as a bicycle commuter. I am working to bring my experience to bear on improving infrastructure in Illinois.
I support full and equal rights for all LGBTQ people.
My opponent, Tom Morrison, introduced two bills that restrict access to public bathrooms to those who match the gender indicated at birth on one’s birth certificate. This kind of discriminatory legislation does not reflect the values and priorities of the people of the 54th district.
I understand the value of preserving access to appropriate firearms for sport. But the Second Amendment does not preclude sensible efforts that will be effective in our efforts to reduce gun violence in our communities.