Solving Illinois’ Fiscal Crises

Illinois is not broken. As of 2016, we had the 5th highest gross domestic product of any state in the union and the largest percentage growth in real gross domestic product of any of our bordering states. What is broken is our unfair tax system. Because we have failed to effectively invest in our state, we are left with too …

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Quality Public Education Invests in Our Future

Quality public education is the cornerstone of making Illinois competitive in the global economy. It is also the cornerstone of our democracy. Recent research shows that every dollar invested in secondary and post-secondary public education will pay back $5 to the state. When we under-fund education, we cheat both our children and ourselves. To be competitive, we must return our …

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Infrastructure Investment Builds Business & Jobs

When Ann was the General Manager of a major mail order production facility in Mt. Prospect, the company had a choice. The company could move the facility to Texas, where wage rates were less and the state offered considerable tax incentives. Or they could stay put in Mt. Prospect. As a person who runs the numbers, it became clear to …

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Healthcare

Ann’s personal and professional life have revolved around healthcare. Her mother was the first full-time staff nurse at Lutheran General Hospital and Ann worked part-time as a unit clerk there to earn money for college. She experienced first-hand what a health tragedy can do to families when an accident left her father with life-altering injuries when she was just a …

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Let’s Pass Responsible Gun Regulation

America has a real problem with gun violence. Illinois has fairly restrictive gun laws, which is why our state received a B+ grade on the 2016 Gun Law State Scorecard from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Unfortunately, existing laws are not stopping the flow of illegal guns into Illinois and we must consider additional legislative and enforcement steps …

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Addressing the Root Causes of Crime

In 1991, the incarceration rate in Illinois was 250 inmates per 1,000 population. Since then the crime rate has gone down 40% for property crimes and 30% for violent crimes. Yet the prison population has increased to 400 inmates per 1,000 population. Something is not working in the state’s criminal justice system. The good news is that there is bipartisan …

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Protecting Our Environment For Our Children

Illinois lags behind other states in protecting our environment. For instance, according to a Chicago Tribune article published on Jan. 10, 2018, the state has, for the past four decades, “failed to adopt federally mandated ethics rules intended to prevent states from appointing environmental regulators with conflicts of interest involving the Clean Air Act.” The situation hasn’t improved under Gov. …

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Making Elections Fair

Protecting our democracy from gerrymandering requires us to move the responsibility for redistricting from the state legislature to an independent state commission. Gerrymandering discourages competitive elections. The number of uncontested races continues to climb, bringing with it career politicians and government deadlock. Politicians who have drawn legislative boundaries to their own political advantage have nothing to fear on Election Day; …

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Strong Unions and a Living Wage Build the Middle Class

Ann grew up in a family that, due to a medical crisis, fell from the middle class and became dependent upon the social safety net built by Franklin Roosevelt, John Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson. When she became a successful lawyer and business leader, she never forgot her roots and let her actions speak truth to power. When Wisconsin’s Governor Walker …

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Retirement Security for our Civil Servants

Our state’s pension rewards employees for their long term commitment of service to our citizens. The state must keep its promise to its employees by fixing the pension system without reducing the retirement security of state employees and teachers. Unlike private sector employees, state employees are not covered by Social Security — the state pension is their sole retirement benefit. …

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