Housing: Homeownership should be a fruitful investment, not a burden. Yet, we too frequently see families struggle with covering the cost of some of the highest property tax rates in the country and minimal low income housing options, which has led to many residents drowning in debt and triggering an Illinois Exodus. No one should struggle with keeping their own home. This is at the root of the financial insecurity among Illinoisians.
Public Services and Fiscal Planning: Indebting current and future generations will cause our best and brightest to flee across our state’s borders or dig many deeper into our state’s economic hole. Illinois must get its fiscal house in order. We need a plan to ensure the fiscal stability of our state by adopting responsible financial practices by building accountability for taxpayer spending with programs that do not burden our residents, but instead reinvest in them. Let's keep local tax dollars out of the hands of Springfield, and instead keep them in the communities they are levied. I will fight to assure the Townships and Villages maintain control over their communities' public agencies. The City’s wards can also incorporate community centric public services and programs, like those that stretch across townships. It is time for more residents to have a seat at the table. It's unfair for Springfield to approve unbalanced budgets that cater to special interests and Illinois residents can never afford.
Secure Pensions: The current defined pension agreements are putting the retirement of public workers at risk. We need to protect the financial security of our public servants. We owe it to every past and current public employee to keep our promises. They will keep their defined benefit pensions. New employees will receive sustainable and competitive options such as an IRA and 401(k)
Promoting Local Businesses and Jobs: In Illinois, added hoops, heightened costs of living, and high barriers of entry prevent the viability of existing and new constituent owned businesses. Our state’s homegrown brands, our neighborhoods’ mom and pop stores and food carts are the soul of our communities and the best source for good jobs for our state. Under the right conditions, businesses, entrepreneurs, and families can thrive and create opportunities and choices for everyone to gain professional and work experience. Let’s create a great environment for successful Illinois businesses and professionals.