Why I’m running for re-election as your state senator
I first ran for the Illinois Senate in 2012 because my experience as a journalist showed me the need for honest, reliable leadership in Springfield. During my 25 year career as a journalist and news anchor with WTVO, I gained a strong understanding of the issues facing our community and the state as a whole, and I recognized the steps we needed to take to move Illinois forward.
Eight years later, I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish for the Rockford area.
We’ve improved access to health care for Illinoisans, capping the cost of expensive prescription insulin and ensuring no one can be denied coverage for having a pre-existing condition. We’ve instituted a more equitable school funding formula, which has resulted in millions of dollars in additional funding for Rockford and Harlem schools. The money has provided additional resources for students and helped both districts lower property tax rates. In 2019, we had one of the most productive legislative sessions in recent memory, culminating in the passage of the state’s first major infrastructure improvement plan in a decade. Much needed road and bridge improvements are underway.
As state senator, I’ve fought to ensure our local communities get the support they need from state government. I secured $15 million for Rockford’s airport, attracting and maintaining cargo and logistics hubs from Amazon and UPS, and providing thousands of jobs. I also secured state funding to improve local youth sports facilities and passed a tax credit to help redevelop historic downtown properties like the new Rockford Riverfront Hotel and Convention Center.
But, there’s still a lot of work left to do.
Right now, we’re facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We need responsible leaders in Springfield to protect the public health and help workers and small businesses get back on their feet. During this crisis, I’ve fought to ensure public health is adequately funded and bring relief to workers and small businesses through programs like the Business Interruption Grant program. As our state continues to navigate these difficult times, I’ll always fight for public policy that helps those who are struggling.
I’ll also continue to fight for the economic development of the Rockford area. During my time as state senator, I’ve brought home $275 million for the development of passenger rail between Rockford and Chicago and passed a law to allow a casino to operate here in Rockford. I’ll continue to advocate in Springfield to ensure these projects come to fruition and bring the economic benefits that our communities deserve.
I’ve been proud to represent the Rockford area as your state senator, and I hope you’ll support me this November as I seek another term.
State Senator | 34th District