My opponent, Bill Foster, voted to support Trump’s NAFTA 2.0 along with other democrats and republicans. I would have voted against Trump's NAFTA deal because it will only exacerbate the climate crisis. I would have stood with these environmental groups: 350.org, Earthjustice, Food and Water Action, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, League of Conservation Voters, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oil Change International, Sierra Club, and Sunrise Movement.
Today I voted no on the gas tax. Will County roadways sustain more damage than other municipalities in the United States because we have the world’s largest inland port, CenterPoint in our back yard. The massive warehouses draw elevated levels of truck traffic and pollution to our neighborhoods. According to our friendly freight mobility study (2015), 380 million tons of freight traverse through Will County every day with 17,000 trucks traveling per day just on I-80 alone. Some of our state and federal elected officials have done a good job securing funding for infrastructure improvements, but the of costs to repair county roads falls on property owners.
Recently, Republican board members have raised opposition for this proposed gas tax, but they have done nothing to offer alternative funding mechanisms to adequately repair our roads. In the past, Republicans have controlled the Will County Board and allowed roads to go unrepaired or shifted the cost onto property tax owners. In addition to taxing homeowners, Republicans have allowed these large warehouses to dodge paying property taxes by creating a warehouse TIF district.
So today, the board is faced with a decision to implement a user tax on motor fuel to repair our roads. While the proposed tax would bring in an estimate $12 per fill up from trucks, it is estimated to only affect passenger cars by about 40-60 cents per fill up (or $28/yr). We cannot impose a tax on trucks only (per the state law). The tax would have to be on all motor fuel sold in Will County, including passenger cars and of course trucks.
I support a plan to offset the cost on the gas tax with the property levee used for highway funds so that property owners have relief from the gas tax. This plan was initially introduced by Tyler Marcum but unfortunately it did not receive the support of the other members and thus the levees were set for 2020.
So while I am in 100% support of raising road maintenance revenue primarily from the heavy users of these roadways. I cannot support support this proposed raising of gasoline tax on top of what the state has already increased without it being paired with a decrease in the property tax levy for county roads.
My goal in taxation would be to ensure that Will County homeowners experiences a decrease in their property tax and the burden of paying for road maintenance is shifted to those frequent users of the roadways in effect switching the burden from property tax to a user tax. I can not support this increase until the county board is prepared to provide property tax relief to the Will County homeowner at the same time.
Rachel Ventura was one of three progressive democrats running for US Congress in Illinois to earn an endorsement from the Chicago Hub of the Sunrise Movement. The largely youth-led organization is focused on addressing the climate crisis in a way that does not pander to the fossil fuel industry. After a multi-step endorsement process, Sunrise released the following statement today, Dec. 10th:
Rachel Ventura earned the endorsement of Southwest Suburban Activists (SWSA) and community leader, Sherry Williams on Thursday, October 31st. SWSA released the endorsement for Ventura and 7 other candidates with the following statement:
VENTURA RESPONDS TO FOSTER'S ATTENDANCE OF AIG CELEBRATION ON FLOOR OF HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE
A recent POLITICO article exposed a number of lawmakers on the House Financial Services Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee who attended a celebration for the bailed out financial institution, AIG. Bill Foster attended the event and Rachel Ventura called him out in a Mother Jones article.
How can we ensure success in our future if we do not invest in our children? More importantly, if we don’t work towards an equitable education system, how will America close the wealth gap, remove racial disparities with respect to income, and creates a strong economy that works for everyone?
Rachel Ventura earned the endorsement of West Suburban Democratic Socialists of America (WSDSA) on Sunday, October 13th. The chapter voted unanimously to endorse Ventura and will be discussing a national level endorsement through their internal process. The only other campaign that this DSA chapter has endorsed is Bernie Sanders for President. WSDSA posted the following statement on their Facebook page after the Sunday endorsement vote:
Ventura Supports Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United and Create Publicly Funded Campaign Systems
I Support Rep. Adam Schiff’s Proposed Constitutional Amendment (H.J. Res. 57) to Overturn Citizen United and push for meaningful campaign finance reforms that prevent wealthy campaign contributors from buying off lawmakers.
Yesterday Speaker Pelosi announced the opening of an official impeachment inquiry against the president. Regardless of what conclusion is ultimately reached, our leaders must be held accountable for their actions, and this includes Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh.
Ventura said, “We’ve had an era of fossil fuels, of big energy, and poor policy. Brown skies, lead filled drinking waters, and unprecedented species extinction. We’ve rolled back EPA regulations, sold off our public lands, fracked, pillaged and polluted our waters and air. That Era is over. Today we enter a new era.”
“We need people like Rachel Ventura who have already fought for changes at the local level to step up and bring their leadership skills to Washington D.C., where the fossil fuel industry has bought enough members of congress to continue writing legislation,” said Shannon. “She is going to be a fighter that this generation and the next can believe in.”
RACHEL VENTURA ENGAGES ACTIVISTS AND SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS DURING LIVELY DISCUSSION OVER THE TOPIC OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM.
Rachel Ventura held an engaging round table discussion on the topic of criminal justice reform on Thursday, Sept. 12th at the downtown Joliet Library. About 40 people, largely an African American crowd, attended the event. At times audience members injected their opinions on various topics. The purpose of the event was to include activists, community leaders, experts and audience members in a discussion before drafting her final platform position. Topics for the 2-hour discussion ranged from re-entry to economic disparity, and the use of private prisons and prison labor. While not a focus, many panelists also discussed education system reforms.
WILL COUNTY PROGRESSIVES ENDORSES RACHEL VENTURA FOR CONGRESS IN ILLINOIS' 11TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT PRIMARY RACE
“It feels good to receive the endorsement from those who I have worked closest with over the past two years. They know me well and they know I will fight hard to change our political and economic systems so they work for everyone, not just the wealthy few."
VENTURA EARNS ENDORSEMENT FROM PRO-HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATION, "PEOPLE DEMANDING UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE" AND "PEOPLE ENERGIZING POLITICS."
“Blue America is proud to endorse Rachel Ventura for congress in Illinois’ 11th District. Rachel has been a strong voice for the environment on the Will County Board and she will be a fierce fighter for climate justice as a member of the United States Congress. Being right on the issues is important but Rachel earned our endorsement for more than that. We find her to be courageous, capable and eager to serve selflessly.”
Illinois’ 11th Congressional District - Crossroads of America, where the epicenter fights for economic and environmental justice and makes a compelling case for the Green New Deal.
Will County is effectively the "dumping grounds" for Chicago's dirty energy industry and garbage. Will County is home to two coal plants, two refineries and one nuclear power plant. We store the things America buys and we expose ourselves to higher level toxins so we can power the region and fuel transportation needs.
The recent shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH emphasize the need for the U.S. Congress to move beyond thoughts and prayers. These two shootings, along with the 2,128 other mass shootings we have had, depict a crumbling society rooted in a moral crisis. My heart goes out to the victims and families of this senseless tragedy. As a mother, I will fight for a strong, more effective approach.
Progressives of Kane County (PKC), an Our Revolution affiliated organization, voted unanimously to support Rachel Ventura’s primary challenge to incumbent, Bill Foster.
Ventura, a self-described Progressive Democrat elected to the board in November, said in a press release she began considering a primary challenge against the five-term incumbent after meeting with him several months ago as part of an Our Revolution-organized effort to persuade Foster to support Medicare for All.
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