“It’s clear to us that Rachel Ventura isn’t afraid to take on entrenched, powerful interests and can be counted on to fight for everyone in her community,” Matriarch board member Kate Albright-Hanna said. “Throughout her life, whenever she has encountered a corrupt system, she has fought it head-on.”sigue leyendo »
Rachel Ventura, D-Joliet, who is challenging Foster for his seat in 2020, called Foster’s vote for the more than $700 billion defense bill “unfathomable.”
Ventura decried the bill’s creation of a U.S. Space Force and said the money should have gone to address other needs, such as climate change. She added it was “sad” that some Democrats such as Foster helped pass the bill.
“I can’t believe that we are blowing billions of dollars on this hypothetical cartoon-like space war, and doing little to address the real crisis,” she said.sigue leyendo »
In discussions earlier this month, board member Rachel Ventura, a Joliet Democrat, suggested setting aside a portion for reparations to help those most affected by laws making marijuana illegal. Others have suggested revenues be used for treatment, education and to offset any increase in law enforcement costs for impaired driving or other infractions related to the new law.sigue leyendo »
The vote, which was largely along party lines, came down to a tie when Rachel Ventura, a Joliet Democrat, broke from her party and voted against the tax. Ventura said while she supported the tax, she was voting against it because there was no provision for property tax relief.
Read Ventura's full statement here: https://www.facebook.com/RachelFVentura/posts/2129913557111939sigue leyendo »
Hundreds rallied in Naperville on Tuesday night in support of impeachment. Will County Board member Rachel Ventura, D-Joliet, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Bill Foster for his seat in Congress, spoke at the rally calling for Trump to be impeached and removed from office.
Ventura said Trump was “promoting and elevating hate in the world” and linked his statements and policies to alleged racist incidents in Naperville and around the country.
“We have a criminal in the White House,” Ventura said.sigue leyendo »
Earlier this week, board member Rachel Ventura, a Joliet Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Bill Foster in the Democratic primary for the 11th Congressional District, suggested using a portion of the money for reparations or for programs to help those most adversely affected by marijuana laws.sigue leyendo »
Activists push for Green New Deal, hold climate strike in downtown Joliet Speakers call out Rep. Bill Foster, NorthPoint project
"If there is anything worse than a climate denier, it is a scientist who knows the dangers of the climate crisis and turns his back on the solutions," Ventura said of Foster's education and experience as a physicist.sigue leyendo »
Rachel Ventura, D-Joliet, said she favored some revenue going toward “reparations” to help individuals who had been convicted of using marijuana.
Ventura said that people of color disproportionately were affected by policies outlawing marijuana use. Now that the state government will be able to expunge the records of individuals with marijuana convictions, she said they might need help attaining employment and housing in Will County.
“We want to make sure that we’re setting up opportunities here locally,” she said. Jackie Traynere, D-Bolingbrook, and Harris voiced support for Ventura’s idea.sigue leyendo »
Here are some highlights from last night's "Hate Has No Home Here" Rally in Naperville. Those who braved the cold and rain were in for a real treat with an incredible line up of powerful speakers like Ernest Crim, Marcus Riley, Charlotte Droogan, Vincent Gaddis, Gautam Bhatia, Diane Hewitt, Eli Cervantes, Dagmara Fernanda, and many others! This video was produced by Allan Nowakowski.sigue leyendo »
Second in line was Rachel Ventura of Joliet, who had her twin 10-year-old daughters, Eve and Lily, along for the experience. She said she got in line about noon Sunday and will challenge a fellow Democrat, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville, in the primary. Petitions on his behalf were also filed.
“People are ready for a change,” Ventura said.sigue leyendo »
Ventura responded, saying, “These stories are so tragic.”
“I feel like America is becoming numb to these tragedies, and they are becoming the norm,” Ventura stated in the release.
“What is even more tragic is that the solution is right in front of us – improved, expanded Medicare for All. We have the money to change and we will save money when we do,” Ventura stated in the release. “What we cannot afford is our broken system, where we allow wealthy donors and corporate interests to dictate the quality of life, or life itself, to everyone else.”sigue leyendo »
“The American people are sick and tired of a Congress that is bought and paid for,” Ventura said in the release. “Bill Foster is no exception.” Rep. Bill Foster is facing criticism from his 2020 primary opponent for attending a celebration for an insurance corporation that played a key role in the 2008 financial crisis.sigue leyendo »
Of those 130 House Democrats not yet co-sponsoring the Medicare for All Act of 2019, 48 of them were elected in the “blue wave” of 2018. Additionally, not one member of House Democrats’ leadership has co-sponsored the bill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland), House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-South Carolina), and House Democratic Caucus chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York) have all received generous donations from pharma and insurance (Hoyer alone received more than $2.5 million in career donations) throughout their Congressional careers.
Below are the names of all 130 House Democrats not co-sponsoring H.R. 1384, in alphabetical order.
Rep. Bill Foster (D-Illinois) - $606,819 since 2007sigue leyendo »
Rachel Ventura—who is running against Rep. Bill Foster, a Financial Services member who attended the AIG event—described the gathering as “disturbing.” In a statement, she said that Foster’s presence was “not surprising” and called for an ethics investigation into how the party came to be.sigue leyendo »
The Green New Deal is a proposal that aims for renewable energy, saner jobs, and overall a cleaner environment. The Green New Deal was publicized on the banners and posters and was mentioned throughout many of the guest speakers’ speeches.
“Through transformative programs such as the Green New Deal, we can dramatically increase people’s living standards and restore our planet,” Environmental Attorney Sean Collins said.sigue leyendo »
About 300 people, some holding signs, attended the Global Climate Strike rally at the free speech pavilion in Naperville, one of the many similar events held around the globe. John Laesch, campaign manager for Congressional candidate Rachel Ventura, said the campaign put together the rally with help from environmental groups.sigue leyendo »
“It honors that basic promise that America should make to all of its citizens which is you get to breathe here, you can drink the water here, you can enjoy the natural resources here, they’re yours,” said environmental attorney and speaker Shawn Collins. “They don’t just belong to companies that want to exploit them, to pollute, and to make a profit. But they’re here for the human beings who live here and depend upon them.”
The proposed legislation aims to bring greenhouse gas emissions down to net-zero and meet 100 percent of power demand through clean sources by 2030. Rachel Ventura, who is running against Congressman Bill Foster for the 11th District Seat, co-sponsored the strike and supports the Green New Deal.sigue leyendo »
Mays said that making things right doesn’t necessarily mean that mandatory minimum sentencing should be eliminated.
“You’ve taken discretion away from the judges,” he said.
Ventura chimed in, saying that having greater representation may change how the judiciary rules going forward.
During the last election cycle, Will County voters elected two new circuit court judges, both of whom are men of color.
“If we return the mandatory minimum sentencing to the discretion of the judges, that would be something that, by all means, every registered voter would want to get involved in,” Ventura said.sigue leyendo »
“Rachel has been a strong, clear voice for working people here in Will County. She has been one of the leaders advocating for change at the county board level. Will County Progressives endorsed Ventura's grassroots campaign in 2018 and was part of her upset victory back then. We look forward to working hard to get her to Washington. We trust fully that Rachel will fight hard for Improved Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and getting corporate interest money out of politics.”sigue leyendo »
Ventura said she decided to run against Foster in part because of his refusal to support Medicare for All. She was among a group of locals who demonstrated in front of Foster’s district office in Joliet earlier this year to pressure him to support the plan. On her campaign website, she argues that Medicare for All is the simplest way to fix the nation’s health care system and said she wants to stop private insurance and pharmaceutical companies from “profiting off the suffering and deaths of others.”sigue leyendo »
During a recent canvassing session in Bolingbrook, Ventura was straightforward with residents about her views. Her campaign shirt listed progressive policy priorities such as the Green New Deal, Medicare for All and closing the wealth gap.
While the reaction from residents ranged from enthusiasm to politely declining to sign her petition because they were Republicans, Ventura was able to convince a few who appeared unsure.
One resident in attendance asked her if Foster was himself a Democrat. She said that Foster was, but then explained why she was challenging him: “I like Bill, but a little competition don’t hurt.”sigue leyendo »
In backing a Green New Deal and likeminded initiatives at the county levels, Ventura hopes to build a shared and sustainable form of economic development. “When we’re investing money into communities and into jobs, that money gets recycled back into our economy. It’s the exact opposite of trickle-down,” Ventura said. “As we’re all receiving better jobs, that goes back into business and that generates more tax dollars, which creates more money for infrastructure.” Among Ventura’s concerns about the explosive growth of the area’s shipping industry is that many warehouse workers are hired under short-term contracts that leave them vulnerable to mistreatment and injuries on top of low wages.
Foster is no ally in the fight. A trained physicist who founded a manufacturing company, he’s a member of the business-friendly New Democrat Coalition and ran unopposed in the most recent midterms. Ventura is making sure he has opposition this time. And the climate is her driving motivation. “It wasn’t until he came out and said he wouldn’t support a Green New Deal that I decided to run,” she told The Intercept. She’ll now challenge Foster for his seat in the primary next March.sigue leyendo »
Rachel Ventura, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Bill Foster in the 2020 Democratic primary, received her first national-level endorsement from a progressive political group. Blue America PAC, a progressive political action committee, endorsed the Will County Board member.sigue leyendo »
Will County Board member Rachel Ventura, D-Joliet, who is challenging Foster in the 2020 Democratic primary, said in a statement that she preferred to talk about the causes for such violence and called for unity.
“While some politicians will only use this opportunity to call for stricter gun laws, I will also use my voice to call for a government that represents everyone ... so that we may share in our prosperity and not only in our grief,” she said.sigue leyendo »
She said the actions the board has taken, like passing the proclamation about gun violence awareness or speaking out against racist graffiti, speak to issues residents face. "These are things that we need to address," Ventura said.
Still, Ventura conceded that talking about such issues can bleed over into the political realm, although, she said, members should be cautious about using social issues as "power plays."sigue leyendo »
Status Coup's Jordan Chariton spoke with Rachel Ventura, a progressive congressional candidate in Illinois who previously worked in the private health insurance industry and is calling for Medicare For All, a Green New Deal, and other progressive policies.sigue leyendo »
She said in the release she recognizes the national significance of the race as the divide spreads wider between the Progressive Democrats and the New Democrat Coalition, a conservative caucus that Foster belongs to.sigue leyendo »
The challenge comes from Will County Board member Rachel Ventura, who in announcing her candidacy last week hit notes high on the list of many political progressives: “Medicare for all” single-payer health insurance, the passage of the Green New Deal and comprehensive immigration reform.
“Outcomes to races like this send a message through the whole political system,” Ventura says on her website. “Will America continue to work for only the wealthy few or will the voters stand up, speak out, and say we will be represented by those who amplify our votes.”sigue leyendo »
"America does not need nor want transactional politics, nor pay-to-play politicians," Ventura said. "We want our voices to be heard and represented."
Ventura also decried a "broken" political system, and endorsed a $15 minimum wage indexed to inflation, the Green New Deal and comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. She also specifically criticized Foster for not supporting a Medicare-for-All health care system and even said it was one of the reasons she thought to launch a primary challenge against him.sigue leyendo »
Rachel Ventura challenging Bill Foster in Illinois 11th Congressional District. Rachel Ventura Interview
Proudly progressive, Rachel Ventura hopes to take her message of affordable healthcare, combating climate change, union and living wage jobs, going after industries profiting off of the suffering of others, and protecting the most vulnerable all the way to Congress.sigue leyendo »
“It is just too much inaction on major issues like climate change, meaningful health care reform, wealth inequality and campaign finance reforms,” Ventura said.sigue leyendo »
La Junta del Condado, el recién llegado Ventura, desafiará al Representante de los Estados Unidos Foster
Ventura, a single mother of twin girls and business director ran an uphill battle against the local Democratic establishment to earn the seat on the Will County Board.
“It is just too much inaction on major issues like climate change, meaningful health care reform. wealth inequality, and campaign finance reforms. We the people deserve meaningful actions to address the crisis facing our generation and the next.”sigue leyendo »
“We have to start having green jobs, innovations to help fight climate change,” said Will County Board member Rachel Ventura, D-Joliet. “These are things that are going to affect us in the near future. It’s really time to take a laser focus.”sigue leyendo »
If it sounds like Ventura is a progressive with a capital P – think Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, if not 99 percent of the other presidential candidates - you would be right. If you think she sees eye to eye on many of the issues embraced by “Squad” leader and Republican bogeywoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – in particular the Green New Deal - you would also be correct.sigue leyendo »
Ventura said she is committed to fighting for the cause.
“I’m here to fight for every door I knocked on,” she said, referring to her 2018 campaign for Will County Board. “We knocked on 10,000 doors in my district to make sure that people were represented.”sigue leyendo »
Rachel Ventura participated in the demonstration. Ventura shared her personal story of her fear in leaving her previous marriage with an abusive husband and losing health insurance in the process.
“If we do not have health care as a right, there are millions of people in relationships, abusive relationships, and they fear leaving,” Ventura said. “And they stay in a horrible situation because they’re too afraid. That is not a government that works for everyone.”sigue leyendo »