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Illinois 11th Congressional District Primary Election Forum

Feb 18, 2020
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Naperville News 17

Moderator Jan Dorner asked them a set of questions. One question asked was if they would oppose budget proposals and transfers that fund immigration and customs enforcement, and if they were committed to closing loopholes that commit transfers.

Foster’s Answer

Foster, who’s held the Illinois 11th Congressional District seat since 2012, said the country “will always need something like ICE”.

“I think what we have to do is make sure that ICE is doing what the people of the United States really want,” said Foster. “They don’t want ICE to engage in ejecting Dreamers. A huge majority of Americans believe in the dream act that would provide a pathway to citizenship for these young kids that have never known any country but this.”

Ventura’s Answer

Ventura, who currently sits on the Will County Board, said she’d vote to get rid of ICE.

“I support abolishing ICE,” said Ventura. “I support a pathway to citizenship that is attainable, affordable, and does not discriminate from the country a person comes from. And does not move the goalpost for families that are already here. I will vote with the progressive caucus against any future funding for the border wall. On December 16, Bill Foster did vote for $1.4 billion-check for Donald Trump’s racist wall.”

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U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, challenger Rachel Ventura answer questions on gun violence, health care, climate change ahead of 11th District Democratic primary

Feb 19, 2020
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Chicago Tribune

Ventura said she is for the public financing of elections. Corporate interests should not influence elections, she said.“We need to have money out of politics,” Ventura said. “We must elect people like myself who refuse to take corporate PAC dollars.

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Rachel Ventura, 11th Congressional District Democratic candidate profile

Jan 22, 2020
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Chicago Sun Times Editorial Board

Her top priorities include the Green New Deal, criminal justice reform as well as transportation and infrastructure.

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U.S. Congressional Candidate Forum Come meet the candidates for U.S. Congress, IL-1

February 6, 2020
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By League of Women Voters Naperville, Patch Contributor

League of Women Voters of Naperville would like to invite you to our Congressional candidate forum for IL-11.

Monday, February 17, 6:30pm

Naperville Municipal Center, Council Chambers

All candidates will be present - Rick Laib, Krishna Bansal, Rachel Ventura, and Bill Foster.

Will County Board debates using marijuana tax revenue for reparations

February 5, 2020
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The Herald News, Alex Ortiz

Member Rachel Ventura, D-Joliet, mentioned the issue at the Will County Board Finance Committee meeting. She floated the idea of using a portion of the tax revenue to help people who have been negatively affected by the War on Drugs.

Ventura suggested such a policy would permit residents who had been affected to apply for the money. A board or agency would determine which applicants the money would go to.

The money could be used for expenses like offsetting the costs of starting a business. She argued this type of initiative would "invest taxpayer dollars back into the community."

"I'm not so sure if you're going to say we're going to help people that were negatively impacted, then define what that is," he said during Tuesday's meeting.

Ventura said the county could simply use the parameters the state government established in its Restore, Reinvest and Renew grant program. That program was designed to "address the impact of economic disinvestment, violence and the historical overuse of the criminal justice system," according a state government summary of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act.

Will County Assistant State's Attorney Philip Mock warned during Tuesday's meeting that state and county law limit what the board could do with the money. Ventura said she'd seek more specific answers about what those limits are.

While some Democrats on the committee voiced interest in the idea, Ventura tried to appeal to her other colleagues to work on a solution.

"Let's find a way so that if we've done something wrong in the past, we feel a law was unjust, that we right some of those wrongs," she said.

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Foster, Ventura spar on health care issues in 11th Congressional District race

February 3, 2020
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Daily Herald, Madhu Krishnamurthy

Is Medicare For All achievable or a Democratic pipe dream in the current partisan political climate?

That question is one at the center of the campaign between U.S. Rep. Bill Foster and challenger Rachel Ventura running in the 11th Congressional District Democratic primary.

"I don't think it's politically achievable," said Foster, 64, of Naperville, who is running for his fifth term. "I don't think that a plan that takes away the health coverage from the majority of Americans who are satisfied with their care is wise from either a policy point or a political point of view. It's simply not going to be viable."

Ventura, 38, of Joliet, accuses Foster of parroting talking points of the pharmaceutical and health insurance industries that contribute to his campaign.

"This is not about taking away Cadillac plans," Ventura said of Medicare For All. "It's making sure everybody has access to doctors. This is about, again, putting people over profits. The reality is that (existing) insurance isn't giving people choices."

The proposed Medicare For All Act of 2019 -- currently sitting in the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health -- would establish a national health insurance program covering medically necessary or appropriate treatments and services, including prescription drugs, mental health and substance abuse treatment, dental and vision services and long-term care. It prohibits cost-sharing and other charges for covered services. Private insurers and employers could offer supplemental insurance coverage without duplicating its benefits.

"It's not a massive tax," Ventura said. "It's a 9% payroll deductible, is what has been estimated. We pay twice as much in health care costs than any other nation and our life expectancy is sliding. That's ridiculous. Our insurance companies are gouging us."

Foster instead supports strengthening the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion -- the latter requiring raising taxes on the wealthy. He is optimistic Republicans would support Medicaid expansion because it is keeping rural hospitals in Republican districts alive.

He also favors lowering the eligibility threshold for Medicare to below 65 years old and allowing people to buy in.

"There are some calculations that indicate that you can buy something that would be as good or better than what's available at the Obamacare exchanges," Foster said.

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Teen campaigner says why wait until 18 to get out the vote

January 31, 2020
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Chicago Tribune, Denise Crosby

West Aurora High School student Casey Fitzgerald, president of the newly formed West Aurora Indivisible organization, gives opening remarks Thursday at the group's town hall meeting which included attendance from some candidates in the March 17 primary election.

Fitzgerald is only a sophomore at West Aurora High School, but he’s already become an integral part of a Congressional campaign. Too young to knock on doors, the 16-year-old is “doing whatever I can” to help Rachel Ventura unseat U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, in the 11th Congressional District Democratic primary on March 17.

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Candidates talk climate change, health care at Aurora student-organized forum

January 31, 2020
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Chicago Tribune, Linda Girardi

The crowd listens to candidates discuss issues at a student-organized forum at West Aurora High School.

Climate change and health care were among the topics focused on by Democratic candidates at a student-organized town hall meeting at West Aurora High School in Aurora Thursday night.

The event was hosted by Indivisible West Aurora, a newly-formed student club. Among the candidates invited were U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, who represents the 11th Congressional District, and his opponent in the March 17 Democratic primary Will County Board member Rachel Ventura.

Ventura said change is needed.

“...Families are struggling to get ahead, find living wage jobs, get health care and save for the future. I live this struggle every day,” she said.

She encouraged Foster last year to sponsor U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All legislation, she told the group.

“After a long back and forth with his office, Bill Foster refused to sign on to the bill... I myself went two years without health care. Concerned community leaders encouraged me to run so I started doing my research.

“There’s a big difference between my opponent and myself, including how we are running this race. I am not taking corporate dollars. I believe that our representatives need to represent their voters, not just their rich, wealthy donors,” Ventura said.

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"No Strings Attached" Progressive Shakes Things Up

January 29, 2020
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The Young Turks, Francesca Fiorentini

TYT Network interviews Rachel Ventura on The Conversation with Francesca Fiorentini.

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11th District Democratic hopefuls debate the wealth gap

January 29, 2020
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Daily Herald Madhu Krishnamurthy

Democratic candidates running in the 11th Congressional District disagree on taxing the rich.

The race pits centrist four-term lawmaker U.S. Rep. Bill Foster against progressive Democrat Rachel Ventura in the March 17 primary.

Ventura, 38, of Joliet, said many members of Congress illustrate the nation's wealth gap problem.

"Forty percent of Congress is made up of multimillionaires," she said. "Bill Foster is the 34th richest person in Congress. That's not a true representation of what we have in our country."

Ventura said Foster is out of touch with his constituents because he believes artificial intelligence and automation are the biggest concerns.

"The most pressing issue we have is the growing wealth gap in America," she said. "American families who struggle paycheck to paycheck, the climate crisis and the health care prices."

She said Americans need living wage jobs, a national $15-an-hour minimum wage adjusted to inflation and a tax on the rich.

Foster, 64, of Naperville, said while a wealth tax is a reasonable idea, he hasn't seen a "workable scenario." He said access to subsidized education is a greater equalizer for young people starting out in life.

"So they don't end up with these massive debts that are really crippling our young people's ability to get on with their lives and to purchase houses, participate in our economy," he said.

Foster said automation is one of the main drivers accelerating the wealth gap, the loss of manufacturing jobs, and causing wage depression.

Smaller banks' "bread and butter of issuing mortgages is being wiped out" as customers shift to online lending businesses, he said.

Ventura argued automation in some industries, such as recycling, could help create jobs, reduce costs, and improve working conditions.

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Thousands in Chicago Hold Mega Protest Rally Amended Citizenship Act Call for Abolition of NRC & NPR

January 28, 2020
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Daily Herald Syed Ullah

More than thousands of people marched to the Indian consulate from the Tribune Tower in Chicago. Many of the protesters had come to the Chicago from other Illinois Suburbs on specially chartered buses.

The many protesters from around the Chicago and Nearby cities and states and describing themselves as representative of diverse and multi-faith Indian communities across the Chicago, demanded and urge that the CAA be repealed because it undermines India's secular Constitution. Throughout the Community leaders and speakers unanimously condemned the Indian government's decision.

Addressing the protesters, community leaders and Student leaders, which were included Rachel Ventura, Dr Inam Hussain, Ahmed Ullah Siddiqui, Irshad Khan, Nikhil Mundalaparthy, Syed Ilyas Quadri, Adman Yousuf, Aminah Ahmed, Saud Ghazanfar, Jay Becker, Pratiti Deb and Junaid Ahmed urged the audience to challenge a new citizenship law is unconstitutional because it treats Muslims differently from Hindus, Buddhists and other religious groups.

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Indian American hold rally against Amended Citizenship Act

January 27, 2020
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Syed Khalil Ullah, Patch Contributor

Thousands of the Indian-American community from various organizations hold a Peaceful protest in front of Indian Consulate Chicago

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Foster, Ventura lock horns over environmental issues

January 24, 2020
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Daily Herald Madhu Krishnamurthy

A race pitting a veteran scientist against a mathematician highlights stark differences in how each would tackle global warming.

Centrist four-term lawmaker U.S. Rep. Bill Foster and progressive Democrat Rachel Ventura are vying for a nod in the 11th Congressional District Democratic primary on March 17.

The duo butted heads over the Green New Deal and other environmental issues Wednesday during a Daily Herald Editorial Board interview.

Ventura, 38, a mathematician and lifelong environmentalist from Joliet, said several environmental groups have met with Foster on the Green New Deal and criticized him for refusing to sign it.

The nonbinding congressional resolution -- introduced by two Democrats -- outlines a plan for tackling climate change. Its goals are to wean the United States from fossil fuels, curb greenhouse gas emissions and create new jobs in clean-energy industries.

"I think that the Green New Deal is not achievable," Foster, 64, a former particle physicist from Naperville. "I don't see many Republican co-sponsors of it. It's very prescriptive. It is not clear in many ways."

Foster supports investing in research and development to lower new technology costs so globally more nations can "afford to decarbonize." He is a proponent of developing grid-level energy storage -- at the base of wind farms or at neighborhood substations -- and incorporating more renewable energy into electric grids.

Ventura argued the measure wouldn't result in net-zero greenhouse gas emissions because it doesn't emphasize shifting to renewable energy.

"It's saying that, as long as the carbon you put in can somehow be taken out and there's a zero at the end of the day, then we're good to go," she said. "It's a fossil fuel bill."

Ventura said supply and demand ultimately will help lower technology costs and called for federal government investment to incentivize states, counties and cities to roll out sustainability plans.

She touted her environmental record as a Will County Board member in getting the Greenest Region Compact passed -- a framework much like the Green New Deal that sets sustainability goals for the future.

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Watch Foster, Ventura debate in their race for Congress

January 22, 2020
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Daily Herald Madhu Krishnamurthy

Progressive challenger Rachel Ventura and centrist Rep. Bill Foster took part in a feisty joint interview Wednesday morning with the Daily Herald Editorial Board as the two mixed it up on a variety of issues including climate change, income inequality and health care.

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Rachel Ventura, 11th Congressional District Democratic candidate profile

January 22, 2020
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Chicago Suntimes Editorial Board

Her top priorities include the Green New Deal, criminal justice reform as well as transportation and infrastructure.

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Rachel Ventura, 11th Congressional District Democratic Candidate Profile

January 22, 2020
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Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board

Please tell us about your civic work in the last two years, whether it’s legislation you have sponsored or other paid or volunteer work to improve your community.

"I have served on the Will County Board in a paid position. In my short period of time on the board I have fought hard for three key environmental initiatives and supported an “opt-in” for recreational marijuana."

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Ventura wants to debate Foster on climate

January 23rd, 2020
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The Herald News, Alex Ortiz

Democratic congressional candidate Rachel Ventura said she wants to debate her opponent, incumbent U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, in Joliet on climate-related issues.

Foster, D-Naperville, and Ventura, D-Joliet, participated in a candidates forum hosted by the DuPage Township Democratic Organization in Bolingbrook on Wednesday.

About 40 minutes into the event, Foster had to leave for another event. That’s when Ventura took the opportunity to ask him to participate in a debate or forum on climate change.

“The climate crisis is the most pressing issue and we are running out of time,” Ventura said. “We have differing views on how to address the climate crisis and we both have STEM backgrounds – he’s a physicist. I’m a naturalist and mathematician.”

Ventura also said she wanted to hold it in Joliet because of the oil refineries and growing warehouse industry in the area.

While Foster didn’t immediately agree, his campaign manager Robert Bourret told Ventura her campaign could get in touch with him about the request.

The two were also asked about what they would do to strengthen the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Foster denounced “draconian” funding cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and science and energy research.

“I’ve been fighting against Trump’s anti-science and anti-environmental policy and the Republican policies before that for as long as I’ve been in Congress,” Foster said.

Ventura touted her support for the Green New Deal, an ambitious proposal to get the country to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030 and invest trillions of dollars into new jobs and other social programs.

“In order to protect the EPA’s budget, we need to make sure we’re first protecting out planet and the people who live on it,” Ventura said.

Ventura, who sits on the Will County Board, challenged Foster for the 2020 primary election to represent the 11th Congressional District, which includes portions of Joliet, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, Shorewood, New Lenox, Naperville and Aurora.

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Former presidential candidate endorses Ventura for Congress

January 21, 2020
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The Herald News, Alex Ortiz

A former candidate for president endorsed Will County Board member Rachel Ventura in her campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Williamson said in the release she's endorsing Ventura "because she isn't afraid to take on entrenched, powerful interests and can be counted on to fight for everyone in her community, for the environment and opposes systemic racism and perpetual war."

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Ventura on the Joan Esposito Live, Local & Progressive

January 15, 2020
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WCPT 820 AM Progressive Talk Radio

Former CBS 2 Chicago reporter Derrick Blakley interviews Rachel Ventura about the 2020 Democratic presidential debates.

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Our Revolution endorses three Will County area candidates Progressive political group inspired by 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign

January 14, 2020
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ALEX ORTIZ

The progressive political group Our Revolution endorsed multiple Illinois candidates over the weekend, including three running in Will County.

The group announced its endorsement of Congressional candidates Marie Newman and Rachel Ventura and Illinois House candidate Dagmara “Dee” Avelar, according to a news release.

Newman, a La Grange businesswoman, is challenging U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, in the 3rd Congressional District. Ventura, a Will County Board member, is challenging U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, in the 11th District.

Both have argued their opponents' stances are not progressive enough for the modern Democratic party.

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National PAC endorses Ventura for Congress: She’s the third candidate Matriarch has supported

January 5, 2020
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The Herald News, Alex Ortiz

“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.”

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Three Foster amendments added to defense bill that creates Space Force

December 20, 2019
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The Herald News, Alex Ortiz

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.

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Will County Board votes to allow marijuana facilities, tax sales

December 19, 2019
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Chicago Tribune, Alicia Fabbre

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.

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Will County enacts 4-cent gas tax effective Feb. 1

December 19, 2019
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Chicago Tribune, Alicia Fabbre

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/2129913557111939

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'It's ripping the country apart' — Will County residents react to impeachment

December 18, 2019
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The Herald News, Alex Ortiz

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.

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Will County set to tax marijuana sales, but may ban sales in unincorporated areas

December 12, 2019
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Chicago Tribune, Alicia Fabbre

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.

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Activists push for Green New Deal, hold climate strike in downtown Joliet Speakers call out Rep. Bill Foster, NorthPoint project

December 6, 2019
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The Herald News, Alex Ortiz

"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.

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Will County Board to vote on taxing recreational marijuana sales

December 4, 2019
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The Herald News, Alex Ortiz

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.

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"Hate Has No Home Here" Rally

November 27, 2019

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.

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Progressive Rachel Ventura Challenges Establishment Democrat Bill Foster

November 25th 2019
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The Damage Report

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Hundreds file petitions to kick off 2020 races

November 25, 2019
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State Journal-Register's Bernard Schoenburg

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.

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Insurance nightmares revealed at Medicare for All town hall

November 11, 2019
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By Kane County Chronicle

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.”

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Ventura blasts rival Foster for attending AIG celebration

November 1, 2019
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The Herald News, Alex Ortiz

“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.

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POLITICS OCTOBER 29, 2019 Progressive Challengers Hammer Incumbent Dems Over AIG Birthday Party

October 29, 2019
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Mother Jones, Kara Voght

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.

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The Global Climate Strike Brings Locals to Protest Against Climate Change in Naperville

September 23, 2019
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Mete a Media, Jessica Velazquez

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.

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300 attend Naperville rally to raise awareness on climate change

September 21, 2019
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Chicago Tribune, Steve Metsch

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.

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Hundreds Gather for Naperville Climate Strike

September 20, 2019
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Naperville News 17’s Aysha Ashley Househ

“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.

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Criminal justice reform topic for change

September 18, 2019
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Times Weekly, Megann Horstead

Mays said that making things right doesn’t necessarily mean that mandatory minimum sentencing should be eliminated.

Ryder disagreed.

“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.

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Will County Progressives endorse Rachel Ventura for Congress ILL 11th Cong. Dist.

September 17, 2019
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Times Weekly

“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.”

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Foster: Obamacare improvements the way to go

September 16, 2019
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The Herald News, Alex Ortiz

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.”

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‘A little competition don’t hurt’

September 11, 2019
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The Herald News, Alex Ortiz

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.”

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IS OK GOOD ENOUGH FOR AN INCUMBENT IN THE FACE OF THE CLIMATE CRISIS?

Sept 4, 2019
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The Intercept, Kate Aronoff

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.

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National progressive PAC endorses Ventura for Congress

Aug 22, 2019
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The Herald News, Alex Ortiz

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.

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Rachel Ventura to Challenge Bill Foster for 11th Congressional Seat

August 6, 2019
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Bolingbrook Politics Staff

Will County Board member Rachel Ventura of Joliet officially launched her campaign to unseat incumbent Bill Foster of Naperville for the 2020 primary election.

The newcomer echoed many progressive policies that were part of her agenda such as “Medicare for all” single-payer health insurance, the passage of the Green New Deal and comprehensive immigration reform.

During her announcement, she indicated “America does not need nor want transaction politics, nor pay-to-play politicians. We want our voices to be heard and represented.”

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Will County politicians react to 'horrific weekend' after deadly shootings in Texas, Ohio

Aug 5, 2019
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The Herald News, Alex Ortiz

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.

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Too political? Some GOP Will County Board members see politics in proclamations

July 30, 2019
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The Herald News, Alex Ortiz

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."

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EXPANDING AOC's "Squad"? Progressive Takes on Democratic Machine in Illinois

July 26, 2019
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Status Coup's Jordan Chariton

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.

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Foster gets progressive primary opponent

July 24, 2019
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Capitol Fax

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.

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Bill Foster picks up primary challenge from the left, says he's ready

July 23, 2019
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Chicago Business, Greg Hinz on Politics

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.”

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Ventura launches 2020 primary challenge, lists progressive priorities

7/22/19
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The Herald News, Alex Ortiz

"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.

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Rachel Ventura challenging Bill Foster in Illinois 11th Congressional District. Rachel Ventura Interview

July 20, 2019
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Soap Boxie, Angel Guzman

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.

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Foster draws 2020 primary challenge from Will County Board member

July 18, 2019
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The Herald News, Alex Ortiz

“It is just too much inaction on major issues like climate change, meaningful health care reform, wealth inequality and campaign finance reforms,” Ventura said.

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La Junta del Condado, el recién llegado Ventura, desafiará al Representante de los Estados Unidos Foster

July 18, 2019
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Farmers Weekly, Nick Reiher

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.”

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Will County adopts framework to be more green

July 18, 2019
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The Herald News, Alex Ortiz

“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.”

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Progressive single mom taking on Foster in Congressional primary

Jul 16, 2019
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Chicago Tribune, Denise Crosby

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.

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Demonstrators take to streets of Joliet in support of ‘Medicare for All’

June 10, 2019
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Times Weekly, Megann Horstead

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.”

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Demonstrators demand 'Medicare for All' outside Foster's Joliet office

June 8, 2019
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The Herald News, Alex Ortiz

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.”

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Pharma & Insurance Gave $43M to the 130 House Democrats Not Backing Medicare for All

Mar 7, 2019
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Carl Gibson for GritPost

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 2007

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