A Government of, by and for the People
The tagline for my 2018 county board race was, "no strings attached," because I wanted people to know that my vote was not for sale and that I would be a voice for them. That together we must form a government that works for everyone.
I have been a lifelong environmentalist and climate activist. On the Will County Board I pushed a large-scale methane capture project and fought to power Will County buildings with 100% renewable energy (the compromise position was 75% renewable power). We've adopted the Greenest Region Compact, The Climate Action Plan, and updated our Energy Conservation Plan.
While CEJA created significant incentives for more solar panels, electric vehicles and alternative energy projects, it failed to shut down Illinois’ largest CO2 emitter, the Prairie State coal plant. The coal plant was able to dodge a 2030 shutdown and extend their lifetime to 2042. Another shortfall of the bill is that natural gas plants were required to shut down in 2045. We need to replace these facilities with clean renewable energy.
I will oppose the fossil fuel companies false solution of Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) and I will support incentives to make people’s homes more energy efficient, expand renewable power and build the infrastructure for more electric vehicle charging stations.
Additionally, Will County is home to former coal plants and there is a need for coal ash clean-up that current state law requires polluters to clean up. NRG wants to use the “cheap” clean-up method by diverting ground water. I favor and will work to remove the coal ash so it is stored in a membrane-lined facility. This is an environmental issue and racial justice issue, not currently a climate issue, but the coal ash pit is located in a predominantly African American neighborhood.
How do we close the Wealth Gap and Supporting the Right to Unionize
Presently, income disparity is at its greatest level since the Great Depression. In 2018, the richest 10% held 70% of total household wealth, up from 60% in 1989. The bottom 50% saw zero net gains in wealth over the past 30 years, driving their share of wealth down to just 1% from 4%.
Politics and wealth are directly connected. We fund our elections with corporate money, so it's not surprising that corporations like Amazon pay no federal taxes, leaving hardworking Americans stuck with tax bill. The first step is getting rid of bought and paid for politicians who will fight for an agenda that includes the following:
I support increasing the federal minimum wage to $15/hour and indexing it to inflation. A person working 40-hours a week should not have to depend on welfare programs to survive.
I support the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) or "card check" that would allow workers who want to organize a union to collectively bargain for better wages and benefits.
The uber wealthy like Jeff Bezos need to not only pay their workers a living wage, but they need to pay their fair share in taxes. Closing tax loopholes for the wealthy and asking them to pay their share in taxes is another step we need to take to close the wealth gap.
Environmental Justice: Just Say No To Northpoint
I support developments that pay a living wage, are environmentally friendly, and invest back into the community. Kansas City-based industrial warehouse developer, NorthPoint Development, has been working on a plan to acquire nearly 3,000 acres of prime farmland in our area and replace it with a massive industrial warehouse complex. This project is being proposed at a time when Will County is suffering from an astronomical growth in trucking and warehouse development that is straining an already decrepit and ill-maintained roadway system.
As a result many residents of this area are fed up with local, regional and state governments allowing this area to be turned into an unsafe and unlivable industrial zone. This proposed development would negatively impact our communities to the point that they would be unrecognizable if NorthPoint were to come through. Learn more about the project.
In response to the proposal for this industrial warehousing project, local residents joined together. The result is an unofficial grassroots effort led by concerned Will County residents who are united by the desire to stop NorthPoint Development’s proposed Compass Business Park.
Read More at and Get Involved! https://www.no2northpoint.com/
I want to first state that no human being is "illegal" and for-profit detention centers go against the principals of freedom and liberty that this nation was founded on. We must have immigration reform and close all for-profit prisons. But beyond that, we must have a government that works for EVERYONE! We must have a society that is equitable and treats people with dignity.
I support the Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project. They are a nonprofit organization committed to community organizing for the rights of immigrants in Chicago’s southwest suburbs through education, civic engagement, and advocacy.
I support the BLM movement and local organizations like SpeakUp.
Speak Up, founded by Trista Graves Brown, is a diversified committee that works to keep transparency, accountability, and equal process in the justice system. They partner with others to create a pipeline from individual to community in order to engage and restore a sound and quality of life. Their mission is to execute change and awareness in assurance of fairness at the local, state, and federal Level.
Black Lives Matter is a movement to fight for Freedom, Liberation and Justice by eradicating white supremacy. #BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Currently our local chapter is trying to restore Township Trustee Karl Farrell's full citizen rights so that he can continue to serve. Sign this petition to help! https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/support-karl-ferrell-a-joliet-township-trustee/
Human Rights need to be at the core of every policy issue, foreign or domestic. Human Rights are the most basic fundamental rights that should be guaranteed to every living and breathing human being across the globe. Whether we are discussing injustices here at home or abroad, human rights must be at the epicenter of American values. We must all work together to create and implement policies that align with our values of equality and justice.
I support these Human Rights:
1. We are all free and equal. Freedom of thought and speech.
2. The right to life. We all have the right to life, and to live in freedom and safety.
3. We are all protected by the law. It must treat us all fairly. The right to trial. Fair treatment by fair courts. Innocent until proven guilty. No unfair detainment. Nobody has any right to harm us or to torture us.
4. Marriage and family. Every grown-up has the right to marry and have a family if they want to. A woman must have autonomy over her own body to choose if or when she will have a family.
5. The right to education. We all have the right to affordable housing, medicine, and child care, and enough money to live on. The right to social security.
6. Freedom to move. We all have the right to go where we want in our own country and to travel as we wish. The right to asylum. If we are frightened of being badly treated in our own country, we all have the right to run away to another country to be safe. The right to a nationality. We all have the right to belong to a country.
7. Workers’ rights. Every grown-up has the right to do a job, to a fair wage for their work, to safe working conditions, and to join a trade union.
8. The right to democracy. Every adult should be allowed to choose their own leaders. The right to privacy.
9. We all have the right to a good life. Parents and children, people who are old, unemployed or disabled, and all people have the right to be cared for.
10. Food, Shelter, clean water, fresh air, and healthcare.
Women must have reproductive freedom, reproductive justice, and the autonomy of their own body. I will always vote to secure this. I fully support a woman's right to choose, and her complete autonomy over her own body.
It is past time to sign the Equals Rights Amendment and make sure women are paid an equal pay! Furthermore, we need to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. I will strongly oppose any actions to overturn Roe v. Wade.
I Support Marriage Equality for All Americans. I have always, and always will support full equality and legal rights for LGBTQ and trans Americans. I support teaching acceptance and inclusion in our schools.
To help end the epidemic of school-age suicides especially seen in the gay, lesbian and trans communities, we must provide mental health services via Medicare for All. I also support banning conversion therapy and passing the Equality Act, which would include sexual orientation and gender identity under federal non-discrimination statutes.
I support criminal justice reform and I want to see Illinois be a leader in moving to more “problem solving courts” and other restorative justice measures to address non-violent crimes. I hope to have more public employees working in these problem-solving courts, or working as counselors than we have working as prison guards.
We have several courts like this in Will County that work with Veterans, Mental Health and Substance Use individuals who have gotten in trouble with the law. It is a way for that person to address whatever mental health, addiction, unemployment, underemployment, PTSD, or other issues they are dealing with instead of giving them a criminal record. Over the long term I see a need to reduce the number of prisoners and the number of prisons in Illinois. Cook County has even more of these courts and we should incentivize other counties in IL to move in this direction.
I also support a robust expansion of public health facilities to make sure that we can meet the healthcare needs of the uninsured or underinsured.
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We need an adequate and equitable funding formula at the state level for schools to relieve high property taxes and create more opportunities for every child in Illinois. This can be done by funding more of education with a financial transaction tax on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange – also known as a LaSalle Street Tax.
I want to see public, high-speed broadband internet access as an option for every Illinois resident! Illinois should move towards offering a public broadband option that can compete with the private sector. We should dedicate the broadband dollars from ARPA and hopefully the future Federal infrastructure bill towards running an internet network to every resident working first with those who have the worse access.