I'M PROUD TO BE AN ILLINOISAN

MY FAMILY ROOTS

My life began in Oak Park and I was raised in Bellwood. where I attended public schools surrounded by students from diverse backgrounds. I was made to feel welcomed and accepted by my community. I continued my education at two incredible higher-ed institutions in Illinois to prepare me for my future endeavors of law and community service: Loyola University of Chicago and The John Marshall Law School.

My positive upbringing led to the non-negotiable idea of raising a family of my own and fostering businesses within the hospitable and welcoming borders of our state. 

ILLINOIS IS A GREAT STATE — it always has been!

When my husband, Ken, and I became empty-nesters, we began to explore the potential of moving into another area of Illinois. 
Specifically, we looked towards towns slightly south of I-80. 

Our dream home, to me, was smaller than the one we had with our children and located somewhere with slightly warmer weather.
Ken envisioned our home with more land.

Ken began to read the local newspapers of towns we considered moving into. He discovered crime per capita more than in Chicago, populations much smaller than we were used to, taxes that were higher, and a major lack of jobs and culture.

WE STAYED WHERE OUR HEARTS WERE ROOTED, HERE IN THE NORTHWEST SUBURBS

THE GREAT STATE OF ILLINOIS

Why choose to relocate, especially out of state when Illinois has so much to offer? A few examples of why we chose to stay include:

  • Illinois is at the crossroads of America which give us some of the best highways in the country
  • We have some of the best educational institutions, sports teams, and airports.
  • Illinois is home to 36 Fortune 500 companies.
  • We have the luxury of having an abundant fresh water source, Lake Michigan, and a rich agricultural industry.

 

ULTIMATELY, MY PARENTS WERE RIGHT TO CHOOSE ILLINOIS

Ken and I invested more into our home, into our awesome school district, and into community service – all in our hometown and in Illinois.
 
Too many people have bad-mouthed Illinois. I believe it is time we embrace our great state for its successes and ability to overcome any hardships we are thrown.