THE ISSUES

taxes

Nobody likes to pay taxes, but taxes build our roads and our infrastructure. Taxes help create laws to ensure that you are protected from fraud from a bank or a business. Taxes help our kids get educated and support our public safety such as police and fire.

The issues are how much is collected and by which taxing agency, and who pays a disproportionate amount.

I will also fight to protect senior citizens, such as my father, from paying any retirement tax; and work to consolidate taxing districts.

GUN VIOLENCE

As a mother and grandmother, I am deeply devastated by continual mass shootings that are killing our children and putting every individual in America at risk. I too am upset at the number of deaths occurring in Chicago because of gun violence. Currently, we lose 45,000 lives per year to guns – that is 123 lives per day. My youngest son who lives in Japan rarely hears of a mass shooting because guns are not prevalent in Japan. Illinois continues to work towards making gun violence prevention a priority and is taking measures to control gun accessibility. Unfortunately, much of the gun violence experienced in Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois is due to guns trafficked in from Indiana which has weak gun laws, and straw purchasers who purchase guns for individuals that do not qualify to purchase a gun on their own. I will advocate for:

WOMEN'S RIGHTS

With Roe v. Wade being overturned, let’s not forget what this landmark case did to help women:

Roe reduced the mortality rate of women to 1% as opposed to 17% when abortion was illegal.
Roe gave women the right to obtain credit cards on their own, to further their education and obtain jobs that were only held by men, to build generational wealth by being able to purchase their own home, and to decide privately how many children she would have with her spouse or partner or on her own.

It is unbelievable that today in the most developed country in the world, we do not have a provision that addresses gender equality in our constitution – thus our right to bodily autonomy has never been explicitly guaranteed. Is it that too many men in our country do not like seeing women progress and run their own lives? Think about it – if the movement is to control the autonomy of women, what is next?

Small Business

For 25 years I operated FitCore, Inc., a one-woman corrective exercise training facility. Like many, I closed the doors to my business in 2021 because of the Pandemic. While I was the only one “employed”, there are many businesses that closed or are just making ends meet. My plans for small businesses are:

The Environment

These pictures demonstrate a mass reduction of air pollution during the pandemic. It proves that we can reduce greenhouse gas pollution.

As a strong voice representing our district, I will:

This is all in the effort to cut greenhouse pollution and create healthier lives by working with local communities, businesses, and community organizations.

education

As the mother of a deaf son, and now grandmother, I understand how important it is to receive quality and available educational services. My plans for education in Illinois are:

Health care

I am the daughter of a 90-year-old dad, and the mother of a son who suffers from PTSD. Healthcare should include the WHOLE body. Mental health illness is treated separately and often with a stigma. I believe mental health is brain health, and when the brain is healthy, the body is healthy and vice versa.  My plans for healthcare are:

Accessibility, Responsibility, Transparency & Community

As your State Senator I pledge to you:

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