It is no secret that for the last few decades, lawmakers in Springfield have brought Illinois' financial condition to a breaking point.
It is also no secret that we have arrived at this point because many of those same lawmakers, like my opponent Senator Julie Morrison, lack the will and competency necessary to solve our state's most pressing challenges. As debt and pensions crowd out our funding priorities, my opponent offers up no comprehensive plan for repair - just bleak acceptance to a gradual decline. Our most vulnerable people in this state deserve better.
As former chairman of the Board at Bernie's Book Bank, I have had the opportunity to lead an effort that is increasing book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers, and school-aged children across Chicagoland.
The opportunity to serve this wonderful organization has left a lasting impact on how my family and I view the role and responsibility we all play in looking out for our fellow citizens.
While Bernie's is a charity that has been fortunate enough to be funded entirely by private contributions, I cannot begin to imagine what it would feel like to consider closing our doors due to the lack of adequate state funding.
With this in mind, I firmly believe that one of our state government's core responsibilities is to provide a strong and dependable social safety net that helps move people forward. Right now, under the leadership of Mike Madigan and Julie Morrison, our funding priorities are increasingly crowded out by debt payments and pension obligations.
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