October 7, 2018

When do we RISE up?

Recently I attended a Climate Jobs and Justice rally/march.  Over 500 attended who formed the message “RISE” to encourage others to stand with them.  This movement/march was about our climate and the jobs in our area, although my understanding is that these marches took place around the country in various locations with the same themes.  Pollution is a problem, traffic …

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September 20, 2018

Events events events

Wow, less than 45 day’s until election and my calendar overfloweth. Just in the last month we hosted an event for State Sen. Kwame Raoul, candidate for Attorney General.  Likely one of the most important statewide seats as this position functions as the peoples lawyer.  Protecting our citizens from corporations and yes even the government.  Over 35 Attorney Generals across …

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August 20, 2018

Take Me To The Fair

 The newly renovated Governors Mansion Yes it’s that time of year again. Running from event to event as we prepare for yet another election season, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and sometimes even burnt out. But right now I’m feeling energized by all the positive things happening as we try to provide ever-better leadership in our community and across the …

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August 6, 2018

Pride in Bolingbrook

I was recently fortunate enough to be invited to a new group, and in June I helped them form and execute the first Family-friendly Pride event in Bolingbrook.  This group was created to show support for and to raise awareness of the LGBTQ community. The event went great, and many people were filled with capital P and lower-case P Pride …

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May 28, 2018

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day. Frankly, it’s an interesting turn of phrase. Memorial Day commemorates those who have died in service of our country. It is sometimes confused or conflated with Veterans’ Day, which is the 11th of November when we remember all those who have served in the US armed forces. I have veterans in my family, and they deserve our …

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May 28, 2018

How I Will Honor our Nation’s Hero’s Today.

  I am  saddened that the Senate passed a bill that would open the door to privatization of the country’s largest health care system.  My family is full of brave veterans.  My father, sister, brother and daughter have all served in times of war and peace. I know the work of the VA first hand, not only as a family …

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May 6, 2018

Begging at Beggar’s?

Is it really a good idea to host a fundraiser at a place named Beggar’s? Just kidding. Of course it’s a good idea; they’ve got good pizza (among other edible options), and we’re sure to have a great time as I kick off my campaign for re-election to serve as the 4th District’s representative on the Will County Board, a …

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April 29, 2018

Kicking the (Garbage) Can Down the Road

Running our government can be a messy business (or affair, really; government is *not* a business). Regardless, the process has sometimes been compared to making sausage – and nobody wants to watch that. Afterwards, of course, there is always a lot of cleanup, which requires garbage cans. More on that later.   Let me back up for a moment and …

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April 22, 2018

The Taxman Cometh – Later

Today is April 15th, which means it’s tax day. As established by President Truman’s reforms and enacted during President Eisenhower’s first term in 1954, federal income taxes – and consequently, most states’ income taxes, including our very own here in Illinois – are to be filled on April 15th (whether submitted online, by a preparer, or postmarked by midnight – …

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