Ignore Politics and Do What’s Right for Our Community

Local municipal leaders don’t get to hide behind politics or party leadership. We don’t get to paper over unbalanced budgets or show phony revenue to offset overspending. We can’t hide from our constituents down in Springfield and surround ourselves with supportive lobbyists and special interests. Instead, we have to abide by a more disciplined set of rules. We have to …

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Balance Our Budget and Stop Playing Games with People’s Lives

The political games over the budget have been going on for years, and recently we’ve seen those games severely hurt those who most need our assistance. That is entirely unacceptable. It’s time we responsibly balanced our budget and sustainably funded our most important priorities. This is what we did in my city when I served as a local municipal leader, …

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Champion Transparency and Lead by Example

Instilling transparency in Illinois is the single biggest cure for what ails our great state. Corruption can only happen in darkness; transparency is the cure for darkness. When people are participating in corruption, even they know it’s wrong, so they instinctually hide it. Removing the opportunity to hide public business is the best way to end the culture of corruption …

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