We have made positive strides in our state, especially over the past year, in passing legislation and reforms that will have a meaningful impact, including:
Electing a new Speaker of the House for the first time in decades and enacting term limits for legislative leaders and comprehensive ethics legislation;
Passing a balanced budget that provides inflation relief for everyone and invests in education, human services, public safety, access to affordable healthcare and other vital services and gets our finances back on track by paying down debt and creating a rainy-day fund;
Protecting women’s reproductive rights, making Illinois a 100% pro-choice state.
I am running for re-election so I can continue to be the voice of the 43rd District in the Illinois House – and hold violent gun offenders accountable, ensure our neighborhood schools have the resources to thrive, support for our small businesses and to address COVID recovery. We cannot let extremist candidates take a page out of the Trump playbook and reverse the progress that we have made.
As we prepare for the election, I am thankful for the strong support I have received from the community. If you are interested in helping with my campaign this fall, such as hosting a yard sign, please do not hesitate to reach out to me here at the “How to Support Anna” page or at firstname.lastname@example.org . It has been a tremendous honor to serve the 43rd District over the past years. I am truly grateful.
Since taking office, I have worked to find common ground with legislators on both sides of the aisle on the issues that affect the quality of life for residents in my district and throughout Illinois. I have fought for equal pay for equal work, good government reform to eliminate pensions for part-time appointed and elected officials, combating climate change, increased use of renewable energy and the creation of clean-energy jobs, increasing the minimum wage, a balanced state budget, a more equitable school funding formula, common sense gun control measures, protecting women’s healthcare and ensuring that seniors in our state have access to in-home services that keep them independent and out of nursing homes.
Changing state government requires the state’s elected officials to lead by example. That’s why one of my first official actions after taking office was to reject a taxpayer-fund pension and healthcare benefits offered to legislators. Regardless of which party and which special interest group supports a particular area of the budget, I will work diligently to identify waste and to look for ways that departments can improve efficiencies and use taxpayer dollars more effectively and efficiently. Any group or agency that receives tax dollars from the state must be held accountable to ensure that funds are not misspent.
As a full-time legislator, my top priority continues to be staying accessible to the constituents I represent. I will continue to do this by walking door to door throughout the community, holding town hall meetings, and through hosting informational events for residents like my annual senior fair, advisory committees and coffee stops.
As a citizen legislator, I take my responsibility to serve the 43rd District and State of Illinois with integrity very seriously. I ask you to join me in working for the betterment of our state for our families and future generations.
I love this state and the communities I represent in the 43rd District. That is why I have worked to pass legislation that has true impact on the quality of life for Illinoisans. These include working collaboratively with colleagues to ensure our communities, small businesses, schools, healthcare providers and essential workers have been supported during the pandemic. During my time in Springfield, I have championed equal pay for equal work for women, support for workers and collective bargaining rights, pro-environmental initiatives resulting in clean energy jobs and addressing climate change, tax reforms to fund education, gun safety measures, legislation to improve the quality of life for those in long-term care facilities and support access to in-home care to ensure that our seniors and the most vulnerable in our communities are treated with care and dignity and so much more
The past several years have been challenging for all of us. But despite the effects of the global pandemic, we have seen progress in Springfield. I was proud to support several new laws that will help our state move forward: balanced state budgets, improved credit ratings that saves taxpayers millions of dollars in interest payments, a new multi-billion capital program to invest in our roads and schools, cannabis legalization to create jobs and provide social justice, a higher minimum wage to help working families, historic clean energy legislation to reduce pollution and create new thousands of new, good paying jobs.
I greatly appreciate your support as we work to make a difference and turn today’s progress into a better state now and for the future.