Fighting for the new Sixth District
I currently represent Chicago’s Southwest Side and surrounding suburbs after defeating an anti-choice, anti-immigrant, and anti-health care Democrat in 2020. After toppling a Chicago Machine dynasty, I became the first woman to represent Chicago’s Southwest Side and suburbs in Congress. I’ve been serving in the 117th Congress since January 2021.
I currently serve on the House Small Business Committee, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Congressional Manufacturing Working Group, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus as Vice Chair for Communications.
Illinois’ new Sixth District stretches from the Garfield Ridge and Beverly neighborhoods of Chicago to Tinley Park in the south and north to Villa Park and Elmhurst through other suburbs like Hickory Hills, La Grange, and Downers Grove. We are home to many of Chicagoland’s beautiful cultures and represent an amazing melting pot of ethnicities and traditions.
I’m running for Congress in the new 6th District because as our economy recovers, we need someone who does the work. Earlier this year, Axios called me the 3rd most active freshman in Congress.
I have already passed five pieces of bipartisan legislation to boost local small businesses, bring jobs to the Southwest Side and suburbs, improve our aging public transit and rail freight systems — and I’m nowhere near being done.
These bipartisan bills include legislation to expand access to capital so businesses can open and thrive in our communities and funding for major public transit agencies to mitigate accessibility gaps and plan for an inclusive future. Together with Republican colleagues, I introduced legislation to boost opportunities for women- and minority-owned small businesses. I’ve also led legislation to fund clean energy and climate mitigation projects, and pave the way forward to a clean energy future.
A critical part of this job calls for doing the work on the ground, tackling hyper-local issues to keep our communities safe and our neighbors cared for. I have convened colleagues at every level of government and leaders in industry to address problems facing communities in our district everyday. I’ve worked in close collaboration with local, state, and county officials in our district to solve complex flooding problems, train delays, and postal issues.
We need someone with a plan to address the big issues that will affect future generations while also tackling the everyday issues that affect our lives each day — not just someone who talks a big game.
To drive innovation and invest in our people, we need to pass big and bold legislation that will rebuild our infrastructure and combat climate change with green and sustainable technologies, create good-paying union jobs, protect quality, affordable healthcare for all, and lower taxes by establishing new programs that keep more money in everyone’s pockets.
Together, I believe we can make the Southwest Side and south and west suburbs more attractive to middle class families, workers, and small businesses alike.
I have lived in all parts of the new 6th District, I’m proud to run for re-election to represent the neighbors I’ve known for decades. I’ll put in the work every day to keep delivering results for residents of the Southwest Side and surrounding suburbs.
My story is like many of us who grew up on Chicago’s Southwest Side and throughout the suburbs. My grandfather worked as a union mechanic for Braniff Airlines at Midway International Airport. Like many others, my dad, both grandfathers, and uncles all served our country in the U.S. Army and Marines. My other grandfather, a union carpenter, built a double desk for me and my sister to study so we might be among the first in my family to go to college. I still use that desk today.
Born at Little Company of Mary Hospital and raised in St. Barnabas Parish, I learned from an early age the importance of staying engaged in my community. As I grew up, my family relocated to Palos Park, where I attended Carl Sandburg High School and worked at Orland Square Mall.
To cover my college tuition at Marquette University, I signed up for a work-study program, cleaning at the Food Service and hitting the books in between. I then completed my degree at the University of Wisconsin.
I worked my way up to become a partner in one of the largest ad agencies in the U.S. and later left to start my own successful consulting business.
After my husband Jim and I got married, we moved to Glen Ellyn where we started our family. When one of my children was severely bullied in school, another mom and I wrote a book establishing a framework for school districts to address bullying — not just talk about it, but tackle it head-on. This framework was ultimately adopted by Glen Ellyn Schools and later became the statewide framework to address bullying from then-Gov. Quinn.
I founded a national non-profit program called “Team Up To Stop Bullying” with my partner, Sears, to address the problem—ultimately expanding it nationwide. I have also served as a state and national advocate for health care rights, income equality, LGBTQ+ rights, and common-sense gun safety.
The Sixth District needs someone with a track record of getting things done — a coalition builder and a fighter for the middle-class. We need an advocate to grow small businesses, protect health care rights, and serve as a champion for education and training programs that lead to real jobs to move our district forward. I strongly believe in reducing health care and prescription drug costs, guarding Social Security, restoring workers’ rights, protecting women’s health care, caring for our veterans, and keeping Medicare safe.