To the Editor:
For six years, I’ve had the privilege of representing the 26th District in the Illinois House of Representatives. You trusted me to fight for you in Springfield, and I’ve done my best to honor that trust. Serving you has been the privilege of my life, and I’m grateful for your faith in me.
This year, I will be continuing that fight but in a new role. Gov. Pritzker has asked me to be his Deputy Governor, and I have agreed. I resigned as your State Representative on Friday, Jan. 11. But I wanted to take a moment to say thank you.
I first ran for office because I believe that government can be a force of good for its people. As I look back at the last six years, I’m proud of the progress we made. Together, we expanded Medicaid to 500,000 Illinoisans, began to reform our criminal justice system, passed the Illinois Clean Jobs Bill, ensured women have access to affordable healthcare, and increased funding equity for schools all across the state.
But we also faced enormous challenges in the face of Bruce Rauner’s anti-worker agenda. For four years, his administration decimated our social safety net, racked up billions of dollars in unpaid bills, wreaked havoc on small businesses, and neglected our most vulnerable populations.
Thankfully, today is a new day in Illinois. While it is going to be hard to fix the mess of the last four years, I am confident that Gov. Pritzker and our team have the tools and the will to forge a new path for our state – a path that puts working people first. That work begins now.
We need a living wage so working families can make ends meet and a tax system that is fair to the middle class. We have to pay teachers better, so the people teaching our children can feed their own. We can make child care more affordable and more accessible for working families.
We have a duty to make college affordable for students across Illinois. And we must adopt common-sense gun safety measures that are proven to save lives.
For years, I’ve been fighting for these changes and others – and now, we have a chance to make them happen. Gov. Pritzker understands the importance of progressive values and a progressive agenda. He’ll fight for the change we need in Springfield. As Deputy Governor, I’ll be right there with him, working tirelessly to make these changes a reality.
I believe in a government that stands up to injustice and helps those in need. That belief has guided everything I’ve done over the past six years and it will guide everything I do in the years to come. None of this would have been possible without your support. Thank you.