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A Pro-Growth Investment in the Future of Sullivan

Let’s think about what Sullivan needs to make life better for those who are here and for those who are growing up here as well. We need to make it even better for those who are children so that we give them reasons to plant root and seed here. That is how communities grow again.

Rep. Shimkus is Retiring

Ask most farmers, they're over President Trump's Trade and Tariff War. Ask businesses, both small and large, the growing uncertainty in the Trump economy is making life more difficult. Ask working families, they've not received much if any of the benefits of the Trump-Republican massive tax cuts that have created historic Trillion Dollar Deficits. It would be difficult for anyone to defend let alone to fight to prolong these failing economic policies for our rural communities.

Sensitive President, Party Flails in Europe

Considering the unfortunate state of our international relations with our longterm allies, the frayed nature of the alliances that have helped prevent a third World War continue to be stretched under the Republican Trump Administration. On one hand, you have the President demanding our NATO allies to step up to the plate with more money and forces. On the other hand you have both the President and Sen. Graham complaining about these same allies discussing setting up such an army while they increase funding to the alliance. It’s not easy to see through the hyperbole and double standards. Subservience to a party over the people is a road paved in good intentions without checking in on the results. When our national security is at stake, it’s crucial we get it right.

Solidarity After Anti-Semitic Attack

The fear of being attacked and killed for who you are and for your faith is something no one should have to experience. It is the experience of many Americans. We can do better. We do that by working together, standing up to hatred and bigotry in all of its forms, and not turning away when those in our own families and communities use divisive and hostile rhetoric that we know is against our American values.

A Testament to Public Service

As many of us have witnessed over the last few days since his passing, he has many loud critics on both sides of the aisle. That’s what happens when you stand up to your own party and stand up for what you believe in, regardless of the political fallout.

Representation Not Abdication

Rep. Shimkus continues to abdicate his constitutional responsibilities to protect and defend our country from external and internal threats. He, along with the rest of Congress, are also abdicating their constitutional responsibilities of regulating trade with foreign Nations. This is threatening our downstate and southern Illinois economy. 

Tired of Falling Behind

Instead of electing career politicians who rely on big dollar donors and offer rubber stamps and excuses, we should be focusing on what will build an economy, rebuild our infrastructure, and deliver education that provides for a better future.  That's why I decided to run against a 21-year incumbent who I saw as being out of touch with the hardworking people of the 15th District. They deserve someone that will listen to their experiences and concerns and act upon them in Congress.  That's what I will do as your representative and why I am fighting to earn your support and your vote this November. 

People Over Party.

To me, I'm focused like a laser on changing the conversation. Moving beyond this blame game. Finding common ground, using common sense, and utilizing common values to move our district forward. That is why I'm showing up, standing up, and speaking out everywhere I go. Wages have been stagnant for decades, in some industries wages have actually been decreasing. This is why the economic environment is so hostile to both workers and especially to business. Without eliminating the disincentives and punishments for getting back to work, the bridge to self-reliance is non-existent. When you examine downstate politics, the Republicans have one mantra. “Madigan.” That’s all they run on mostly, adding in one or two social issues that divide and separate as opposed to build and boost our local economies. I know that the People are exhausted by that boring, tired playbook.

Voting Rights, SCOTUS and You

Check your voter registration. Start voting. Become engaged in your local, state, and federal government. It matters. Other than that, the people are going to have to elect different representatives that fight to change the 1993 Voter Registration Act to protect your rights to ballot access. 

Building a Better Campaign

We’ve raised nearly $6,000 in just 6 months. That’s not a lot when compared to Rep. Shimkus’ special interest money, but it is more than our opponent in the primary has raised in a year. We also have more cash on hand as well, because I spend only the money necessary to reach the citizens of this district. I also spend campaign monies at great Illinois union businesses that do amazing work every day. One thing I will never do is loan our campaign any money. My primary opponent has loaned his campaign over $12,000. That’s nearly triple what he’s raised. We all make choices, but that’s just a bridge too far for me.

Shimkus’ Rhetoric Doesn’t Match Reality

In Rep. John Shimkus’ recent WJPF interview, he offered the usual GOP talking points demonizing Democrats. What he failed to mention is that the legislation he helped to craft and […]

A New Year, A New Direction

2017 was a year of tremendous change for our country. So many of us have responded to this change by standing up and doing something about the problems our families, our communities, our state, and our country face. As the drivers of the change we deserve, we can lift our families and communities up. We can only do that together. 

What Makes Me Different

I'm not one to blame our problems on one person or one party. I also don't believe that one solution will solve any of it. Throughout much of my life, when I see a problem I do something about it. I don't complain, I get to work instead. 

Medicaid Work Reqs a Costly One

Enter the GOP plans to 'overhaul' the Medicaid program nationally by imposing work requirements on recipients. I would call this effort an attempt to disrupt healthcare for millions of working Americans, veterans, the chronically ill, and many others.