Jobs

For Illinois to turn the corner to financial health, keeping and adding well-paying jobs is essential. The towns here in the 37th District–New Lenox, Mokena, Frankfort, Orland Park, Tinley Park, Homer Glen and Lockport–should be net job gainers not losers. As your State Representative I will be your loud and determined voice to make those jobs we need a reality. There are so many things Illinois can do better to keep those jobs from fleeing our state at the current rate. Let’s not just reverse the flight, let’s add jobs.

So how will I work to do that? Vote against retaining the temporary 67% increase in the state income tax. It’s been documented over and over that high tax rates drive down job creation. The Illinois Legislature needs to quit doubling down on a failed strategy. I will never stop saying that when I am your Representative in Springfield.

What else will I do? We absolutely need to reform workers’ compensation laws. Illinois has one of the 3 highest Workers’ Comp costs in the country. Everyone who is injured on the job needs to be made whole and abuse of the system and bureaucracy is preventing that from happening in Illinois. It is time for true reform of Workers’ Comp laws, not just some more window dressing.

What else will I do to make sure Illinois retains and adds jobs? Illinois needs to reward small businesses, not just the big cats. It’s no secret that small firms, growing rapidly create 100% of new jobs. I will be a loud and determined voice for making sure Illinois tax and business policy does not penalize the true job creators, our small and growing businesses. How many of you know business owners that have moved over the border to grow their business? If you are like me, you know more than one such business.

How do you know I am not just saying this and I will actually keep this promise if you trust me with your vote? I am the only candidate in the Republican primary with an actual history of pro-job votes. At the Will County Board I have voted for our Build Will program where we have built new roads and bridges and repaired or improved existing roads and bridges. This means employment. (Just for the record, taxes were not increased for this program.)

I have voted to support and served on the committee overseeing Will County incentives for the right kinds of businesses to come to Will County. We have targeting transportation companies because of our wonderful location. Other targeted industries that the Will County
Board has successfully in attracting to Will County are manufacturing, food processing, life sciences and education. Will County Board also funds and supports our Workforce Investment Board to educate our citizens for good paying jobs. That Workforce Investment Board is asked by the state and federal governments to administer their programs because of the expertise we have built here.

Jobs are key for our state to improve its economic environment. I am the only candidate who has the knowledge and history of legislative success in this area.