It is time for our district to be represented by a fresh candidate. I will represent your
interests and lobby for you in Springfield. This state has struggled in many areas in the past years, but we live in a land of prosperity
with opportunities for growth. I look forward to working with you to get our voices heard.
“The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.” -(Albert Einstein)
Illinois is #1
St. Charles was recently given the honor of being chosen as the number one place to live
in the August 2011 edition of Family Circle Magazine. We are blessed to live in the Fox
Valley area and beyond where we continue to grow and amaze people with our culture.
Illinois is ranked the best state in the union to make a living due to relatively high
average wages, a low state tax rate, and a below-average cost of living.
In a Crain’s Chicago Business article published in October 2011, Illinois is listed as the
top midwestern state to do business, outranking Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. Although it
is easy to look at all the negatives associated with living in this state we must remember
that we are the greatest state and growth is still possible.
Opportunities for Growth
We have opportunity for growth in small business and entrepreneurism with the
Advantage Illinois Program. “Small businesses are the backbone of the Illinois economy,
and the Great Recession was tough on them. Advantage Illinois will be a shot in the arm
to our small businesses. By working with the state's banking community and venture
capitalists, we'll get entrepreneurs and small businesses starting up or expanding and
creating new jobs at a faster rate.” Pat Quinn
Infrastructure Improvement will play a key role in creating jobs and increasing
efficiency of small businesses. Improving railroads, bridges, highways and the other
failing infrastructures in this state will help to increase business productivity. Better
transportation will make for better business.
“Infrastructure has a direct impact on our personal and economic health, and the
infrastructure crisis is endangering our future prosperity. For the safety and security of
our families, we can no longer afford to ignore the congested roads and contaminated
drinking water we face every day. We can no longer stand by and accept the status quo,
or worse, reductions. The time has come for the citizens of Illinois to demand better.” ASCE
Finding ways to reduce spending when faced with a budget deficit can be difficult.
Batavia School District has done just that in partnership with Energy Education. A
savings of $363,000 was obtained. This type of program should be implemented
throughout Illinois in both schools and state buildings. The program would help to
reduce spending and increase funding for necessary services.
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Let’s Start Communicating
Communications as a way to defeat the deficit. Expanding the states broadband system
and intranet is very important in opening up communications. According to 42nd District
State Sen. Linda Holmes, in February, the Auditor General’s office released a report
on the state’s outdated and inefficient accounting systems. The report found that state
agencies were using 163 different financial reporting systems to track funds and more
than half of the systems did not have the capability to share that information with
each other. In addition, only 16 percent of the systems were compliant with Generally
Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and some were almost 30 years old. This makes
it very difficult to track spending. It is imperative that we integrate the system to better
track income and expenditures to clearly determine our true budget needs.