Public education is the cornerstone of our communities.
When my daughters were young, I frequently volunteered in their classrooms, which gave me a firsthand view of the impact that exceptional schools can have on children’s lives. That experience inspired me to run for Glen Ellyn School District 41 Board of Education, and I wound up serving two full terms, including two years as Board President.
My years on the school board taught me how much our schools depend on the State of Illinois to meet the needs of our children and our teachers – and how badly our state government is doing when it comes to meeting its responsibilities to us and our children.
In my first term as your State Representative, I was proud to join colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass a balanced budget that provided $375 million in new funding to Illinois schools, When we fund our schools, we’re making an investment in the future that helps everyone in Illinois, because those kids grow up to be our employees – and sometimes our bosses. That early investment in education yields decades of enormous returns – in shared prosperity, in an expanded tax base, and in greater opportunities for everyone.