School Funding

Our children deserve a high quality education, and my job in Springfield is to make sure our schools, students and teachers get the resources and support they need. That’s why as the Appropriations Chair for Education in the Senate, I advocated for the $350 million evidence-based funding model that gives schools what they need, no matter their zip code. That’s also why I support a graduated income tax so that our schools get funded fairly.


Early Childhood Education

The resources a child gets in their first few years can set them on a path for success in later life, but many of our children don’t get the preschool experiences they need to thrive. We have to prioritize early learning, which is why I secured $598 million to expand access to early childhood education.


Student Needs

For many students in the 57th District, going to school is the only time they’ll get a full meal during their day. Even so, most districts actually end up throwing food away. To cut down on waste and make sure students get the nourishment they need, I passed a bill that mandates districts make a wellness plan to account for leftover food and identify eligible students to take home food on days and weekends. 


Supporting Teachers

Teachers, especially during the pandemic, have been essential to our students’ lives. In Springfield, I advocated to all teachers and support staff to be paid for sick days, regardless of vaccination status, as long as they take the proper testing and masking precautions.


College & Universities

Illinois has one of the greatest public university systems in the country, and it’s the backbone of our state’s economy. Previous Republican administrations have severely underfunded our community colleges and universities, which is why I’m proud to have increased MAP grants to help students pay for college by $122 million, added $43.1 million for adult education, career and technical training, and $7.1 million for agricultural education

I also passed legislation that makes college more accessible for students who have good grades but don’t test well. Now Illinois students are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores to our public colleges and universities.

other issues


Roads and Community Improvements In order to grow our economy and create jobs, we need to invest in the basics: our infrastructure. Last year I

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Public Safety

As a former probation officer for 16 years in St. Clair County working mostly with juveniles, public safety is a lifelong pursuit. I’m proud to

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Mental Health

The last few years have shown us just how important mental health is as we all had to face the fear and isolation the pandemic

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I believe everyone should have access to affordable, high quality healthcare. Here in the 57th District, we have several safety net hospitals that care for

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Job creation is one of my top priorities as your state senator. In just three years I’ve: Brought NASCAR to Madison, Illinois. This June we

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