My number one agenda will include bringing jobs back to Chicago, and promoting initiatives to put American citizens back to work. When men and women are working they don’t have time to loiter and engage in illegitimate opportunities. This effort, along with passing legislation that promotes best practices in policing and the ability to increase funding to states which experience high crime rates, like Chicago. This will enable cities to improve their technology and hire more police officers, which will lead to safer streets. Our neighborhoods should be a place where children feel safe playing in parks, and adults feel safe exercising and enjoying the great outdoors.


Every American should have the right to bear arms. It is our constitutional right to protect ourselves, our homes, and our families. Guns are also used for hunting and sports shooting. Laws should ensure that the public is protected from the criminal element, to keep guns out of the hands of individuals who abuse this privilege.


The health care system is broken in this country. Individuals are forced to carry insurance and the current health care legislation requires a major overhaul.  When I am in Washington, I will work to ensure that laws are passed that reflect the true heart of the American people. Private industry and healthy competition are the foundation in which this country was built.  Big government and taxes aren’t the answer to better health care. As your congressman, I will work across the aisle to recommend alternatives that will benefit the public and create efficiencies in the system, to drive down the cost of health care and ensure that Americans are in control of their own health care. I will advocate for lower premiums, and more coverage for the cost of your plan. Opiate addiction is a growing concern in our communities, especially among the teenage population. We need to concentrate our efforts on targeting those who are creating the problem, not on criminalizing those who suffer from additions.


Our tax structure has gotten out of hand. When taxes are used as an incentive to hire workers, and to encourage businesses to invest, this helps grow our economy. We need more incentives to put people back to work, rather than incentivizing people for not working. Government subsidies should be limited and only used for a short time by individuals who are in transition and those who don’t have the ability to work. We need more tax breaks to encourage domestic companies to stay and we need to promote incentives to bring back companies which have relocated to other countries. Bringing companies back to America, will increase the number of jobs for American citizens and will improve the employment outlook and the tax base in our cities.


Access to capital is one of the greatest challenges among small business owners. We need better investment vehicles, that will allow entrepreneurs to invest their own money into their own communities. Community bonds may well be the vehicle to bring about such changes. Community bonds benefit communities, and provides capital for projects without raising taxes.

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