I'm proud of my track record of relentless advocacy at the Capitol. But public service starts at home.
I made serving you, my constituents, my top priority on the first day of taking office in 2003 and I've never wavered from that commitment. I and my staff aim to be problem solvers on a number of issues, helping respond to your requests and ensuring you have the information and access you need to be successful. Even when money is scarce and times are tough, we can serve you at the highest levels and will continue to make meeting your needs our No. 1 priority. We're here for you, whenever you need us.
Our natural resources are precious and we must do more to protect them. As a state legislator, I have led and supported initiatives to protect our environment by:
*Reducing use of potentially toxic chemicals, such as sponsoring the Child Safe Chemicals Act to bar toxicity in child toys and products
*Limiting the time certain diesel-powered vehicles can idle
*Setting aggressive goals for Illinois to reduce carbon emissions and promoting clean air
*Reducing the use of fossil fuel energy sources and promoting cleaner energy, such as greater reliance on wind and solar power
*Strengthening energy efficient building codes and enforcement of energy efficiency resource standards
Among our environmental concerns is the frequent flooding problems our district faces, and the challenges it creates for our families and businesses. I have pushed legislation to create a stormwater management commission to address our concerns about living near the Des Plaines River. I worked closely with Sen. Susan Garrett for more than $6 million in funding from the state to complete a new levee that saved hundreds of homes during the summer 2007 storms. I'm making completion of a new levee in Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights a priority and working with a number of state and local agencies to coordinate a meaningful response to this growing problem.
Fighting for You
I've stood up for condominium associations that have been victimized by unscrupulous managers by pushing for minimum requirement standards for those managers, including financial protections against theft of funds. I've also created an advisory council to identify issues important to condo owners and will give those issues my full attention.
Senior citizens have a friend in me. I've held a number of forums and seminars to ensure their voices are heard on topics ranging from Medicare Part D to senior safety, and I'm committed to preserving the safety nets for seniors in Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid. I've supported legislation to expand property tax relief for senior citizens that will ensure more of their hard-earned money stays with them.