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Redirection

Here is the preamble to the Illinois Constitution:
"We, the People of the State of Illinois;...— in order to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the people; 

  • maintain a representative and orderly government; 
  • eliminate poverty and inequality; 
  • assure legal, social and economic justice; 
  • provide opportunity for the fullest development of the individual; 
  • insure domestic tranquility; provide for the common defense;
  • and secure the blessings of freedom and liberty to ourselves and our posterity

- do ordain and establish this Constitution for the State of Illinois."

Are we doing this? We need redirection.

The preamble shows the original direction of our state. Let us get back to that. 

This is the 'turn around' agenda for which I will work.

Your vote for me will get that started. 


Collective Bargaining/Unions

Unions keep the middle class healthy. Unions bring up everyone's standard of living.

I retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections in 2012. I was a member of AFSCME Local 817. I am currently a member of the retirees sub-chapter 72 in Dixon, IL.


LaSalle Street Tax

TAX THE SPECULATORS

 

From this article:  http://lasallestreettax.org/why/
Illinois operates two of the largest financial markets in the world, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (the CME also owns the Chicago Board of Trade) and the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Each year, the trading of futures, options and other derivatives on these exchanges exceeds $900 trillion in value, an almost unimaginable sum. (Total world gross domestic product today is about $75 trillion.) When working people purchase necessities in Illinois, they typically pay sales taxes of 7 or 8 percent, or more (depending on local government rates). Yet the buyers and sellers of these derivatives pay not one dime in sales taxes on these purchases.
If Illinois were to require the speculators to pay a minuscule tax – roughly one one-thousandth of one percent – on the sales of these derivatives, it could readily raise about $10 billion a year, more than enough to bail us out of the current crisis and restore adequate funding to our schools, universities, and essential public services, and reduce our unfunded pension liability.



Re-purpose shuttered warehouses and box buildings

Re-purpose shuttered warehouse and box buildings (like Kmart for example) for indoor agriculture and local ag distribution. Then distribute to Chicago, Rockford, Quad cities, Peoria, all in easy reach.

Re-purpose shuttered buildings for tech build outs, data warehouses,  cloud servers, vocational training grounds for high schools, massive culinary arts programs in line with local ag/sustainable practices.


Green Energy

Wind turbines, solar panels, other sources of clean, green energy


State Bank

At state bank, as the North Dakota model, could extend credit to small businesses and allow for student loans at lower interest rate while the state is able to profit from the interest on these business friendly and student friendly actions.



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