The following videos are in regard to several of my priorities.
DCFS: Our child welfare system as currently constituted is broken and cannot be fixed without systemic change. Changing an entire agency from a one-size-fits-all model to one where the buck stops at the local level will be a heavy lift. But it must be done. A little boy consigned to an anonymous grave alongside a back road deserves nothing less from us.
Red Flag Law: We need to keep firearms out of the hands of mentally troubled individuals while at the same time protecting civil liberties. If you’re concerned about confiscatory gun control, the real threat to the Second Amendment isn’t a measure like the Gun Violence Restraining Order, it’s the increase in mass shootings. This bill, which I had a major role in drafting, strikes a proper balance.
Gas Tax: It wasn’t an easy vote to take, but I voted for the increase in Illinois’ gas tax because we need to fix our broken roads and bridges and it’s not fair to ask someone else to pick up the tab. McHenry County receives about $250,000 per month from this increase and is going to get $300 million in needed improvements over the next ten years.
Student Sexual Abuse: Allowing teachers and school employees to retire with their pensions after sexually abusing children has been going on for years. This must stop, and I’ve proposed legislation to take away pensions from those who prey on our kids.
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