Why Anne is running

My name is Anne Shaw and I’m proud to be your Democratic candidate for open Illinois House District 4.

Together, we made a difference. But the problems are outstripping our local answers, so it’s time to raise the stakes on what we’re willing to do to fix the biggest problems facing our hardworking families and small businesses.

Some of you know me as a hard-driving, determined community activist who spent the last 10 years trying to make our community safer by fighting to keep open mental health clinics, police precincts, organizing block watches and spearheading personal protection classes for our seniors.

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Issues

I’m running for the Illinois House of Representatives because:

...because our budget is broken.

The process to get a budget approved is broken. Our tax system is antiquated and broken. We couldn’t fix the problem because all of our tools are broken. It’s a mess.

We have to fix all of these things before this happens again. Thank God we have a budget and our schools and human service programs have some money and some people can get back to work - but if we were smart we would start working NOW to make sure the next time the politicians break things, at least we have working tools.

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... because it’s time someone who has been facing down the gun violence in our communities goes to Springfield to try to do something about it.

More than 700 dead and more than 4,300 wounded in the worst gun violence spree since 1997. We all know the statistics and we all know the stories. We all clamor for solutions but we’re all still clamoring a year later.

It’s easy to point fingers but hard to stem the tide.
In Illinois it’s easier to get a gun than to get a job.

In Chicago’s it’s easy to see the Police Department’s relations with minority communities are at an all-time low. Both of those things need to change

...because we have to fix our kids’ schools.

They are nothing and have nowhere to go without them. If we don’t get a handle on this issue we will be condemning an entire generation to poverty and violence.

We all know what's wrong with the schools, and if we are honest with ourselves we know why the problem isn’t getting fixed. The politicians currently making the decisions are incentivized to sit on their hands because they are too afraid of alienating certain constituency groups that they need to get reelected, so they continually kick the can down the road

 

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