Mary Rita Luecke for Illinois State Representative, 17th District
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As a parent, citizen and taxpayer, I watched with anger and frustration as Bruce Rauner repeatedly blocked efforts to pass a fair and equitable budget. I am thankful that the General Assembly was finally able to override the governor’s veto so that our state universities and essential social services can continue to serve the people of Illinois.
There is still urgent work to be done. I want to be a part of a legislature that works together — regardless of party affiliation — to meet the challenges facing Illinois.
That is why I am running for state representative.
My top priority for the district will be to fully and equitably fund our public schools. As a former school board president, I understand that challenges of school finances and the challenges of running a school district. I will use this knowledge and experience to fight for quality public schools for every child in Illinois.
Fundamentally, I am a listener and a problem solver, who truly enjoys bringing people together around common goals. Please use this site to reach out to me and let me know how I can best reach out to you.
Recent news reports indicated Governor Rauner is considering new federal guidance from President Trump that would allow states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. President Trump’s cruel new policy will allow states to take Medicaid away from people who can’t find job for the first time in the program’s 50-year history.
I call on Gov. Rauner to reject this mean-spirited attempt to stigmatize and ostracize the poorest residents of our state, the overwhelming majority of whom want to work and contribute to their families and communities. Their interest in Medicaid is to get the medical care they need, so they can, indeed, go to work. No one can get or keep a job until their diabetes, serious mental illness, substance use disorder, dental abscess, impaired vision or other typical condition is corrected.
Representative Guzzardi joins Representative Gabel, in adding yet another powerful voice in state of Illinois, encouraging the voters of the 17th District to elect Mary Rita Luecke as their next state representative.
“There's a fight going on in Springfield right now about what kind of state we want to live in. Wealthy and powerful interests want government to serve them and hurt the rest of us. But Mary Rita believes that government should be on our side, fighting against greed and corruption and fighting for a better life for everyone in Illinois. I'm proud to endorse Mary Rita Luecke for State Representative, and I'll be lucky to have an ally like her in the legislature.”
- Will Guzzardi, State Representative from Illinois' 39th House District
We are excited and grateful for the endorsement and support from Reclaim Chicago, National Nurses United The People's Lobby. This will help make Mary Rita the next State Representative from Illinois' 17th District. Find the full endorsement here!
Mary Rita issued a press release Dec. 30, condemning Gov. Rauner for his veto of bi-partisan legislation intended to preserve the state's Community Care Program.The governor quietly vetoed the bill late Friday, Dec. 29, to avoid public attention prior to the long New Year's holiday weekend.
Nearly 100,000 older adults in Illinois, who can no longer care for themselves and would qualify for nursing home placement, receive support at home through CCP. The program was established in the early 1980s to provide options for financially dependent, frail older adults who did not want to be placed in nursing homes.
Access to home and community based services through the Community Care Program is very important and a personal issue to Mary Rita. Discussing the veto, she called CCP, " a shining light for frail older adults and the families that care for them." She reflected on her experience early in her marriage when "our grandmother came to live with us. She could no longer fully care for herself but did not want to live in a nursing home. Personal care assistants made it possible for her to have that special time in her final years with her grandson and great-granddaughter."
This experience illuminated the importance of services and supports that enhance family care-giving. "Without the additional outside services there was no way we could have provided all the care she needed while also working and caring for an infant."
As a former President of the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 school board, Mary Rita knows first hand the importance of the role the state plays in keeping our schools, parks, and all public spaces healthy.
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