Mary Rita Luecke for Illinois State Representative, 17th District
Welcome to my website. Like my campaign, (and my life) it is a work in progress, adapting to the issues and concerns I hear as I meet more of you every day. Please use this to get to know me and to share your thoughts, invite me to gatherings, volunteer your energy and donate to keep my campaign afloat.
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.
Watch Mary Rita address big money in politics, publicly funded elections, an independent map commission, and other good government measures.Continue readingWatch Mary Rita address our state budget and advocate for a progressive, People and Planet First, budget with a progressive income tax. Read more on Mary Rita's position here:http://www.maryritaforstaterep.com/progressive_income_taxContinue readingMary Rita opposes any effort to diminish access to the 10 essential health care services required under all A.C.A insurance plans. This Sun-Times editorial on Jan.19, opposes the Trump initiative to expand the authority of Associations to bypass current A.C.A requirements.Continue readingMary Rita and over 250,000 allies march in solidarity during the powerful Women's March in Chicago, Jan. 20, 2018. Use your voice, your vote on March 20, 2018 and help send Mary Rita down to Springfield to make real change happen. Please check out Mary Rita (at the 6+ minute mark) talking with veteran Chicago Sun-Times reporter, Lynn Sweet - Chicago Women's March, Jan. 20, 2018. The Chicago Sun-Times: https://youtu.be/GijswuIPaUk?t=6m13sContinue readingRepresentative 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 DistrictContinue readingWe 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!Continue readingMary 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.Continue reading