• Mary Rita canvassing and connecting with the community.

  • Mary Rita and her husband, Michael Gelder, have lived in Skokie for over 30 years where they raised their daughters, Hannah and Moriah.

  • Mary Rita getting to know her neighbors and their families to best represent the needs of the community.

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    IEA IPACE Recommends Mary Rita

    Mary Rita is proud to receive the IEA IPACE recommendation for state representative in the 17th District. "Mary Rita’s support for increased education funding, making college more affordable and a living wage show her commitment to education and working families.” She has the experience necessary to ensure that the government fulfills one of its most important obligations: fully funding public education.
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    Illinois League of Women Voters Candidate Forum

    Mary Rita appreciates all those who came out to keep democracy alive this past Saturday, March 2nd at the Illinois League of Women Voters Candidate Forum in Wilmette. See article on League Forum in Journal & Topics here.  Note final paragraph citing Mary Rita's support for program to interrupt gun violence. "Luecke advocated for a Chicago program called Ceasefire, in which people called interrupters embedded in neighborhoods work to stop retaliation and cycles of violence, once shootings occur or when there is neighborhood tension which could lead to gun violence."
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    Recent Endorsements: Chicago Sun-Times & Illinois Education Association

    We are thrilled to receive endorsements from the The Chicago Sun-Times and Illinois Education Association-Illinois Political Action Committee for Education! Mary Rita has long fought for progressive causes and will take her experience and values to represent the 17th district in Springfield. Thank you, Chicago Sun-Times for your recognition of and dedication to progressive champions!  Thank you, Illinois Education Association for supporting excellent and equitable public education and the candidates that will make that happen! The Experience We Need to Drive the Change We Want
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    VIdeo: Mary Rita on the Issues - Good Goverment Measures

    Watch Mary Rita address big money in politics, publicly funded elections, an independent map commission, and other good government measures.  
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    Video: Mary Rita on the Issues - State Budget

    Watch 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_tax 
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    Sun-Time Editorial & Mary Rita's Health Care Response

    Mary 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.
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