If we are going to effectively address the problems facing our state, we have to put an end to the culture of corruption in Springfield. Legislation aimed at job creation, economic development, and education reform has to address the peoples' best interest. If special interests and powerful insiders continue to write the laws and prevent bills from seeing the light of day, then we will never fully address the problems in Illinois. I want to change the way we do things in Springfield and abandon the politics of the past.
I believe that change will begin when politicians start holding themselves to a higher standard rather than acting like these standards do not apply to them. We can't afford to make the same mistakes any more. No more leaving Springfield with a budget still on the table. No more midnight votes that nickel and dime working families. No more indictments and criminal investigations. I think one of the core problems with our government right now is the lack of consistency and stability. We need to stabilize state government by cutting waste and streamlining our limited resources.
I do not buy into the old wisdom that says you go into Springfield a lion and come out a lamb. We have to change Springfield, not the other way around. As state senator I will rely on my work ethic, my background, and my commitment to serve the people. I'm going to work hard every day to fight for a new kind of politics in Illinois.