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This election is important. Now more than ever the people of Illinois’ 18th District need a representative who understands why they were sent to Washington.

I do.

My obligation is to you, the people of this district. You work hard, you look after your family, you play by the rules. And yet it is you who is shouldering the burden of the worst economy since the Great Depression.

The 18th Congressional District has many thousands of people without jobs or even the prospect of work. When you figure in the families that are dependent upon those jobs, there are hundreds of thousands of people in the district who are tottering on a knife’s edge. Many families are facing financial ruin. Too many communities are slipping into poverty and even extreme poverty.

Even if you have a job, I know you are feeling insecure about the future and vulnerable to forces far beyond your control.

Though I am asking for your support, I know this is not about me. It’s about having someone in Congress who will stand in your shoes and fight your fight every day.

Going to Washington has come to mean that you lose touch with the folks back home --- forgetting the people who sent you there.

Well, no more.

My mission is to stand by your side. I hope we get to meet soon.


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