Longmeadow Parkway Tollbridge
There is a very large bridge project that will cut through forest preserve property and a peaceful Algonquin neighborhood, but hardly anyone knows much about it. The bridge portion is covered by the selling of bonds which the taxpayers of Kane County will be responsible for if the bonds are not paid back by the toll revenue. A project like this rewards the philosophy of growth for growth's sake. We do need another bridge in this area, but this isn't the right one.
People don't trust the government anymore. Special interests get in the way of representation and once a candidate is voted into office there is no accountability. Transparency isn't just about showing the books to people, it's about justifying our voting history and being able to honestly say that we know what the people want. No more disconnect from government, it's time for the people to have a seat at the table the way it was meant to be.
We can create jobs and improve our health through local food production. With the rise of GMOs and junk food, people are looking for alternatives to the "fast food nation" diet. There is no reason why we shouldn't have networks of locally grown food providers readily available to residents. I will work hard to promote and install this type of food access, especially for our low-income communities.
Public schools are in distress. Common core was an attempt by Bill Gates and education lobbyists to create a unified education system in the US. So far it has been a mess. What we need is to ease pressure on public schools to provide everything a child needs to succeed, and to help parents and community members become amateur educators, using the best information provided by modern neuroscience, psychology, and education. This can be done.
Health & Fitness
Kane County should be a leader in providing accessible, low-to-no-cost fitness options to its citizens. Making Kane Fit For Kids is a program that more residents need to know about. The possibilities for incorporating fitness into the built environment are many, ranging from fitness-enhanced playgrounds to exercise stations in forest preserves. We also need to promote physical culture by spreading arts like Tai Chi, Yoga, and Gymnastics.