About The Movement

A Movement, Not Just A Campaign

In November of 2014 I won a year-long campaign to become your next state Representative of Illinois House District 103 and the first African-American and African-American female state Representative of the 103rd District.

I didn't do this alone.

Over 200 volunteers helped knock on more than 20,000 doors, make more than 16,000 phone calls, send out 2,500 thank you cards, and register more than 2,500 voters.

Volunteers who were students from Parkland College and the University of Illinois, who spent hours registering people to vote, even as they took full class loads. Because they believe, as I do, that our Democracy depends on participation. 

Volunteers who were union members, who knocked on hundreds of doors, giving their time after work and on the weekends. Because they believe, as I do, in the right to organize and that pensions are a promise. I made them a commitment to making sure Illinois keeps that promise when I made it to Springfield.

Volunteers who are community members that I have known for years, and some I met for the first time through the campaign. All of them who have spent hours making phone calls, attending campaign events, and giving of their incredible talent and energy to my campaign, because they believe, as I do, that we need to renew our commitment to public education, pass a progressive income tax, raise the minimum wage, ensure a woman’s right to choose and protect our water supply—and that it is possible to run a campaign that focuses on these issues instead of politics as usual.

Volunteers who were current and former elected officials who attended rallies, made phone calls, and not only endorsed but also truly supported my campaign.

Without this community rallying around me, I never would have made it. Thank you will never be enough for what they have given me.

But as I said on the night of our election victory - this is not the finish line, this is the starting line.  The team we put together to reach that victory was truly something special—and it is going to take that team - along with some new team members, working together to bring positive change to Illinois.

If WE are going to raise the wage it is going to take all of us.  

If WE are going to bring a Progressive Income tax to Illinois it is going to take all of us.

If WE are going to support progressive candidates, it is going to take all of us.

I have asked a lot of you but now I have the biggest request of them all - keep me accountable to our shared vision of a better Illinois for working families.  Keep up this work we started together—bring it back to your unions, your community organizations, your churches, your neighborhoods. We can make Illinois better, but it will take all of us.

 

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  • commented 2017-02-24 16:52:57 -0600
    All I am trying to do is to let you know that I am so opposed to HB40 and do not want my tax dollars used to abort babies. Let’s teach Morality instead- knickers up and zippers up .Having worked for years at Swan Center- Champaign Children’s Home, Champaign Schools and RCCSEC, I know how horrid life is for some, who do not even know where their next meal is coming from or understand caring and loving within the boundaries. The orphan of a Chicago Police Officer who died young, severely injured in a race riot at Calumet Beach, I was so well cared for by the Chicago Police Benevolent Widows and Orphans Assoc, Social Security and my loving mother. So many do not have that envelope of love and act out. But, because they make choices, I do not want to see their offspring demolished. It could be the next Jackie Robinson, Mohamed Ali, or Pope Francis.
    I know you want women to have a choice, but what a choice destroy or cherish.
    Defeat this HB40 before Bishop Jenky is at wits end.
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  • commented 2016-11-01 12:02:19 -0500
    Do you plan on voting for Michael Madigan as Speaker when his current term comes up for reelection?
  • commented 2016-10-30 11:56:56 -0500
    After the election, I suspect the pressure will be on to subsidize the Clinton Nuclear power plant. I hope that you can forestall such an expensive and unneeded plan. Here is a letter I had in the News Gazette this past summer:
    Dear Editor
    Recent letters support continuing subsidies for the Clinton Nuclear plant.
    The plant was to have cost $430 million and take 8 years to build but cost $4.25 BILLION and took about 15 years to build. IP customers heavily subsidized during these many years of construction. The plant ran infrequently until Exelon bought it for $40 million.

    Exelon has announced they are losing hundreds of thousands of thousand of dollars a year due to competition from cheaper natural gas plants and wind power. Thus future rates will decrease should the shutdown occur.

    They will shut down the plant unless their rate payers wish to subsidize the plant again to keep it open. So far, the State Legislature let the first of Excelon’s deadlines pass but the company quickly came up with another one in September.

    They would likely chose the low-cost shutdown option called SAFSTOR, with dismantling and decontamination done later.

    The Fukushima nuclear plant eruption has made some 4,500 square miles – an area almost the size of Connecticut –to have radiation levels that exceeded Japan’s allowable exposure rate. That radioactive plume, had it come from Clinton, could have covered much of Champaign-Urbana or Decatur, and yet each was unpredicted by the nuclear industry. Who knows what could happen to Clinton plant.

    Federal law limits Excelon’s liability of a nuclear plant explosion. The bulk of the billions in recovery cost would fall on current tax payers.

    Is it wise for a nearly bankrupt state to further subsidize such a plant?

    Bruce Hannon
    1208 Union St.
    Champaign, IL energy1434@gmail
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    Carol has been so ivolved in the community, she's what this State needs for the schools, community and You, vote Carol Ammons