When I was sworn in on January 14th, 2019, I pledged to be a voice for all of our citizens and while we have made great strides in repairing the damage of previous administrations, JB and I know there is much more work to do.
Leading the Justice, Equity, and Opportunity Initiative has allowed me the chance to begin the process of reforming our criminal justice system. In Illinois, we have created the most equity-centric cannabis legalization law in the nation that allows us to invest in communities hardest hit by the war on drugs.
As a State Representative, I spent every day standing up for my constituents and ensuring their needs were heard by our government while as the Director of the Center for Public Safety and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I trained law enforcement personnel on how to build trust in their communities.
I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago by a doctor and a schoolteacher, went to school at the University of Illinois and DePaul University College of Law, and raised my three daughters here. Tyler, Cassidy, and Ryan make me proud every day when I see who they have become.