"I believe that, with smart policy, we can both grow jobs and industry without compromising the environment."

We say it over and over again because it’s true: Our middle class is disappearing. Decades of policies that favor the upper class and starve the middle and lower classes have made life for the average American very difficult. Over the past 30 years, the hourly wage of the median worker has increased by 9.8%. The top 1% of earners have seen gains of 36%. It’s time for economic justice.

Across Illinois, our loss of unions has been clearly correlated to this increase in income inequality. We need to preserve our unions. Champaign County’s economy is built on the backs of the working class, and we need labor laws that reflects this.