Who is Michelle Smith...?
I am a mom who is concerned about the fiscal policies affecting job opportunities in Illinois impacting my children’s desire to move back to the state after college .As a neighbor I have seen the value of our home decline and have had friends lose their homes due to job loss and rising property taxes.
As a small business owner for over twenty years I have personally experienced the same struggles that many of our community members have had due to the change in our economy. High business taxes, out of control business and medical insurance costs and the loss of job security make it very difficult to be a successful business owner here in Illinois.
As a board of education member I deal with the State of Illinois and their financial issues every day. State funding for schools in Illinois is one of the worst in the country. We struggle every year to come up with a balanced budget, while maintaining services for children and keeping staff employed. I am very proud of the work I have done during my seven years on the board. We went from having an 18 million dollar deficit to having a balanced budget by cutting over 45 million in five years. Even though some of our decisions were sometimes gut-wrenching and unpopular, we did what was needed to move in the right direction. As one of the largest employers in Will County I have experience with regard to pensions, negotiations, unions and employee law.
I believe I am a respected person in our community and people know they can count on me. I am hardworking, honest and have been dedicated to our communities for over 20 years. I will make common sense decisions in Springfield that benefit our community, not just for myself. Springfield needs new people who are willing to do the right thing and stand up against Mike Madigan and the Democrats. I know on my own I cannot win the battle, but I am confident that I can make a difference.
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