Lori J. Wilcox, Illinois Senate 40th District Democratic candidate profile

Her top priorities include education and economic development.

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Lori J. Wilcox, 2020 Illinois Senate 40th District Democratic primary election candidate

Lori J. Wilcox, Illinois Senate 40th District Democratic primary candidate.

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Lori J. Wilcox

Running for: Illinois State Senate District 40

Political/civic background: City of Chicago Heights, City Clerk
Bloom Township Democratic Committeewoman
Chicago Heights Free Public Library, Chair

Occupation: Manager

Education: Pursuing a Doctorate of Education , Governors State University, Masters Degree in Education AIU Bachelor Degree Individual Studies Western Illinois University, Post Bachelor Degree Paralegal Studies Roosevelt University Chicago

Campaign website: lorijwilcox.net

Facebook: LoriWilcoxWay

Twitter: @LoriJWilcox

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The Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board sent candidates for the Illinois Senate a list of questions to find out their views on a range of important issues facing the state of Illinois and their districts. Lori J. Wilcox submitted the following responses:

Please tell us about your civic work in the last two years, whether it’s legislation you have sponsored or work you have done in other ways to improve your community. 

Over the past decade I have worked on CommUNITY collaborations to improve community relations and help to engage, educate and empower the voices of the people through a host of workshops, resource fairs and expungement summits.

Please list three concerns that are specific to your district, such as a project that should be undertaken or a state policy related to an important local issue that should be revised. 

Education, Economic Development ( casino, Cannibus or third airport) and taxes

What are your other top legislative priorities? 

Economic Development of the Southland with respective to the 40th District.

What is your position on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s proposed graduated income tax? Please explain. 

I support the graduated income tax.

Illinois continues to struggle financially, with a backlog of unpaid bills that tops $6 billion. In addition to a progressive state income tax — or in lieu of such a tax — what should the state do to pay its bills, meet its pension obligations and fund core services such as higher education? 

Prioritize the payments to find services that affect the working class as well as pensions and higher education.

Should Illinois consider taxing the retirement incomes of its very wealthiest residents, as most states do? And your argument is? 


What can Illinois do to improve its elementary and high schools? 

Our schools can improve by trusting the educators to create a system that they know will work. This can be done at a local level through collaborative efforts of all school administrators.

Mass shootings and gun violence plague America. What can or should the Legislature do, if anything, to address this problem in Illinois? 

There are studies and policy groups that focus on mass shootings and gum violence. Illinois should adopt policies and Legislative practices that other states are utilizing to address this problem on Illinois.

Do you favor or oppose term limits for any elected official in Illinois? Please explain. 

Term limits are enacted every two or four years depending on the Election cycle. My recommendations would be to ask the constituents of the State of Illinois.

Everybody says gerrymandering is bad, but the party in power in every state — Democrats in Illinois — resist doing anything about it. Or do we have that wrong? What should be done? 

Gerrymandering is wrong and should be addressed at all levels of government.

The U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago is investigating possible official corruption by state and local officials. This prompted the Legislature to pass an ethics reform measure to amend the Lobbyist Registration Act (SB 1639). It was signed into law in December. What’s your take on this and what more should be done? 

Public Officials take an oath and should be held to a higher standard. As a former soldier of the United States Army my beliefs are to respect and to abide by the laws of the land at all cost especially those on Public Office.

When people use the internet and wireless devices, companies collect data about us. Oftentimes, the information is sold to other companies, which can use it to track our movements or invade our privacy in other ways. When companies share this data, we also face a greater risk of identity theft. What should the Legislature do, if anything? 

Legislation preventing companies from collect data and invaded our privacy needs to be created and enforced.

The number of Illinois public high school graduates who enroll in out-of-state universities continues to climb. What can Illinois do to make its state universities more attractive to Illinois high school students? 

The State of Illinois should create a pilot program targeting all high school students with a pipeline from High School to Illinois Colleges to Employment I’m the State.

What is your top legislative priority with respect to the environment? 

Climate Control and Solar Energy programs.

What historical figure from Illinois, other than Abraham Lincoln (because everybody’s big on Abe), do you most admire or draw inspiration from? Please explain. 

Mayor Harold Washington had the ability to build Bridges and coalitions across all race, cultures amd walks of life.

What’s your favorite TV, streaming or web-based show of all time. Why? 

All the Chicago Show (Fire/PD) because they are a reflection of our community.

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