Theresa J. Raborn
Theresa J. Raborn
Republican Nominee for Congress (IL-02)
Campaign: Citizens for Theresa Raborn, 4053 W. 183rd Street #2774, Country Club Hills, IL 60478
Donations: Donations accepted via the campaign address, or via the website at www.rabornforcongress.com/donate
My Background and Qualification:
I was born and raised in IL02, specifically Kankakee County. After studying Recording, Engineering, and Production of music at the Institute of Audio Research in New York City, I returned to Illinois and worked various jobs, including working as a Claims Processor for a major insurance company, Cigna, for 9 years.
I became a first-generation college student when I started college at Kankakee Community College. My major was Business, then Psychology, and finally Criminal Justice when I transferred to Governors State University in University Park, IL. I graduated from GSU in 2005 with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and became the first in my family with a Bachelors degree.
In the beginning of my second year of law school, I stepped away from law school to focus on building a family. In one year, my fiancée and I bought a house, got married, had a baby, and started a business. Our lives were turned upside down when our plan to have a second child turned into a high risk twin pregnancy (identical twins), requiring bedrest and shutting down my business to save our unborn twins. Our twins were born 7 weeks early and spent 3 weeks, 2 days in the NICU. With three children under 2 ½, we decided it was time to return to Illinois where we had more extended family. Now I am an at-home, homeschooling mom, living in the south suburbs in Cook County, with my husband and our 3 daughters (9-year-old twins and an 11-year old). My interests include cooking from scratch, home remedies, gardening, sewing, quilting, reading, enjoying a wide array of music from most genres, attending church, visiting family and friends, meeting new people, learning new things, and watching movies / documentaries.
What makes Theresa Raborn different from
Representative Robin Kelly?
First, I am a lifelong Christian, baptized at age 9 and again in 2016 when my husband and I renewed our commitments to our Lord by being baptized together, in unison, with our three daughters watching. Rep. Robin Kelly has referred to religion as “voodoo” (Source: Chicago Tribune, April 14, 2013, https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-2013-04-14-ct-met-robin-kelly-profile-0414-20130414-story.html). She may laugh at our faith, but I will always defend it!
Second, unlike anyone else running for any office, I have already drafted bills and those bills are posted on my website, RabornForCongress.com, for everyone to see exactly what they will be voting for when they vote for me. I do not talk in vague concepts, but in detailed, concrete solutions. While Rep. Robin Kelly continues to state that she is “committed to finding solutions”, I already have solutions. While she is still on a scavenger hunt, I am ready to introduce over 30 bills into the House of Representatives on January 3, 2021. Searcher vs. Problem Solver!
Third, during Rep. Robin Kelly’s tenure, the property taxes in the south suburbs of the 2nd District, have been the highest in Cook County, especially in our poorest communities. I do not think it is moral or ethical to kick people when they are already down. We need a representative who will advocate on our behalf to make sure our state legislators are lowering the property tax rates. I am that advocate!
Fourth, we have had an epidemic of schools being permanently closed over the past 20 years. However, just during Rep. Robin Kelly’s 7-year tenure, there have been 9 Chicago Public Schools closed in IL02. Out of the 2,385 students affected, NONE of the students were white. Every single one of those children were children of color. I am the only one pointing out the racist nature of these school closings. You can’t solve an education problem by giving up on the students and shifting them around. You solve the problem by IMPROVING our schools. I am looking at ways to re-open some of these schools and I have an education plan that will ensure that there are NO cracks for our children to slip through. Every child matters to me!
Fifth, Rep. Robin Kelly is advocating for a casino in the south suburbs, with an average salary of $35,000 per year. I don’t think $35K is sufficient for the fine people of IL02. I want far better for our district! Last year, Congress passed the Industrial Production of Hemp. It’s not marijuana and it won’t get you high. Our farmers in the southern parts of the district are excited to start growing this cheap and easy-to-grow crop. Hemp can be manufactured into over 50,000 different products, including paper, fabrics, textiles, insulation, cooking oils, and hempcrete (a mold-resistant, fire-resistant form of concrete). I plan to re-purpose old factories into new factories so IL02 can be on the front lines of this brand new, emerging sector of industry! These jobs will be entry-level with no college needed, and they will pay $50K, $60K, $70K, $80K, or more per year! That’s just one of the many solutions I have for our job crisis.