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Theresa J. Raborn  

Theresa J. Raborn  

Republican Nominee for Congress (IL-02)

www.RabornForCongress.com

theresa@rabornforcongress.com

FB:  @rabornforcongress

Twitter: @Raborn4Congress

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.

Why should people vote for me?
 
As a Christian woman, I will always protect your Constitutional Rights, especially your freedom of religion. I will always consult the U.S. Constitution, the Bible, and my constituents before I cast my votes in Congress. 
 
While others may talk about solving problems, I have detailed solutions published on my website. I am the most transparent person running for any office.  You know exactly what policies I will be advocating for in Congress.  Although I have bills already drafted, I encourage the people of IL02 to give me feedback and suggestions, so I can incorporate your ideas into my bills.  This is not about me and my ideas; this is about you and me representing you!  You will be my bosses.
 
I have already been outspoken about the institutional racism in IL02, when it comes to property taxes, school closings, and the lack of high-paying jobs in the south suburbs.
 
I advocate for high-paying, entry-level jobs, putting IL02 on the front lines of emerging new sectors.
 
My Educating For Success bill removes the cracks that our children often slip through, provides flexible education schedules that fit the modern family, provides an individualized curriculum for each child to progress at the rate unique to him or her, allows parents to choose a secular curriculum or a Biblical curriculum, and provides the same high-quality education regardless of zip code or income.
 
My Freedom Health Bill increases wages so the average worker will have an extra $900 in his or her wallet each month. It also saves businesses money, saves taxpayers money, reduces discrimination, provides equality in healthcare, allows you to choose any provider you want, ensures no one is left behind, and ensures Medicare will be around for at least another 100 years.
 
While Chicago has a 12.5% homicide clearance rate and our streets are unsafe, my “2A For All” bill will provide vouchers for a gun, stun gun, ammo, home security system, and training for law-abiding citizens with low income so every person can access his or her 2nd Amendment right to self-defense.
 
I advocate for more Criminal Justice reform. My REST Bill is designed to focus on rehabilitation.  With over 2 million people incarcerated and 95% of them serving a fixed sentence (not natural life or death penalty), these inmates will return to our neighborhoods.  I want them to come home as better, more productive members of society than they were when they went in.  A prison sentence shouldn’t just be about punishment, but also an opportunity to fix a broken person.  It’s the only way we can break the school-to-prison pipeline and the revolving door of our prison (injustice) system.
 
I will always put the American citizen first, especially those in IL02!
 
I support term limits, with no more than 12 years of service in both chambers of Congress combined. However, I am hoping to get my bills signed into law and bring relief to IL02 as quickly as possible, so I do not have to max out those 12 years. 
 
When drafting legislation, I always focus on the single parent, trying to make his or her life easier. My mom raised me on her own for about 7 years.  I know the struggles and these parents need a real advocate for them.
 
I don’t want the people of IL02 to merely survive; I want YOU to THRIVE! You deserve the American Dream and I will work tirelessly to make that happen! 
 
I stand for FREEDOM, LIBERTY, EQUALITY, JUSTICE, and PROSPERITY!

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