The pandemic has hurt small businesses, Scherer said, and one of her goals is to get people back to work and support businesses that are struggling.
“The people have a right to have faith in their elected leaders,” she said. “I will do everything I can to restore that faith. Jobs and retraining remain at the top of my list of priorities. Putting people to work is so important when it comes to moving Illinois in the right direction.”
She has a particular interest in education, she said, and another goal is to equalize education funding. Another thing the pandemic has brought to light is the disparities between districts’ resources.
“We must hold all lawmakers’ feet to the fire and insist all children get equal educational opportunities,” she said. “As chairwoman of the Education Licensing committee, I see first-hand the problems we face with the teacher shortage. More must be done. This is a continuing battle. My goal continues to be working to find solutions to funding education, finding more teachers, and making sure all children the the best education possible.”
Another concern, said McGorray, is the proposed graduated tax amendment, which he said will put more of a burden on businesses, particularly farmers, who have to plan ahead and who depend so much on the weather.