As November is nearing, it is time to start making a choice on which candidate for Governor of Illinois I will cast my vote for. Currently there are three standing candidates that may have a shot at holding the title of Governor of Illinois. Bill Brady is the current front runner and a Republican nominee, Pat Quinn is the current Governor of Illinois and a Democratic nominee, and Rich Whitney is at the bottom of the polls and he is the Green nominee. Labor Day was the unofficial kick off of the political season. I just hope that Illinois can make an educated decision when naming the next Governor. Here is a look at how my family and I will be affected if Pat Quinn is elected Governor of Illinois.
How Will Pat Quinn’s View On Women Affect Me?
I am quite happy with Quinn’s views on women in general. He is pro-choice, as am I. It seems as though he has compassion for women as candidate Bill Brady does not. Quinn is also set on equal pay for equal work. This is the part that directly affects me. As a mom, I am struggling with deciding whether or not to return to the workforce. I would like to be able to earn some better income and contribute to the household expenses more than I do now. The equal pay for equal work idea is something that was holding me back a little. I feared going to work and making less than a man who was on the same level as I was. If Quinn wins, I will definitely be able to say with confidence I want to return to work, when the time is right.
Quinn was also sitting in the Lt. Governor seat when Rod Blagojevich signed into law the “All Kids” healthcare insurance program. This is especially important to me for two reasons. Both of those reasons are my children. My 6 year old and 4 month old are both covered under the “All Kids” program. Quinn will keep this program going as his opponent Bill Brady wants to abolish it. My children need to stay on this program or else, there will be no insurance coverage for either of them. My son’s father is not offered insurance at his job (he works for a small business) and my daughter’s father does not have insurance as an option (for other reasons). While, I could take out a private policy on both children, it would cost an absolute arm and leg. It would take away from other bills such as electric, rent, and car payments. Quinn’s win would ensure healthcare for both my children, which is something I need desperately.
Even though at this point in the race I am not backing Quinn, it wouldn’t be terrible if he were to win against Brady. In fact, that would be the best case scenario. I just hope Illinois will make the right choice on election day. Illinois does not need anymore of the corrupt politicians (Governors in particular) dragging our name through the mud anymore than they have already.
Quinn For Governor