I grew up in Waterloo, Illinois and earned a bachelor's in exercise science at SIUE. Now, my main job is as a mom and a construction laborer out of Laborer's Local 196 in Southern Illinois, but I also run my own small business as a health coach.
I’m a single mom with two little kids. Last year I only made about $25,000, and $7,000 of that went to child care. That doesn’t leave much left for other expenses. Between the cost of child care and the uncertainty of the job environment, being a laborer and fighting to make sure my family has what we need really just feels like I’m always fighting against Bruce Rauner. There’s also not enough affordable child care with Bruce Rauner as governor. I struggled to find a nearby daycare center that had room for both my children. It’s the budget that’s the big problem with child care. If we had a good budget every year that invested in child care, like the Child Care Assistance Program, parents would have more places to send their children to get them ready for kindergarten and it would help mitigate the costs while maintaining the quality of care of our children.
JB is fighting for us. I did some volunteer phone banking for JB, and it was really just like phone banking for myself. He cares about what I care about, so when I talk to people about him, it’s really just talking about what working families like mine care about; getting fair wages for working an honest job so we can take care of the people we love.