Madison County, Illinois has been home for as long as I can remember. I have wanted to be a teacher since I was 4 years old. I’m an adjunct public speaking professor at SIU Edwardsville and teaching is my passion because it thrills me to see growth in my students and it gives me the opportunity to make a positive impact on their lives.
I have personally witnessed the impact on students’ and professors’ lives since Rauner made us go two years without a budget. Colleges were forced to make cuts after cuts and downsize. Every department had to cut spending, and that means cutting classes available to students, and cutting jobs for adjunct professors like me. I used to be assigned 3 or 4 classes a semester. Then it was 2. Now I’m not sure if I’ll even be able to get a class to teach this fall. When MAP grants weren’t being funded during Rauner’s budget crisis, I had students come tell me they weren’t sure if they were going to be able to come back to school. That uncertainty means they’re less likely to get their degree. I teach near St. Louis, and during the budget crisis students told me they were going to leave Illinois and go to St. Louis to take classes because Illinois was just too unstable.
JB has a vision for the state, and I support him because of what he’s done — not just what he says he’s going to do. He has a real record of supporting early childhood and pre-K-12 education in this state. I know he will be a pro-education governor who will invest in higher education and bring stability back to our state. JB is a leader who follows through, so when he says he’ll make sure our students get the quality education they deserve, I know that’s exactly what he’ll do.