Citizens for Merry Marwig

Citizens for Merry Marwig The working families of our community deserve a representative who won’t abandon them and fail to show up to the fight. Please vote for me on Nov. 8.

Merry Marwig is the daughter of a union painter, whose fair wages and health care benefits provided for their family when her mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and could not work. She understands first-hand the struggles that many working class families face every day, and started her first business at the age of 19 in order to pay her own way through college at the University of Illinois. Merry has created job opportunities for others by working with small businesses to help them grow. She currently is on leave from a company that assists businesses in expanding the use of technology in their contracting practices in order to become more efficient. She previously was a part owner of a local tea beverage company that manufactures its product in Illinois, helping the business expand from being in 13 stores to over 180 in less than a year. Merry and her husband are proud homeowners in the Norwood Park neighborhood of the 41st Ward in the city of Chicago. Her previous involvement in the community includes serving on the leadership team of the FAiR Coalition, a group of citizens that works to change flight patterns at O'Hare to reduce airplane noise and pollution.

Merry Marwig is the daughter of a union painter, whose fair wages and health care benefits provided for their family when her mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and could not work. She understands first-hand the struggles that many working class families face every day, and started her first business at the age of 19 in order to pay her own way through college at the University of Illinois. Merry has created job opportunities for others by working with small businesses to help them grow. She currently is on leave from a company that assists businesses in expanding the use of technology in their contracting practices in order to become more efficient. She previously was a part owner of a local tea beverage company that manufactures its product in Illinois, helping the business expand from being in 13 stores to over 180 in less than a year. Merry and her husband are proud homeowners in the Norwood Park neighborhood of the 41st Ward in the city of Chicago. Her previous involvement in the community includes serving on the leadership team of the FAiR Coalition, a group of citizens that works to change flight patterns at O'Hare to reduce airplane noise and pollution.

The Equal Rights amendment -- which officially guarantees equal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex ---pa...
05/31/2018
Illinois ratifies Equal Rights Amendment decades after deadline

The Equal Rights amendment -- which officially guarantees equal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex ---passed in Illinois. PLEASE NOTE that State Rep Mike McAuliffe voted NO on this. What a terrible vote. I'm glad enough other reps voted YES to make sure this passed. http://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/390006-illinois-ratifies-equal-rights-amendment-decades-after-deadline

Illinois state lawmakers voted Wednesday to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, decades after Congress’ deadline to ratify the measure expired.

How do you feel about State Rep. Mike McAuliffe's wife's firm getting a $6.6million NO BID contract for public relations...
04/25/2018
How state lawmakers are trying to stop political patronage at tollway

How do you feel about State Rep. Mike McAuliffe's wife's firm getting a $6.6million NO BID contract for public relations for the IL Tollway paid for with your toll dollars? Shouldn't these services be bid out to ensure IL residents are getting the best price/services? "Murphy said she was concerned by a Daily Herald article this month about a $6.6 million subcontract with Morreale Communications that piggybacked onto a larger engineering contract and thus did not require a separate vote. The PR firm's CEO, Kim Morreale, is married to Republican state Rep. Michael McAuliffe of Chicago." http://www.dailyherald.com/news/20180424/how-state-lawmakers-are-trying-to-stop-political-patronage-at-tollway

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are pushing legislation aimed at curbing potential conflicts of interest at the Illinois tollway.

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04/18/2018
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"I'm a Chicago firefighter who’s paying a lot more under the GOP tax plan. Twenty-eight years ago, I became a Chicago fi...
04/15/2018
I'm a Chicago firefighter who's paying a lot more under the GOP tax plan

"I'm a Chicago firefighter who’s paying a lot more under the GOP tax plan. Twenty-eight years ago, I became a Chicago firefighter because I believe it’s important to extend a hand to those in need. My career path has given me financial stability, regular time off to spend with my family, and the chance to give back to my community.

Today, with two kids — one preparing to head to college and the other a junior in college — I’m especially grateful for the opportunities that this career has given me and my family.

Like me, most working people would be happy to see a few extra dollars in their paycheck each month. So it sounded like good news when President Trump signed the new tax bill into law, which Republicans in Congress promised would lower taxes for everyday Americans.

As promised, my paycheck has gone up by about $175. But when I went to see my accountant this year to go over my taxes, I found out that instead of getting a $3,000 refund like usual, I’ll owe more than $1,500 in taxes next year beyond what was already withheld — all on the same income. I was so shocked I asked my accountant to check again. But he came back with the same math and that same unexpected number.

That’s when I realized that the GOP’s plan is a classic bait-and-switch. And everyday Americans like my family are going to pay the price very soon.
Thanks to a cap on deductions for state and local taxes (SALT) — deductions that benefit many middle and upper-middle class families — and other changes to deductions, many hardworking Americans will find themselves paying more in 2019. Instead of the refunds we’re accustomed to, we’ll be the ones writing checks. The GOP tax plan added nearly $1.5 trillion to the deficit, while slashing taxes for the very wealthy and big corporations. According to the Tax Policy Center, 83 percent of the tax bill’s cuts will go to the top 1 percent in our country. Ending SALT deductions is a way for the GOP to help raise revenue to cover the cost of those cuts — leaving working families like mine to foot the bill for tax giveaways to those who need them least.

For me, that means I’ll have less money to take care of my family and my property. Last year, I reinvested my return to make important improvements to my house and the apartment I rent out. Some of these costs I can predict, but there’s always something that comes up whether it’s basic maintenance or serious roof repairs. And as a parent with one daughter in college and one about to start, every penny counts. A $4,500 change in my taxes is a lot of pennies. I’ve saved to make sure my children’s college education isn’t a heavy financial burden on them, but without my usual return, my financial plans may need to change.

Everyday Americans are paying in other ways, too. These tax cuts for the wealthy are being used to justify cuts to programs that help communities — including the one where I grew up and continue to serve as a firefighter today. The hidden reality of the GOP tax plan is that most working and middle-class taxpayers will see their taxes go up over the next 10 years. Millions more will face cuts to programs that help them cover the basics. Republican legislators are hoping we won’t notice until 2019, after we cast our ballots in the 2018 midterm elections.

I’m not fooled that easily. Working Americans aren’t fooled that easily. We don’t pay taxes to help multinational corporations give their shareholders bigger payouts or to ensure wealthy people can add millions more to their bank accounts.

As a firefighter, I don’t mind doing my part to lift up my community, whether it’s responding to emergencies or paying my fair share in taxes. But I believe that politicians, the very wealthy, and big corporations should be doing their part, too — not forcing those of us who put in the work and risk our lives every day pay to cover their tax breaks."

Chicago firefighter Gary Chavarria lives in Avondale.

The hidden reality of the GOP tax plan is that most working and middle-class taxpayers will see their taxes go up over the next 10 years.

I'm so proud of the young people --including one of our 20th district's very own young leaders---who organized the Chica...
03/23/2018
March for Our Lives Chicago

I'm so proud of the young people --including one of our 20th district's very own young leaders---who organized the Chicago "March for Our Lives" event in conjunction with the march in DC, to demand action after so many deadly shootings. Our young people have grown up in this mass-shooting era and are organizing to demand common-sense gun laws. I stand with them. If you want to attend the Chicago march with your fellow citizens, head to Chicago's Union Park – 1501 W. Randolph St. at 11am on Saturday, 24 March. https://m.facebook.com/pg/marchfolchi/about/?ref=page_internal&mt_nav=1

On March 24, the collective voices of the March For Our Lives movement will be heard in Chicago and across the nation. Join us.

Citizens of Des Plaines, Franklin Park, Harwood Heights, Park Ridge, Niles, Norridge, Rosemont, Schiller Park -- look up...
03/20/2018
Your Voter Information | Cook County Clerk's Office

Citizens of Des Plaines, Franklin Park, Harwood Heights, Park Ridge, Niles, Norridge, Rosemont, Schiller Park -- look up your voter info here: https://www.cookcountyclerk.com/service/your-voter-information

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02/17/2018

Ten years ago, a gunman opened fire at NIU's college campus and murdered 5 innocent people --- one of whom, Ryanne Mace --- was my high school classmate. We played violin in orchestra together. She was 19 when she was murdered. She would have been 29 this year. It makes me so sick to think of how little justice we have gotten for the victims of gun violence and how little progress we have made as a society to prevent this from happening again in the past decade. This week, Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer was murdered downtown by a felon with a gun. It breaks my heart to think what his family must be going through. And then the school shooting in Florida this week took the lives of 17 people including children. We all agree, all Illinoisians, all Americans, that this has to stop. Preventing any further school and other shootings requires all hands on deck. I know we have your compassion. We need your ideas. We need your political will. I support common-sense gun safety. I want to see existing laws enforced. I want to see tougher regulations on people with mental illnesses or criminal backgrounds from getting guns in the first place. I support a ban on assult-style weapons. Something has to change. What are your ideas to prevent this from happening again?

02/16/2018

I want to take a moment to acknowledge Alaina Hampton for her bravery in exposing the sexual harrassment culture in IL politics this week. If you are a woman, odds are you know exactly what it feels like to be harrassed, assaulted, or discriminated against because of your gender. Me too. And it happens to kids, as well. For me it started at my very first job at age 15 as a lifeguard when I was assaulted by an older co-worker. I was a kid and was terrified. And as I got older, it didn't stop there. Probably not for you either. Not for Alaina. None of this -- whether in politics, business, government, or anywhere in civic life -- should be "the norm"...it should be illegal. That's why one very concrete, actionable change I want to see coming out of this is for the statute of limitations for filing sexual harrassment, assault, and discrimination cases be extended by at least another year. Right now, after a mere 300 days goes by, a victim can no longer bring a case. That is...a ridiculously short amount of time and it's wholly insufficient. Please-- for yourself, for your friends, family, and for all the other Alaina's of Illinois -- call your State Reps and State Senators and tell them to put party and politics aside and get this done now. This ends now.

Does the fact that more and more IL students going out of state for college worry you? It should. This will have huge ec...
02/10/2018
Universities struggle with enrollment as students leave state

Does the fact that more and more IL students going out of state for college worry you? It should. This will have huge economic impacts on our state...and we have people like Rep. Mike McAullife to blame for siding with Rauner for not only underfunding MAP grants for college students, but for starving our higher educational system of funds during Rauner's nearly 2 year manufactured budget crisis. Shameful! http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/education/universities-struggle-with-enrollment-as-students-leave-state/article_19626ad0-60d3-5be7-a059-eff99385f305.html

NORMAL — The pace at which Illinois high school graduates are leaving the state to attend college is accelerating at the same time most public universities are struggling to maintain

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