Compassion with Results
At a time when Chicago is on pace to see more homicides than at any point in the past five years3, we cannot be pushed into a two-sided debate between “Black Lives Matter” and “Back the Blue.” We can and must do two things at once. First, we must support law enforcement and empower them to do their jobs - protecting and serving the people of Illinois. Meanwhile, we must reaffirm that there is no place for racial discrimination in policing, and we should support the highest standards for ensuring that all ethnic communities are treated fairly by our police and first responders.
Sully will remain steadfast in ensuring all Illinois citizens can feel safe in their neighborhoods, homes, and businesses, and he knows that starts with an education system that lifts people up, an economy that offers a path out, and a society that supports our most vulnerable.
Sully grew up in a family of teachers - his dad was a teacher, and today, his wife Monique is as well. Teachers deserve to be paid more for the essential work that they do. At the same time, outcomes matter, and competition is the best way to drive outcomes. We need an education system that serves our children - not special interests. Just 32% of all high school students in Illinois are proficient in math, and 38% are proficient in English4. As Governor, Sully will bring competition to education, to an evidence-based approach to policymaking in education, rather than an ideological one. Sully will look to data - not dogma - to inform policies around admissions standards for selective public high schools, and charter school growth in our communities.
Likewise, Sully understands that a strong foster care system is an essential part of making it safe for young parents to bring children into the world, and for those children to have a bright future. Today, we are failing our children in foster care, as foster kids tend to underperform their peers academically5, and suffer from more mental and behavioral health concerns6. We need to equip the parents who open their homes to foster children with the skills and resources to succeed, and prioritize the wellbeing of the child above all else.