The unfortunate reality is that there are many Illinoisans that have to
make decisions between food and medicine, this is a humanitarian crisis;
Legislation must be passed to prevent price gouging on prescription drugs.
Pharmaceuticals like the Epi-Pen and Naloxone have gone up 100s of
percentage points in price in a very short amount of time.
Illegal drug use must be looked at more as a public health issue than a
criminal justice one. The State must look at community based alternatives
to rehab and treatment.
Illinois is an international hub for global economic development. Nearly 3
dozen Fortune 500 companies call Illinois home and our historically
beneficial geography makes us a transit hub. We must continue to invest in
business and create a climate where both small business and large
corporations have the opportunity to thrive and grow.
Kam proudly co-sponsored legislation to raise Illinois’ minimum wage. The
importance of workers being able to bring home a living wage is of the
utmost importance. Higher wages helps create jobs and grows the economy.
We have to address wage inequality in a direct and intentional way. A job
is more than a paycheck, it is indeed dignity.
Protecting worker’s right to organize is paramount. Collective bargaining
allows workers to have a say so in their working conditions and creates
more equitable work environments
One of our most fundamental responsibilities is to fully fund our public
schools. We can not properly educate our children if we are not providing
them all of the resources that they need. We have to invest in early
childhood education, after school programs and focus on curricula like STEM
that prepare our kids for the jobs of the future.
Public dollars should not be used to subsidize private schools and in
Illinois we have oversaturated the market with charter schools. Kam is in
favor of a moratorium on charter schools and an elected representative
Chicago school board.