The county board serves on the frontlines of government. The decisions they make impact the everyday lives of residents. When communities are hurting, it’s the County Board’s job to help. If the county board does their job well, residents get the basics— affordable housing, public safety, vibrant neighborhoods, accessible elections, and fair courts. The county budget is the most important tool we have to meet those commitments.
But neighbors aren't getting the basics.
For the past decade, 21% (25% by ACS 5-year estimates) of our neighbors have been trapped below the poverty level. That’s much higher than any comparable county in Illinois, and it means Champaign County needs to make a change.
What does the County Board do?
Why are we so far behind?
Democrats have held a majority on the Champaign County Board since 2002. In that time, four county board chairs have secured their position by promising Republicans preferred positions on key committees in exchange for their votes.
Emily defeated the last chair to sell out with 83.31% of the vote.
Emily’s Vision will get us back on track.
I'm fighting for 5 policies, but they all aim to fix the same problem: Poverty. The goal is to break the generational cycle of poverty and reduce its harms. When we give struggling communities a safety net, we expand our tax base and become less reliant on the wealthiest 1% of taxpayers for revenue.
A truly stable budget is one that works for everyone.