Our Public Safety Agenda is both comprehensive and common sense. Together, we can get it done.
That’s our Illinois.
EMBRACING ALL PEOPLE
We also believe in an Illinois where people from all walks of life are welcome.
And over the past four years, we have made major strides towards achieving this vision of a more perfect democracy.
We share the belief that everyone deserves an opportunity to follow their dreams and reach their full potential.
But four years ago, there was no scholarship program for high school graduates from immigrant families. We changed that by creating the Illinois Dream Commission. And this year, that Commission will start awarding scholarships to dreamers across Illinois.
And just a few days ago, we made history in Illinois, becoming the fifth state in the Union to legalize driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. This will make our roads safer and our families stronger. Thank you, Representative Eddie Acevedo and the entire Latino Caucus.
Four years ago, Illinois lagged behind the nation in providing community care to people with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges.
We were institutionalizing more people than any other state, even though community care has been proven to provide a better quality of life.
So we are changing that. We’re committed to making sure all our citizens regardless of the challenges they face have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
That’s why we closed outdated institutions and we invested in community care.
We invested in people.
People like Eddy Fleming are now thriving with a better, more independent life.
After 12 years of living at a state institution, Eddy recently moved to a community home. He chooses what he wants to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. He goes shopping, he walks around his neighborhood, and he practices guitar on his porch.