ROCKFORD — Stating a desire to work for Illinois families, former State Rep. Litesa Wallace launched her campaign Wednesday for Congress in the state’s newly redrawn 17th Congressional District.
“As you know, I represented a good number of families who live here in the district in the Illinois House of Representatives and where I got lots done,” she said. “I’m hoping to be able to champion many things for families in Rockford, Peoria, the Quad Cities and all the way down to Macomb and Bloomington in Washington D.C.,” she said.
“Things like fighting for a living wage, making sure that we have affordable childcare that people have access to and affordable great healthcare.”
During her three terms in Springfield where she represented the Rockford-based 67th district, Wallace championed measures to reduce violence, strengthen the economy, expand affordable childcare and mental health care access, and extend the River’s Edge Historic Tax Credit to help redevelop Peoria and Rockford.
Her tenure ended in January 2019 after running as a candidate for Illinois Lieutenant Governor in 2018.
The candidates are vying for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos. The five-term democrat announced in April she would not seek a sixth in 2022. The primary is set for June 28.
The newly redrawn 17th district covers most of Peoria, stretches east to include most of Bloomington-Normal. It also incorporates most of northwest Illinois, twisting from Galesburg through the Quad Cities up to Rockford. Wallace described the district as economically, geographically and racially diverse with 27 percent of the residents being people of color.
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