Katherine "Kate" Cloonen
1 Dearborn Square
Kankakee, IL 60901
(815) 939-0081 (fax)
Springfield, IL 62706
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Katherine "Kate" Cloonen is a small-business owner and former teacher serving her second term as State Representative of the 79th District, the first and only elected office she has sought.
Growing up on her family's farm, Kate learned the importance of hard work, family values, and doing the right thing. Following college, Kate farmed and taught music in the Herscher and Reddick school districts. Despite her passion for teaching, after 16 years of teaching, Cloonen decided to embark on a new challenge of starting her own business.
As the founder and owner of a small construction company, Kate knows how to balance a budget and get things done. She has worked to create more than 100 local jobs and assist in critical economic development in the region.
Kate is focused on listening to the concerns of every local resident – Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike. She continues to demand fiscal responsibility in state government by forcing the state to live within its means, opposing any extension of the income tax increase and passing state budgets that pay down the state's debt and require the state to make full payments to the pension systems.
As a small-business owner, Kate understands the challenges local businesses face in creating jobs. She continues to work with state and local employers to help revitalize the local economy and make our communities better places to live and work. She believes Illinois should be focused on helping small and mid-sized employers create jobs for local residents, not giving government handouts to big corporations. To help protect Illinois jobs and tax dollars, Kate supports requiring businesses that move jobs out of state to refund any tax breaks they received.
As a former teacher, Kate knows the challenges facing local schools and has supported state budgets that prevented damaging cuts to schools and increased education funding by hundreds of millions of dollars. Kate will continue to review the state budget line by line, demand results and protect funding for education, public safety, and programs for seniors and veterans.
At a time when many are struggling financially, Kate blocked lawmakers from getting salary increases and cut legislators' pay, including her own, and she supports freezing property taxes when home values decline. A strong supporter of the Second Amendment and the rights of gun owners and sportsmen, Kate co-sponsored the law bringing concealed carry to Illinois.
Kate attended Ball State University where she received a bachelor's degree in music education and the National College of Education, now known as National Louis University, where she received a master's degree in education. Kate is a member of the board of Presence St. Mary's Hospital and is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Goodrich.
Kate currently resides in Limestone near Kankakee with her husband. They have two grown daughters and two grandchildren.
The 79th District includes all or portions of Aroma Park, Beecher, Bonfield, Bourbonnais, Braceville, Bradley, Buckingham, Cabery, Chebanse, Coal City, Diamond, East Brooklyn, Essex, Gardner, Grant Park, Herscher, Hopkins Park, Irwin, Kankakee, Limestone, Momence, Peotone, Reddick, South Wilmington, St. Anne, Sun River Terrace and Union Hill.
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