Katherine "Kate" Cloonen
1 Dearborn Square
Kankakee, IL 60901
(815) 939-0081 (fax)
Springfield, IL 62706
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Katherine "Kate" Cloonen was elected State Representative of the 79th District in November 2012. A small business owner and former teacher, this is the first elected office for which Kate has run.
Growing up on her family's farm, Kate learned the importance of hard work, family values, and doing the right thing. She attended Ball State University, where she received a bachelor's degree in music education and the National College of Education, now known as National Lewis University, where she received a master's degree in education.
Following college, Kate farmed and taught music in the Herscher and Reddick school districts. Despite her passion for teaching, after sixteen 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's legislative priorities include representing the concerns of every local resident regardless of political affiliation – Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike. As a small-business owner, she understands the challenges local businesses face in creating jobs. She will work with state and local employers to help revitalize the local economy and make our communities better places to live and work. As a former teacher, Kate knows the challenges facing local schools and she'll work with parents and educators to strengthen the state's school system and provide greater educational opportunities for our children so they can compete and succeed after graduation.
Kate will demand greater fiscal responsibility in state government, make sure the state lives within its means, and oppose burdensome tax increases. At a time when many are struggling financially, Kate will lead by example by blocking lawmakers from getting salary increases and she'll fight for a law making it harder for legislators to raise their own pay. A strong supporter of the Second Amendment and the rights of gun owners and sportsmen, Kate will work to pass a long-overdue concealed carry law in Illinois.
Kate is a member of the board of Provena St. Mary's Hospital and is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Goodrich.
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