By Lisa May/
Candidate for Mayor of Waukegan
Waukegan, IL. – Waukegan needs a leader with a real vision for our city’s economy. It needs to focus on creating high quality, living wage jobs. At the same time, residents need to have access to these jobs to provide for their families, maintain the social fabric of the community, and provide tax revenue to support the services our city provides.
While city officials have cut many ribbons in the last few years celebrating “new” local businesses, too many storefronts remain empty, and business owners continue to struggle.
Our city’s economic future largely depends on the strength of our geographic location, and our ability to meet the needs of local businesses. I stand by my commitment to address issues that lie throughout all our city’s neighborhoods and main streets, not just on the lakefront.
This will require collaboration and commitment from all our city leaders to be successful. We must first deal with the core issues our city faces: improving our neighborhoods, our main streets and our standards. There are some other, big opportunities I will explore as Mayor. One of these opportunities lies in the Future Energy Jobs Act passed by the state of Illinois last year.
This bill gives us a chance to start building a clean energy economy that can offer real benefits to low-income families in Waukegan. With our coal burning power plant at the lakefront and numerous brownfield sites throughout the city, Waukegan is the ideal location to begin building this clean power economy.
We must invest in a new direction for our energy future, building new clean energy facilities in our community. This will create new, good paying job opportunities for Waukegan residents. The clean jobs bill also creates a comprehensive job training program to help all our residents develop the skills to thrive in this new economy.
Creating the future our children deserve has many obstacles, but I know with dedication and collaboration, we can make it a reality.