SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Elizabeth “Lisa” Hernandez, D-Cicero, issued the following statement after being sworn for a new legislative session in Springfield on Wednesday:
“I’m honored and humbled that my neighbors have trusted me to continue working on behalf of our families. Navigating my way through a field dominated by men has pushed me to fight tooth and nail for what I believe in. Despite the failures of Bruce Rauner and the bigoted policies of Donald Trump, we’ve been able to protect access to health care and ensure people aren’t discriminated against because of their immigration status. However, there’s a lot more to be done.
“I’m ready to work with a progressive Legislature and our new governor to provide our public schools the funding they deserve, to raise the minimum wage to a living wage, to provide real property tax relief for working families, and to ensure immigrants are able to go about their everyday lives without the fear of being separated from their loved ones.
“Now more than ever, we have the opportunity to lift up Illinois by ensuring we have an economy that works for everyone, as well as a fairer tax system that ultimately lowers taxes on working families. Solutions won’t come easy and tough decisions will have to be made, but I’m ready to continue fighting for my community.”