SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Elementary school teacher and community activist Maura Hirschauer, D-Batavia, was sworn in as a new state representative, Wednesday, taking office committed to work on relief for families and small businesses struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic and fight for quality, affordable health care.
Hirschauer released the following statement:
“I’m honored to serve our west suburban families as our community navigates the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. This past year has tested our resilience in ways that none of us imagined: the loss of lives and livelihoods, job loss and income uncertainty, small business closures, disruption of our children’s education, the inability to see loved ones in assisted living facilities and so much more.
“As I met with so many residents of our community, I heard their stories of grief, of fear and anxiety, but also of hope for an end to the pandemic in 2021 and revival of our economy. It’s my priority to make sure families and businesses in greatest need have access to emergency resources so that we make it through this unprecedented crisis together.
“The current pandemic has magnified issues within our health care system. I will fight to hold prescription drug manufacturers and insurance companies accountable for out-of-control costs. I also recognize that more must be done to address health care disparities, including access to telehealth and mental health services.
“Additionally, as a mom, former educator and community activist, I am calling on my new colleagues in the General Assembly to enact tougher ethical standards for politicians. Those who abuse the public’s trust should face appropriate consequences and be stripped of perks like a taxpayer-funded pension. It’s crucial that our tax dollars are spent wisely and with accountability, especially given the economic circumstances we face.”
“There is no doubt this is a difficult time for our state, and I’m ready to get to work to fight for affordable health care, provide much-needed COVID relief for families and businesses and improve Illinois’ economic health.”