The Illinois Federation of Teachers has our back!

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More great news! Lauren Underwood has the support of the Illinois Federation of Teachers.

“Lauren Underwood shares our values and is committed to ensuring that every child gets a great education, from Pre-K through college,” said Dan Montgomery, president of the Illinois Federation of Teachers. “As a nurse, she has spent her life caring for those who need her. That’s what our members do every day across this state in classrooms, cafeterias, school buses, state offices, and more. The IFT is proud to support Lauren Underwood in her bid for Congress.”

Big News: President Obama is With Us!

Team -- we've received some incredible news:

President Obama has endorsed our campaign!

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This is a photo from 2006, when I first met President Obama—he was still a U.S. Senator and I was an intern in his Senate office on Capitol Hill. I went on to use my nursing experience at the federal level to implement the Affordable Care Act and provide quality health care coverage for millions of Americans. I look forward to serving Illinois’s 14th in Congress and fighting to ensure access to affordable health care for all Americans.

My daughter needs Lauren in Congress. Here's why.

One year ago this week, Republicans in Congress voted to repeal health care. This week, we’re sharing stories from people across the 14th District whose lives would be impacted by that repeal.

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Hi there—I’m Marci Simmons. I live in Lake Villa here in the 14th District, and I’m writing to let you know why it’s so, so important to me that we elect Lauren this November. It really comes down to this: The future of our health care system—and my child's well-being—depend on it.

As an occupational therapist with a master's degree in public health, and the parent of a child with a pre-existing condition, I’ve seen the health care debate from both sides. After hearing Lauren speak here in Lake County, I know she’s the only candidate who can help fix our deeply broken system—which is why I’m asking you to join me in supporting her. 

In my two decades as a healthcare provider, I’ve seen health care become less about people and more about profits. My paperwork has increased, my battles with insurance companies to provide necessary care are longer and more challenging.

In 2014, the battle became personal. For two months I watched my 12-year-old daughter, Ashley, endure symptoms including heart palpitations, anemia, nausea, diarrhea, and fever, before she was finally diagnosed with Crohn’s disease (a lifelong debilitating disease of the digestive tract).

It took two years of trial and error to find a medication that kept Ashley healthy. She’s now 15, and she will depend on this medication for the rest of her life. The cost is currently $3,600 a month before insurance—currently covered half by insurance and half by the pharmaceutical company's assistance program. I worry every day that the pharmaceutical company will end their assistance, that health care laws will change and Ashley’s condition will affect her ability to be covered by insurance.

The situation is scary. We need a medical professional like Lauren—who not only knows the system firsthand but has worked to improve it in Washington—to support us in Congress by making sure insurance remains affordable and pre-existing conditions are covered. Randy Hultgren has voted against both—so let’s vote him out.

I’m looking forward to seeing Lauren represent the 14th District.

12 Pills A Day

One year ago this week, Republicans in Congress were voting to repeal health care. This week, we’re sharing stories from people across the 14th District whose lives would be impacted by that repeal. From Mart O'Connor of North Aurora:

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I'm a former reading specialist in District 204, including at Lauren's former high school, Neuqua Valley. When I learned that Lauren lives with a pre-existing condition of her own, I knew she would understand my own fear of losing coverage. With my history of multiple autoimmune diseases, repealing the health care law would result in my having to pay extremely expensive premiums or having no coverage at all.

Being diagnosed with myositis in 2016 was especially devastating. I couldn't walk upstairs, lift my arms, or get out of a chair without assistance. I’m now in remission with a regimen of no less than 12 pills a day. Even with a drug plan, my monthly co-pay is $500—and we occasionally struggle to pay it. I can’t imagine what will happen if I lose my healthcare coverage in the future.

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Lauren's stance on affordable health care hits home for me. She can identify with all of us who have health concerns, and in Congress she will work to protect our health care coverage, unlike our current representative, Randy Hultgren, who has voted repeatedly to take it away. Let's get Lauren elected in November!

Ready to get to work to elect Lauren? Visit https://www.underwoodforcongress.com/ready-to-get-to-work/

Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters Endorse Lauren Underwood

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St. Charles, IL - The Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund today announced their joint endorsement of Lauren Underwood for Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.

"We are pleased to announce today that the Sierra Club officially endorses Lauren Underwood," said Linda Cole, Sierra Club Valley of the Fox Group Political Chair. "Given the current administration’s continued threats to our clean air and water and public lands, it is more important than ever to elect environmental champions like Lauren. Current incumbent Randy Hultgren has taken vote after vote with President Trump and against environmental protections. We are eager to work hard to elect a representative who will stand on the side of science and reason, and that champion is Lauren Underwood."

“Lauren Underwood has dedicated her career to the health and wellbeing of the communities that are most exposed to the disastrous impacts of climate change,” said LCV Action Fund Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Tiernan Sittenfeld. “Her experience in public health and commitment to environmental justice will serve her well in Congress as she works to protect our air and water and fights for climate action and a clean energy future. We are excited to endorse her campaign.”

“We are grateful for this endorsement from the Sierra Club and LCV Action Fund. The Sierra Club and LCV continue to be on the front lines of fighting to protect our nation's natural resources, air, and waterways. In Congress, I will join them in the fight for a clean and healthy environment," said Lauren Underwood.

Lauren Underwood was born and raised in Naperville, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University. A registered nurse, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She helped communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror threats and public health emergencies, and helped implement the Affordable Care Act. More recently, she worked with a Medicaid plan in Chicago and as an instructor for nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program.

Along with the endorsement, the Sierra Club will lend its volunteer strength to Lauren Underwood 's campaign.  "We pledge to do all we can to help ensure Lauren is elected," said Linda Cole. "Scores of Sierra Club volunteers will contact voters on her behalf and we will speak to the public as often as possible about her exemplary environmental promise. We look forward to a victory for Lauren on election night and to her fighting for the environment as a U.S. Representative in IL-14th Congressional District."

 

About the Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 3 million members and supporters. In addition to helping people from all backgrounds explore nature and our outdoor heritage, the Sierra Club works to promote clean energy, safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and legal action. For more information, visit www.sierraclub.org.

 

About LCV Action Fund

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, the connected federal political action committee (PAC) of the League of Conservation Voters, works to elect candidates who will implement sound environmental laws and policies, and defeat those who stand in the way of progress. Since the 1994 election cycle, LCVAF has helped elect and re-elect 74 U.S. Senators and 331 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Over the last several years, our efforts have also helped elevate climate change and clean energy as critical issues in key elections.

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Paid for by the Sierra Club Political Committee and the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and authorized by Lauren Underwood for Congress.