Vote September 27th!

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It’s 40 days to Election Day, and voting starts now for most of Illinois’ 14th district.* Lauren wanted to share a message with you.

Lauren is counting on each of her supporters to vote before November 6. We know that life can get in the way if you wait until Election Day to cast your ballot.

That’s why we’ve gathered all the early voting resources you need right here.

  1. Visit our Early Vote Page to determine the best polling place for you -- make sure to check the hours of operation!

  2. Take out your calendar and make a plan to vote. Consider inviting a friend to come along.

  3. Head to the polls and cast your vote for Lauren Underwood.

This is going to be a close election, and we need each of Lauren’s supporters to get to the polls. The absolute best way to ensure we all vote is to get it done early.

Once you’ve taken the steps outlined here, be sure to share this link with your friends and family in the 14th District so they make a plan to vote early too!

*Voting in Lake County begins 10/22/18.

Top Marks from Social Security Activist Jon “Bowzer” Bauman!

Many know Jon “Bowzer” Bauman from his days with musical group Sha Na Na, but Bowzer is also a passionate advocate for Social Security. He delivered his endorsement, along with that of Social Security Works PAC, to a crowd of seniors in Huntley, IL, along with several modified version of his rock n’ roll hits.

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Bauman noted that Hultgren has received a lifetime score of three out of 100 from the Alliance for Retired Americans. “As I sang during 'Born To Hand Jive' in the movie 'Grease:' ‘how low can you go?'" he asked, referring to Hultgren’s rating. Bauman closed the event with a special rendition of Sha Na Na’s “Goodnight Sweetheart.” “Goodnight Randy Hultgren, well, it’s time to go,” he sang, with backing vocals from the crowd. Learn more

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/