Lauren Attends End of Summer BBQ Potluck Picnic in Cary, IL

Lauren introduces herself to BBQ attendees and shares her energy for the race ahead

Lauren introduces herself to BBQ attendees and shares her energy for the race ahead

On Sunday, August 13th, I attended a potluck picnic in Cary, IL hosted by Cary-Grove-4H-Club, Action for a Better Tomorrow-McHenry County, Indivisible IL14, McHenry County Progressives, and McHenry County Progressive Democrats. 

The picnic was held at a beautiful residence along the banks of the Fox River and attendees enjoyed watching neighbors pass by on jet skis and pontoon boats, soaking up the final rays of sunshine and summer memories before school starts on Monday. It was hard not to notice the yellowed grass that made up the first 30 feet of coast line -- evidence of the recent flooding that has plagued much of McHenry County. It served as a good reminder of the real-life impacts of dramatic weather events and why we need leaders who acknowledge the reality of climate change and are willing to work for solutions.  

Luckily, this residence was set back from the waterfront by at least 100 yards up a slight incline and was unharmed by the flooding. This large, yellow house was a communal living residence, where neighbors shared space, a riverfront yard, vegetable garden and even chickens. I love how these folks embodied community in their living style and their welcoming spirit.  

The BBQ was a chance for community members to hear from democratic congressional candidates in IL-14 and IL-6 as well as from other state and local campaigns. I enjoyed the opportunity to speak with attendees about my passion for affordable healthcare coverage, my focus on jobs and my commitment to accountability. I'm looking forward to staying in touch and seeing everyone at future meetings or Facebook Live events!

- Lauren

Lauren Underwood, Nurse and Health Care Policy Expert, Announces Run for Congress in IL-14

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Naperville, IL –  Democrat Lauren Underwood announced today that she will seek election to the U.S. House of Representatives in the Illinois 14th Congressional District. Lauren grew up in Naperville, Illinois and is a graduate of Neuqua Valley High School.

“I’m running for Congress because this moment in history requires courageous people to stand up and fight to restore our voice in Washington.”  

Lauren is a registered nurse and health policy expert. Her public service experience includes clinical research at the National Institutes of Health and bolstering our nation's preparedness for natural disasters, bioterrorism agents, and infectious disease threats.

“I’m stepping forward to fight for families who know that strong jobs, smart investments, and access to affordable health care will help get our region back on track.”

Lauren will bring first hand clinical knowledge to Washington. Drawing on experience implementing the Affordable Care Act, she will propose measures that protect and expand access to quality health care for northern Illinois families.  

"It's time for Congress to stop the partisan fighting and start working together to get things done for everyday Americans."

Lauren served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Obama. During her time in the administration, Lauren helped communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to public health emergencies.

“America has never succeeded by looking backwards; we succeed when we look forward, when we innovate, when we lead, and when we build.”

Lauren is running to represent the 14th Congressional district, which includes parts of DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.  

"I'm looking forward to listening to and engaging with all voters. Across the 14th, our values of family, security, honesty, and accountability are on display in our schools, businesses, and communities. It's time we have an elected official who shares these family values."

Lauren currently works for a Medicaid-managed care plan in Chicago. Lauren is also a teacher, preparing future nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University and currently lives in Naperville.

The campaign’s website is