From the Chicago Tribune editorial page:
14th Congressional District
Congresswoman Lauren Underwood of Naperville, in her first term after taking the seat held by Republican Randy Hultgren, is a registered nurse who worked with the Obama administration on the Affordable Care Act.
This is a pretty good time to have a medical professional in Congress (the pandemic), but Underwood also made contributions on other health-related issues.
One of her bills signed into law makes lower-cost, generic insulin available to patients more quickly.
As for the future of health insurance, Underwood wants to fix struggling Obamacare and lower the Medicare eligibility age.
That’s a better starting point than wanting to make the U.S. government even bigger by becoming everyone’s insurer.
No thank you to that.
Underwood took on another issue important to constituents: agriculture.
When other Democrats showed little interest, she pushed to ensure farmers hurt by the trade war with China got the federal market protection payments they were promised.
The Republican challenging Underwood is a familiar face: state Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove who has been a frequent candidate on the ballot.
He ran for the U.S. Senate three times, governor once and a U.S. House seat previously.
Have we missed any?
Chairman of the well-known dairy company, Oberweis is a job creator and believer in free market solutions to problems.
We’re in agreement there.
He’s an approachable, straight-talker too.
But then, when he finally did win a seat in public office, he missed session days and dozens of votes.
He claims Sugar Grove as his primary residence but his wife is a permanent resident of Florida.
Illinois needs representatives who are in touch with them. Underwood is endorsed.