Give us an example of a time you worked across the aisle or against your party on an issue.

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Among many issues, I was proud to have reached across the aisle to deliver historic education funding reform, to strengthen law enforcement, and to enact bipartisan criminal justice reforms.

Among many issues, I was proud to have reached across the aisle to deliver historic education funding reform, to strengthen law enforcement, and to enact bipartisan criminal justice reforms.

Just this year I worked with Democrat Greg Harris to pass HB311, the Network Adequacy bill. I had initiated the bill a year prior after hearing from a constituent on the issue of inadequate health insurance coverage when contracts are voided. The bill became much more complex and Rep. Harris took control to pass a far reaching bill affecting adequacy of networks around the state. I also worked with Rep. Thapedi to add a significant amendment to HB189 to protect condo owners in the case of forced sale. I was the only No vote on the sham bill HB189 that was suppose to provide property tax relief but did nothing but push costs around to others. My No vote was vindicated and the bill never made it through the Senate.

I have worked across the aisle throughout my adult life, beginning thirty years ago as a U.S. Senate staffer on transit and election reform, then as Chairman of the bipartisan Illinois Human Rights Commission, and for the last twenty years on early childhood education at the federal, state, and local level.

As Chairman of the Illinois Human Rights Commission, I worked with Republicans and Democrats to turn this state agency around. Several of the Commission's GOP members are supporting my campaign for governor. I've met with and worked with Senators Orrin Hatch, former Senator Judd Gregg, Senator Lamar Alexander and other Republicans or their staffs to advance legislation such as the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. This program supports families with millions of home visits and strengthens communities across the United States.

I've also advocated for the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge designed to close the achievement gap for children with high needs, and the reauthorization of the Childcare and Development Block Grant, which helps low income parents find childcare. Similarly, I have worked with Republicans in Illinois to advance the cause of kindergarten readiness, childcare, and preschool. We need a governor willing and ready to work across the aisle and get our state back on track from the damage Bruce Rauner has done.

Much of my platform is an example of working across the aisle.

When I was chair of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, I hired Jim Reilly to be the President of the Bureau. Jim had been Governor Edgar's chief of staff and, despite the fact that he was a republican, I knew there was no one who knew more about the development of McCormick Place and how to drive success there than Jim. We worked together with Governor Edgar and President Emil Jones to increase funding for McCormick Place.

I have worked with the Illinois General Assembly as a community leader on numerous issues to pertaining mass incarceration, gun violence, animal welfare issues, women's rights, and more. This requires working on both sides to get legislation passed.

When I was a county board member, I worked to get Republican votes on infrastructure and business development efforts. Sometimes we needed the votes for a supermajority, and sometimes we simply wanted the measure to pass with bipartisan votes.

I've passed a number of bills tackling privacy issues arising in our rapidly-changing 21st century economy. To pass these reforms, I've collaborated with Republican legislators who shared my concerns regarding the security of private data, personal information, and intellectual property and agreed that our state must proactively address these emerging issues. By building a bipartisan coalition and working with issue experts such as the ACLU, we were able to pass laws requiring warrants for police to access GPS or cell phone data, use drones for surveillance, and more.

Just this year I worked with Democrat Greg Harris to pass HB311, the Network Adequacy bill. I had initiated the bill a year prior after hearing from a constituent on the issue of inadequate health insurance coverage when contracts are voided. The bill became much more complex and Rep. Harris took control to pass a far reaching bill affecting adequacy of networks around the state. I also worked with Rep. Thapedi to add a significant amendment to HB189 to protect condo owners in the case of forced sale. I was the only No vote on the sham bill HB189 that was suppose to provide property tax relief but did nothing but push costs around to others. My No vote was vindicated and the bill never made it through the Senate.

I have worked across the aisle throughout my adult life, beginning thirty years ago as a U.S. Senate staffer on transit and election reform, then as Chairman of the bipartisan Illinois Human Rights Commission, and for the last twenty years on early childhood education at the federal, state, and local level.

As Chairman of the Illinois Human Rights Commission, I worked with Republicans and Democrats to turn this state agency around. Several of the Commission's GOP members are supporting my campaign for governor. I've met with and worked with Senators Orrin Hatch, former Senator Judd Gregg, Senator Lamar Alexander and other Republicans or their staffs to advance legislation such as the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. This program supports families with millions of home visits and strengthens communities across the United States.

I've also advocated for the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge designed to close the achievement gap for children with high needs, and the reauthorization of the Childcare and Development Block Grant, which helps low income parents find childcare. Similarly, I have worked with Republicans in Illinois to advance the cause of kindergarten readiness, childcare, and preschool. We need a governor willing and ready to work across the aisle and get our state back on track from the damage Bruce Rauner has done.

Much of my platform is an example of working across the aisle.

When I was chair of the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, I hired Jim Reilly to be the President of the Bureau. Jim had been Governor Edgar's chief of staff and, despite the fact that he was a republican, I knew there was no one who knew more about the development of McCormick Place and how to drive success there than Jim. We worked together with Governor Edgar and President Emil Jones to increase funding for McCormick Place.

I have worked with the Illinois General Assembly as a community leader on numerous issues to pertaining mass incarceration, gun violence, animal welfare issues, women's rights, and more. This requires working on both sides to get legislation passed.

When I was a county board member, I worked to get Republican votes on infrastructure and business development efforts. Sometimes we needed the votes for a supermajority, and sometimes we simply wanted the measure to pass with bipartisan votes.

I've passed a number of bills tackling privacy issues arising in our rapidly-changing 21st century economy. To pass these reforms, I've collaborated with Republican legislators who shared my concerns regarding the security of private data, personal information, and intellectual property and agreed that our state must proactively address these emerging issues. By building a bipartisan coalition and working with issue experts such as the ACLU, we were able to pass laws requiring warrants for police to access GPS or cell phone data, use drones for surveillance, and more.