Endorsement: Bernas for Republicans in Illinois House District 56
Voters in the Republican primary for Illinois House District 56 are fortunate to have a choice in this election between two candidates with a history of public service and a passion for community involvement.
That's not always the case in a primary, and the winner of this round will face a formidable challenge against a four-term Democratic incumbent, Michelle Mussman.
Both candidates in this race -- Jillian Rose Bernas and Charlotte Kegarise -- have put in the footwork to get to know the residents of the district, which includes portions of Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Roselle and Schaumburg and encompasses all or parts of 14 school districts.
As a longtime member of Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54, the 64-year-old Kegarise understands the budget challenges and needs of schools today, and she identifies with the needs of seniors who struggle to keep their homes as property taxes rise. Her experience as a small-business owner also is a plus in her candidacy.
The bilingual Bernas, 35, is not a newcomer to the political arena, having challenged Mussman in 2016. Her work as a Schaumburg Township District Library trustee and the township's mental health committee have allowed her to connect with residents. With her energy and commitment to provide an independent voice in Springfield, we think she can do the most to bring change to our stagnant legislature. She is endorsed.