Challenger for State Rep in 91st district goes on the record

By WEEK Producer

October 31, 2012 Updated Nov 1, 2012 at 9:51 AM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. -- Jennifer Allison is going door to door, introducing herself as a first time candidate.

A 31-year-old married mother of a 4-year-old daughter, Allison is the Democratic challenger for state representative in the 91st District.

She decided to run for office after years of talking politics with her husband.

"Many nights my husband and I would stay up after watching the news and we'd just be ranting and raving about what was going on in Springfield," Allison recalled. "It came to the point where we said we have to try to do something, we can't just keep griping."

A graduate of Peoria Notre Dame High School and Western Illinois University who lives in Canton, Allison says she has a passion for community service.

On her day job she works in blood services for the American Red Cross. And she says the way to infuse life into the state's economy is by creating jobs.

"I've spent the last year with voters going door to door and hearing their concerns," said Allison. "Over and over its not so much about not being able to find a job but its more about finding a job that can make ends meet. That well paying job."

Allison says she wants people who bring home a paycheck to keep more of what they earn, advocating the repeal of the state income tax hike that went into effect last year. It was sold as a temporary measure, but Allison seems skeptical.

"As long as we ensure that when the time comes the votes don't just go to push it on again. We need to look at zero-based budgeting so that we're not relying on those tax increases to get by."

Allison calls jobs, taxes and being responsive to constituents as her priorities if she's elected.