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CHICAGO - Adjunct biology professor Fatimah Macklin says she's running for the Illinois State House in 2014 because she wants to "rebuild the state of Illinois" so that it provides her 3 year old daughter with "a world of opportunities." Macklin's 34th House District - with Chicago's southside 75th Street as its northern border and rural Kankakee County as its southermost boundary - is now represented by Democrat State Rep. Elgie Sims, Jr.
Macklin holds an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management, an MA in Biology from Chicago State Univerity and a BS from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Within the past week, two conservative check writers - Jack Roeser and Dick Uihlein - sent Macklin $5,300 each, launching Macklin's campaign fund.
On her website, Macklin lists the following issues she plans to tackle if elected to the Illinois House: Pension reform, Entitlement reform, School choice, Job creation, Limited government, Lower taxes and Strong family values.
In her Illinois Review candidate survey, Macklin says she would not accept donations from public sector unions, and that she is opposed to making the 2011 tax hike permanent. She also opposes the graduated income tax proposal.
Macklin opposes state employees' right to strike, and supports Illinois becoming a right-to-work state.
She says she opposes taxpayer-funded scholarships [post originally said "vouchers" - Ms. Macklin asked that the term be changed] for public school students to attend private schools, and is undecided about Illinois' involvement in the federal Common Core standards plan. She supports home school registration and supports the licensing of home school parents. [See questions under the "Education" section below].
She opposes red light cameras and supports gambling expansion, her survey says.
Illinois Review does not endorse this, or any, candidate. These bios are of the candidates that responded to our 2014 candidate survey by February 28th, 2014.