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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Campaign Spotlight: Christine Benson

Christine Benson
Illinois State Senate, 38th Senate District of Illinois
Issues: Jobs; the Economy, Fiscal Responsibility, Education

Christine Benson is 100% pro-choice and has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Illinois Action. Christine Benson knows that women don't turn to politicians for advice about birth control, mammograms, and cancer screenings. She believes that the government should not be involved in a woman's person medical decisions.
It is very important that you vote for Christine Benson because her opponent, Sue Rezin, thinks that the government should intervene in women’s personal private decisions. Rezin supports dangerous restrictions on access to abortion that would threaten women’s health. Also, she voted against age-appropriate, medically accurate, comprehensive sex education.

Benson’s career has spanned 35 years in education, seventeen years as a teacher and the last eighteen years as an administrator. She has lived in the Illinois Valley for 26 years, the last 10 on the north side of Ottawa. “When we first moved to the area, we heard how this was a wonderful place to raise a family. We found that to be very true and I want to return the favor by representing and working in the best interest of the Illinois 38th District. I will work with constituents to make our community the best place to live and work.”

While working to improve the financial situation of the state is a priority, ethics and education are Benson’s focus. “I will bring my strong background in education policy coupled with a common sense approach. Ultimately, good education policy creates a healthy climate for attracting business and entrepreneurs to our region, and to create a better life.”

Benson has served as a leader in numerous organizations, including the Illinois Music Educator Association and the Illinois Education Association. She continues leadership positions in the Illinois Association of School Administrators, the American Association of School Administrators and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials.

Benson served on the board of directors for the Mendota Community Hospital and the Ottawa YMCA, and participated in the Ottawa Friendship House Capital Campaign. She is currently a member of the Streator Rotary Club, the board of directors of the V.O.I.C.E. Organization that advocates for education and serves on the board of directors for the Mendota Education Foundation. Benson has worked through professional organizations to meet with federal and state legislators to advocate for educational and economic issues.

Benson and her husband Rex, of 36 years, have two children, Stephanie who lives Ottawa, and Nick who resides in Chicago. She received her Bachelors, Masters, and Certificate of Advanced Study from Illinois State University and obtained her doctorate degree from Northern Illinois University.

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