Who am I?
Christian was raised by his mother, who has been a nurse for 30 years, and his grandfather, who was a union steelworker and an elder at his church in Maywood.
Their hard work and commitment to community inspired him to enter public service after graduating from the University of Chicago.
Christian Is a community organizer, Christian worked with single mothers like his own who were fed up with the quality of their neighborhood schools, with homeowners concerned about losing their homes to foreclosure or the kind of flooding hed endured in his youth, and with families concerned about being able to provide for aging loved ones an experience he could relate to after caring for ailing grandparents.
As an organizer, Christian worked with people, in their communities, to fight for living wage jobs, adequate housing, improved transportation, and equitable schools. In 2009, in consultation with community leaders and the members of the general assembly, Christian drafted legislation that would become the Urban Weatherization Initiative, a $425 million dollar state jobs program focusing on insulation, weatherproofing and upgrading of single family homes in low and moderate urban areas in the state of Illinois and a requirement to hire workers from those communities.
Christians efforts as an organizer also led to several other measurable improvements. The state legislature passed a law to create a universal fare card for transit systems in Chicago and the South Suburbs, drafted in part by Christian. It will allow for transfers between Metra, CTA, and Pace by 2015 improving the options for those traveling a long distance to work.
As a product of Christians organizing work in the south suburbs, residents won an agreement with the EPA, the state legislature, and their congressman to secure funding to repair and replace the sewer system in Riverdale, IL, which had not been repaired since the early 1920s, to ease flooding during times of heavy rain, lessening property damage and allowing families to raise their children in a clean and safe environment.
He recently served as part of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkles senior staff, helping advise on many issues and connecting members of the community to services the county provides.
Christian graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelors degree in Public Policy Studies. He is a resident of the Bronzeville community.
Why am I running?
Illinois has a long history of unresponsive government and corruption. The states last two governors are now convicted felons.
The people of the 26th district have long supported reform efforts and elected officials who work to make government more accountable. Christian Mitchell pledges to uphold this tradition as State Representative. He will:
1. Create a more consistent, transparent and efficient budgeting process,
2. Work to reduce the influence of money in politics,
3. Promote transparency throughout state government, and
4. Lead by example and make sure his office represents these ideals.
Enact budgets that do not rely on one-time gimmicks to mask structural deficits and ignore making a fiscally sound long-term plan.
Require multi-year revenue estimates and multi-year budgeting for major expenditures such as general state aid. The state must do a better job creating stability and consistency in the programs it funds.
Support and expand upon the work of the Budgeting for Results Commission to implement performance management initiatives:
Make public all state spending, including grants, contracts and sub-contracts.
Establish a consistent, transparent process in the General Assembly to review all state spending.
Require departments and agencies to set quarterly, annual and five-year goals.
Collect data to measure performance: a mix of qualitative and quantitative input, output, efficiency and outcomes
Measure data against departmental goals and objectives.
Mandate that each department and agency prepare quarterly and annual reports identifying goals and performance benchmarks.
Make all goals, data and goal measurement public.
Eliminate spending on programs that do not achieve their goals.
Introduce a resolution calling on Congress to pass legislation limiting the effects of the Supreme Courts decision in the Citizens United case, which greatly expanded the influence of money on politics
Establish a system of public financing, such as the Lincoln Act, for state offices so that the needs of each voter are given equal weight in policymaking decisions.
Establish meaningful limits on campaign contributions, including contributions from parties and legislative leaders, so that no one source has undue influence over an elected official, and increase transparency for all contributions.
Please understand that we have a lot of issues in Illinois. In fact as I complete this the former Governor is going to prison the priorities are more then two.
Broadcast all committee hearings live on the General Assemblys website and allow access to all hearings for professional and citizen journalists.
Strengthen the disclosure requirements of the statement of economic interest form that legislators, key staff and statewide elected officials are required to complete.
Hold monthly open office evenings with constituents to keep them updated on Christians work in Springfield and take questions about state government and its impacts on their lives.
Request appointment to State Government Administration and Appropriations committees to engage in the procurement process.
Refuse any cost-of-living adjustment or pay raise in his first term, and oppose any effort to increase compensation for state legislators until Illinois has paid its overdue bills.
End the Illinois General Assembly Legislative Scholarship program. Christian will not grant legislative scholarships if elected to the House of Representatives.
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