Letters to the Editor

Letter: Supporting Lauren Underwood in 14th Congressional


To the Editor:

Lauren Underwood is running for Congress on the Democratic ticket to represent Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.

As a registered nurse, Lauren has hands-on experience in America’s health care industry. She served as a senior adviser at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), helping communities across the country prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters, bioterror threats and public health emergencies including the Zika, Ebola and Flint water crises.

Her experiences at HHS has convinced her we need to combat the opioid crisis with a fully funded comprehensive solution that addresses prevention, treatment and recovery.

Ms. Underwood was featured on the Time Magazine cover and is endorsed by the Daily Herald and the Chicago Tribune. The Tribune endorsement states: “Our favorite is Lauren Underwood, of Naperville. ‘Americans need health care,’ she told us. ‘The free market-only approach, without oversight and intervention in terms of reforms and certain requirements, didn’t work. We tried it for decades.’ Underwood has political experience and boundless enthusiasm. She is endorsed.”

Lauren will work to improve funding for public education and to make college more affordable by increasing funding for Pell grants, increased availability of affordable subsidized student loans, and the continuance of the public service loan forgiveness program.

Ms. Underwood believes the economy needs to work for all our families. She will fight for a “nonpartisan” economic agenda, which includes equal pay, affordable child care, paid family leave, full reproductive health care and an increased minimum wage.

The representative of the 14th Congressional District must have the temperament, commitment, savvy and vigor to relentlessly fight for the families across northern Illinois. Ms. Underwood is prepared to bring her experiences as a nurse, a woman, a policy expert, a millennial, and a person of color to represent Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.

I have met with Lauren Underwood several times and highly recommend her.

Learn more at underwoodforcongress.com. You can vote early through March 19 at various locations throughout McHenry County.

Contact the McHenry County Clerk’s Office at countyclerk@co.mchenry.il.us or 815-334-4242 for early voting locations or to confirm your polling place.

Helen Torscher

Crystal Lake