I have been a widow for about one year. My husband was a radiologist who was born and raised in Italy. I met him at the University of Chicago when we both worked at the Argonne Cancer Institute in the radiation therapy department. After our marriage in 1965 we moved to Monmouth, IL and lived there until our youngest child completed high school. We then moved back to Chicago’s Sauganash neighborhood into the house my father had built because all our children were in college here. We had my mother with us because she had dementia and I had to care for her.
Following our return to Chicago, I obtained my master's degree in physics from De Paul University and then a teaching certificate from North Park University. I have worked mostly in tutoring physics and mathematics, both at St. Gregory High School and at Mercy Home, where I helped two former drug addicts get their GED. I have been a member of the Chicago Lesson Study Group since 2007 -- a group of teachers headquartered at De Paul University that promotes a Japanese method of professional development for teachers called Lesson Study in which a teacher teaches a lesson designed by a group of teachers at the school while other teachers observe. The other teachers then critique the lesson based on their experiential observations. I have also been a member of the MacIntyre Philosophical Society and have presented papers on education and economics at their meetings. My papers criticized socialist views and outlined the deficiencies of our current educational system. I currently teach catechism at Queen of All Saints Basilica.
Since my marriage, I have spent six weeks every year in northern Italy visiting my husband’s family. In the process, I became fairly fluent in Italian. I have three married children and five grandchildren. My daughter Margaret lives in Spain with her Spanish husband and two children. My son Marco lives in Italy with his Italian wife and two children. My daughter Catherine lives in Des Plaines with her husband and son. I own my own home and like to garden and knit in my spare time. I go to Europe every year to visit my children and grandchildren.
My primary goal as a state legislator is helping the people of Illinois understand that the GOP is the Party of opportunity. In particular, I would like to eradicate crony capitalism, so that tax revenues are not directed to politically-connected businesses. It’s important that all are treated as equals and without favoritism. I would also support a school voucher program that would enable poor parents to have a full choice of schools in determining the right educational fit for their children.