Coby Hakalir Bio


I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. I moved to Chicago in 2000 and have called it home ever since. I live in the North Kenwood neighborhood on the south side of Chicago with my wife Jennifer - a nutritionist in private practice - our twin 8 year old children, Gabe and Dena, and Brian and Maggie May, the family dog and cat. I’m an avid golfer, reader, and life-learner, currently pursuing my MBA.

I have had a successful career in the commercial and residential banking industries, currently working for Inland Bank and Trust, of Oak Brook, IL. I’m the current vice-chair of the Education Foundation for the Chicago Association of Realtors, and have served on many professional advisory and volunteer committees. I am also very active in my community, volunteering with Real Men Read, an organization that reads to elementary school children and donates books to area schools; and with the Bronzeville Neighborhood Collaborative (BNC), a neighborhood group committed to improving the neighborhood and reducing crime and gang activity.

My most important legislative goal is to fight for the schools in Chicago to be properly funded, for teachers to have the resources they need, and for the students to have access to the high quality education they deserve. As a parent, I know what it's like to want the best education possible for my child. I would support allowing parents the right to choose better performing schools via the use of vouchers and education tax credits. Vouchers create competition in the marketplace, and are an important part of making sure schools are doing what they are supposed to be doing. I am also committed to eliminating gang violence and reducing crime, and to working towards making Illinois a desired destination for businesses that can bring jobs to our citizens by lowering taxes on corporations and small businesses. I believe in reducing the size of government and holding government accountable to its constituents.

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