During the COVID-19 pandemic, as America was seeing a rise in anti-Asian violence, Democratic incumbent Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz of Glenview stewarded legislation that made Illinois the first state to require Asian American history to be taught in public schools.
“Empathy comes from understanding,” Gong-Gershowitz told us. Her grandparents emigrated from China in the 1920s and feared deportation under the Chinese Exclusion Acts. “A lack of knowledge is the root cause of discrimination, and the best weapon against ignorance is education.” Well said. Her background in immigration and human rights law helps inform her work as the chairperson of the House Immigration and Human Rights Committee, along with the Judiciary-Civil Committee. Her opponent, Bradley Martin of Skokie, hasn’t waged much of a campaign. Gong-Gershowitz is endorsed.
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