Khouri sketches growth plan for Illinois voters
Tonia Khouri, the Republican running to represent Woodridge, Bolingbrook, Joliet and nearby jurisdictions in the 11th District of the U.S. House of Representatives, recently illuminated her stance on economic growth, sharp contrasting her platform to Democratic incumbent Bill Foster’s.
Khouri, who chairs economic development on the DuPage County Board, said she regularly pounds the pavement to stay in close touch with happenings within her jurisdiction. Recently, she inspected specific transportation needs in her district.
"Infrastructure plays a critical role in our local economies, especially here in the 11th District," she said, noting that the condition of Interstate 80 near Joliet is of particular concern to Will County voters. Her comments circulated freely online last month — in a video posted without any help from mainstream media — to raise awareness that the Congressional incumbent has not addressed any infrastructure conditions during his time in office.
"Bill Foster is simply not doing his job,” Khouri said. “It's time to put someone in office who will fight for our district. That's why I'm running for Congress."
Khouri also spoke up about national security, the economy, and legislative mapping. Her platform is not limited to her own district or even Illinois, but applicable to the entire nation, she said.
“As I travel the district and hear the concerns of constituents, they are the same concerns … all across our country,” she said, noting that a vast majority of Americans are rightfully concerned about the economy. “[T]here’s no excuse for the bleak economic growth we’ve seen recently,” she said, challenging leaders to overcome America’s "stagnant" economy. "It’s time to make a change and put the power back in Americans’ hands," she said.
As a business owner, Khouri said she has directly witnessed how a job can change someone’s life.
“If we’re going to lift people up and out of poverty in this nation, we need to start by creating jobs,” she said.