North Aurora resident Laura Curtis (R) is challenging incumbent Rep. Karina Villa (D-West Chicago), to represent the people of the 49th district. After Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Feb. 19 budget address in Springfield, Curtis released a statement.
“Springfield makes a lot of big promises but hidden behind the rhetoric is the reality of what politicians are saying: more taxes on hardworking Illinoisans and more spending of money we don’t have," the statement said.
Illinois leaders have an opportunity to "get serious about reversing runaway spending, cut out-of-control taxes, and to truly transform our state now and for our children and their children,” Curtis told the DuPage Policy Journal. “Those changes take an independent voice who will focus on those they represent rather than voting in lockstep with Speaker Madigan."
As a small business owner, Curtis says she knows, "how these harmful policies can impact Illinois’ economy and drive out families and businesses. As the 49th District Representative, I will always serve as an independent fighter for our communities, focused on changing the way Illinois does business.”
Curtis is campaigning on a platform that includes sparking economic growth, reforming property taxes and creating responsible budgets. She aims to support pro-growth policies that encourage economic growth, and opposes tax increases. She will work with her colleagues to find ways to save taxpayers money and still pay the state's bills. During her time as a North Aurora Trustee, Curtis has fought against property tax hikes and implemented policies that led to the Village’s bond rating rising to AA+, which is just below the highest possible grade. The state’s bond rating is BBB1, just above junk level status.
Curtis is a real estate appraiser at Curtis Appraisals, and a licensed Realtor. She has served as a trustee of the North Aurora Village since 2011, and was an alternate member of the Kane County Board of Review.