Hardiman & Avery have a vision for Illinois where equality fosters prosperity, and everyone has the opportunity to succeed.
Hardiman will work to create jobs in the private sector and restore opportunity for all of Illinois, starting with raising the minimum wage.
Hardiman dedicates his life and career to community organizing for peace and social change.
Hardiman will straighten out Illinois, starting with resolving the budget crisis. We also believe in budget discipline that reduces our deficit.
Hardiman believes proper education should be a priority. He will increase funding for schools and early childhood education programs.
Hardiman understands that today, gender bias continues to create huge barriers for many women. We feel women and men should be treated equally.
Patricia Avery is a transformational leader whose life’s work has been in public service, community organizing and advocacy. Her work in activism covers every student rights to a quality education, equity, and excellence, and economic, racial, social, and juvenile justice.
Patricia has been serving in the public sector since 1986. In 1996 Patricia became the first African American woman appointed or elected to a County Office as the Recorder of Deeds. In 1998 Patricia was elected to the Champaign County Board representing District 6, making her the first African American to win a seat outside of District 5. In 2000 the Democrats made Champaign County history by winning control of the Champaign County Board, and so did Patricia when she was elected the first Democrat, the first African American, and the first woman to serve as Chair of the Champaign County Board. During her administration Patricia maintained a balanced budget, passed a living-wage for all employees, eliminated kickbacks to the county from inmate phone calls to their families, and increased the diversity in hiring in county departments and on capital building projects. Patricia implemented the first Champaign County juvenile intervention and prevention programs from the quarter cent sales tax, implemented the first time Champaign County home buyer program, and the first Countywide MLK Celebration. Patricia helped to pass a referendum that would lead to the implementation of the first 377 Board for the Care and Treatment of Persons with a Developmental Disability.
In 2004 Patricia was a delegate from Illinois at the Democratic National Convention where the then Illinois State Senator Barack Obama, gave the infamous keynote speech “My story is a part of the great American Story, There is no liberal America, no conservative America, there is United States of America, there is no blue state, no red states, there is the United States.” Patricia went on to work to help elect Senator Obama to U.S. Senate, and two years later to serve as the 44th President of the United States.
In January 2014 Governor Pat Quinn commissioned Patricia to serve as member of the Illinois African American Family Commission where she served on Budget and Finance, Criminal Justice, and Economic Development committees.
Avery looks forward to leveraging her experience and her passion to UPLIFT ILLINOIS!