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Who is Julie Cho?

Come & meet Julie – candidate for IL State Representative of the 18th District


Sunday, September 23, 2018,4:00 pm -5:30 pm CDT

Lao Sze Chuan

1633 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

The event is open to the public. Light appetizers will be served.


The 18th District includes part of Northbrook, Glencoe, Northfield, Winnetka, Wilmette, Evanston, and Kenilworth

Please cast your vote for Julie Cho on November 6th, 2018!

Julie is a first-generation Korean American.  She built a successful career as a management consultant for the medical industry after she graduated from the University of Chicago with an MBA. As a working mother of 3 young children, she understands the challenges faced by middle-class families in Illinois’ deteriorating financial plight. Julie believes that the only way out of the fiscal crisis is to attract new businesses and residents into the state. To attract new businesses and people, we must change the culture in Springfield, where both parties are bickering and blaming each other, rather than sharing the responsibilities of the state’s fiscal crisis. To change this culture, we need to elect legislators, who put the interest of the people before the interest of partisan politics. How do we achieve this goal?


  • Lower the overall household tax burden:  Illinois has the second highest property tax in the country, and 8th highest overall tax burden (income, property, sales).  Illinois has $15B of unpaid bills and $150B - $250B of unfunded pension liability. To cover such massive debt, some members of the Illinois legislature are considering increasing taxes, fees, and fines. I am not comfortable with that proposal. It suggests that the Illinois tax payers are responsible for the state’s financial problem, or have not paid enough tax to the state. Illinois is the most “moved from” state. We are losing tax payers faster than attracting them. Until we can attract more tax payers into the state, Illinois General Assembly should not consider increasing tax on those who are here. With an increased tax payer pool, Illinois will be able to lower the overall  tax burden of those who are here now


  • Stop partisan politics:  So, how do we attract new businesses and tax payers? Illinois is in poor financial condition. When compared to the other 49 states, Illinois ranks the last in financial stability. This is a result of partisan bickering. Instead of working together, our legislators blame each other to advance selfish political agendas. This not only leads to our financial instability in the state, but also in unstable political climate.  As a result, we cannot attract new businesses who are considering to expand, into our state. The political bickering must stop. We must create a political culture where both Republicans and Democrats band together to compete against other states for jobs and emerging industries.


  • Fair Redistricting Reform: The problem is called “Gerrymandering”. Illinois law gives the politicians the power to draw the legislative lines to influence who wins or loses the election. This is the practice, where politicians pick the voters instead of the voters picking the politicians. What is most damaging to the 18th district by gerrymandering is the minority vote dilution.  The gerrymandered 18th district improperly dilutes thousands of black and Latino votes in Evanston, and Asian votes in Northfield. It takes the political power away from the Black, Latino and Asian voters, making it highly unlikely for them to ever elect a legislator, who can truly represent them. When was the last time we elected an Asian legislator in this district?


Julie is looking forward to meeting you in person, listening to your views, and discussing challenges in everyday life. She will work with District 18 voters side by side to build our community once elected.  Julie is committed to improving the State of Illinois and making everyone a beneficiary of economic development and growing employment.

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