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Smiling photo of Tracy Katz Muhl, candidate to represent the 57th district of the Illinois State House

"I am running for state representative to enact meaningful legislation that makes a genuine impact in people’s lives."

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I’m excited to announce that I am running for Illinois State Representative for the 57th District in the upcoming March 19, 2024 Democratic Presidential Primary Election!

I am running for state representative to enact meaningful legislation that makes a genuine impact in people’s lives. As a resident of Northbrook, I know how lucky my husband Charlie and I are to raise our children Nate (18) and Sarah (15) in the welcoming and diverse communities that make up the 57th District, like Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Des Plaines, Glencoe, Glenview, Mount Prospect, Northbrook, Northfield, Prospect Heights, Riverwoods, Wheeling, Wilmette, and Winnetka.

 

I also know our district and state face real challenges. We’ve been dancing around key issues for decades. We’ve made progress, but we haven’t been able to make the necessary hard decisions needed to consistently balance budgets, fully fund education, and provide equitable access and opportunity to everyone in Illinois.

 

To move forward, our district needs a strong and representative voice in Springfield. As a lawyer, I have the tenacity, problem-solving skills, and conviction to speak for our communities, and to listen, understand, and build consensus at a time when mistrust and fear can make it hard to get things done. 

 

I’ve used these skills to overcome challenges on behalf of our neighborhoods time and again. In my eight years on the Northbrook School District 28 Board of Education, the last six as President, I established free, full-day kindergarten, expanded pre-school and special education programs, and kept schools open both fully in person and remote during the pandemic -- a formula that allowed our district to prevent learning loss and receive recognition from the State Board of Education. As a Regional Legislative Leader for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, I fought for gun dealer licensing and organized residents to pass local gun safety ordinances. As a Board Member and volunteer at Angles (now part of Youth Services), I supported a reproductive health clinic, mentored LGBTQ+ teens, and ensured comprehensive health education programs were available in our schools. And as Northfield Township Democratic Committeeperson, I’ve empowered local voters, raised turnout, and inspired a diverse slate of candidates to run and win township, municipal, and school board elections.

 

Community building is hard work. I’m skilled at listening and encouraging open conversations around how to tackle problems. When I heard high school special education parents and teachers feared the cancellation of the Pace bus serving our high schools and workplaces, I coordinated village trustees and staff, families, and workers to save the route. When a local substance-abuse and recovery specialist shared the need for comprehensive sober home services for young men in our community, I met with village officials, shared my legal analysis under the Fair Housing Act, and raised hundreds of community voices to support a successful board vote. Again, our community goals united us and showed we’re stronger working together.

 

As I begin this campaign, I promise to take this role seriously, to work as hard as I always have to serve our community, and to welcome everyone to the table. 

 

Sincerely,

Tracy Katz Muhl

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