By Lindy Mika
If you’ve lived in Lake County long, it’s probably a safe bet you know the name Terry Link. It’s likely you’ve actually met Terry, who’s been a resident of the district his entire life. Perhaps he was knocking on doors in your neighborhood or stopped by a community event in your area. Or maybe you just saw him talking to locals at Gojo’s, his favorite hometown Waukegan restaurant. You may even know that he is currently your state senator.
What might be less well known, however, is Terry Link’s longstanding record as a representative of your community. That’s because, as Terry puts it, “I’m just not a show-off.” While he may be modest man, his list of achievements is expansive. It’s important during this election season that we be reminded of what exactly Terry has done for the community over his tenure.
Throughout his productive career, Terry Link has fought diligently for the middle class, women’s rights, seniors’ financial security, and environmental reforms.
Terry supported a healthy middle class by voting to establish a standard individual tax deduction of $2,050 that rises with inflation. He also sponsored the last minimum wage increase in Illinois, giving working families a chance to get ahead.
Terry has a proven record as a strong advocate of women’s rights. He is proudly pro-choice. In 2003, Terry co-sponsored legislation that required insurance companies to offer coverage of contraceptives and family planning services to women. He was also a chief co-sponsor of the Equal Pay Act, a measure prohibiting wage discrimination based on sex.
During Terry’s time in office, he has been a strong proponent for ensuring that seniors can keep the earnings they’ve spent their lives saving. In 2004, he championed the first homestead exemption to local property taxes for senior citizens in 20 years. He also worked to pass a prescription drug discount program for the disabled and elderly.
Terry even received a 100 percent environmental scorecard from the Illinois Environmental Council this year, after supporting 11 different bills designed to improve our environment. He even spearheaded Smoke Free Illinois legislation, an initiative that is guaranteed to improve Illinois’s public health for generations.
If there’s one reason Terry is your sitting senator coming into this election, it’s because he has been an exemplary representative for the area, and puts the interests of his district first.