Hi, I'm Monica Gordon
WHERE I COME FROM
Monica Gordon is confident she has the strategies, skills and relationships needed to “hit the ground running” as state senator of the 40th District. Gordon says her birth on Labor Day symbolizes her commitment to improving the lives of working families, underscored by the real-life importance of her mother’s good wages as a member of the United Auto Workers for an aircraft parts manufacturer. Business organizations, several mayors and other elected officials have already endorsed her candidacy.
With roots in Chicago, Gordon has resided in Flossmoor since 2011. Beginning in 2001, her graduate studies and career led her to live in Chicago Heights, with additional time spent in the Kankakee, Springfield and University Park areas. While understanding the region’s systemic economic challenges, she has also personally experienced the opportunities it offers. She sees a positive legacy, represented even in financially depressed Pembroke Township, both in its rich farming history and potential to contribute to the growth of neighboring communities.
Gordon remembers being impressed over 20 years ago with the South Suburban Airport’s capacity to be a catalyst for new streams of revenue, quality jobs and related business development. The then intern with WGN-TV listened to Jesse Jackson Jr.’s research-based arguments for the SSA and continues advocating for its completion. Recent trips and conversations throughout the district prompted her to also support the proposed Kankakee River Walk project and environmental upgrades as key elements of her emphasis on economic development.
Gordon credits her background as a territory manager in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries with broadening her perspective on equal access to quality healthcare, particularly controlling the cost of medications and increasing trauma centers. She also targets tax reform and improving public education as priorities.
“I have dealt with public policy issues from many angles,” says Gordon, “from analysis and budgeting, through strategizing how best to deal with the opportunities and challenges of implementing plausible resolutions. I have done extensive outreach at all levels, through a variety of vehicles, among the diverse constituents I seek to represent.”
Preparation Meets Opportunity
Gordon is on leave from her position as executive director of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation. She holds a MA in Communication & Training from Governors State University and BA in Journalism from Northern Illinois University. Mayor Paul Braun recently appointed her to the Flossmoor Community Relations Commission. She is an active member of the Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association Leadership Circle, Rich Township Democratic Organization, Democratic Women of South Suburbs, Girls 4 Science board of directors and Plan4Success board of directors.