Taking On Issues that Matter to Voters in the 68th

Jake Castanza has been meeting with the voters of the 68th District. Knocking on doors. Attending forums. Listening and learning from area residents about the issues that matter to them.

Ideas for change that come out of these conversations tell Jake what kind of future the people who live here want to see—a hope for change that he shares.

  • Increase state funding for education
  • Create more job training and transition programs
  • Encourage businesses to keep and grow sustainable jobs right here
  • Reduce the tax burden on middle class workers and families
  • Make access to affordable healthcare a reality for everyone
  • Improve safety in our communities

“The issues I plan to take on in Springfield are the ones I know are important to this community. I believe it’s time to change things for the better so we can look to a future where everyone prospers.”

Born and raised in Rockford, Jake Castanza learned early the value of public service and the importance of community. He attended Western Illinois and Purdue universities and went to work for the YMCA of the Rock River Valley after graduating. Jake now leads Project First Rate, an innovative effort for community development that brings groups together around solutions that support good jobs and make investments in the local economy.

His life and work experience has taught Jake how important it is to act on ideas that produce positive change. It’s a lesson he plans to take to Springfield in 2019!