Three years into her U.S. House tenure, Democratic Rep. Robin Kelly of the south suburban 2nd District is the effective, passionate legislator we hoped for when we endorsed her in 2013 to finish the term of Jesse Jackson Jr., who had resigned.
We disagree on some major issues (Kelly is a lot less worried than we are about Social Security’s eventual insolvency), but she’s solid on the issues of her district, producing job fairs and being a voice of empowerment for black women and girls. Pushing gun control legislation, Kelly was a leader of an overnight sit-in on the House floor. Her point was to remind Congress and the country that individual Chicagoans were dying on the streets at an alarming rate. “A lot of the conversation was about mass shootings, and I know I changed that conversation.”
Running on the Republican side is businessman John Morrow of Country Club Hills. He would combat gun violence by detaining gang members outside the criminal justice system, making pre-emptive arrests under a rare public safety exemption to the Miranda warning process. Most people would say his approach violates the Constitution on numerous grounds. Kelly is endorsed.