WMBD/WYZZ-TV—PEORIA--Jehan Gordon may still be settling into her new office but says she's been putting what she learned doing by knocking on doors into action.
With the economy tumbling, Gordon says keeping jobs in Peoria is at the top of her agenda.
“We want to keep people back here in this community, we don't want people to feel like they have to go to other places to find gainful employment,” nodded Gordon.
Those she serves say healthcare is an area that needs attention. As some feel her predecessor Aaron Schock did not pay it enough.
“He should know that a substantial number of his constituents need that healthcare package and so Jehan needs to press that in Springfield,” said Peoria NAACP President Don Jackson.
Others say her primary concern should be education.
“Some of the schools may not have the number of students that they should have so it's a waste of money to keep them open,” said 92nd District resident Kenneth Hinrichs.
Gordon says she's pushing for a federal solution to healthcare issues and plans on seeking creative ways schools can support students and still pay the bills.
Still to help protect local pockets, she says keeping payday loan companies like these from preying on the poor is a priority.
“What I plan on doing as a legislature is making sure these companies can't find loopholes because that's what often time happens,” said Gordon.
While she has earned your votes, she says you may still find her knocking at your door, as the hardest part of her job, has just begun.
Gordon will share her legislative plans with the 92nd District, Thursday January 22nd at her first town hall meeting.
The meeting will be at the Lakeview Branch Library
from 6:00-7:00 p.m.