Illinois’ fourth Congressional District is mostly urban and suburban, but as a Representative from the Midwest I recognize agriculture’s importance to the region. I also appreciate the importance of the FARM Bill, which represents historic compromise between rural and urban America.

On the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I participate firsthand in making sure that Chicagoland’s transportation network effectively moves agricultural products across the country and throughout the world.

Critical to the needs of many working class families, agricultural policies like the FARM bill govern important safety net programs including the national food stamp policy, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP), and free and reduced school lunch for disadvantaged youth.