Thaddeus Jones - House District 29
Why We Endorse Thaddeus Jones: “Thaddeus has been a strong advocate for closing the funding gap and raising the bar for students in Chicago and the south suburbs. We are happy to endorse him.”
Bio: Thaddeus M. Jones is serving his second term as State Representative of the 29th Representative District. He is promoting a platform of employment opportunities for families and greater crime prevention and youth programs, and his strong advocacy for education will help to unify the district.
Thaddeus has been a staunch supporter of education, fighting for teachers' rights and working closely with the community college system in his district. He has successfully achieved property tax relief for senior citizens and will continue fighting for tax fairness. He is a champion of fairer and more equitable education funding that does not rely on property taxes to determine the amount of funding a school receives.
In 1997, Thaddeus Jones made history when he became the first African-American alderman of the Calumet City's Third Ward. He is serving his fourth term as Alderman and is Chairman of the Ordinance and Resolutions Committee.
Through his Jones Foundation, Thaddeus has raised more than $50,000 to benefit local teens and their families. He awards 10 annual scholarships to local high school students and provides counseling programs for victims of domestic abuse and residents affected by HIV/AIDS.
In 2013, Jones voted to expand healthcare coverage to an additional 342,000 low-income, uninsured Illinoisans who are now eligible to access quality medical care.
Jones recently voted to give the Illinois Department of Transportation the authority to build the South Suburban Airport in Peotone, which is expected to bring hundreds of construction and permanent jobs to the region and help revitalize the Southland.
In conjunction with other Southland legislators, Jones worked to urge members of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's policy committee to approve the construction of the Illiana Expressway/Tollway, which would connect Interstate 55 with Interstate 65 in Indiana to relieve traffic congestion in the region.
Over the summer, Jones invited state officials to meet with south suburban mayors about their desire to create the Metra Southeast Service Line and other projects centered on creating jobs and economic development in the region.
Thaddeus formerly served as President of the Thornton Township Young Democrats, Student Trustee of South Suburban College, and board member of the Calumet City Library Board. He currently serves as Honorary Chairman of the Thornton Township Young Democrats.
Among his many accomplishments, Thaddeus is a proud father of two sons. He graduated from Bloom Trail High School and received his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Loyola University. He is currently enrolled and working toward a law degree at Loyola University.
Jones' 29th District includes Cook and Will counties, and he represents all or parts of Calumet City, Chicago Heights, Crete, Dolton, Glenwood, Harvey, Homewood, Monee, Sauk Village, South Chicago Heights, South Holland, Steger, Thornton and University Park, and portions of Chicago's West Pullman neighborhood.