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About Ann

Ann Cameron Williams is a resident of Galena, Illinois. A daughter of a former Marine (Paul) and loving mother Jeane, Ann grew up in nearby northern Illinois city of Prospect Heights with her brother Randy and is a proud product of public school education.

Ann has the mid-western values of the good people in the 89th district and is a strong Democrat. She attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, just across the Mississippi near Cedar Rapids. She became mother to Geoffrey, who was born with Down syndrome, an experience and role which Ann places among her most valued assets. She started her career working part time for a local police department and for a local social service agency. Years later she put herself through night school as a single mom and received her graduate degree from the University of Chicago (Masters in Liberal Arts). She continued to pursue a better life for herself and her son, and went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Disability Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago while working at the University (2005).

Ann has spent her life working to help people with disabilities and their families have better lives. She worked in Washington DC for national disability advocacy associations (Easter Seals and The Arc of the United States) and learned about the complex process of politics in our Nation's Capitol. Her expertise is in designing large scale programs, identifying problems and generating solutions, helping to build capacity for organizations to serve people in need, and negotiating partnerships with other key stakeholders. She returned to her home town of Prospect Heights, Illinois in 2013 to provide care to her mother, who was recovering from surgery.

In 2015 she created a national consulting firm to help disability organizations renew and sustain, and moved to Galena. She has three dogs (all rescues) - Washington, Mardi, and Lilly! - and is a zen gardener. She is a member of Grace Episcopal Church.

Ann gets the issues facing hard working families and fully supports Union labor. She understands the pressures that families and workers face - not enough time, not enough money, not enough hands to help when help is needed and the sense of helplessness that sinks in when there are no resources.

Ann understands the high cost of health care and is determined to do the right thing for working families - to make quality health affordable. Ann understands caring for children and for aging parents. She's in the community every day, talking to real people about their daily struggles. She's taking her life experience and everything she has worked for to give to this public service role, to give back to our country and make it a better place.

"My door is always open to people that want to talk to me. No matter what your political party is, or how you voted in the last election - you are a valued member of our District," stated Ann in a recent interview. "And I intend to represent the issues and come up with solutions that are what the people want."

Join Ann Williams in this effort to be a better agent of change for the people of the 89th District.

 

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