Voters from Chatham to Kankakee will decide between Thaddeus Jones and newcomer Gloria White

Standing between Democratic state Rep. Thaddeus Jones and an eighth term representing Springfield’s 29th District is Democratic candidate and financial advisor Gloria K. White, who hopes south suburban voters will want a change in direction.

Jones, who also serves as mayor of Calumet City, has won six of his previous seven elections by more than 25 percentage points and enjoys the notoriety and donations that come with his status as incumbent.

White said she hopes her experience as a payroll specialist for 25 years at FedEx and her role as a fractional administrator for Thornton schools will help inform legislation that affects residents.

“We have to start somewhere and make a change,” White said Thursday. “I want our community to be better.”

White said that when she knocks on the doors of residents who live in the lean 29th District, which stretches from Chatham to the south suburbs to Kankakee County, she hears voters express a desire for a change in direction . She said they were fed up with Jones, whose political career has faced intense scrutiny.

THE Chicago Tribune found that while serving as a state representative, Jones chose to donate $150,000 in public funds to a mentoring program for which his son was both a mentee and mentor. Jones defended the program and said her son was not paid for his work in the program.

There is a federal investigation in its use of campaign finance funds. The emails also show that city officials were aware of the poor condition of the city’s pumps a year before floods damaged homes in the town.

Jones, through a spokesperson, declined to be interviewed by the Daily Southtown and said he would send a written statement. On Friday, the spokesperson said Jones decided not to provide any statements.

During the current legislative session, Jones has introduced two bills: one to create a violence reduction task force and another to require power companies to create training centers professional.

White said she was running because she felt Jones had failed…

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