Editor:

I am writing to express my unwavering support for Patrick Keenan-Devlin as a candidate for State Representative in the Illinois 18th District.  I have known Patrick since 2002 when we were both students at Northwestern University.  Patrick was truly an inspirational student leader.  However, my support for Patrick stems from his position on many issues including women’s choice, marriage equality, and the environment, and in particular for his views on health care reform.  Illinois currently ranks 33rd out of the 50 states in status indicators related to women’s health including prevention and wellness, access to health care, healthy lifestyles and communities, and key health conditions.  As a woman and an Illinois resident, I am committed to ensuring that Illinois women lead healthier lives and receive the medical care they deserve.  Patrick believes in better access and better care, and most importantly he understands the value in starting at home in Illinois.

Sincerely,

— Michelle Desjardins