Lowering Property Taxes Through School Funding Reform

Illinois is by far the worst state in the nation for school funding, relying about 73% on local property taxes. In stark contrast, local property taxes only account for approximately 5% of school funding in Vermont and Hawaii. We can and we must do better funding our schools.


Introduce "Illinois Consumer Privacy Act"

  • Every two seconds, someone in the US becomes a victim to identity theft.
  • One in ten Americans over the age of 16 reported being a victim of identity theft.
  • The yearly total cost of identity theft is above $16 billion

Data breaches play a major role in both identity theft and credit card fraud.

1,244 data breaches occurred in 2018 exposing almost 450-million records containing information that could identify an individual, as well as exposing over 1.68 billion other records such as email addresses and usernames.

Peter Janko, candidate for State Representative, fully accepts that businesses must collect and store data on its customers in order to serve their customers well. That’s not the issue. The issue is what happens to personal data entrusted to a business. When businesses sell small bits of a consumer’s information, all of these bits, called data points, are consolidated into large databases.  These data points are then used to create a digital profile of a person down to the smallest detail. Facebook alone is said to have 52,000 data points on each of its users.

The problem with all existing consumer privacy laws is that they are opt-out. That puts the burden on the consumer to protect their own private data.

Peter Janko will introduce and fight for legislation establishing that a consumer's personal data is the exclusive property of the consumer and as such would make it unlawful to sell a consumer’s data for profit without the consumer’s explicit consent.

The legislation would make opt-ins the default rather than opt-outs. In the process of asking the consumer to opt-in, the consumer shall be given the opportunity to correct any errors and choose specifically which personal data may be shared and which specific data points may not.

The legislation would also prohibit and nullify any default or automatic opt-ins or "right to sell your personal data” clauses in user agreements

The legislation would provide for the enforcement by the Attorney General; provides civil penalties; and preempts home rule.

The legislation, if enacted, would be the toughest Consumer Privacy Law in the United States.


Workers’ Rights

Peter will fight for the right of all workers to unionize and will fight to stop unfair labor practices such as wage theft, especially employers cheating workers out of overtime pay.


Infrastructure: Expanding Public Transportation

By using his influence as your elected Democratic State Central Committeeman, Peter’s advocacy played a key role in securing $275 million dollars in state funding to establish Chicago-to-Rockford Amtrak passenger service, with a stop in Huntley. This will pave the way for METRA service to Huntley and Marengo.