Democratic Party leader hopes to unseat Rep. Kinzinger

Congressional candidate Dani Brzozowski. (Dani Brzozowski Facebook photo)


By Howard Packowitz

LA SALLE – A high-profile lawmaker with McLean County roots is facing a re-election challenge.

LaSalle County Democratic Party Chair Dani Brzozowski announced Tuesday night she’s a candidate for the 16th District Congressional seat held by five-term Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Channahon).

The 16th District covers all of Livingston County, and part of Ford County.

“When I decided to run for Congress, which is the thing we’re doing now, I did it with the knowledge that some of my own experiences in fighting on behalf of Democratic values for the LaSalle County party were going to really apply to the entire 16th Congressional District,” she said.

Brzozowski didn’t mention Kinzinger’s name, but she said people in the district have been ignored, undervalued, and disenfranchised the past 10 years. .

Brzozowski said she’s fighting for social, economic, environmental, and political justice.

“What we care about is people being treated like people. We are looking for equality, regardless of where you came from or how you got here, regardless of your gender or sexual identity, regardless of any choices that you’re ever made in your life. I’m on your side, Brzozowski said.

Kinzinger was raised in Bloomington, and was elected to the McLean County Board three years after graduating from Illinois State University. He now lives in Channahon, near Joliet.

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