Like most Madison County moms, Ann Callis wanted her kids to grow up in a safe community with a quality education and to show them that we all have an obligation to make our communities better. That’s why as a judge for 18 years, she faced down murderers and drug dealers everyday to protect our neighborhoods.
Ann’s son Elliot enlisted in the Army after graduating from Cornell University, passing up high- paying jobs in order to serve his country. Her daughter, Caroline, is a senior at Saint Louis University and plans to teach middle school next year. Inspired by her kids’ commitment to public service, Ann is running for Congress to take on the challenges facing our country in Washington.
Hailed as a “tough, anti-crime judge,” by law enforcement, Judge Callis reformed the courts in Madison County to protect victims, ensure justice and save taxpayer dollars. Judge Callis created a special Veterans Court, the first in Illinois, to help Veterans facing legal issues get the support they need in the court system and beyond. She began a foreclosure mediation program that’s helped bring banks and borrowers together to give families a chance to stay in their homes when hard times hit. And she increased transparency in the court system and worked with all sides to reduce medical malpractice cases clogging up the system – all while returning hundreds of thousands of dollars to taxpayers by running the courts efficiently.
Like people across Illinois, Ann is frustrated with Washington. While too many politicians point fingers and call each other names, promises made to the middle class are being broken. As Chief Judge, Ann Callis focused on what was just and fair. In Congress, she’ll focus on returning justice and fairness to middle-class families – creating good jobs, cutting waste and fraud, helping veterans when they return home, and serving the public, not special interests.