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Senate candidate would seek more federal money for state

Posted November 10, 2003

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas, making her first public announcement as a U.S. Senate candidate Sunday, said she'll work to bring more federal dollars back to Illinois.

Pappas pledged to guide proper spending of tax dollars to increase jobs, boost the economy, improve infrastructure, fund health care coverage and make prescription drugs affordable.

"Washington decides what Illinois gets," Pappas said. "Illinois ranks 44th in the country in getting back its fair share from the federal government. I get it, and I can get it done."

The details of exactly how she'll get it done will come out as she stumps through the state on a two-day tour. The statewide fly-around will begin and end in the suburbs. Pappas proved to be a popular candidate among suburban voters in the past.

She'll look to sway voters with a message of fiscal responsibility and novel approaches to dealing with governmental issues, said Pappas' campaign manager Jim Allen.

"It's all about your money," Allen said. "That's the key to Washington."

Her late entry to the race bumps the number of Democrats in the primary to nine.

In her speech Sunday, Pappas said she's betting on attracting at least 500,000 votes in the March 16 primary.

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