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Meet the First Black Lieutenant Governor-elect of Illinois

She ran for the post along with J.B. Pritzker, heir to his father's hotel chain fortune, who spent a record of $171 million dollars to beat the incumbent Governor Rauner. And she is the first black woman to be elected to that position in the state.

She is literally my neighbor as we both live in the amazing and historic neighborhood cities of Hydepark and Bronzeville right near Lake Shore Drive (America's best Urban Drive) that runs along Lake Michigan. To be exact, she lives in Bronzeville where Mohammed Ali used to live and I live in Hydepark.

She is the mother of three children; and she runs marathons and triathlons as a hobby, which helps her

with the rigors needed to succeed in her professional and political careers. She is like a Chicago brick house (smile).

Juliana Stratton

Accordingly, she caught my attention. Thus, after during a rather rudimentary research on her, I discovered that she was raised on the amazing South Side of Chicago by a Mother who was a schoolteacher and a father was a medical doctor. She got her Bachelors at the University of Illinois in Urban-Champaign and her Juris Doctorate (JD) from DePaul University. Subsequently she appeared to have held directorships at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Cook County Justice for Children and was also president of a medication services company. Subsequently, in 2016, she entered politics when she challenged and defeated Ken Dunkin for the firth district seat in the Illinois house of Representatives (with a decisive 68% of the vote in a race noted to be one of the most expensive in Illinois, with a total of $6 million in contributions for the candidate), when she was endorsed President Obama, and received support from several unions due to her support for "child care, labor and home care". By August 2017, she had led 25 bills, with 9 appearing before Governor Bruce Rauner, and served on several committees.

She was announced as J. B. Pritzker's running mate in the 2018 gubernatorial election on August 9, 2017 and she cited early childhood education, criminal justice reform , and women's reproductive rights as three of her priorities. And as of November 7, 2018, she was elected to the position of Lieutenant Governor of Illinois.

Please join me in congratulating our Sister, Lieutenant Governor Stratton. She is a force to be reckoned with... I am predicting that she may have a chance to become Illinois' first Black governor and even successfully run for the U.S. presidency one day. I wish her divine guidance and all the best.

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