Social issues important to Hoskins
Updated: March 29, 2012 4:12PM
With his family serving as motivation, Rory Hoskins of Forest Park said he is running for state representative to make a difference.
He has been a commissioner on the Forest Park Village Board since 2007, and is studying to become a lawyer. He is president of Proviso Township Democratic Organization. He is also a member of West Central Municipal Council and Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
If elected, he would focus jobs, flood prevention and expanding social services.
He favors tax incentives to attract businesses and jobs to the district. One idea he has suggested is a Proviso Area Economic Development Partnership, which would be a public and privately funded partnership to seek out business to come to the district.
He also believes educational institutions can play a part in employment especially if local colleges can partner with existing businesses to train people to satisfy their employment needs.
He would work on improving the infrastructure in the district, especially involving flooding.
Hoskins received his master’s degree in social work from Loyola University Chicago and began his career as a foster care caseworker in 1994. He believes how the services are delivered should be streamlined.
He hopes to bring more social programs to address unemployment, homelessness and drug addiction to the district. He would advocate for programs that would work to discourage youth from using illegal drugs and promote sobriety.
Hoskins supports a progressive or graduated tax to increase revenue to the state. He is also in favor of refinancing the state’s existing debt.
He favors paying state pensions. “I don’t believe that it would be fair to take away pension benefits that have already been bargained for by current state employees,” he said.
Hoskins received his bachelor’s degree in Government University of Texas at Austin and is seeking his law degree from Loyola University Chicago.
He has been married for 14 years to Monique Hoskins and they have four children. The Hoskins also have taken in children as foster parents.
The Hoskins have lived in Forest Park since 1996.