SPOTLIGHT: Kathleen Murray Earns IFA’s Endorsement

Written by David Shestokas

Meet Kathleen Murray, the Illinois Family Action endorsed candidate for Illinois Senate District 21.

Ms. Murray sat down recently with Monte Larrick to discuss her qualifications to serve in the Illinois Senate, her proposed PARENTS BILL OF RIGHTS, her experience with the 2021 Oak Brook Mall Christmas shootings and the policy differences with her opponent.

On the need for a PARENTS BILL OF RIGHTS in Illinois Ms. Murray stated:

“Parents, not the government, have the authority and responsibility to raise their minor children according to their values, to determine the appropriate time to introduce sex related topics, to make decisions for the physical, emotional and mental wellness of their child and to control the transition from childhood to adulthood.”

Kathleen’s opponent supports the SAFE-T Act, repealing the Health Care Right of Conscience Act, state funding of abortion, allowing minors to obtain abortions without parental notice, teaching kindergartners about LGBTQ+ conduct, genderless public bathrooms, and tampons in boys’ bathrooms. Kathleen opposes each of these policies.

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She has a BA in Psychology and an MBA from Quincy University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with the Bonaventure Award for Academic Excellence. She later studied at the Technische Universität Braunschweig in Germany.

A technology industry executive with over 20 years of international experience in manufacturing, marketing, import/export, trading and sourcing, and product development Kathleen has partnered with Fortune 500 companies including Costco, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, and more. This work with large institutions gives insight to how government can more effectively deliver services to citizens.

Kathleen’s experience in negotiations, budgets and international relations provide her skills to work with others of opposing views and perspectives to achieve mutual goals. Those skills will be brought to bear to achieve legislative objectives in Springfield.

Kathleen is a small business owner of an Italian restaurant and food truck. She is very familiar with the challenges and cost of operating a business in the oppressive tax and regulatory environment of Illinois.

Kathleen is a mom, committed to the well-being of children. Her daughter attends John Cabot University in Rome, studying International Affairs and political science. Her son is a sophomore attending Montini Catholic High School, playing football, baseball and cello.

Kathleen is a lifelong resident of Illinois with deep roots in the community having lived in Lombard since 1978, and a graduate of Glenbard East High School.

Kathleen has a passion for cooking and has developed skills in the culinary arts. She was featured on Gordon Ramsey’s Masterchef Legends, Season 11, episode 3 competing for the final apron. She also has a TV show on the Food Network called “Me or the Menu,” a docuseries following her culinary endeavors.

Ms. Murray has familiarity with Italian, German, and French languages and is a cellist for over 30 years. She has her student pilot permit, enjoys Muay Thai boxing and target practice.

In addition to Illinois Family Action she has been endorsed by The Technology and Manufacturing Association, Illinois State Rifle Association, Safer Suburbs USA, and the Illinois Freedom Alliance.

Ms. Murray also appeared recently on the On Target radio show, which is streamed on YouTube.