Kathy Salvi

Kathy Salvi


Current Position: Public Defender
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2022 US Senator

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Raised in Waukegan to hard-working parents, Kathy worked her way through high school and began learning the value of hard work herself when she got her first job busing tables at the age of 14. With the goal of staying in Illinois and close to her family, Kathy attended Loyola University obtaining a B.A. in Communications. However, it was through the example of her parents and her religion as well as being the family arbiter as the firstborn of nine children, Kathy decided she wanted to pursue a career in law helping others.

After passing the Bar in 1984, Kathy committed herself to public service. First, serving as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Justice Harry D. Strouse of the Second Appellate District, Illinois. And then, after spending almost a year observing lawyers in court and working on a number of criminal cases, Kathy chose to continue her career in public service and become an Assistant Public Defender with the Lake County Public Defender’s Office. She obtained a firsthand look at our criminal justice system and was able to learn what worked and what did not. She was a talented trial attorney, where she had the distinction of winning 11 consecutive hearings and trials. In 1987, she entered the private practice of law and currently serves as a partner at the law firm of Salvi & Maher. She spends every day fighting for those who have been wronged by others.

Kathy will work to bring back faith in our government, restore public trust, and reinstate civility to public service.

Kathy is running for U.S. Senate because Illinoisans lack the leadership they deserve. Both in Springfield and in Washington, we are crippled by one-party rule that has done serious damage to Illinois families and businesses. Partisan politics and radical agendas prevail over the best interests of the people of Illinois.

Mistrust in government continues to grow due to the repressive policies that interfere with our freedoms and way of life. The policies of those currently in power have failed our children in the classroom, have made our communities less safe, and have resulted in business closures due to costly and unnecessary regulation. Working men and women struggle to make ends meet due to rising costs and high taxes. Kathy will work to bring back faith in our government, restore public trust, and reinstate civility to public service.

Kathy and her husband Al have six children, three grandchildren and currently reside in Mundelein, Illinois, where they raised their family.  Kathy has remained an active member of her community. She served on the Board of Midtown Educational Foundation from 1993 to 2013. She taught Sunday School classes at St. Peter’s in Volo and Santa Maria del Popolo in Mundelein and was an active volunteer at Fremont District 79 where her children attended school. Kathy participated in the planning sessions for the United Nations Conference on Women in New York City and Beijing, China.

Kathy will be an effective leader and get things done on the issues that matter to the people of Illinois, because as a lifelong Illinoisan, these are the issues that matter to her. She will work to create good jobs, fight to lower costs and energy prices, make our communities safer, support law enforcement, and ensure parents have control over their child’s education.


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Kathy is running for U.S. Senate because Illinoisans lack the leadership they deserve. Both in Springfield and in Washington, we are crippled by one-party rule that has done serious damage to Illinois families and businesses. Partisan politics and radical agendas prevail over the best interests of the people of Illinois.

Economy & Jobs

The Biden Administration’s proposed tax increases as well as its ongoing destruction of work incentives and wasteful, inflationary spending threaten our economy. For instance, rather than address rising inflation, President Biden and the Democrat-led Congress passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, which former Clinton Administration Treasury Secretary Larry Summers labeled as “the least responsible macroeconomic policy we’ve had in the last 40 years.” As a result of this out-of-control spending, prices are up 8.5% from last year and expected to rise even more.

President Biden’s inflation means that the average U.S. household will spend an extra $5,200 this year ($433 per month) compared to last year for the same amount of goods and services. America is hurting, and junior Senator Tammy Duckworth continues to rubber stamp the failed Biden policies to spend more and produce less.

The best way to grow the economy is through a small, limited government that controls spending, promotes growth, and does not overburden its citizens with taxes and regulations. I support policies that get government out of the way and let small business owners do what they do best—innovate and create new jobs. We cannot afford the failed Biden/Duckworth agenda. We need to open America up to business again.

Environment & Energy

As Senator, I will work tirelessly to free American industry and ingenuity to increase the domestic production of energy. We must not be solely focused one type of energy, but instead increase our production of all types of energy from oil and natural gas to renewables.

Our current energy crisis was not inevitable—it was the direct result of the failed policies of the Biden Administration. They could have kept us on a path of energy independence and low gas prices. They chose to side with left-wing interest groups over the American people. These radical policies hurt all Americans at the gas pump as prices have soared to the highest levels seen in more than a decade. Until we change course, we will not see the economic relief that businesses and families desperately need.

Health & Education

It is the duty and responsibility of every parent to educate their children and best prepare them for success. Parents therefore have the right to make decisions on behalf of their children. It is time that parents move from the back seat to the driver’s seat when it comes to their children’s education and for government bureaucrats to stop seeking power and control over our children.

Because it is not the federal government’s role to dictate school policies at the local level, it is crucial we support parents who are becoming more involved with local governments to protect their children. I encourage all parents to attend school board meetings, to run for local office, and to get involved in the day-to-day decisions that shape educational policy. Their voice should be heard and it should count because parents are the primary educators of their children.

Public Safety

The progressive policies and the destructive rhetoric used by Democrat politicians in Washington to “defund the police” increase crime and erode the rule of law. Recent data shows that Chicago has seen a 36 percent increase in overall crime since last year. The rise in crime is also due to the radical, progressive prosecutors who are not prosecuting those who break the law, and those they are prosecuting are increasingly benefiting from a revolving door system of justice. While cities across America are cutting police funding as part of the “Defund the Police” movement, we are seeing record police retirements and fewer people seeking to join law enforcement.

I will always stand with the police. This includes giving them the resources they need to do their jobs and to protect our communities. It also means standing for the rule of law and holding those who break the law accountable.

Peace through strength requires strong, decisive leadership. President Biden’s chaotic and disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan not only marked a low point in America’s leadership abroad, but it also renewed aggression by evil dictators around the world. The world is an unstable place today because of it.

Today we are witnessing war and violence in Ukraine perpetrated by Vladimir Putin to seize more land and power. The United States should have acted before Putin’s invasion. Now it is too late for the U.S. to deter Putin, but we can try to minimize the damage caused by Biden’s incompetence and lack of leadership.

I am in favor of a strategy that will help Ukraine win and end the human suffering. Congress needs to reassert its authority on foreign policy and fill the backstop left by Biden’s failed leadership. I will put partisanship aside and work to ensure that Congress implements strong, decisive leadership for a more stable and peaceful world.

The federal government’s first priority is to ensure our borders are safe and secure. Today, the United States is facing a massive national security threat and humanitarian crisis at our southern border due to the Biden Administration. Tons of deadly drugs flood across the border and into our communities, taking countless American lives. For instance, in the last year alone, the amount of fentanyl that flooded across our border was enough to kill every American four times over—and much of it originated in China.

Additionally, at the start of the Covid epidemic, the government issued protections to prevent illegal border crossers from bringing Covid into the United States. President Biden wants to remove this protection and has no plan on how to address the huge increase of migrants that will follow. The situation is chaotic and dire, and President Biden’s illogical and incompetent policies are throwing rocket fuel on a fire already burning out of control.

As your next Senator, I will fight to secure the border. This includes blocking the flow of drugs, human trafficking, terrorists, and other dangerous criminals. I will also support policies that provide necessary funding for more officers to patrol our border and detect drugs.

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