A former chief judge in Madison County says she’s motivated by public service, and wants to use her experience to help people in new ways. Democrat Ann Callis resigned from the post Friday, and has announced she’s seeking the Democratic nomination for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. Callis cites her efforts to set up Illinois’ first veterans’ court, and was inspired by her son, who recently finished officer candidate school in the U.S. Army after earning a degree:
“Those have always been my focus of these people returning home – that we should give back to them, the ones that have served. But also, I do keep a closer eye on foreign policy because I think my son has a very high likelihood of being deployed by November or the next year.”
Callis also says a foreclosure mediation program she started as a judge kept dozens from losing their homes. The 48-year old says Republican Congressman Rodney Davis seems like part of the endemic problem of nothing being done in Congress. Democrat and former candidate David Gill announced last week he wouldn’t pursue the seat in 2014. Callis says she’s just rented property in Edwardsville in order to live in the 13thdistrict which includes Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, Springfield, and parts of Bloomington-Normal.