Kelly brings books, advice to Bloom Trail students
Telling some students at Bloom Trail High School she “never thought” she would enter politics, Rep. Robin Kelly encouraged them to become involved in government at the local level during a visit Tuesday where she dropped off 100 books for the school’s library.
Kelly, D-Matteson, spoke with a small group of student’s in the library of the Chicago Heights school, where they asked her about her education, why she decided to run for office and her thoughts on the president.
The books were from the Library of Congress’ surplus books program, where members of Congress are able to distribute excess books in their districts.
She has, during her tenure, distributed about 3,000 books, according to a spokesman. She is scheduled on Wednesday to drop off 100 books at Prairie Hills Junior High School in Markham. Kelly won a special election in April 2013 after Jesse Jackson Jr. vacated his seat after winning re-election in November 2012 as the 2nd District representative.
Large boxes of books wheeled into the library contained an eclectic selection of titles, such as “American Mafia: Chicago,” “Children of Armenia,” “Hispanic Americans in Congress” and “Knitted Mitts and Mittens.”
At Bradley University in Peoria, Kelly earned a bachelor’s in psychology and master’s in counseling, and told students “I thought I wanted to be a child psychologist.”
“Keep developing and keep your opportunities open,” she told the students during a session lasting about 20 minutes. “Be open to the possibilities.”
Kelly, who is running for re-election in November against Republican David Merkle, of Bourbonnais, told students that there are opportunities to have a voice in local government by running for a seat on the local school board or library board.
“That’s where the rubber meets the road,” she said of local government.
Kelly insisted there is more cooperation and bipartisanship in Congress than the public is led to believe.
“We do get along better than people think,” she told students.
Regarding the president, Kelly said that although Trump ran and won as a Republican, “I don’t really think he has a certain (political) ideology,” and that she largely disagrees with his policies and those people he has selected for his cabinet.
Merkle could not be reached for comment for this story.