Carol Sente is a businesswoman with experience putting people to work and managing budgets. A fiscal conservative, Sente opposed the recent income tax increase and has used her experiences in business to change the way the state spends money. Because legislators should lead by example, Sente has voted to cut her own salary by requiring legislators to work unpaid furlough days and blocking raises for elected officials.
She helped usher in new budget reforms that require the state to go through the budget line by line in bi-partisan committees to put together responsible spending plans for the people of Illinois, not special interests. This has resulted in millions of dollars in savings by eliminating waste, fraud, duplication and programs that are no longer working.
Born and raised in the northern suburbs, Sente knows that we have some of the best schools in country. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Higher Education Committee to help ensure students have ongoing opportunities to earn an education. Prior to becoming State Representative, Sente served on a scholarship board to help students who lost a parent afford a college education and was a counselor for eight years at a children’s Burn Camp.
As the former owner of an architectural firm focused on designing green, energy efficient buildings for local government, Sente knows that we have to move towards energy efficiency and design to save money and put people back to work. Illinois’ open prairies present a great opportunity for Illinois to become a leader in green energy, and as Vice Chair of the Environmental Health and a member of the Public Utilities Committee, Sente will continue to fight for increased wind and solar generators for Illinoisans.
Carol Sente is a first generation American; her parents immigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe to seek a better life following the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and devastation of World War II. She lives in Vernon Hills and is the former vice president of the Vernon Hills Park District Board, where she served for four years. Sente was appointed State Representative in 2009 to complete the remainder of the unexpired term of former State Representative Kathy Ryg and was elected to a full term in 2010. Recently, Sente sold her business to devote more attention to her role as State Representative.