is a Democratic candidate for the Illinois House of Representatives in the 117h District.A lifelong party activist, Ortale
looks to press for the implementation of a new statewide college scholarship program.Modeled after a successful program in Georgia, The Hope Scholarship program would provide free college tuition to any Illinois student maintaining a B average or better.Ortale
would make the scholarship accessible to technical and vocational schools, and community or state colleges or universities.Funding for the program would come from revenue from one of the ten existing riverboat gambling licenses.Ortale
is employed as a securities broker and commercial business developer, is the owner of a sign business, and has worked in the broadcast industry as an account representative and station owner.He
is a Herrinfesta Italiana volunteer, a board of finance director of Little Egypt Red Cross, Underwriter of the Herrinfesta Scholarship, and a founding member of the Community Animal Rescue and Education.Ortale
is a graduate of Southern Illinois University.
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Justice Bob Thomas is a republican candidate for the Illinois Supreme Court.Justice Thomas has served as an Appellate Court Justice for nearly five years, authoring over 520 dispositions, including 95 opinions.