Today, State Representative Tim Ozinga (R-Mokena) welcomed Margie Doorn and Christine LaVine to the Emerging Women Leaders Event in Springfield. The event consisted of a brunch, a listening session with Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton, and the chance to sit in on a legislative session from the Speaker’s Gallery.
“It was my pleasure to offer Margie and Christine a platform to champion their cause in Springfield,” Rep. Ozinga stated. “We heard from dozens of emerging leaders today, and it was a great learning opportunity for myself and those present at this event.”
Margie Doorn and Christine LaVine are both from Mokena, IL. Together, they co-founded Journey Pregnancy and Life Hub, and Journey Goods. Their organization offers a free and confidential space for pregnant women who may seek counseling, life coaching, or pregnancy and baby resources.
“Both Margie and Christine are incredible women who formed a unique space for other women who may need emotional support during a pregnancy,” said Rep. Ozinga. “It was an honor to welcome them to our State Capitol as recognition for all they have accomplished in the development of their organization.”
Margie and Christine were two of nearly 50 women from across the state that attended this event. The group also spent time discussing what issues are important to the women of Illinois and how the General Assembly can remedy those issues through policy.
The contributions of these women were also honored by the first female leader of a caucus in the Illinois General Assembly, House Republican Leader Tony McCombie.