|U.S. House, Illinois, District 1|
On his campaign website Bailey has 7 leading issues that he is concerned about. They are: 
- Putting the American People Back to Work: Excerpt: "Bailey's will be revitalizing the economy by pushing for a federal jobs bill that will put millions of Americans back to work–in classrooms, on police forces, repairing our roads and bridges, and building high speed rail lines, stimulate private sector job creation through the creation of a national green jobs bank that will offer loans directly to small businesses, and by providing tax credits for those small businesses already looking to hire, provide a life vest of continued unemployment assistance, and advocate for funding of apprentice programs that will provide skills to those in our community who are unable to attend college, but who seek jobs that require training."
- Standing up for the Middle Class: Excerpt: "Bailey will work to restore fairness to our tax code by rolling back the Bush Tax Cuts that overwhelmingly favored the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans."
- Defending Health and Retirement Security: Excerpt: "Bailey will defend our commitment to health and retirement security with a plan that asks the wealthy to pay their fair share into Social Security, keeping its promise to future generations."
- Education – Investing in America’s Future: Excerpt: "Bailey's commitment is to work to ensure that all our public schools have the essential funding and resources they need to serve every child, regardless of his or her socioeconomic background. That means identifying the programs that work in successful public schools – including a workforce of well-trained and highly-qualified teachers, a commitment to early childhood education, and a focus on a well-rounded curriculum including math, science, social studies, English, the arts and more."
- Keeping People in Their Homes: Excerpt: "To maintain the stability of neighborhoods, health of families and welfare of the community, one of [Bailey]’s key priorities is helping families stay in their homes."
- Criminal Justice Reform: Excerpt: "He has called for increased investment in after-school programs, extracurriculars, and community-based programs designed to encourage young people to complete their educations and avoid the scourge of drugs, violence and gangs. [Bailey] is also committed to helping reduce recidivism, by making sure ex-offenders who have completed their sentences have opportunities and support to get back to work and become productive members of society. [Bailey] also supports eliminating sentencing disparities and creating alternate sentencing options for non-violent offenders to reduce strain on our courts and budgets."
- Energy and the Environment: Excerpt: "[Bailey] will work to increase our use of alternative energy sources like wind, solar, and next-generation sustainable biofuels, thereby reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil. He will fight to defend the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Clean Air Act against right-wing efforts to undermine those critical institutions."
Bailey ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinois' 1st District. Bailey sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket.  The signature filing deadline was December 27, 2011, with the primary taking place on March 20, 2012. Incumbent Bobby Rush defeated Bailey in the Democratic primary. 
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