* “Our Revolution” is billed as “the next step for Bernie Sanders’ movement.” Here’s a press release from the Illinois chapter…
On October 8, Our Revolution Illinois, Chicago Teachers Union, MoveOn, Progressive Democrats of America, United Working Families, Reclaim Chicago, National Nurses United, Indivisible Illinois, Kane County Progressives, Will County Progressives and over 50 progressive organizations across Illinois will be holding the first-ever Progressive Gubernatorial Forum. All announced Democratic candidates for Governor have confirmed their attendance (see below).
The forum will be moderated by Mary Ann Ahern, political reporter for NBC 5 (WMAQ-TV) and will cover issues important to Illinois working families. The forum is open to the public and press. More information and a list of sponsoring organizations can be found here.
The first-ever Progressive Gubernatorial Forum in Illinois.
Illinois progressive organizations and labor unions
Moderator: Mary Ann Ahern
12:45 PM CT
Chicago Teachers Union Hall
1901 W Carroll St
So far, much of the Democratic primary has been a race to the left. Looks like that trend will continue for a while. Holding it at the CTU hall is a nice touch, too.
* Meanwhile, this isn’t much of a surprise since the former congressman is also a Madigan guy…
Former metro-east congressman Jerry Costello is backing J.B. Pritzker in the race for the Democratic nomination in next year’s gubernatorial election.
“I have met with leading candidates in the race, both J.B. and Chris Kennedy. I believe J.B. Pritzker is the type of person who will bring people together to get things done for the metro-east, Southern Illinois and the state,” Costello said Wednesday.
“Also, (he is) the only candidate who has released a jobs plan to help the economy, rebuild our infrastructure and help rural Illinois as well. I just think, too … he’s a uniter, not a divider. He has a plan to help our economy that we sorely need at this time.”
Costello said he also met with Madison County Regional Office of Education Superintendent Bob Daiber before making his decision.