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Progressive groups announce upcoming Dem candidate forum

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017

* “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
    Daniel Biss
    Bob Daiber
    Tio Hardiman
    Chris Kennedy
    Robert Marshall
    Alex Paterakis
    Ameya Pewar
    J.B. Pritzker

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.

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  1. - Ain't That Somthin' - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 9:30 am:

    Tough when they can’t even spell Pawar’s name right.

  2. - Anonymous - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 9:32 am:

    Could be a bit uncomfortable for Pritzker. Gotta give him a little credit for putting himself through it.

  3. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 9:47 am:

    Good get by Pritzker, again rolling out another significant endorsement, and a downstate endorsement too. Well done.

    Pritzker needs these endorsements to show some strength, … given the last released polling in the race has Kennedy in front with 44%.

  4. - A guy - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 9:53 am:

    So far, much of the Democratic primary has been a race to the left. Looks like that trend will continue for a while.==

    This will offer more and more relief in certain quarters. The further they run, the more difficult the general will be.

  5. - City Zen - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 9:59 am:

    Will enough safe spaces be provided?

  6. - Ducky LaMoore - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 10:14 am:

    ===The further they run, the more difficult the general will be.===

    Meh, it’s pretty easy to run to the center after a primary. See Rauner, Bruce 2014

  7. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 10:17 am:

    ===Meh, it’s pretty easy to run to the center after a primary. See Rauner, Bruce 2014===

    “Bruce has no social agenda” - Diana Rauner, 2014.

    Primaries are movements to the left or right, that get thwarted after Primary Day, as the winners gallop to the centering… especially in Illinois.

  8. - Honeybear - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 10:29 am:

    Classy City Zen, making fun of people who have suffered sexual assault and abuse.

    Is it any wonder that people think all Republicans are cruel, insensitive and callous.

  9. - 47th Ward - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 10:33 am:

    Alex Paterakis won’t actually be attending, but they will have a laptop at his place opened to his Facebook page.

    Also, who is Robert Marshall and why is he running for governor?

  10. - Honeybear - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 10:36 am:

    I hope my sisters and brothers of Labor show up in numbers to challenge Biss on his
    Championing of SB1
    Pension Reform
    Some progressive he is challenging worker pensions and the bills he has
    championed limiting collective bargaining
    Progressives fight for labor
    SB1 says otherwise
    Biss is no friend to labor
    He’s a rat.

  11. - City Zen - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 10:44 am:

    Honeybear - I’m no Republican and I voted for Obama twice, so you may want to get a refund on your “Jump to Conclusions” mat.

    BTW - The “safe space” comment was in reference to the current campus culture and free speech, which may or may not be so progressive.

  12. - Lucky Pierre - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 10:47 am:

    Hopefully someone will ask the progressives how much higher taxes will need to be raised on hard working middle class families to fund their “progressive agenda” that leads to skyrocketing government spending

  13. - blue dog dem - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 11:30 am:

    First we got Rauner. Now this field of candidates. We reap what we sow, I guess.

  14. - Mittuns - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 11:52 am:

    @Honeybear: God forbid Biss to offer a solution to the pension mess. The Courts weighed in, you don’t see Boss championing those reforms now. This same thinking resulted in 45% of your “brothers and sisters” voting for the guy who just missed ending your union so that they could teach that big, bad Pat Quinn a lesson. Rauner isn’t done yet. This election is too important to play those games again.

  15. - lake county democrat - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 12:10 pm:

    If organized labor wants JB to win, they don’t want to beat up Biss too badly - his presence hurts Kennedy more than JB.

  16. - Shytown - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 12:45 pm:


  17. - Backbencher - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 2:08 pm:

    During the Chicago Marathon? Near Mile 14? Good luck trying to get through that traffic….

  18. - Blue dog dem - Thursday, Oct 5, 17 @ 2:13 pm:

    I wish these folks would get it right. Progressive or Regressive?

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