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Dem candidates announce endorsements

Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017

* Press release…

Chris Kennedy received the endorsement today of Lori E. Lightfoot, chair of the Police Accountability Task Force and leading advocate for police reform and accountability.

“Lori’s long been a champion of fairness and equality, and the city of Chicago is a better place because of her leadership. Lori fearlessly speaks truth to power and, with a government beholden to political insiders, her courage is critical to the future of Chicago,” Kennedy said. “We are so grateful for her endorsement of our grassroots campaign to bring fundamental change to Illinois.”

The campaign released a video endorsement from Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor and partner at a Chicago law firm, stating the following:

“They’re two men of tremendous integrity. I think their track record; their experiences really show and demonstrate that. They recognize that our state is fundamentally going in the wrong direction. As a resident of Chicago, where we’ve seen our violence escalate to 1990 levels, Chris is the only candidate who is talking about violence, obviously has a personal history with it, and understands the devastating ripple effects that violence can have on individuals, families and communities.

“Chris is really focused on the imbalance in our education funding and I think that’s critically important. When parents send their kids to school, they have a lot of expectations. Of course, they want their kids to learn, they want their kids to be safe, and they have the right to expect that their tax dollars will be used in a way that when their kids matriculate through high school, they’re going to be ready to take on the challenges of adulthood, starting with either going on to college, getting into a trade or having some other kind of job that they can build a life around.

“That’s not what’s happening in Illinois. Chris gets that, he understands it, and he’s willing to take on the fight to change that around for families across the state.

“I’m proud to be support Chris Kennedy and Ra Joy. They have the right vision, the right voice, and I’m an enthusiastic supporter.”

* The video

* Meanwhile…

Today, the Northwestern Illinois Building Trades (NWIBT) endorsed JB Pritzker for Governor. NWIBT represents over 15,000 workers in the building trades throughout Northwestern Illinois. JB and Juliana were endorsed with a unanimous vote of the member locals.

“The Northwestern Illinois Building Trades are proud to stand with JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton,” said Northwestern Illinois Building Trades President Alan Golden. “JB and Juliana stand for working people in Illinois, and they are fighting for every community in our state. Their tireless commitment to growing jobs, protecting the prevailing wage, and fighting for collective bargaining rights best reflect the priorities and values of our membership. We hope Illinois can come together in solidarity with their campaign and make sure JB and Juliana beat Bruce Rauner and win in 2018.”

“I am so proud to receive the endorsement of the Northwestern Illinois Building Trades and the hardworking Illinois families they represent,” said JB Pritzker. “Together, we will grow the economy, guarantee the right to collectively bargain, and fight for project labor agreements in Illinois. Now more than ever, we must stand up for our shared values and the working families under assault by Bruce Rauner’s special interest agenda. I’m humbled to have the endorsement of NWIBT, and the working families it represents will always have a seat at the table when I’m governor.”

* And another colleague recently endorsed Biss…

Illinois State Senator and Democratic candidate for governor Daniel Biss announced today that Senator John Mulroe has endorsed his campaign.

“Daniel is the only candidate with the vision, experience, and grassroots support needed to build a state that supports middle-class and working families,” said John Mulroe. “As we’ve worked together to build a fair tax system and resist Bruce Rauner’s destructive cuts, I’ve seen Daniel’s progressive values in action.

“Whether he’s creating a first-of-its-kind retirement savings program or protecting consumers from misuse of personal data, Daniel is known for examining every facet of the issue at hand, engaging key advocacy groups, and organizing our colleagues to bring about long-term change. It’s been a pleasure to collaborate in the legislature, and I look forward to supporting Daniel on the campaign trail and when he’s governor.”

“It’s an honor to receive John Mulroe’s endorsement,” said Daniel Biss. “Combining a keen understanding of the needs of working families with an unwavering belief in government as a force for good, John has been a steadfast advocate for progressive reforms and a key fighter against Rauner’s destructive agenda. I’m grateful to have such a determined and solution-oriented ally in the Senate and on the campaign trail.”

Today’s announcement about Sen. Mulroe is the latest in a series of endorsements by several elected officials and organizations who have joined Daniel Biss’ campaign in fighting for progressive values in Illinois. See the full list of endorsements here.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

11 Comments
  1. - Fax Machine - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 12:28 pm:

    Has Danny Davis endorsed yet? Richard Boykin is with Kennedy now, so that might be a sign.


  2. - Ducky LaMoore - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 12:32 pm:

    Thank goodness Kennedy got Lightfoot before sundown…. Sometimes I think it’s a sin when I fell like I’m winnin’ when I’m losin’ again….


  3. - SaulGoodman - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 12:39 pm:

    **Richard Boykin is with Kennedy now, so that might be a sign.**

    Is a Mark Kirk endorsement next?


  4. - VoteQuimby - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 12:40 pm:

    Karen who????


  5. - VoteQuimby - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 12:42 pm:

    Sorry. I meant Lori who??? But point is still the same.

    An endorsement from a nobody


  6. - Arsenal - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 1:11 pm:

    Mulroe is interesting as he’s pretty friendly to the establishment.

    But Pritzker probably wins once again, as that endorsement probably comes with man power.


  7. - Rocco - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 2:15 pm:

    Endorsements do not really matter unless they come with a big pile of cash or volunteers.

    JB has the trade unions and Biss has the progressive networks like Reclaim and Sen. Harmon and his fighting Oak Park Township Dems. Kennedy at the point really only has the 22nd ward Gracia/Munoz organization which is fierce.

    The big fish out there to catch are the SEIU and the CTU. Naturally, they should be with Biss but they may hold their fire until the General to really go to town on Rauner.


  8. - Ghost - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 3:05 pm:

    Kennedy standing up to political insiders? Does who do that in the mirror? He can start with a politically inexperienced candidate running on his families name


  9. - Amalia - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 3:11 pm:

    the Lightfoot and Mulroe endorsements are interesting. both are smart people. but Mulroe may also be making a political consideration. Miss is his colleague.


  10. - Paul - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 6:37 pm:

    Kennedy video is too long, she’s relatively unknown and again is focusing on violence. He’s a single issue candidate.


  11. - Payback - Tuesday, Nov 14, 17 @ 10:10 pm:

    VoteQuimby- “I meant Lori who???” “An endorsement from a nobody”

    What a flip attitude. I met Lori at a town hall meeting in 2016 for community input to pick a new police superintendent in Chicago after Garry McCarthy. She worked in the U.S. Attorney’s office, and has gone up against police unions that scheme every way they can to keep police unaccountable.

    With your attitude, I can see that there are still people who believe the police story that Laquan McDonald had to be shot sixteen times.


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