State Sen. Ira Silverstein, D-Chicago, who lost his position with Democratic leadership after having been publicly accused of sexual harassment, faces four primary challengers in the 8th District. His accuser, victim rights advocate Denise Rotheimer of Ingleside, is one of three Republicans hoping to win the Republican nomination for the 62nd House district; Democratic state Rep. Sam Yingling of Grayslake is the only member of his party to have filed.
* From yesterday…
Today, Caroline McAteer-Fournier announces that she will file over 2,800 signatures to be on the March 20 primary election ballot in Illinois’ 8th State Senate District.
Caroline announced her campaign after allegations of sexual harassment against State Senator Ira Silverstein emerged.
In just three weeks, Caroline was able to collect almost triple the number of necessary signatures to get on the ballot.
“I am energized and determined after the outpouring of support I have received in the past few days. If we want to change the culture in Springfield, then we need to elect more women.”
Caroline McAteer-Fournier is building a grassroots campaign that will bring a fresh voice in Springfield. Caroline was endorsed last week by Alison Leipsiger, who was also passing petitions for the IL 8th State Senate District.
* Also yesterday…
Today, Democratic Candidate for State Senate, Ram Villivalam (IL-8) announced the endorsement of U.S. Congresswoman Brad Schneider.
“I proudly and enthusiastically endorse Ram Villivalam for State Senate. Ram has long been a key contributor to my success as a Representative,” said Congressman Schneider. “As my Outreach Director, Ram demonstrated his ability to learn the key-issues and bring proven results to the community. As your State Senator, I know Ram will not only be an outstanding legislator but use those same skills to create a positive impact for hard working middle-class families in our community and throughout Illinois. Ram Villivalam will be an effective advocate for the 8th District and its range of diverse neighborhoods and I wholeheartedly endorse Ram for State Senate.”
“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of U.S. Congressman Schneider,” said Ram Villivalam. “Congressman Schneider has led efforts to protect the Affordable Care Act against Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans, protect and expand the rights of people in the LGBT community, ensure there is a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, and advocate for sensible gun violence prevention measures. If elected, I look forward to continuing the work we have collaborated on.”
Last Monday, Ram filed 2,700 petition signatures, more than 2.5 times the amount needed and which was collected by more than 50 grassroots volunteers to become an official candidate for State Senate in the 8th District of Illinois. Having banked more than $50,000 in donations in the first week of his campaign, Ram also announced the endorsements of U.S Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, State Senator Laura Murphy, State Representative Theresa Mah, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Commissioner Josina Morita, the Illinois State Association of Letter Carriers, and UFCW Local 881.
The other candidates are here. Zehra Quadri placed a distant third to Silverstein’s wife in the 2015 50th Ward aldermanic race.
* Also yesterday, from Denise Rotheimer’s Facebook page…
What an accomplishment! I just filed my petitions to be on the ballot. Remember to vote March 20, 2018. Also I am meeting with Eric Zorn tomorrow and am glad we were able to put aside our differences and move forward on a clean slate. Time for some coffee for the long drive home.
Rotheimer has yet to file any campaign finance disclosures. Also, publicly mixing her case with her campaign is either going to turn out to be a brilliant political move or not. We’ll see.
* Don’t Rush New Sexual Harassment Policies, Some Women Lawmakers Warn: [Rep. Kelly Cassidy] herself, never knew who to report violations to. “That speaks to the culture of the building, that it never occurred to me to figure that out. Those complaints are the tip of the tip of the tip of the iceberg.”