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Endorsement Guide to the Race for Illinois Governor



    Endorsement Guide to the Race for Illinois Governor
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    Still not sure who to vote for in the race for Illinois governor? It might help to know who's backing which candidate.

    You can see a full breakdown of major newspaper endorsements here, while the following is a list of the elected officials, organizations and others who have thrown their support behind one of the eight people vying for the job —


    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • Daily Herald
    • State Journal-Register
    • Did not respond to multiple requests for comment on endorsements from organizations and elected officials


    • State Reps. Tom Morrison, Peter Breen, Margo McDermed, Allen Skillicorn, David McSweeney and Barb Wheeler
    • State Sens. Tim Bivins and Kyle McCarter
    • Susan B. Anthony List
    • Northwest Side GOP Club
    • Wheatland Township Republican Organization of Wheeling Township
    • Chicago GOP
    • Wauconda Township Republican Organization
    • Republican Assembly of Lake County
    • Illinois Citizens for Life
    • Taxpayers United of America
    • Rockford Register Star


    • Chicago Sun-Times
    • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois
    • Boilermakers Local 1
    • Bricklayers Administrative District Council 1 of Illinois
    • Chicago Federation of Labor
    • Chicago Laborers District Council
    • Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters
    • Communications Workers of America
    • Heat and Frost Insulators Local 17
    • Illinois AFL-CIO
    • IATSE Local 2
    • IBEW Local 134
    • IFT Local 1211
    • Illinois Education Association
    • Illinois Federation of Teachers
    • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers State Council
    • International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 2
    • Ironworkers Chicago District Council & Vicinity
    • Lake County Federation of Teachers Local 504
    • Midwest Region of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA)
    • Northwestern Illinois Building Trades
    • Operating Engineers Local 150
    • Operating Engineers Local 399
    • Painters District Council 14
    • Painters District Council 30
    • Painters District Council 58
    • Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 502
    • Roofers & Water proofers Local 11
    • Sheet Metal Workers Local 73
    • Teamsters Joint Council 25
    • UA Plumbers Local 130
    • United Food and Commercial Workers Local 431
    • United Food and Commercial Workers Local 881
    • United Mine Workers
    • United Steelworkers District 7
    • Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth
    • Secretary of State Jesse White
    • Comptroller Susana Mendoza
    • Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs
    • Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois
    • Citizen Action/Illinois
    • Equality IL
    • Illinois AFL-CIO
    • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers State Council
    • Illinois Democratic County Chairmen's Association
    • Illinois Education Association
    • Illinois Federation of Teachers
    • Personal PAC
    • Planned Parenthood Illinois Action
    • U.S. Reps. Cheri Bustos, Luis Guiterrez and Mike Quigley
    • Assistant State House Majority Leaders Greg Harris, Jay Hoffman and Jehan Gordon-Booth
    • Assistant State Senate Majority Leaders Terry Link and Bill Haine
    • State House Deputy Majority Leaders Lou Lang and Art Turner
    • State Senate Majority Leader James Clayborne
    • State Reps. Anna Moeller, Linda Chapa LaVia, Lisa Hernandez, Al Riley, Christian Mitchell, Deb Conroy, Elgie Sims Jr., Justin Slaughter, Katie Stuart, Kelly Burke, LaToya Greenwood, Luis Arroyo, Marcus Evans, Rita Mayfield, Sam Yingling, Sara Feigenholtz, Stefanie Kifowit and Sue Scherer
    • State Sens. Andy Manar, Donne Trotter, Heather Steans, Mike Hastings, Steve Landek and Toi Hutchinson
    • Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers
    • Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia
    • Chicago Alds. Ariel Reboyras, Carrie Austin, Chris Taliaferro, Danny Solis, David Moore, Emma Mitts, Gilbert Villegas, Howard Brookins Jr., James Cappelman, Matt O’Shea, Michael Scott Jr., Michele Smith, Michelle Harris, Milly Santiago, Pat Dowell, Patrick O’Connor, Ray Lopez, Roderick Sawyer, Tom Tunney and Walter Burnett
    • Chicago Committee Members Kevin Bailey, Carl Ronan, Lucy Moog and Stephanie Coleman
    • Cook County Democratic Party
    • Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle
    • Cook County Record of Deeds Karen Yarbrough
    • Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr.
    • Cook County Water Commissioner Barbara McGowan
    • Former U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello
    • Former U.S. Sen. Glenn Poshard
    • Former State Reps. Daniel Beiser, John Bradley, Kimberly du Buclet and Brandon Phelps
    • Former State Sens. Gary Forby, John Sullivan
    • Mayors Andrew Przybylo (Niles), Annie Coulter (Ford Heights), Barrett Pedersen (Franklin Park), Bob Kolosh (Thornton), Cathy Adduci (River Forest), Chris Getty (Lyons), Chuck Tokar (Chicago Ridge), Dan Foy (Burbank), David Brady (Bedford Park), David Gonzalez (Chicago Heights), Dennis Magee (Merrionette Park), Derrick Burgess (Sauk Village), Domingo Vargas (Blue Island), Don DeGraff (South Holland), Donny Schmit (Fox Lake), Ernest Blevins (Markham), Frank Podbielniak (Posen), Gary L’Heureux (Midlothian), Gene Williams (Lynwood), Gerald Bennett (Palos Hills), James Ford (Country Club Hills), Jeff Tobolski (McCook), Jeff Walik (Stickney), Jim Sexton (Evergreen Park), John Ostenburg (Park Forest), John Ryan (Alsip), Joseph Tamburino (Hillside), Katrina Thompson (Broadview), Kenneth Peterson Jr. (Steger), Kevin Casey (Hometown), Kyle Hastings (Orland Hills), Lawrence “Larry” Jackson (Riverdale), Lou Presta (Crestwood), Noel Cummings (Hodgkins), Patty Eidam (Lansing), Paul Gattuso (Westchester), Rich Hofeld (Homewood), Rick Reinbold (Richton Park), Riley Rogers (Dolton), Robert Polk (Burnham), Ron Gardiner (Glenwood), Ron Serpico (Melrose Park), Sandra Bury (Oak Lawn), Sergio Rodriguez (Summit), Sheila Chalmers-Currin (Matteson), Steve Landek (Bridgeview), Terry Matthews (South Chicago Heights), Terry Wells (Phoenix), Tyrone Ward (Robbins), and Vivian Covington (University Park)


    • Chicago Tribune
    • Champaign News-Gazette
    • Daily Herald
    • State Journal-Register
    • Peoria Journal Star
    • Southern Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association
    • Arab American Democratic Club
    • U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush, Danny Davis and Joe Kennedy
    • Former U.S. Rep. Phil Hare
    • State Rep. Mary Flowers
    • Former State Senate President Emil Jones
    • Troy LaRaviere, president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association
    • Chicago Alds. Anthony Beale and Bob Shaw
    • Lori Lightfoot, Chicago Police Board president
    • Bobbi L. Steele, former Cook County Board president
    • Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia
    • Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin
    • Dr. Willie L. Wilson
    • Mavis Staples, civil rights activist and gospel singer
    • Sylvia Earle, National Geographic explorer-in-residence
    • Siri Hibbler, president of the Garfield Park Chamber of Commerce
    • Pam Bosley, activist and community leader
    • Stephanie Neely, former Chicago treasurer
    • Frances Carroll, former trustee at the University of Illinois
    • Lori Lightfoot, police accountability advocate
    • Torrey Barrett, president of the KLEO Center
    • Andre Johnson, superintendent of the third jurisdiction of Illinois Church of God in Christ
    • Lauren Loftin, NAACP activist


    • Our Revolution
    • Our Revolution – Illinois
    • MoveOn
    • Sierra Club – Illinois
    • National Nurses United
    • U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly
    • Sheila Simon, former lieutenant governor
    • State Sens. Omar Aquino, Bill Cunningham, Don Harmon, David Koelher, Pat McGuire, John Mulroe, Laura Murphy and Steve Stadelman
    • State Reps. Carol Ammons, Kelly Cassidy, Will Davis, Robyn Gabel, Will Guzzardi, Theresa Mah, Ann Williams
    • Former State Rep. Elaine Nekritz
    • Lawrence Lessig, activist and law professor
    • Debra Shore, commissioner of Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
    • Donna Miller, vice president of Illinois Democratic Women
    • Adlai Stevenson III, former U.S. senator
    • Dick Simpson, former alderman, professor at University of Illinois at Chicago
    • Chicago Alds. John Arena, Sue Sadlowski Garza, Roberto Maldonado and Scott Waguespack
    • Evanston Ald. Robin Rue Simmons
    • Les Leopold, labor rights activist
    • Berwyn United
    • BlackRoots Resistance
    • Champaign County Young Democrats
    • Illini Democrats
    • Indo-American Democratic Organization
    • Democratic Party of Evanston
    • Indivisible Lakeview
    • Indivisible Oak Park Area
    • National Association of Social Workers – Illinois
    • New Trier Township Democrats
    • Northside Democracy for America
    • People’s Action
    • Planned Parenthood of Illinois Action
    • Reclaim Chicago
    • 45th Ward Independent Democrats
    • Democratic Party of the 49th Ward
    • Network 49
    • Northwest Illinois Indivisible
    • Normal City Council Member Chemberly Cummings
    • Huddle IL-8
    • IL Now Pac
    • College Democrat Organizations: Knox College, Illinois Wesleyan, Illinois State University, Western Illinois University
    • Mayor Teri Renner (Bloomington)


    • Mayors Brant Walker (Alton), Mike Pagano (Pontoon Beach) and Ed Hagnauer (Granite City)
    • Jerry Brown, host of IntellectualRadio.com’s show Policy Matters
    • Jerry Vasilatos, president of Chicago production company Nitestar Productions
    • Patrick Brutus, Chicago community leader


    Did not respond to multiple requests for comment on endorsements.


    • Taxpayers United of America

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