The largest teachers union, the Illinois Education Association, is endorsing Democrat J.B. Pritzker for governor. The 135,000 members of the IEA represent the state's largest education employee's organization.
IEA President Kathi Griffin noted: "It was Pritzker's strong commitment to funding K-12 education, his promise to invest in higher education, his pledge to protect collective bargaining rights," as well as his support for a progressive income tax that lead to the endorsement.
Pritzker said he is pleased to have received this endorsement.
"Every child in Illinois deserves a quality education, no matter their zip code," he said.
All candidates, Democrats and Republicans, were invited to complete a questionnaire as well as in-person interviews. Republican candidates State Rep. Jeanne Ives and incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner did not participate in the IEA endorsement process.