Illinois Politicians Support Presidential Candidates During Iowa Caucus

Lawmakers travel to Iowa to support presidential candidates on the eve of the nation’s first 2016 primary.


In the run-up to Monday’s caucuses, a handful of Illinois politicians have traveled to Iowa to pledge their support to the presidential hopefuls. 

Cook County Board member and former Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia spoke to volunteers at Bernie Sanders’ Iowa headquarters on Sunday.

“This is a room of people feeling the Bern,” said Garcia, alluding to Sanders’ campaign slogan. “Tomorrow we can make history and show the country is moving forward with a political revolution.” 

The Clinton campaign received support from Rep. Jan Schakowsky who organized volunteers to knock on doors in eastern Iowa Saturday. Clinton also garnered support from State Rep. Jack Franks who has focused on voter turnout in Des Moines, the state’s capital.

"I came out here to help get out the vote," Franks told Ward Room. "It is going to be a really tight race, that's why turnout's going to matter so much."

According to the latest Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll, Clinton stands at 45 percent with Sanders at 42 percent.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger spent the bulk of this past weekend stumping for Jeb Bush in Iowa. Kinzinger, who is co-chair of Bush’s Illinois campaign, introduced the former Florida governor at a handful of events.

“I realized that in this dark time we need a leader who’s not just going to reflect our anger back at us and make us even angrier but who’s going to understand that anger and show us a way out and show us a way ahead,” Kinzinger said during a tospeech supporting Bush Friday.

The Des Moines Register/Bloomber Poll indicates Bush stands at 2 percent, trailing favorite Donald Trump by 26 percent.

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