Reclaim Chicago and our suburban chapters around the collar counties are committed to electing people who will put the interests of people and our communities before corporate profits and the interests of the very wealthy. At the municipal, county and state levels we generally endorse people to run as progressives in Democratic Primary contests.
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March 20, 2018 Democratic Primary Endorsements
Charlie Beach for Judge in Chicago’s 6th Subdistrict
Reclaim Chicago is proud to endorse Charlie Beach for judge in the 6th Subdistrict of Chicago, which covers Chicago’s near Northwest side, because he has demonstrated a commitment to fighting for the rights of marginalized people from many walks of life. Charlie has served as both a public defender and a private attorney over the last 21 years, and he continues to devote significant amounts of time to pro-bono representation of marginalized people,
Brandon Johnson for Cook County Commissioner, 1st District
Reclaim Chicago is proud to endorse Brandon Johnson for the Cook County Board of Commissioners District 1, which covers a large portion of Chicago’s west side and near west suburbs, because he shares our belief that government should promote racial, gender and economic justice as well as protecting human rights. As commissioner, Brandon will fight to protect and expand public services, to protect the workers who provide those services,
Omar Aquino for Illinois State Senator, 2nd District
Reclaim Chicago is proud to endorse Omar for reelection as Illinois State Senator of the 2nd District, which includes Humboldt Park, Belmont-Cragin and other neighborhoods on Chicago’s Northwest side, because Omar has taken the lead in fighting for the LaSalle Street Tax in Springfield. The LaSalle Street Tax is a tiny sales tax of ½ of one percent on Chicago’s version of Wall Street, where big banks and corporations trade futures and commodities.
Will Guzzardi for Illinois State Representative, 39th District
Reclaim Chicago is proud to endorse Will Guzzardi for reelection as Illinois State Representative of the 39th District, which includes many neighborhoods on Chicago’s Northwest side, because Will has championed Reclaim Chicago’s priorities in Springfield, including introducing a bill that would close $2.5 billion in corporate tax loopholes. Will has also introduced a bill that would make public higher education free for all Illinois students,
Mary Rita Luecke for Illinois State Representative, 17th District
Reclaim Chicago is proud to endorse Mary Rita Luecke for Illinois State Representative of the 17th District, which includes Northwest Evanston, Skokie, Glenview and other Northwest suburbs, because she will fight for a state budget puts the needs of people and planet first. Mary Rita believes our state should put hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans back to work by investing in the things our communities need: world-class public K-12 and higher education;
Theresa Mah for Illinois State Representative, 2nd District
Reclaim Chicago is proud to endorse Theresa Mah for reelection as Illinois State Representative of the 8th District, which includes parts of Chicago’s Pilsen, Bridgeport and McKinley Park neighborhoods, because Theresa is a strong supporter of our People and Planet First budget proposal. Theresa has also been a leader in building support for the Student ACCESS Bill, a bill that would ensure undocumented students and students with drug convictions are eligible for in-state tuition and financial aid
Christian Mitchell for Illinois State Representative, 26th District
Reclaim Chicago is proud to endorse Christian Mitchell for reelection as Illinois State Representative of the 26th District, which stretches along the lakefront from the Gold Coast to 91st Street, because he has consistently sponsored legislation which challenges systemic racial and economic inequality in Illinois. Christian is the primary sponsor of the Equal Justice for All Act, legislation that would abolish the use of money bonds in Illinois.
Ram Villivalam for Illinois State Senate, 8th District
Reclaim Chicago is proud to endorse Ram Villivalam for Illinois State Senator of the 8th District, which includes parts of Chicago’s 50th Ward, Lincolnwood, Skokie, and Morton Grove because he understands that state government has the power and the responsibility to make investments in communities that suffer from neglect, discrimination and disinvestment. Ram is committed to ending Illinois’ routine passage of austerity budgets — budgets that give tax breaks to corporations and the very rich
Marie Newman for United States Congress, 3rd District of Illinois
Reclaim Chicago is proud to endorse Marie Newman for Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District, which runs from Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood to the southwest suburbs of Cook, DuPage and Will Counties, because Marie understands that government should guarantee that every person has quality healthcare and an excellent education, a clean environment, and a social safety net to rely upon in times of crisis. Marie also believes government should protect people from the individuals and corporations that have too much power.
Daniel Biss for Governor of Illinois
Daniel Biss is not a billionaire. He worries about balancing the cost of living with saving for his children’s college education, and he understands that the necessities of life are out of reach for far too many families. Daniel knows first hand what a difference it would make in our lives to fully fund public education, to make public universities tuition-free, and to have a Medicare for All system that would free us from the financial crisis that almost always accompanies a health crisis. Daniel is committed to closing corporate tax loopholes and making the very rich pay their fair share so that Illinois can afford to make these investments in our lives and our communities. Read more